Floating an idea that I’d like to bring into reality to garner support/gauge interest…
Like many people I’ve got to know via hack/maker-spaces - I’ve spent over 20 yrs shopping for parts in Maplin, including a stint working there, and although they’re not the cheapest, they are definitely accessible. So, I can’t think of a better local partner for hack/maker-spaces than Maplin.
Here’s the idea… a future where:
- Each Maplin store hero’s there local hack/maker-space, sending customers in that direction to help make the best of their latest purchase
- Each hack/maker-space celebrates the fast/accessible service Maplin provides (even if its expensive vs online) and offers its members a Maplin discount (to soften the blow)
… this is something that could be tackled locally, with each space working with their local Maplin. However, it would be way more effective/potent/faster if it was tackled by the HSF on behalf of all spaces (at least the interested ones).
disclaimer: I have no ulterior motive here, no secret interest in Maplin, etc I just can’t think of a better alternative.