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KB6NU
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Why RS is failing
KB6NU   12/1/2014 9:40:35 AM
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I didn't plow through all of the responses here to see if this link had been posted yet, but if so I apologize. The article at http://www.sbnation.com/2014/11/26/7281129/radioshack-eulogy-stories tells a pretty good story of why RadioShack is going under. There's no way that a company run like this can survive.

Duane Benson
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Possibly a little light?
Duane Benson   11/28/2014 11:11:58 AM
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RadioShack has received some help recently with cash and loans. It will be interesting to see it that does more than just postpone the inevitable.

I do have a small new reason to give them a bit more hope, though. At a recent family dinner, my brother was talking about RadioShack selling the Arduino. Now, in the electronics world, that's not news. It's well known and no surprise. But, my brother isn't a part of the electronics world. In fact, he's quite far from it. He's about as non-tech as you can get.

I've often used him as a gauge on how mainstream something is. I figure that if he's heard about it in sufficient detail to think it's worth talking about, then whatever it is, has gone mainstream. Using him as such an indicator was accurate on 3D printers not long ago. It was on accurate with Microsoft Windows way back in the 1980's, and it's worked on quite a few emerging technologies in between.

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At Least We Have Fry's
BRADAtech   11/20/2014 9:08:31 PM
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Radio Shack has been a shadow of its former self for over a decade. If you needed a relay or resistor or other part, you'd be better off ordering mail order if you or a friend didn't have the part.  Seems you can't have a parts store that also sells consumer electronics and also turns a profit... unless you are Fry's Electronics. I have seriously considering moving just so that I could be within driving distance of one of their stores (my nearest one is four hours away in Atlanta!)

Truly a sad state of affairs.  I wonder how long it will be to where we lose that term from the lexicon: I will never forget the time I took a programming friend to visit the show floor at WESCON (remember THAT long-gone event?) and she took a look around and said "It's a Radio Shack on steroids!!"

Sad...

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Patk0317   10/4/2014 12:59:21 PM
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I remember an Allied radio store that became Radio Shack. For awhile it was Allied-Radio Shack. I purchased my first CB radio kit there and several microphones. I happened to drive by the location a couple of weeks ago - it is now an empty structure probably headed for the wrecking ball.

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Get 10% cash back
MeasurementBlues   10/2/2014 3:17:12 PM
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I just went online to check my credit card. Under a purchase from Micro Center is an ad saying "Shop RadioShack for your technology needs. Get 10% cash back on your purchase."

I guess Radio Shack is desperate.

Check out my Radio Shack story on EDN, posted a few days before this one.

 



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Re: I'll still miss it - stores go in cycles
TonyTib   10/1/2014 12:15:48 PM
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Around here, for a while the "hot new store" category was bubble / pearl milk tea.

Then came the invasion of the Froyo (frozen yogurt) shops.

Now, many of those stores are going out of business, but I'm seeing a huge increase in music schools (piano lessons and such), SAT tutoring (with names such as MIT, Berkeley Academy, Ivy Boost) and after school schools, and massage/day spas (the number of places in all these categories has double or tripled in the last few years).


As far as nail places and hair salons, well, they're like weeds - there are so many who can tell if their number is increasing or decreasing?  (But competition is good - I go to a Vietnamese place where I can get a decent hair cut for $8)

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Re: I'll still miss it
kfield   9/30/2014 5:28:50 PM
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 @SusanRambo "We have a small commercial strip that mostly has nail salons and restaurants."

Amen. On the commercial street that is closest to my house in East Cambridge MA, i need more than ten fingers to count all the nail salons that have opened up. Barber shops are pretty much in evidence too, although I thnk they funciton more like social clubs. I'm losing hope that we are going to ever get much else, much less a small electronics store!

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Re: Bricks-and-mortar
David Ashton   9/30/2014 5:13:49 PM
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@antedeluvian... "My favourite Flanders & Swann is The Hippopotamus Song"

Mine is the Gnu song.... gotta get to work so google or you tube if you need.  There was a great version of it on the Muppet show as well.

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Already gone
Duane Benson   9/30/2014 4:04:10 PM
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I was saddened when I first started reading threads about the likely demise of RadioShack. Upon further reflection, I'm thinking that it's really about time. They once were great, but for a very long time, they've been lost and on the wrong path. The real surprise is that they've lasted this long.

The RadioShack of today is very far from the hobbyist meca, with tubes, transistors and capacitors, that filled an important need. It's a long way from the TRS-80, CoCo and Model 100 days. Those were great innovations. But then came the Tandy 1000.

Today's RadioShack has some of the right products - Arduino and Vex, for example - but not an atmosphere conducive to selling them. People shopping for cell phones don't want to buy them from a "geek place." People buying hobby electroncis don't want to hang out in a cell phone store.

Maybe they can be saved. Maybe not. But what they are today needs to go regardless. There still is a glimmer of potential, but the required changes are probably far too redical for them.



mikekirschner
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Re: I'll still miss it
mikekirschner   9/29/2014 3:34:52 PM
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Well Susan, I think we live in the same neighborhood! I have occasionally walked into that Shadio Rack (as I once heard it referred to by hams in the 1970s, back when I would bring tubes in for testing and replacement!) and, more times than not, failed to find what I was looking for. It's OK for very, very common objects like 1/4" stereo jacks but I don't want to pay so much for cables, etc. RS lost its way long ago. I'm shocked that the store still exists every time I walk by it (and shocked that they even bothered to re-open it after a fire in an upstairs unit severely damaged the building, which shut it for months and months).

There is quite honestly no reason for such a store to exist. You can buy electronic components online much cheaper (100 2N2222 transistors for $4...how the heck do you beat that if you're RS and intent on selling a single unit for $2 or more?) with free delivery (thank you Amazon). They can't compete with the cell phone stores or with anyone that sells electronics of any sort, on both price and knowledge - the seem to hire people with no knowledge of electronics whatsoever. Even BestBuy has better trained employees. I just have no reason to go there...ever.

But I do fear that, once it closes, it will be replaced by another utterly useless bank, nail salon, or real estate office.

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