[sdiy] Small Bear Electronics retiring

Brian Willoughby brianw at audiobanshee.com
Thu Sep 23 18:53:08 CEST 2021

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
> [CAUTION: Non-UBC Email]
> 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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