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(Bloomberg)   Radio Shack's plan to close 1,100 stores now put on hold. VCR's, cassette tapes, rotary phones still available   (bloomberg.com) divider line 52
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2014-04-18 09:18:56 AM
Radio Shack to keep stores open, continue to pretend last 40 years of technology never happened.
 
2014-04-18 10:02:59 AM
I guess that means they will be reopening the one they closed here last month?
 
2014-04-18 10:18:39 AM
The only things they're really good for nowadays are clearance items, and possibly some little connector that's hard to find and not worth the shipping price. All I've gotten there in the past couple years are an antenna amplifier and 100' of coaxial cable, both on clearance.
 
2014-04-18 10:32:44 AM
Ratty Old Shack still exists! Who knew?
 
2014-04-18 10:33:33 AM
I've stepped in my local Radio Shack maybe 2 times in the past 5 years. I get better electronic items at my local Walmart, and that's sad.
 
2014-04-18 10:35:19 AM
You guys have never had to do any electronics repair, have you?

/granted Radio Shack isn't good for much, but they do still have a worthy niche they could mine
 
2014-04-18 10:36:56 AM
I saw that some are recommending that 2,000 stores be closed.

Which may make some go "Wouldn't that have to be all of them?"... but, according to Wikipedia, there are over 7,000 RS locations (5,200 in the U.S.).

5,200 U.S. locations.... yeah.
 
2014-04-18 10:40:36 AM
You mean to tell me that changing your core business from "electronics, components and accessories" to "cellphone middleman" was a bad move? Especially when your existing stores are all conveniently located near Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile stores?

Who'd have thought?

Meanwhile, I'll continue to order my components from Chinese suppliers, since there isn't a good local option for that kind of stuff since Radio Shack turned into a smartphone kiosk with walls and a roof.
 
2014-04-18 10:44:04 AM
I wonder which store's employees can recognize or describe the lowest percentage of their inventory.  Radio Shack has to be pretty high on that list.
 
2014-04-18 10:53:00 AM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: You mean to tell me that changing your core business from "electronics, components and accessories" to "cellphone middleman" was a bad move? Especially when your existing stores are all conveniently located near Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile stores?

Who'd have thought?

Meanwhile, I'll continue to order my components from Chinese suppliers, since there isn't a good local option for that kind of stuff since Radio Shack turned into a smartphone kiosk with walls and a roof.


This.

Look, the other day I needed a DVI to VGA adapter in a rush.  This is exactly the sort of thing Radio Shack should carry; but of course they didn't have one, so I had to drive farther away to the Best Buy, which did have one and bought it there.
 
2014-04-18 10:53:02 AM
Thank goodness, you never know when you may need to purchase an analog antenna to cable adapter.
 
2014-04-18 10:55:46 AM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: You mean to tell me that changing your core business from "electronics, components and accessories" to "cellphone middleman" was a bad move? Especially when your existing stores are all conveniently located near Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile stores?

Who'd have thought?

Meanwhile, I'll continue to order my components from Chinese suppliers, since there isn't a good local option for that kind of stuff since Radio Shack turned into a smartphone kiosk with walls and a roof.


Don't forget removable battery sales.
 
2014-04-18 10:58:40 AM
They sell a lighted microscope that I like to use for my...um...gardening hobby. I think I have bought two of them for $15 a pop over the past 8 years. so, there's that income to consider.
 
2014-04-18 11:02:07 AM
Yeah, I'm not sure how many retards are hanging out on Fark at this moment, but Radio Shack doesn't sell outdated shiat as a staple. I know it makes a 'funny', but it's also completely wrong.

Geotpf: Look, the other day I needed a DVI to VGA adapter in a rush.  This is exactly the sort of thing Radio Shack should carry; but of course they didn't have one, so I had to drive farther away to the Best Buy, which did have one and bought it there.


Yep, I went looking for one of those there once, no luck.
 
2014-04-18 11:03:33 AM
Radio Shack still has it's uses.  Odd batteries and adapters a pretty much what I use them for.
 
2014-04-18 11:12:29 AM
Are they still making the XMods RC cars? Those were kind of cool. My son had a couple when he was younger.
 
