[sdiy] Small Bear Electronics retiring

MTG grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com
Fri Sep 24 03:08:50 CEST 2021


Just like the Monty Python Buying a Bed sketch,

"Excuse me, sir, but before I go, I ought to have told you that Mr 
Verity does tend to exaggerate. Every figure he gives you will be ten 
times too high. Otherwise he's perfectly all right."


On 9/23/2021 4:46 PM, James Coplin wrote:
> *5,000* square feet. That's a substantial amount of inventory.
> 
> James
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> On Sep 23, 2021, at 6:36 PM, David G Dixon via Synth-diy 
> <synth-diy at synth-diy.org <mailto:synth-diy at synth-diy.org>> wrote:
> 
>     I would imagine that his entire stock could easily be stored in a basement
>     or large spare bedroom or garage.  He said "500 sq ft warehouse" -- 500 sq
>     ft is a room 22 x 22 ft -- in other words, a 2-car garage.
> 
>     -----Original Message-----
>     From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] On Behalf Of
>     cheater cheater via Synth-diy
>     Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:34 PM
>     To: Peter Pearson
>     Cc: Brian Willoughby; synth-diy mailing list
>     Subject: Re: [sdiy] Small Bear Electronics retiring
> 
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>     The real value in the business is the cheap warehouse lease and the
>     returning customers. A new business wouldn't have either, unless it really
>     lucked out. The sourcing is likely an ongoing hassle.
> 
>     On Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 7:56 PM Peter Pearson via Synth-diy
>     <synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
> 
> 
>         I fail to see how that would make selling his inventory easier. What
> 
>     you're trying to say is "I want his list of sources".  Why don't you just
>     ask?  If he's retiring, it might not make much difference to him now.
> 
> 
>         Time spent emailing about, packaging, and shipping parts orders
>         is time
> 
>     that you aren't spending breadboarding new circuits and doing your own synth
>     diy.  If you make it your full-time job you'll probably stop doing diy
>     entirely.  Think about it.
> 
> 
>         Anyway, really sad to see Small Bear go. I've ordered from them
>         a bunch.
> 
>     Hope they have a long, fulfilling, and happy retirement.
> 
> 
>         On Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 1:38 PM Brian Willoughby
>         <brianw at audiobanshee.com>
> 
>     wrote:
> 
> 
>             Small Bear Electronics plans to stay in business and sell
>             off the
> 
>     inventory. I suppose that may be harder than he imagines. Sharing the
>     sourcing list would be a lot easier than selling the entire inventory
>     (adding another shipping cost).
> 
> 
>             There's always ad-hoc, where the first person who needs a
>             strange part
> 
>     does a bulk order from a distributor, then shares the remaining inventory on
>     a list like Synth DIY (assuming they don't mind re-packaging and shipping
>     after collecting from others).
> 
> 
>             Brian Willoughby
> 
> 
>             On Sep 23, 2021, at 10:25, Peter Pearson
>             <electrocontinuo at gmail.com>
> 
>     wrote:
> 
>                 My personal $.02 is that the real savvy would be making
>                 enough money
> 
>     off such a venture that you can keep the business afloat and pay yourself
>     and any employees a living wage at the same time.  Not easy.  As Dave Jones
>     from the EEVblog likes to say, "inventory is the enemy of cash flow".
> 
> 
>                 Just guessing here but it's probably a few hundred grand
>                 worth of parts
> 
>     in total so the price of admission wouldn't be cheap either.
> 
> 
>                 On Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 12:57 PM Brian Willoughby
> 
>     <brianw at audiobanshee.com> wrote:
> 
>                     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:
> 
>                         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
>                         <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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