Maplin had almost no chance of meeting the expectations of its new owners. The chance
that it could ever pay a 15% return was remote in the extreme. The chance that it was overstressed
in an attempt to make such payments is highly likely. The result is its employees
losing their jobs and a valuable resource for many being lost to the High Street.
But there wasn’t any value,. was there? For consumers valued it at less than the cost of providing it to them.