PRAM battery - at a price

wandered down Tottenham Court Road looking for three half-AA PRAM batteries
eastender wrote on :

Just been in town for a meeting and afterwards wandered down Tottenham Court Road looking for three half-AA PRAM batteries - Maplin had sold out and the only place that had any I could find was Micro Anvika - which wanted 15 each... Just found them online for 3.50 plus 60p post. Maplin's price are also more than 6. Talk about paying for the shop.

E.

whisky-dave replied on :

"eastender" badluck@redacted.invalid wrote in message news:badluck-318D30.11424329012009@redacted.invalid

Just been in town for a meeting and afterwards wandered down Tottenham Court Road looking for three half-AA PRAM batteries - Maplin had sold out and the only place that had any I could find was Micro Anvika - which wanted 15 each... Just found them online for 3.50 plus 60p post. Maplin's price are also more than 6. Talk about paying for the shop.

You should have told them, offered them a fiver and said you take my cash or I walk out the door with it, and buy on-line. With the credit crunchy I doubt they'd want to see money walk out the door unless they've paid over the odds for the battery then that's up to them.

Jon B replied on :

whisky-dave whisky-dave@redacted.invalid wrote:

"eastender" badluck@redacted.invalid wrote in message news:badluck-318D30.11424329012009@redacted.invalid

Just been in town for a meeting and afterwards wandered down Tottenham Court Road looking for three half-AA PRAM batteries - Maplin had sold out and the only place that had any I could find was Micro Anvika - which wanted 15 each... Just found them online for 3.50 plus 60p post. Maplin's price are also more than 6. Talk about paying for the shop.

You should have told them, offered them a fiver and said you take my cash or I walk out the door with it, and buy on-line. With the credit crunchy I doubt they'd want to see money walk out the door unless they've paid over the odds for the battery then that's up to them.

Personally I'm more for one of actually supporting the stores that give the good value in the first place, rather than those that'll happily charge you the worst price, unless you happen to know and are willing to haggle.

Adrian Tuddenham replied on :

eastender badluck@redacted.invalid wrote:

Just been in town for a meeting and afterwards wandered down Tottenham Court Road looking for three half-AA PRAM batteries - Maplin had sold out and the only place that had any I could find was Micro Anvika - which wanted 15 each... Just found them online for 3.50 plus 60p post. Maplin's price are also more than 6. Talk about paying for the shop.

Buy two watch batteries of the same diameter and machine up a piece of brass to fill the remaining space. Make sure you get them in the right way around.

Total cost 1.00 and a few minutes work.

Richard Tobin replied on :

In article 1iub7cx.1s5cm1n5ehwhyN%adrian@redacted.invalid, Adrian Tuddenham adrian@redacted.invalid wrote:

Buy two watch batteries of the same diameter and machine up a piece of brass to fill the remaining space. Make sure you get them in the right way around.

Total cost 1.00 and a few minutes work.

I think you'll find that for 99.99% of the population, "machining up a piece of brass" is not a few minutes work.

-- Richard

eastender replied on :

In article 1iub7cx.1s5cm1n5ehwhyN%adrian@redacted.invalid, adrian@redacted.invalid (Adrian Tuddenham) wrote:

Buy two watch batteries of the same diameter and machine up a piece of brass to fill the remaining space. Make sure you get them in the right way around.

Total cost 1.00 and a few minutes work.

Nice idea Adrian, but in my case there'd be more muck than brass.

E.

eastender replied on :

In article 1iub5j9.1d68xpq1yrgyjsN%black.hole@redacted.invalid, black.hole@redacted.invalid (Jon B) wrote:

Personally I'm more for one of actually supporting the stores that give the good value in the first place, rather than those that'll happily charge you the worst price, unless you happen to know and are willing to haggle.

Me too - I thought the man in Micro Anvika was being funny as first, but no he wanted 45 and possibly VAT on top for three tiny batteries. Perhaps he knows he's the only one in Tottenham Court Road with stock.

E.

J. J. Lodder replied on :

Richard Tobin richard@redacted.invalid wrote:

In article 1iub7cx.1s5cm1n5ehwhyN%adrian@redacted.invalid, Adrian Tuddenham adrian@redacted.invalid wrote:

Buy two watch batteries of the same diameter and machine up a piece of brass to fill the remaining space. Make sure you get them in the right way around.

Total cost 1.00 and a few minutes work.

I think you'll find that for 99.99% of the population, "machining up a piece of brass" is not a few minutes work.

Then stack some of the eurocent coins that you couldn't bring yourself to throw away,

Jan

Adrian Tuddenham replied on :

Richard Tobin richard@redacted.invalid wrote:

In article 1iub7cx.1s5cm1n5ehwhyN%adrian@redacted.invalid, Adrian Tuddenham adrian@redacted.invalid wrote:

Buy two watch batteries of the same diameter and machine up a piece of brass to fill the remaining space. Make sure you get them in the right way around.

Total cost 1.00 and a few minutes work.

I think you'll find that for 99.99% of the population, "machining up a piece of brass" is not a few minutes work.

You could saw a bit off a bolt or a length of 0.5 inch diameter brass rod. As long as the ends are reasonably flat it will work.

Once you have made the spacer, it will cut the price of your batteries every time you change them in future.