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Don McKenzie
Guest

Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:15 am   



Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic kits, beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY
Electronics HK), who passed away in 2006.

I know I pioneered a lot of new Internet concepts such as online payments that are commonplace today. The Commonwealth
Bank of Australia treated me like an alien initially.

I assisted the Australian Tax Office with the introduction of the GST tax laws, as they had no idea what the web was
about, and didn't comprehend the variety of global transactions that could be done.

I will be closing Dontronics down, and have a tentative closure date at this stage of the 30th of June 2018.

At 75 years of age, it is really getting beyond me. After being in business since 1964, I have to shut down as my two
daughters don't have an electronics background, and have other business interests they wish to pursue.

I wish to get rid of all stock by this date. Many items are currently heavily discounted.

In the last two years, I have greatly reduced the range and stock levels on products, so I don't have large stock
levels. I have a lot of connectors and header pins, etc., that would suit microcontroller projects and am open to offers
on bulk orders on these.

Cheers Don...


--
Don McKenzie

https://www.shop-dontronics.com

Trevor Wilson
Guest

Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:28 am   



On 16/02/2018 5:15 PM, Don McKenzie wrote:
Quote:

Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic kits,
beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY Electronics HK), who
passed away in 2006.

I know I pioneered a lot of new Internet concepts such as online
payments that are commonplace today. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia
treated me like an alien initially.

I assisted the Australian Tax Office with the introduction of the GST
tax laws, as they had no idea what the web was about, and didn't
comprehend the variety of global transactions that could be done.

I will be closing Dontronics down, and have a tentative closure date at
this stage of the 30th of June 2018.

At 75 years of age, it is really getting beyond me. After being in
business since 1964, I have to shut down as my two daughters don't have
an electronics background, and have other business interests they wish
to pursue.

I wish to get rid of all stock by this date. Many items are currently
heavily discounted.

In the last two years, I have greatly reduced the range and stock levels
on products, so I don't have large stock levels. I have a lot of
connectors and header pins, etc., that would suit microcontroller
projects and am open to offers on bulk orders on these.

Cheers Don...



**Damn. I was hoping to obtain a refund on my printer buffer kit
(unused) I purchased from you a few years back.

In all seriousness: Enjoy your retirement. And thanks for your
contributions.

--
Trevor Wilson
www.rageaudio.com.au

Don McKenzie
Guest

Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:57 am   



On 17/02/2018 9:28 AM, Trevor Wilson wrote:
Quote:
On 16/02/2018 5:15 PM, Don McKenzie wrote:

Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic kits, beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY
Electronics HK), who passed away in 2006.

I know I pioneered a lot of new Internet concepts such as online payments that are commonplace today. The Commonwealth
Bank of Australia treated me like an alien initially.

I assisted the Australian Tax Office with the introduction of the GST tax laws, as they had no idea what the web was
about, and didn't comprehend the variety of global transactions that could be done.

I will be closing Dontronics down, and have a tentative closure date at this stage of the 30th of June 2018.

At 75 years of age, it is really getting beyond me. After being in business since 1964, I have to shut down as my two
daughters don't have an electronics background, and have other business interests they wish to pursue.

I wish to get rid of all stock by this date. Many items are currently heavily discounted.

In the last two years, I have greatly reduced the range and stock levels on products, so I don't have large stock
levels. I have a lot of connectors and header pins, etc., that would suit microcontroller projects and am open to
offers on bulk orders on these.

Cheers Don...



**Damn. I was hoping to obtain a refund on my printer buffer kit (unused) I purchased from you a few years back.

In all seriousness: Enjoy your retirement. And thanks for your contributions.


Thanks very much for the kind words Trevor.

As there had been no response to my message, I was about to suggest I turn the lights off after I shut the door.

I'm glad someone is still tuned in.

Cheers Don...





--
Don McKenzie

https://www.shop-dontronics.com

Trevor Wilson
Guest

Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:10 am   



On 17/02/2018 5:57 PM, Don McKenzie wrote:
Quote:
On 17/02/2018 9:28 AM, Trevor Wilson wrote:
On 16/02/2018 5:15 PM, Don McKenzie wrote:

Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic
kits, beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY Electronics HK),
who passed away in 2006.

I know I pioneered a lot of new Internet concepts such as online
payments that are commonplace today. The Commonwealth Bank of
Australia treated me like an alien initially.

I assisted the Australian Tax Office with the introduction of the GST
tax laws, as they had no idea what the web was about, and didn't
comprehend the variety of global transactions that could be done.

I will be closing Dontronics down, and have a tentative closure date
at this stage of the 30th of June 2018.

At 75 years of age, it is really getting beyond me. After being in
business since 1964, I have to shut down as my two daughters don't
have an electronics background, and have other business interests
they wish to pursue.