2014-04-18 11:14:06 AM
I'm still pissed that in Canada, they went around renaming all the Radio Shacks to whatever the hell this is:

www.bayshoreshoppingcentre.com
 
2014-04-18 11:22:36 AM
I bought an Ethernet cable there a few weeks ago.  They tried to sell me an extended warranty on it. When I said "no," the poor sales guy emphasized the benefits of getting one. Again, just to remind you: on an Ethernet cable.

I contained the rage, but only - ONLY! - because I know the employees are basically being forced to make the spiel.
 
2014-04-18 11:26:15 AM
I wish they still sold all that old stuff. There probably is a better market for vintage computer, video and audio components than their current role as mobile phone middleman.
 
2014-04-18 11:28:41 AM
I have wondered of late which organized crime organization is using Radio Shack to launder its money.
 
2014-04-18 11:30:29 AM
I know they have far fewer locations, but if I need electronic components in person, Fry's is my first choice these days.
 
2014-04-18 11:30:58 AM

Mikey1969: Yeah, I'm not sure how many retards are hanging out on Fark at this moment, but Radio Shack doesn't sell outdated shiat as a staple. I know it makes a 'funny', but it's also completely wrong.

Geotpf: Look, the other day I needed a DVI to VGA adapter in a rush.  This is exactly the sort of thing Radio Shack should carry; but of course they didn't have one, so I had to drive farther away to the Best Buy, which did have one and bought it there.

Yep, I went looking for one of those there once, no luck.


HAH!!  I went to a RS specifically for the exact same item just a few days ago.  BB wanted way more than I was willing to spend (and I'll spend a premium to walk out of a store with whatever widget in my hands).   I wasn't in a rush, just more of a "I wanna complete my little pet-project NOW!" kind of attitude.  Once again, Monoprice continues to get my business.
 
2014-04-18 11:42:20 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: You guys have never had to do any electronics repair, have you?

/granted Radio Shack isn't good for much, but they do still have a worthy niche they could mine


When you need a 10uf, 25V electrolytic cap....
 
2014-04-18 11:50:36 AM

kittyhas1000legs: The only things they're really good for nowadays are clearance items, and possibly some little connector that's hard to find and not worth the shipping price. All I've gotten there in the past couple years are an antenna amplifier and 100' of coaxial cable, both on clearance.


I went to a radio shack the other day for a particular USB cable, and was astonished that they had virtually no electronic parts anymore. It is now just a cell phone and headphone store. They used to be great - they need to get back to their basics, no wonder they are going down the tube. It baffles me when companies make considered decisions to go away from what they did well to begin with.
 
2014-04-18 11:51:02 AM
I can usually find those old components at thrift stores for basically nothing.  It always amazes me how folks spend serious $$$ to get new stuff when they can get perfectly usable used stuff so much cheaper.

/Used is always a gamble, of course, and you may have to go to more than one store, so if you need to to work now may not be the best option.
 
2014-04-18 11:53:20 AM
Bought my first computer there:
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2014-04-18 11:57:53 AM
 
2014-04-18 12:04:46 PM

Unobtanium: I know they have far fewer locations, but if I need electronic components in person, Fry's is my first choice these days.



i65.photobucket.com

Just teasing. We have a Fry's Electronics here in Phoenix and its perfect for finding electrical components.
 
2014-04-18 12:04:59 PM

dletter: I saw that some are recommending that 2,000 stores be closed.

Which may make some go "Wouldn't that have to be all of them?"... but, according to Wikipedia, there are over 7,000 RS locations (5,200 in the U.S.).

5,200 U.S. locations.... yeah.


When I worked for them in the early 00's, they said there was a Radio Shack within six blocks of most locations in America.
 
2014-04-18 12:14:19 PM
Hearing that this company is struggling, I can't help but think "Good". Radio Shack is yet another company that lost its way, confused short term income schemes with long term revenue streams, and forgot that your customers make or break your business.

Good, bad, stupid, smart, or funny -- Radio Shack is one of those companies that I despise. There was a time when you could go in and get electronics components, computer & audio/video cables and adapters, specialty parts, hard to find batteries, etc. That really changed even before online commerce began really taking off, which is regrettable, a lot of people don't want to wait, and having a local source for that stuff is awesome. But, when the local RS stops carrying any of that stuff, what's the purpose of even going there? People are only going to spend so many wasted trips to your stores, only to find out you don't carry what they want.

