The Doom & Glooms! (or just another day)

Having begun to feel really smart ass at having solved my ToT
problems and basking in the glow of some of the over bright LEDs ( now
fitted with resistors despite only having a 3.3v supply) I made the
decision to expand to cover the entire system.
To do this I placed my order with RS-Components France and sat back to
await delivery today. Instead I received an email announcing that my
order was cancelled as a government inspector had ordered that they
were to supply "trade" only. As electronic components are not
readily available from retail outlets ( I did have a supplier in West
France but he is now 850 Kms distant) it does rather screw things up.
I still await a response from the UK Head Office.
To further make my day the Lausanne Police (Swiss) wrote to me
enclosing a fixed penalty notice from last July and all the usual dire
threats for non payment ( I was not aware that there are any 100Kms
per hour speed limits on their Autoroutes but one lives and learns).
Regards from sunny Fr=E2nche Comt=E9
Reply to
Sailor
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I don't believe them. RS has a history of only supplying to the trade and my guess is this is just an excuse to ditch its smaller customers.
(kim)
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kim
Well I have an account with RS at
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never had any problem, apart from the fact that my orders are so small, carriage often makes it a relatively expensive business but convenience always wins.
Andy
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Andy Cap
I don't believe the inspector bit, but RS have traditionaly had a rigoursly enforced trade-only policy - even when you can provide a VAT and Co. number (they look up your trading category(s) on the Companies House web site).
If you can find the relevant Farnell numbers I may be able to help, but it may be worth checking with Maplin as they can often be cheaper on smaller batches.
Ditto from the Peak District!
Cheers Richard
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beamendsltd
Well having taken a deep breath I phoned Mainly Trains at Watchet to find that they no longer sell the wire I needed but Madame very kindly put me in contact with Expotools of Lamphey in Pembrokeshire who very quickly solved my problem in a very pleasant exchange.
Maplins ceased to sell instrument wire some time back (I bought the last at Kingston whilst visiting my brother some 2 years back.)
So, a pleasant end to a poor start!
I can believe the Inspector story because it is very typical of French protectionist methods and matches nicely with the ebay story.
Regards
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Sailor
Well my goodness -- RS Components (UK) have come back with an offer to trade with me. This is a complete change of policy regarding their franchisees and I am pleased to welcome it.
Regards
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Sailor
Sailor wrote in news:f72a69e8-eebf-4761-935b- snipped-for-privacy@l64g2000hse.googlegroups.com:
I use them a lot for all sorts of things, very quick to deliver and all round good service.
Reply to
Chris Wilson
The Scientific Wire Company might have stuff if really stumped. I bought very fine coated wire for winding some coils recently.
Reply to
Nigel Cliffe
Maplins still list plenty of equipment wire on their website, ranging from 1/06 and 10/0.1 to 50/0.25
Regards Jeff
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Jeff
Hi Jeff, thanks for that - I should have been more explicit. I buy 7 x 0.2 in 100M reels. It is this that Maplins discontinued two years since. Their product at this size is in 10M lengths at 1.79 GBP = 17.9 GBP per reel. The RS price is 4.75GBP but I have been happy to get some at ~ 7GBP from Expotools. 10M would not go far on my system!
Regards Peter A
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Sailor
Sailor said the following on 02/07/2008 10:05:
Frankly, I didn't believe you, but I've just had a look. Bloody hell - you're right!
I know Maplin has become more of a toy shop over the last few years, but that's ridiculous.
You might be better off going to Farnell. You can use your credit card as an individual, although there is a minimum order value (I think about £20)
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Paul Boyd
I find Rapid Electronics are a useful alterntive for stuff I used to buy from Maplin before they started specialising in bluetooth calculator tie racks with blue LEDs or whatever ...
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Should be a link to 100m reels of 7/0.2 at 3.45 GBP each
Reply to
airsmoothed
I did try them as like RS I had been a customer for about 40 years but like RS they have a French franchise. The only problem was a smaller range and like RS a minimum of 50=80. The same problems exist for the more popular hobbies of racing cars and planes and it is easy to buy kits but not raw materials. I can honestly say that I have bought in from all over the world. Sarko is not helping -- the way he is heading, France will leave the EC and have to feed its Farmers and Arab ex pats instead of everyone else making the sacrifices. The other possibility of course is that there is a clandestine attempt to remove materials from potential terrorists!
Regards
Reply to
Sailor
Canford used to do 100m reels in a very limited range of colours, very cheap but I think they have now upped the minimum quantities, still it might be worth an ask.
Andy
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Andy Cap
Try
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they are now part of Farnell, but do not have a min order quantity and do take credit cards, not sure about overseas delivery though.
They list many varieties of 7/0.2 in 100m reels.
Regards Jeff
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Jeff
Thanks airsmoot -- that is a real find. Besides the cable they have connectors which have cost me dear from China and others which i have not seen since leaving the UK 15 years since!
I am now logged in.
Regards
Peter A
Reply to
Sailor
You can place smaller orders but they will levy a handling charge, at least that's been my experience in the not too distant past. They don't publicise it much as I guess they really want the larger orders.
MBQ
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manatbandq

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