I wish to get rid of all stock by this date. Many items are currently
heavily discounted.

In the last two years, I have greatly reduced the range and stock
levels on products, so I don't have large stock levels. I have a lot
of connectors and header pins, etc., that would suit microcontroller
projects and am open to offers on bulk orders on these.

Cheers Don...



**Damn. I was hoping to obtain a refund on my printer buffer kit
(unused) I purchased from you a few years back.

In all seriousness: Enjoy your retirement. And thanks for your
contributions.

Thanks very much for the kind words Trevor.

As there had been no response to my message, I was about to suggest I
turn the lights off after I shut the door.

I'm glad someone is still tuned in.

Cheers Don...


**Well, I presume (hope) that you will continue your contributions here.


--
Trevor Wilson
www.rageaudio.com.au

Don McKenzie
Guest

Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:03 am   



On 17/02/2018 7:10 PM, Trevor Wilson wrote:

Quote:

**Well, I presume (hope) that you will continue your contributions here.


don't know if there will be much now Trevor. I will still be tuned into this group, I must admit.
Bit hard to give it up.

Most of my efforts now will be supporting my two daughters (now in their 50s) with their income producing web sites.
At least I still have a mission in life.

Cheers Don...




--
Don McKenzie

https://www.shop-dontronics.com

Trevor Wilson
Guest

Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:24 am   



On 18/02/2018 11:03 AM, Don McKenzie wrote:
Quote:
On 17/02/2018 7:10 PM, Trevor Wilson wrote:


**Well, I presume (hope) that you will continue your contributions here.

don't know if there will be much now Trevor. I will still be tuned into
this group, I must admit.
Bit hard to give it up.

Most of my efforts now will be supporting my two daughters (now in their
50s) with their income producing web sites.
At least I still have a mission in life.


**Good for you. Keep exercising those brain cells.


--
Trevor Wilson
www.rageaudio.com.au

Clocky
Guest

Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:27 am   



On 17/02/2018 2:57 PM, Don McKenzie wrote:
Quote:
On 17/02/2018 9:28 AM, Trevor Wilson wrote:
On 16/02/2018 5:15 PM, Don McKenzie wrote:

Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic
kits, beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY Electronics HK),
who passed away in 2006.

I know I pioneered a lot of new Internet concepts such as online
payments that are commonplace today. The Commonwealth Bank of
Australia treated me like an alien initially.

I assisted the Australian Tax Office with the introduction of the GST
tax laws, as they had no idea what the web was about, and didn't
comprehend the variety of global transactions that could be done.

I will be closing Dontronics down, and have a tentative closure date
at this stage of the 30th of June 2018.

At 75 years of age, it is really getting beyond me. After being in
business since 1964, I have to shut down as my two daughters don't
have an electronics background, and have other business interests
they wish to pursue.

I wish to get rid of all stock by this date. Many items are currently
heavily discounted.

In the last two years, I have greatly reduced the range and stock
levels on products, so I don't have large stock levels. I have a lot
of connectors and header pins, etc., that would suit microcontroller
projects and am open to offers on bulk orders on these.

Cheers Don...



**Damn. I was hoping to obtain a refund on my printer buffer kit
(unused) I purchased from you a few years back.

In all seriousness: Enjoy your retirement. And thanks for your
contributions.

Thanks very much for the kind words Trevor.

As there had been no response to my message, I was about to suggest I
turn the lights off after I shut the door.


I read this group sporadically, there isn't that much activity these
days after all.

Anyway, thank you for your service to the electronics community and good
luck in your retirement.



Quote:
I'm glad someone is still tuned in.

Cheers Don...






news16
Guest

Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:00 am   



On Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:15:31 +1100, Don McKenzie wrote:

Quote:
Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic kits,
beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY Electronics HK), who
passed away in 2006.


Congrats. Meanwhile the kids worry about competing with Amazon.
>

Don McKenzie
Guest

Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:05 am   



On 18/02/2018 1:27 PM, Clocky wrote:

Quote:
I read this group sporadically, there isn't that much activity these days after all.

Anyway, thank you for your service to the electronics community and good luck in your retirement.


Thank you very much Clocky

Cheers Don...



--
Don McKenzie

https://www.shop-dontronics.com

Don McKenzie
Guest

Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:15 am   



On 18/02/2018 2:00 PM, news16 wrote:
Quote:
On Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:15:31 +1100, Don McKenzie wrote:

Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic kits,
beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY Electronics HK), who
passed away in 2006.

Congrats. Meanwhile the kids worry about competing with Amazon.


