I put my order in today to another electronics components retailer for £150 worth of parts (about 400 pieces). Was still £72 cheaper than Maplin after clearance discount was applied.Sad
I miss the electronics specialist who used to say things like "if you use this 8-pin DIL rather than that one you'll get a better result..."
Its amazed me that the more electronics has become a fabric of our culture, the less stores are commonly available. Maybe this goes hand in hand with the dumbing down in society, and the lack of desire to understand how things work.