"Maplin shut down sale prices still HIGHER than rivals"
If anything this is probably one of the main reasons that they are closing down - people are savvy enough now to realise that if they can wait 24hours for delivery that they can save a decent amount of money..
The maplin near me is next door to a PC world, Last year I needed a new external drive *same day* I saved £20 by walking next door (And PC world still ripped me off compared to the price online!)
I'm sure that if maplin were competitive on price with online retailers that they would still be around now.
That said, their AA rechargeable batteries were always good value - I might go and stock up!