There was also the excessively long and intrusive checkout process. Every damned time, no matter how big or how small the order, they wanted a phone number, an address. They wanted to sell you a warranty. They wanted you to switch to whatever satellite or cellphone provider was currently sponsoring the checkout process. A simple "No, thanks" was rarely sufficient. I swear they must've beaten the employees that didn't get 100% customer compliance in the phone number and cell phone contract department. It also meant, a line with 2 or 3 customers a head of you could easily take 20 minutes or longer, even though everybody's only got a handful of items.

The worst sin, and the one that caused me to never buy a thing from Radio Shack ever again was the rebate crap they pulled. For awhile, they got very heavy into the rebate scam. Some of the deals were actually pretty good, for electronic gadgets that I'd been eyeing up. But, after awhile, it became clear that Radio Shack had no intention of honoring a lot of those rebates. Because it takes so long for the rebates to be processed, it was sometimes 3 - 4 months before you'd get your money back or a rejection notice (warranted or not). That was also a 3 - 4 month grace period where unsuspecting customers (like me) were making a number of purchases thinking it was going to be a bargain. So they got a few months of good sales from customers, but after the rebates failed to materialize, they lost customers for life.

At one point, they had a portable DVD player, prominently advertised online, in flyers and in the store front, and after rebate, it was incredibly inexpensive. So, I bought a few, one for me, two as gifts, went through the whole song and dance at checkout. The rebate form printed out on the receipt, which isn't supposed to happen unless the rebate is valid for the item you're purchasing, all that jazz. After getting home, I started reading the rebate form and as it turns out, despite getting the exact brand (make & model) player, there was a list of UPCs that were eligible for the rebate and the players I had were all "off" by one number/letter. I returned the players, unopened, the next day and the manager ended up turning that into an hour long ordeal, raising his voice at me, berating me and telling me not to come back. I did get my money back, and then found out later (via a bunch of stories/threads online) that indeed, Radio Shack was rejecting the rebates on that portable player. Of course, the rebate processing time takes so long, that by the time people were getting the notices, it was too late to take the players back. So, not only was this another RS rebate scam, I had literally experienced the worst customer service of any store I'd ever been in.

So, I hate that people may be losing their jobs and livelihoods over a failed/failing business, but quite frankly, it's a company that deserves to die.
 
2014-04-18 12:16:08 PM

quizzical: dletter: I saw that some are recommending that 2,000 stores be closed.

Which may make some go "Wouldn't that have to be all of them?"... but, according to Wikipedia, there are over 7,000 RS locations (5,200 in the U.S.).

5,200 U.S. locations.... yeah.

When I worked for them in the early 00's, they said there was a Radio Shack within six blocks of most locations in America.


Probably mostly talking about metro areas....

Which still is a big deal.... I mean, here are 3 radio shacks within 4 miles of each other.   I mean, yeah, it's Chicago, but, still, really?
 
2014-04-18 12:17:24 PM

dletter: quizzical: dletter: I saw that some are recommending that 2,000 stores be closed.

Which may make some go "Wouldn't that have to be all of them?"... but, according to Wikipedia, there are over 7,000 RS locations (5,200 in the U.S.).

5,200 U.S. locations.... yeah.

When I worked for them in the early 00's, they said there was a Radio Shack within six blocks of most locations in America.

Probably mostly talking about metro areas....

Which still is a big deal.... I mean, here are 3 radio shacks within 4 miles of each other.   I mean, yeah, it's Chicago, but, still, really?


https:/­/w­ww­*g­oog­le*c­om­/m­aps/p­l­a­ce/R­a­d­ioShack­/[nospam-﹫-backwards]1­4*77­4­956,-87.6886846, 14 z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1sradio+shack!3m1!1s0x0:0x2ca2d89216446ca4
 
2014-04-18 12:26:16 PM

cig-mkr: Bought my first computer there:
[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 279x136]


That's a TI.  Unless you bought it at one of those franchise radio shack stores (and they were already few and far between when the 99/4a came out) you didn't get that at a radio shack.

Yes, I had a customer try to return one of those damn things to me when I worked at the battery shack in the 80s.  Must have been 3 or 4 years old.  He insisted he bought it from the store I was working at.  The manager and I had a good laugh over that one.  He then claimed he "Knew the owner of the store" and he was going to complain.  The manager (who I had brought into the discussion because this was just too good to not share the laughter) said "You do that then."  Never heard back from that guy about the computer, but he'd show up each month for his free battery.

