[sdiy] Small Bear Electronics retiring

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Thu Sep 23 19:18:27 CEST 2021


If I didn't live in Canada, I'd do it in a heartbeat.  I'd buy his entire
stock and take over the website.

But, living in Canada, mailing is a real hassle.  Also, as an American
citizen, the US government would basically ensure that I couldn't make a
profit running a business in Canada.

I actually mentioned this whole idea to my wife yesterday, and she shut me
down pretty fast.



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Willoughby
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:53 AM
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It seems that the business model is:

Buy in bulk, maintain inventory, display inventory on web site, take and
fulfill orders, price items to maintain business overhead, ship to happy
customers (while dealing with customer support).

I assume that anyone willing to do all of that labor could start a similar
business. It doesn't seem necessary for the replacement to be called "Small
Bear Electronics" or hold any relation.

Perhaps the one key piece of business savvy to pass on would be: Where to
source all of the parts that Small Bear carries.

Brian Willoughby


On Sep 23, 2021, at 08:09, David G Dixon via Synth-diy
<synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
> This is nothing less than a tragedy for me.  I have been placing $1000 
> Small Bear orders every few months, getting virtually all of my panel 
> components from them, and PCB making materials.
> 
> It would be ideal if there were someone that he could pass the 
> business off to, rather than just shutting it down.  A succession plan, as
it were.
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Stuyts
> Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 2:38 PM
> 
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> 
> Just read this: Small Bear is retiring and shutting down the business.
> Selling down the inventory, so if you need something, be quick:
> 
> https://smallbear-electronics.mybigcommerce.com/autumn-2021/
> 
> I've only ordered a once or twice from them (other side of the pond), 
> but they have a great assortment of parts.
> 
> Ben


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