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Old 02-05-2015, 07:11 PM
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Adieu, Radio Shack...

RadioShack Files for Bankruptcy Protection - Bloomberg Business


RadioShack Corp., the 94-year-old consumer-electronics chain, filed for bankruptcy with a plan to turn about half of its 4,000 stores into Sprint Corp. locations and close the rest.

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Old 02-05-2015, 07:28 PM
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The slowest corporate death in history. RS has been on the ropes for over a decade. Now folks will have to buy their solder and rosin online, along with the stylii for their Garrard turntables . . .
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I can't speak to Scottsdale, but NYC has plenty of brick-and-mortar sources for components, solder, tools, etc that don't require waiting 2-3 days for shipping like a damn chump.

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It's a shame that some of the locations can't be bought up by either Google, Fry's Electronics, or Maker Labs, though. Sprint (the prospective buyer) is an abomination in all senses of the term.

And I hope that the series of execs that ran the company into the ground over the past 20 years get an incurable case of flesh-eating staph in the nether regions. A pox on their loins.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:11 PM
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I have not been in one of their stores in 20 years.

Are they like NewEgg just brick and motor?
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I have not been in one of their stores in 20 years.

Are they like NewEgg just brick and motor?
More like Fry's on the West Coast, except smaller and with a truly crappy selection.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:50 PM
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I think Fry's might have been what did them in. The Fry's in south Arlington, Texas is like a RS gone wild and, more to the point, they have stuff in stock.

I think the death of do it yourself electronics had a lot to do with it as well. Just like autos moved into the realm of 'you can no longer work on them yourself' so did electronics.

Is Heathkit still around? When they dropped out of sight it was a sure bet RS was not far behind.

But that being said... I had better get over there and pick up some alligator clips while I still can.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:07 PM
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My last visit, several years ago, was for an LED. $1.95 ea.
Same unit online was bout $.03, I got 100
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:13 PM
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I think the death of do it yourself electronics had a lot to do with it as well. Just like autos moved into the realm of 'you can no longer work on them yourself' so did electronics.
Except that neither notion is really true -- lots of electronics can be worked on, or at least aren't any worse to work on than stuff made in the 90s.

Though I have to say that millennial twitter-twits are awfully allergic to getting their hands dirty. SOLDERING! zOMG! Might inhale HEAVY METALS! The HORROR!
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:21 PM
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Except that neither notion is really true -- lots of electronics can be worked on, or at least aren't any worse to work on than stuff made in the 90s.

Though I have to say that millennial twitter-twits are awfully allergic to getting their hands dirty. SOLDERING! zOMG! Might inhale HEAVY METALS! The HORROR!

Just as bad as the old farts who can't see and end up burning their hands.


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Old 02-05-2015, 09:23 PM
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I have not been in one of their stores in 20 years.

Are they like NewEgg just brick and motor?
No, last I checked, RadioShack does not resemble a Volvo.
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Is Heathkit still around? When they dropped out of sight it was a sure bet RS was not far behind.

But that being said... I had better get over there and pick up some alligator clips while I still can.
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Heathkit manufactured electronic kits from 1947 until 1992. After closing that business, the Heath continued with its products for education, and motion-sensor lighting controls. The lighting control business was sold around 2000. The company announced in 2011 that they were reentering the kit business after a 20 year hiatus but then filed for bankruptcy in 2012,[1] and under new ownership began restructuring in 2013.
I believe that in our electronics class, many called them "roach clips" and used them for something else.
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My RadioShack experience has been very great. Customer service, go with RS. Parts, go with Fry's.

Fry's customer service… oh wait, they don't even know what customer service is. At least, the store in Anaheim doesn't.
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Old 02-06-2015, 01:03 AM
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My RadioShack experience has been very great. Customer service, go with RS. Parts, go with Fry's.

Fry's customer service… oh wait, they don't even know what customer service is. At least, the store in Anaheim doesn't.
Could the problem be simply because of a lack of "upsell"? For instance, I went into Batteries Plus today for an ATV battery. I have been there before and they were ok. Today, this girl (not cute) was about as good as the rest, gets me what I want, recommends the product based on whether I need it all year round or just summer months, tips, etc, etc. HOWEVER, she also asked if I needed batteries because they are having a sale. Also mentioned several other things I might need. Didn't really need them. So I was being checked out while looking at their LED light bulbs. Happened to mention them and she went on to explain the product, etc, etc. Got me thinking and I bought a couple of them to test out against the Home Depot ones.

Was her customer service really any better? I can't say so. What she did was to try upsell and not just give me what I wanted but to get me to buy as much as she could. Ended up with me trying a couple of bulbs.

Lets face it. We talk customer service all day long but Wal*Mart proves otherwise. When it comes down to it, most of us shop price. With the internet, we don't have to drive here and back and all over the world. I can go to my favorite store, print off a price and they will match it. So maybe the ticket is in the "upsell" where you change the oil and get the customer to buy a bulb change for $5, trans flush for $100, rear axle service for $100, etc, etc.
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Old 02-06-2015, 06:38 AM
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I believe that in our electronics class, many called them "roach clips" and used them for something else.
A hemostat can be repurposed as well.

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