Originally Posted by RepairMyPC
I remember first going into their place when they were on the north Circular and I was only learning the trade...shame to see them go )-:
Was always wanting to buy bits and pieces for my Linux machines. But back then Linux users struggled a lot with hardware compatibility worries. Even after tonnes of online research, I would still only be 80% sure it would work. Marx would always sell to me on condition I could return/swap it if compatibility didn't work out, which meant a lot to a poor student without the spare cash to buy duds. In the end, only ever had to do that once, and it wasn't even a linux issue (rather, an obscure interaction between a graphics card and a motherboard's on-board USB controller that froze machine every time: I swapped for a new graphics card).
Funnily enough, I bought again in Marx Computers for the first time in at least a year about 3/4 weeks ago. Was the type of purchase they were super handy for (USB wireless internet adapter, needed it for my dad's desktop). Went to website today to look for some other small bits, and saw it offline...
I guess in the end the business model just got overtaken. Even the comments in this thread seem to indicate people who moved their bigger hardware purchases online. I know that's what I did (in my defence, I also moved out of the country for a few years, but when I returned I stayed online for most things and only picked up occasional convenience pieces from MC).
Anyway, genuinely sorry to see a genuine, decent, hardworking and capable business go to the wall. When it opened, it was an important addition to the computing landscape in Ireland.
Karsini, very glad to hear you got something else quickly. Sorry to hear Rosemary is still looking for work, but it's very early days I guess. Pass on warm wishes if you see her in the next while.
(used to know each other to see, I moved to Switzerland and afterwards she told me about working in Gateway (another business crash) years back on German desk and the first time she had a Swiss German speaker on the line she thought it was a prank phone call)