You wouldn't happen to be living in central NJ about 26 or 27 years ago did you?
 
2014-04-18 12:31:57 PM

happydude45: kittyhas1000legs: The only things they're really good for nowadays are clearance items, and possibly some little connector that's hard to find and not worth the shipping price. All I've gotten there in the past couple years are an antenna amplifier and 100' of coaxial cable, both on clearance.

I went to a radio shack the other day for a particular USB cable, and was astonished that they had virtually no electronic parts anymore. It is now just a cell phone and headphone store. They used to be great - they need to get back to their basics, no wonder they are going down the tube. It baffles me when companies make considered decisions to go away from what they did well to begin with.


Times change.
 
2014-04-18 12:35:56 PM

Xanlexian: Mikey1969: Yeah, I'm not sure how many retards are hanging out on Fark at this moment, but Radio Shack doesn't sell outdated shiat as a staple. I know it makes a 'funny', but it's also completely wrong.

Geotpf: Look, the other day I needed a DVI to VGA adapter in a rush.  This is exactly the sort of thing Radio Shack should carry; but of course they didn't have one, so I had to drive farther away to the Best Buy, which did have one and bought it there.

Yep, I went looking for one of those there once, no luck.

HAH!!  I went to a RS specifically for the exact same item just a few days ago.  BB wanted way more than I was willing to spend (and I'll spend a premium to walk out of a store with whatever widget in my hands).   I wasn't in a rush, just more of a "I wanna complete my little pet-project NOW!" kind of attitude.  Once again, Monoprice continues to get my business.


Monoprice absolutely rocks. Great selection, great prices, customer service is very helpful, and even the bargain shipping is quick.
 
2014-04-18 12:43:07 PM

MadHatter500: cig-mkr: Bought my first computer there:
[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 279x136]

That's a TI.  Unless you bought it at one of those franchise radio shack stores (and they were already few and far between when the 99/4a came out) you didn't get that at a radio shack.

Yes, I had a customer try to return one of those damn things to me when I worked at the battery shack in the 80s.  Must have been 3 or 4 years old.  He insisted he bought it from the store I was working at.  The manager and I had a good laugh over that one.  He then claimed he "Knew the owner of the store" and he was going to complain.  The manager (who I had brought into the discussion because this was just too good to not share the laughter) said "You do that then."  Never heard back from that guy about the computer, but he'd show up each month for his free battery.

You wouldn't happen to be living in central NJ about 26 or 27 years ago did you?


That was forty forevers ago and I've got a memory as short as my dick. Thought I did but maybe I'm wrong.
Wasn't in NJ at that time, Va. Beach, if I remember correctly.
 
2014-04-18 01:00:02 PM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: You mean to tell me that changing your core business from "electronics, components and accessories" to "cellphone middleman" was a bad move? Especially when your existing stores are all conveniently located near Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile stores?


Agreed.  Being a reseller of mobile and satellite service in a saturated market is a poor idea.  Double so when your sales staff sucks.

The problem with being an electronics/computer/components/accessories store is that starting around the late '80s and early '90s, it required a lot more floor space than your typical Radio Shack had.  They needed to triple or quadruple the size of their stores to carry a meaningful collection of items.

Just look at Fry's Electronics as a comparison.  Their stores are HUGE.  Granted, they also carry a lot of home appliances, home office supplies and have a large CD/DVD/BR media section, but if you cut that all away, they still have a lot of floorspace dedicated to stuff that Radio Shack once specialized in.  And even Fry's has a small selection of electronics components compared to a specialty shop.  The one cabinet of resistors, diodes and caps at Radio Shack isn't going to cut it.

I'd argue that their ability to turn around the store is probably gone.  There is already a great deal of saturation in the market.  Maybe they could try to be the Fry's Electronics of smaller markets (smaller metros and on the fringe of major metros), but that puts them in competition with mail-order shops and ma-n-pa shops with less overhead.
 
2014-04-18 01:16:18 PM

xsarien: I bought an Ethernet cable there a few weeks ago.  They tried to sell me an extended warranty on it. When I said "no," the poor sales guy emphasized the benefits of getting one. Again, just to remind you: on an Ethernet cable.

I contained the rage, but only - ONLY! - because I know the employees are basically being forced to make the spiel.