No, if you can't beat them, join them :-)


BTW
The 50% off coupon is "TBS" for these URLs.
https://www.shop-dontronics.com/usb-converters/usb-rs232-chinese-adapter-cable.-(1.8-meter-cable)-usb-rs232-chn
https://www.shop-dontronics.com/maximite-accessories
https://www.shop-dontronics.com/usb-to-ttl-cables

When they are gone, they are gone.

Cheers Don...


--
Don McKenzie

https://www.shop-dontronics.com

news16
Guest

Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:13 am   



On Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:15:58 +1100, Don McKenzie wrote:

Quote:
On 18/02/2018 2:00 PM, news16 wrote:
On Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:15:31 +1100, Don McKenzie wrote:

Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic kits,
beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY Electronics HK), who
passed away in 2006.

Congrats. Meanwhile the kids worry about competing with Amazon.

No, if you can't beat them, join them Smile


You didn't!. I was one, of probably a number of people,that taught therm
they had to have a warehouse/distro centre. Their customers would order
books off me when they were waiting weeks for Amazon to fulfill their
orders. It was nice while it lasted, but my supply chain folded. so
farewell.

Don McKenzie
Guest

Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:40 am   



On 19/02/2018 12:13 PM, news16 wrote:

Quote:
Congrats. Meanwhile the kids worry about competing with Amazon.

No, if you can't beat them, join them :-)

You didn't!. I was one, of probably a number of people,that taught therm
they had to have a warehouse/distro centre. Their customers would order
books off me when they were waiting weeks for Amazon to fulfill their
orders. It was nice while it lasted, but my supply chain folded. so
farewell.


My wife was one of their first OZ customers, and got an early kindle, now on her third. Still gets books from the
states. They still get lost and have to be resent. Most of the stuff she reads isn't in stock in Australia.

My eldest daughter is an affiliate for the US market with general products, and this is starting to build up nicely.
She says OZ is getting crap products, and although they don't have affiliates in oz yet, she won't sell to Australians
as she reckons we will be getting the cheap Chinese rubbish.

Cheers Don...


--
Don McKenzie

https://www.shop-dontronics.com

Perry
Guest

Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:32 pm   



On 16-Feb-18 2:15 PM, Don McKenzie wrote:
Quote:

Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic kits,
beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY Electronics HK), who
passed away in 2006.

I know I pioneered a lot of new Internet concepts such as online
payments that are commonplace today. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia
treated me like an alien initially.

I assisted the Australian Tax Office with the introduction of the GST
tax laws, as they had no idea what the web was about, and didn't
comprehend the variety of global transactions that could be done.

I will be closing Dontronics down, and have a tentative closure date at
this stage of the 30th of June 2018.

At 75 years of age, it is really getting beyond me. After being in
business since 1964, I have to shut down as my two daughters don't have
an electronics background, and have other business interests they wish
to pursue.

I wish to get rid of all stock by this date. Many items are currently
heavily discounted.

In the last two years, I have greatly reduced the range and stock levels
on products, so I don't have large stock levels. I have a lot of
connectors and header pins, etc., that would suit microcontroller
projects and am open to offers on bulk orders on these.

Cheers Don...




Good on you Don. IIRC you started out with mechanical totes machines or
something similar. You've covered a lot of ground.


You should visit Dave Jones EEVBlog forum and join up there.

I'm certain you'd be welcome and be a good source of knowledge and
experience for others to draw on! Make sure to pick a user name that
allows us to ID you.

Best of luck.

Don McKenzie
Guest

Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:09 pm   



On 19/02/2018 10:32 PM, Perry wrote:

Quote:
Good on you Don. IIRC you started out with mechanical totes machines or something similar. You've covered a lot of ground.


You should visit Dave Jones EEVBlog forum and join up there.

I'm certain you'd be welcome and be a good source of knowledge and experience for others to draw on! Make sure to pick a
user name that allows us to ID you.

Best of luck.


Thanks for the kind words and tips Perry.

Yes, I actually worked on Australian designed and built electro mechanical tote machines that were built in the 1930s.
see: http://www.dontronics.com/my_early_tote_years.html

Cheers Don...



--
Don McKenzie

https://www.shop-dontronics.com

Perry
Guest

Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:33 am   



On 20-Feb-18 4:09 AM, Don McKenzie wrote:
Quote:
On 19/02/2018 10:32 PM, Perry wrote:

Good on you Don. IIRC you started out with mechanical totes machines
or something similar. You've covered a lot of ground.


You should visit Dave Jones EEVBlog forum and join up there.

I'm certain you'd be welcome and be a good source of knowledge and
experience for others to draw on! Make sure to pick a user name that
allows us to ID you.

Best of luck.

Thanks for the kind words and tips Perry.

Yes, I actually worked on Australian designed and built electro
mechanical tote machines that were built in the 1930s.
see: http://www.dontronics.com/my_early_tote_years.html

Cheers Don...





I wondered where I'd read about that!

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