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Clive"Max"Maxfield   6/30/2016 3:39:52 PM
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@Crusty: ...The old shops I miss are the independant electronic component shops all gone now...

Not all -- there's still Bardwells on Abeydale Road in my home town of Sheffield, England -- I used to buy the parts from them to build the projects in Practical Electronics magazine (now Everyday Practical Electronics magazine) back in the early/mid-1970s

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Crusty1   6/30/2016 3:18:26 PM
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@Max:- Still seam to have one independant camera shop per main town in England.

The old shops I miss are the independant electronic component shops all gone now.

We had a maverlous engineers parts shop called the Wakefield Walkaround

Huge tables were filled with wooden boxes and you browsed the items in the boxes. If you found what you wanted you took it to a man at the end of each Table.

He then put your goodies in a bag and told you the price, the docket for the goods and your money were put in a cup and screwed to an overhead trolley which was then fired at the cashier / stook keeper.

Only when the trolley came back with your change and receipt were you allowed to shop for more items on different tables.

About the only items sold like this today are plumbing and electrical supplies which still has a health independant trade system.

I suppose the internet has taken on the role of independant electronic supplier for me now.

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Max The Magnificent   6/30/2016 2:50:30 PM
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@Duane: ...It was a small place, in a part of town not associated with high-rent. From the outside, I wasn't sure what I was getting into...

That sounds like Mock Electronics (before it closed down... sob, sob)

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Max The Magnificent   6/30/2016 2:48:23 PM
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@Duane: ...Once inside the door, though, it was like I'd stepped back in time...

I LOVE that feeling!!!

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Re: I Wondered as I Mongered
Clive"Max"Maxfield   6/30/2016 2:41:05 PM
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@perl_geek: ...it's one of those nouns so associated with an activity that it really begs to have a verb form as well...

I agree -- there are the "mongered," "mongering," and "mongers" forms (these are shown on thefreedictionary.com/monger page as being of type tr.v. but I don't know what that means).

I think we should be able to say things like "I mong fish" and "you mong fruit" or "I monged a lot of cabbages yesterday" LOL

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Duane Benson   6/30/2016 2:34:04 PM
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I do miss those types of shops. They're still around. Just rare, and getting rarer.

I had to have a little repair work done on my Nikon a while back and had a similar experience as you did, with stores out of business, or not particularly knowledgeable on the subject of cameras.

I really didn't want to box up my camera and send it off to the West coast repair depot in Los Angeles, so I dug a little further. I found a little shop in Portland, called Associated Camera Repair. As far as I can tell, they're the only factory authorized repair center left in Oregon.

It was a small place, in a part of town not associated with high-rent. From the outside, I wasn't sure what I was getting into.

Once inside the door, though, it was like I'd stepped back in time. The walls were covered with shelves of cameras, old and new. The counter was a steel topped remnant of another century.

But... The minute someone came out to help me and opened their mouth, I could tell that these people knew and loved cameras.

With a few questions and pokes and prods on the camera, they had determined the problem, gave me a surprisingly low estimate and told me to come back in a week.

My camera was ready when promised, and they ove saved the broken part and explained to me what went wrong.

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I Wondered as I Mongered
perl_geek   6/30/2016 2:19:29 PM
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"Monger" is really more a noun than a verb, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/monger but it's one of those nouns so associated with an activity that it really begs to have a verb form as well.

I also recall the ancient stores that sold every known form of manufactured tool and related artifacts. Typically, they were rather dimly lit, (not least because of the tight packing of the wares on display), and had a distinctive (pleasant) odour, probably the wax on the wooden floorboards.

Usually they were staffed by taciturn men of advanced age (to my youthful eyes), who invariably wore brown lab coats. (Shop coats?)

 

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