When I worked at circuit city we had gold and regular printer cables. The gold ones were "faster", cost $10 more, and earned me $4 more.

/working in low level sales turns you into a bad person for a while
 
2014-04-18 01:32:21 PM
Radio Shack the corporate entity is deliberately creating problems in its business model that can be seen as easily fixable. The goal here is to position themselves to be acquired for their real estate, which if you think about it is worth a massive amount, easily billions.
 
2014-04-18 01:54:37 PM
Recently, radio schmuck has begun marketing to the Maker community, offering things like Premium-priced Arduino board kits and the like, but It is probably too little, too late.

I think though if they put some demo 3-d printers in the stores, it would boost traffic quite a bit.  Indeed, considering all their real estate, I might consider offering local 3-D Printing and CNC cutting services as part of a new business model, something like a custom t-shirt store model,  "your local Maker Store" where you come in and pick a print from a catalog of approved things already in their system, or they will digitize a model for you or walk you thru designing your own whatever, for a fee.  You come back to pick it up when it's done printing or cutting, and they have a chance to sell you other crap to finish your projects: paints, glues, components, etc. while you wait or as you come in to pick up.  The printing and cutting services are the draw to get you to buy other stuff.


When you browse the ShapeWays online catalog, you can see an amazing variety of stuff from jewelry and toys, to practical little gadgets for almost every aspect of daily life.  Shack could maybe partner with Shapeways directly to be a local outlet and gallery system.
 
2014-04-18 02:21:16 PM

dangelder: Radio Shack the corporate entity is deliberately creating problems in its business model that can be seen as easily fixable. The goal here is to position themselves to be acquired for their real estate, which if you think about it is worth a massive amount, easily billions.


I doubt Radio Shack has much in terms of real estate.  The lease most of their locations, which are typically small ones in shopping centers; in fact they are currently trying to renegotiate lower rent in return for keeping some of the stores open.  They aren't like, say, Sears/Kmart, which owns at least some of their much larger stores.
 
2014-04-18 03:24:57 PM

nocturnal001: xsarien: I bought an Ethernet cable there a few weeks ago.  They tried to sell me an extended warranty on it. When I said "no," the poor sales guy emphasized the benefits of getting one. Again, just to remind you: on an Ethernet cable.

I contained the rage, but only - ONLY! - because I know the employees are basically being forced to make the spiel.

When I worked at circuit city we had gold and regular printer cables. The gold ones were "faster", cost $10 more, and earned me $4 more.

/working in low level sales turns you into a bad person for a while


Accessory commissions were GREAT! I loved the $100.00 "Computer starter pack" that had a bunch of crap like a keyboard wrist-rest, mousepad, canned air and some blank CDs/DVDs. 10% commission on that, YES PLEASE!
 
2014-04-18 03:28:37 PM

happydude45: kittyhas1000legs: The only things they're really good for nowadays are clearance items, and possibly some little connector that's hard to find and not worth the shipping price. All I've gotten there in the past couple years are an antenna amplifier and 100' of coaxial cable, both on clearance.

I went to a radio shack the other day for a particular USB cable, and was astonished that they had virtually no electronic parts anymore. It is now just a cell phone and headphone store. They used to be great - they need to get back to their basics, no wonder they are going down the tube. It baffles me when companies make considered decisions to go away from what they did well to begin with.


So in your head they stopped selling the stuff that was bringing in profits?

They stopped selling that crap because very few people buy it anymore.
 
2014-04-18 03:30:01 PM

Prophet of Loss: I have wondered of late which organized crime organization is using Radio Shack to launder its money.


Now it makes sense
 
2014-04-18 03:30:26 PM

SharkaPult: nocturnal001: xsarien: I bought an Ethernet cable there a few weeks ago.  They tried to sell me an extended warranty on it. When I said "no," the poor sales guy emphasized the benefits of getting one. Again, just to remind you: on an Ethernet cable.

I contained the rage, but only - ONLY! - because I know the employees are basically being forced to make the spiel.

When I worked at circuit city we had gold and regular printer cables. The gold ones were "faster", cost $10 more, and earned me $4 more.

/working in low level sales turns you into a bad person for a while

Accessory commissions were GREAT! I loved the $100.00 "Computer starter pack" that had a bunch of crap like a keyboard wrist-rest, mousepad, canned air and some blank CDs/DVDs. 10% commission on that, YES PLEASE!


