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In Amazon's reviews of USB flash memory sticks there is a concerning  
divergence of opinion. Some people say they are very happy with their  
purchases while other reviewers say that they received fake products.

For example, at  
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Technology-DataTraveler-Flash-Casing/dp/B009OU5O0S ,  
"I received a fake. An 8GB drive masquerading as 32GB drive, as verified  
by the excellent h2testw sortware. Please beware."

Of course, the negative reviews could well be lies planted by rival  
companies. So I thought I would ask you guys - knowing, as I do, that  
none of you are unreal. :-)

Any suggestions as to where in the UK is a safe place to buy USB flash  
memory sticks?


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Re: Where to buy USB flash memory sticks (UK)
* An ongoing debate between James Harris and All rages on ...

 JH> Any suggestions as to where in the UK is a safe place to buy USB flash
 JH> memory sticks?

Radio Shack or your equivalent of the local hobbyist electronic outlet. :)


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Re: Where to buy USB flash memory sticks (UK)
On Sun, 05 Mar 2017 11:21:10 +1200
snipped-for-privacy@f68.n93.z1.binkp.net (Ben Ritchey) wrote:

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Tandy/RadioShack is long gone here, we just have Maplin which is the
sort of place you only go if you urgently need something.  Some
supermarkets sell a limited range of memory products, probably cheaper
than Maplin but more expensive than reputable online retailers.


Re: Where to buy USB flash memory sticks (UK)
On Sun, 5 Mar 2017 19:53:53 +0000, Rob Morley wrote:

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The high street stores yes, but they have not disappeared online:  

http://www.tandyonline.co.uk/

Whether they have any Radioshack branded stuff these days is another
matter as Radioshack (US) filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2015.

Not dug very deeply, on that site, quoted prices inc VAT, seem


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Generally yes, but some stuff is competative, mostly the more
specialised stuff. "Consumer" things can be eye wateringly over
priced.

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Memory is "consumer", looking at the prices in Tesco I don't think
Maplin are *that* expensive but compared against CPC or Amazon (not
Amazon sellers) both have a 100%+ markup.

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Dave Liquorice wrote:

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The company behind that website may be called "Tandy Corporation Ltd"

<https://www.nominet.uk/whois/?query=tandyonline.co.uk

but is a UK company originally called "ADSL Nation Ltd" that was formed  
in 2002 (after Tandy renamed itself to Radio Shack) and which  
subsequently changed its name in 2012, I doubt it has any relation to  
the original Tandy leather company.

<https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/04457730


Re: Where to buy USB flash memory sticks (UK)
On Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:06:50 +0000, Andy Burns wrote:

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IIRC Tandy shops were franchises of the US based Radio Shack company.
And a name can be bought. The "about" page on tandyonline indicates
they were related to a Tandy store/stores some how.

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Agreed...  B-)

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Dave Liquorice wrote:

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I think it attempts to imply it, without specifically saying it.


Re: Where to buy USB flash memory sticks (UK)
On Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:04:14 +0000

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    Agreed, also the range is minimal compared to a real Tandy of the
1980s let alone the extended range in the Cambridge one (most of the stuff
behind the counter downstairs was nothing to do with Tandy at all).

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I present the headquarters of Tandy Corporation Ltd:
https://goo.gl/maps/UtqKSmPMrUt

Theo

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On 07 Mar 2017 21:54:53 +0000 (GMT)

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    Well that makes a change from a PO box in Delaware.

    For some reason this talk about Tandy has caused me to wonder
whether "The Radio Shack" is still going somewhere in Scotland - apparently
the existence of this shop (and associated trade mark) was the reason we
had Tandy in the UK instead of Radio Shack.

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I'd suggest asking in uk.radio.amateur, but I'm far too nice to send
anyone to that cesspit.

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On 08/03/2017 17:30, Mike Fleming wrote:
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There's now a moderated group:

   uk.radio.amateur.moderated

which is active and clean.

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On 3/9/2017 5:22 AM, David Taylor wrote:
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And very hard to post in.

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On 09/03/2017 16:00, rickman wrote:
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Moderation isn't the fastest there, but I've had no difficulty posting  
on-topic.

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On 3/9/2017 12:41 PM, David Taylor wrote:
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It's been a while since I gave up on the amateur groups, but I recall I  
kept getting rejected for incredibly minor issues like not trimming  
enough.

I don't have time to spend on groups like that.

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On 09/03/17 18:26, rickman wrote:
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I found moderated groups to be echo chambers. no dissent allowed usually


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Re: Where to buy USB flash memory sticks (UK)
On 06/03/2017 10:02, Dave Liquorice wrote:
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Wow! That's a name from the past which I didn't think was still active  
in the UK.


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Re: Where to buy USB flash memory sticks (UK)
On Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:02:08 +0000 (GMT)

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They've done a crap job of marketing the site - I'm the sort of casual
hobbyist they presumably want to sell to, and I'd never heard of it.
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Mostly stuff I buy on eBay (price) or somewhere like Pimoroni (range).
Their Adafruit stuff seems competitive, but that's only relative -
Adafruit has always seemed rather expensive for what it is.


Re: Where to buy USB flash memory sticks (UK)
On Mon, 6 Mar 2017 16:17:04 +0000, Rob Morley wrote:

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But have you looked? Tandy shops were always pricey compared to
Maplin for components and when the shops disappeared the web was
still in nappies. Got to admit I've never seen them on the first page
of google when searching for a widget, nearly always some combination
of Digikey, Mouser, CPC, Farnell, RS and Rapid. A widget that is more
"maker" related will drag in Pi Hut, Pimoroni, Makersfy, Adafruit.

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Well yes but it's not easy for the home hobbiest to use SMD's. So
being able to buy a "ready to go" board for just a quid or two more
than the main part itself is very handy. You can get generic SMD
breakout boards but they aren't cheap and aren't "ready to go", you
need to add any periheral components some how.

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Re: Where to buy USB flash memory sticks (UK)
On Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:45:15 +0000 (GMT)

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Well yes, I often search for electronic stuff on Google, nearly always
buy it from eBay, Chinese or small UK sellers.

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Just a couple of examples:

generic boards for 99p from a Chinese eBay seller



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