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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Ian Macmillan, Aug 30, 2010.

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  1. Because it was handy, I wandered into Dick Smith today to get some 0.5A
    glass fuses. The fellow looked me up and down, and said "We don't sell fuses
    any more".

    So what do they sell that would not be better bought at Harvey Norman etc?
    Closure imminent.

    All the best
    Ian Macmillan
  2. Sylvia Else

    Sylvia Else Guest

    Or bought online. Hardly Normal's pricing is not the keenest.

  3. atec77

    atec77 Guest

  4. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Nope, HN don't have fuses either, and HN is just as bad as DSE, but they
    still seem to keep on making a profit.

  5. keithr

    keithr Guest

    A couple of months ago I bought some stuff on sale at our local DSE. I
    asked the guy if they were going out of the component/tool business, he
    reckoned that such items were not going to be stocked locally any more
    but would be available online.

    Just as well that Jaycar have opened up locally.
  6. Couldn't agree more.
    Nothing new here at all, people have been making the exact same post for
    more than decade now, get over it.
    Dick Smith as a component supplier died a long time ago in a galaxy far, far

  7. Grant

    Grant Guest

    It was official last summer, they're getting out of the component business,
    what's left is just clearing the decks, more money selling the toys, no
    interest is electronics -- slowly been happening since BigW bought them.

    I made the mistake of trying to buy some resistors off them (online), some
    values not available, some they cannot supply as advertised (5% remarked as
    1%), and it took several attempts to try completing the order, the have
    an odd way of telling one to leave them alone. Thanks, but no thanks.

    All the decent specials are gone, and they wont order between stores :(
    Jaycar selling a lot of crap too, but it must be expensive to hold stock
    of all those components.

  8. Grant

    Grant Guest

    I miss McGraths in Little Lonsdale ;) Back when I lived in Melbourne.

  9. Don McKenzie

    Don McKenzie Guest

    If you remember McGraths, then you may remember the surplus electronic gear shop right opposite also.

    Anyone remember the name of the man that ran the surplus shop, and what happened to him?

    Cheers Don...


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  10. L.A.T.

    L.A.T. Guest

    So do I.
    My wife used to cal it "the fruit-loaf-tin place".
  11. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    I do, there IS now a shortage of local component suppliers, especially if
    you can't wait days for the post.

    Nor argument, but just because the reduction in people who know how to use a
    soldering iron has lead to that situation, doesn't mean we have to like it.
    And one things for sure, there is *FAR* LESS of a shortage of household
    electrical box movers!

  12. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Too right, and the staff actually knew what they were selling!
    It was a bygone age though, doesn't seem the kids learn how to use a
    soldering iron any more.

  13. keithr

    keithr Guest

    I don't really care if farting ashtrays as long as the continue to sell
    the stuff that I want. The problem with living outside the city is the
    lack of choice if you want something right away. For me even Jaycar is a
    45 km drive away and that adds considerably to the cost if you are only
    buying a couple of cheap components.
  14. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Lot's of good disposals stores then that don't exist any more either.

    Lucky you, Springvale seems to be well catered for, not so many other areas.
    Radio Parts in Carnegie was a LONG drive for me, but at least they had many
    items. Now that has gone too unfortunately.

  15. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    You may find an Altronics dealer is closer.
  16. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Or more likely, NOT.

  17. keithr

    keithr Guest

    The nearest Altronics dealer is approximately 3 hours drive away. I
    would prefer to deal with them rather than Jaycar, but I can't justify
    spending a whole day and 50 litres of petrol just to pick up the odd
    chip and a few resistors. So Jaycar it is unless Altronics comes to town.
  18. Grant

    Grant Guest

    Opposite, or was there another one further down the street, or both?

    And there was another shop around the area with a little mechanical
    man banging on the window with a toy hammer, to get one's attention.
    Can't remember the name, I bought some copper plated carbon rods from
    there (I imagine carbon arc lamp electrodes) when I was 16 or so, so
    much stuff in those little shops :)

  19. Grant

    Grant Guest

    I'm in Bendigo, we got a Jaycar agency that has moved to larger premises
    at Dick Smith left the technical are -- they're quite busy too. Them there's
    a couple TV repair places used to sell some parts, the rest for me is web
    order. Pretty good.

    I left Melbourne in '93 so no idea what it's like down there now.

    Can remember buying Mini Scope Iron plus 3.3V transformer for $12.21 from
    McGraths, and, if you said 2N3055s were for a guitar amp they were 15%
    tax instead of 27.5% tax ;) Quite odd, if one didn't have a VS number,
    one could change tax rate on some items by stating intended use.

  20. Don McKenzie

    Don McKenzie Guest

    It was Jock Ellis.
    He had a whole heap of Army surplus radio and other similar gear, typical of WWII era, and later.

    In later years, he then moved into Lonsale St, and became Ellistronics. Had a big warehouse in Springvale Rd, and even
    started up a branch in NZ.

    He was a lot older than me, so I dare say he has gone to heaven by now. His shop is now Tecs PCs I believe.

    I haven't been in the city for 10+ years, so I have lost track of all of them.

    Cheers Don...


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