Heh, when I was in there buying a couple of HDMI cables (2 pack 5M for $20) just last week I noticed they were moving stock around with a lot of empty shelving and I asked the manager (who I know from what he did previously) half jokingly if that was it and they were closing shop.
He said it was just the after-Christmas stock reshuffle but it looks like I wasn't far off the mark.
Perhaps, though I doubt he knew about the administration. Once the directors decide that an administrator is required, they have to appoint one as soon possible, or risk being accused of trading while insolvent.
** DSE is still trading and is about to be offered for sale as a going conc ern. There is a massive debt owed to the NAB and various suppliers, so that may not happen.
But the name itself would be a valuable asset for someone and so is not lik ely to completely disappear.
Possibly it could be used for an electronics equivalent of Aldi, where all the goods use in-house brand names with low prices and face no direct compe tition. DSE was pretty much like that back in the 70s and 80s when Dick imp orted nearly everything from HK and Taiwan and stuck his own name and cat n umber on them.
Dick's oft stated fear that the "Aussie" company he started could wind up w ith a foreign owner is about to come true.