When I worked there we got 5% of TSP (tandy service plans) which wasn't too bad. Cell phones were the money maker though, $10 spiff per line. And I made a KILLING converting people to Sprint Long Distance at $5 a shot. I would get 6-12 a day.
 
2014-04-18 04:24:24 PM
I like the idea of being able to go buy a Propeller chip if I need to quickly slap an autopilot together... Also, they have Arduinos, for some weird reason.
 
2014-04-18 06:58:55 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: You guys have never had to do any electronics repair, have you?

/granted Radio Shack isn't good for much, but they do still have a worthy niche they could mine


I always go to the manufacture.

In fact, I'm amazed at how even when something is out of warrenty they just do the repair for free, or only charge for labor.
 
2014-04-18 09:35:21 PM

MrHappyRotter: Hearing that this company is struggling, I can't help but think "Good". Radio Shack is yet another company that lost its way, confused short term income schemes with long term revenue streams, and forgot that your customers make or break your business.

Good, bad, stupid, smart, or funny -- Radio Shack is one of those companies that I despise. There was a time when you could go in and get electronics components, computer & audio/video cables and adapters, specialty parts, hard to find batteries, etc. That really changed even before online commerce began really taking off, which is regrettable, a lot of people don't want to wait, and having a local source for that stuff is awesome. But, when the local RS stops carrying any of that stuff, what's the purpose of even going there? People are only going to spend so many wasted trips to your stores, only to find out you don't carry what they want.

There was also the excessively long and intrusive checkout process. Every damned time, no matter how big or how small the order, they wanted a phone number, an address. They wanted to sell you a warranty. They wanted you to switch to whatever satellite or cellphone provider was currently sponsoring the checkout process. A simple "No, thanks" was rarely sufficient. I swear they must've beaten the employees that didn't get 100% customer compliance in the phone number and cell phone contract department. It also meant, a line with 2 or 3 customers a head of you could easily take 20 minutes or longer, even though everybody's only got a handful of items.

The worst sin, and the one that caused me to never buy a thing from Radio Shack ever again was the rebate crap they pulled. For awhile, they got very heavy into the rebate scam. Some of the deals were actually pretty good, for electronic gadgets that I'd been eyeing up. But, after awhile, it became clear that Radio Shack had no intention of honoring a lot of those rebates. Because it takes so long for the rebates to be processed, it was sometimes 3 - 4 months before you'd get your money back or a rejection notice (warranted or not). That was also a 3 - 4 month grace period where unsuspecting customers (like me) were making a number of purchases thinking it was going to be a bargain. So they got a few months of good sales from customers, but after the rebates failed to materialize, they lost customers for life.

At one point, they had a portable DVD player, prominently advertised online, in flyers and in the store front, and after rebate, it was incredibly inexpensive. So, I bought a few, one for me, two as gifts, went through the whole song and dance at checkout. The rebate form printed out on the receipt, which isn't supposed to happen unless the rebate is valid for the item you're purchasing, all that jazz. After getting home, I started reading the rebate form and as it turns out, despite getting the exact brand (make & model) player, there was a list of UPCs that were eligible for the rebate and the players I had were all "off" by one number/letter. I returned the players, unopened, the next day and the manager ended up turning that into an hour long ordeal, raising his voice at me, berating me and telling me not to come back. I did get my money back, and then found out later (via a bunch of stories/threads online) that indeed, Radio Shack was rejecting the rebates on that portable player. Of course, the rebate processing time takes so long, that by the time people were getting the notices, it was too late to take the players back. So, not only was this another RS rebate scam, I had literally experienced the worst customer service of any store I'd ever been in.

So, I hate that people may be losing their jobs and livelihoods over a failed/failing business, but quite frankly, it's a company that deserves to die.


I love how he told you not to come back after you promised never to return. Very Acts Of Gord-esque (not a typo)
 
2014-04-19 07:43:42 AM
I like rotary phones; my parents had one when I was a kid. If somebody made a rotary phone that could somehow function with all the touchtone bullshiat we have, I would totally buy one.
 
2014-04-19 12:29:12 PM

RINO: If somebody made a rotary phone that could somehow function with all the touchtone bullshiat we have, I would totally buy one.


You can buy an adapter or try the DIY approach.
 
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