Sad to see them go indeed, though with the high prices, and competition from online retailers, it was only a matter of time for them (and still is for quite a lot of other retail stores).
Now that Peats have gone, Maplins are the only ones left that sell computer parts. DSG group sells only sells over-priced tat. Have bought a good few things from Peats over the past while, but at this rate, all computer parts will have to ordered online from Germany and the UK.
The difference between the DSG group (PC World, Dixons, Currys, etc) and Peats is that the staff in Peats know their sh|t. The staff in DSG tend to be clueless when asked about the computers, or any questions not written on the small card in front of the product...
I think they expanded to 11 stores where there was but 1 or 2 only 15 years ago. Caught rotten by rent contracts.
Very sad. I think the name will live on somewhere in the middle of Dublin though.
No lie there, not forgotten !
Aye. Hopefully they can open a decent store in an industrial park (where the rent isn't as high) with some of their current staff.
Very disappointed to hear this. Like some of the earlier posters I used to buy my Atari 130XE and C64 games there in the 80s. If I ever wanted info on any of the latest technology etc I went there.
I remember ten years ago I wanted to checkout surround sound speakers (knew nothing about them) and a chap took me downstairs to where they had them all setup and gave me a 20 min lesson in how it all worked etc even though I wasnt buying them yet. They always seemed to have staff there that knew their stuff. Bought a good few MP3 players, external hard drives and all my blank dvds and cds there too over the years.
Only bought my Q Acoustics surround sound there three weeks ago. Yer man said I can have the display ones for 200 quid cheaper if I wanted. I asked the chap can i borrow a trolley to bring them across to the car and he insisted on bringing them over for me.
Their customer service is and always was bloody outstanding.
Best of luck to all the staff there.
They really did know their stuff there and always provided great service. They were great for getting nick-nacks but I guess the profit is in big electrical goods rather than nick-nacks and cash strapped people are not spending on big electrical goods. As the_syco said, the staff in the DSG stores are completely clueless. I wouldn't waste my time asking them anything because I'm well able to read the back of a box myself without having them take it and read it back to me and tell me it should do this, that or the other - rather than it does or it doesn't. Really hate DSG stores, apart from the useless staff that don't know or care about their products, they're way way overpriced.
Could Peats not relocate to somewhere cheaper, maybe one store that's easier for people to get to and park and collect their items, where they can keep providing the expertise and excellent service and also establish a greater online presence where they can compete with the big online stores such as Amazon?
Yes, am I correct in saying they were on the opposite side of Parnell Street, to where they existed up to now. If correct, then I remember going in there loads of time during college etc.
Yes, you are correct. They were on the opposite side in a much smaller store. You went in through the right door for all the computer stuff and left door for the other electrical stuff. Aaaahhhh the memories. Can't remember when it was that they moved, I think possibly the early 90s?
You don't shop online? Maplins is way over priced on computer parts that are a year or two out of date. I can see them going under as well. It's lack of vision thats killing them. There is no reason they can't compete online and profit with the rest of them.
I mainly shop online, but sometimes you need a part today. An example being that you're going to a LAN that day, and your PSU dies.
I only rang the Swords shop yesterday about buying a pc controller & a few hours later I heard the news about the closure.
I remember my parents bringing me into Peats when I was a kid to buy me my first computer, a Commodore 64. I just remember standing there waiting around ages for a game to load (Batman i think) as the staff member showed a demonstration of the computer. Any time I did go into their shops I found the staff to be very helpful & friendly. It is sad to see another well established shop close.
At least the company respect their staff unlike GAME as "staff will be paid their entitlements and redundancy due in full"
The original shop was on the same side as it is now.
Spent many happy hours going thro their many trays of bits and pieces to build an old transmitter in the early 70s.
Just last christmas I got my final purchase there 2x 1tb hard drives.
So sad to see them go.
As for Maplins not in the same league at all.
I'm going to take something from this. My younger brother has asked me to get him some game time for World of Warcraft this week. I was just going to credit his account online with a credit card but instead, I'm going to head up to the gamestop in Clare Hall shopping centre and buy it there.
I think that if we all start to make a little extra effort to buy things in shops, we might keep a few jobs that might otherwise be lost. If you have to buy online, perhaps you could go to an Irish online retailer. A little might do alot.
Dunno if I'd call what you did 'working'
But yeh, +1, great company to work for and sad to see a family business go. Everyone you know has a story to tell about Peats, good or bad, it's a pity to see such a well renowned family business go under after 75+ years.