[sdiy] Small Bear Electronics retiring

cheater cheater cheater00social at gmail.com
Fri Sep 24 06:26:47 CEST 2021


And now you're getting how he's able to stay in the business and what
the real value is in his business.


On Fri, Sep 24, 2021 at 1:41 AM Peter Pearson <electrocontinuo at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> 5,000 sq ft and in New York City at that.  I'd be surprised if the rent is cheap unless he hasn't had an increase since the 80s or owns it.
>
> On Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 7:28 PM David G Dixon <dixon at mail.ubc.ca> 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
>>
>> [CAUTION: Non-UBC Email]
>>
>> 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
>> >> >> >
>> >> >> > [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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