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(ABC)   Radio Shack loses more money than expected as consumers continue to not buy its crap. This is a repeat going back to the days when its entire electronics section was DIY quartz radio kits and transistors sold in plastic envelopes on a pegboard   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 75
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2014-06-10 09:30:15 AM  
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2014-06-10 10:03:13 AM  
It's *CRYSTAL* radio kits.  Oh, and I still go there for parts, if I just need onesy-twosies for a project.

For example, I made an external headphone impedance transformer for my Heathkit QRP rig because it is completely stock, and as such 8 Ohm headphones sound like crap, and good luck finding high impedance headphones these days.
 
2014-06-10 10:09:11 AM  
I'm surprised any of them are still open. I'm glad they are though, I need to put another 10k RAM in my Tandy Color Computer.
 
2014-06-10 10:33:51 AM  
Gee, maybe transforming themselves into a cell phone sales company was a bad idea...
 
2014-06-10 11:34:26 AM  
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This just in... there is this strange new invention called the internet people are using to bypass disorganized overpriced stores
 
2014-06-10 11:38:29 AM  

dittybopper: It's *CRYSTAL* radio kits.  Oh, and I still go there for parts, if I just need onesy-twosies for a project.

For example, I made an external headphone impedance transformer for my Heathkit QRP rig because it is completely stock, and as such 8 Ohm headphones sound like crap, and good luck finding high impedance headphones these days.


Count yourself lucky.  I went in for a AA battery cage.  There were drawers and drawers marked "battery cases", but not a single AA one in the store.   Only C cells.  The only thing that uses C cells is subby's mom's vibrator.

/cheap shot
//so's subby's mom
///three
 
2014-06-10 11:42:28 AM  
They should take the entire inventory and sell it at Crazy Eddie's.
 
2014-06-10 11:53:32 AM  
Fahnestock Clips

Where else you going to get them?
 
2014-06-10 11:57:26 AM  

foo monkey: dittybopper: It's *CRYSTAL* radio kits.  Oh, and I still go there for parts, if I just need onesy-twosies for a project.

For example, I made an external headphone impedance transformer for my Heathkit QRP rig because it is completely stock, and as such 8 Ohm headphones sound like crap, and good luck finding high impedance headphones these days.

Count yourself lucky.  I went in for a AA battery cage.  There were drawers and drawers marked "battery cases", but not a single AA one in the store.   Only C cells.  The only thing that uses C cells is subby's mom's vibrator.

/cheap shot
//so's subby's mom
///three


Pretty much everything I've gone there for they've had, with one or two exceptions.  And that includes AA battery holders (was considering powering QRP rig with AA batteries).
 
2014-06-10 11:59:59 AM  

dittybopper: Pretty much everything I've gone there for they've had, with one or two exceptions.

The local Radio Shack around here only sells cellphone peripherals and a smattering of overpriced consumer electronics.
 
2014-06-10 12:03:36 PM  
I used to go there 20-30 years ago. I had to make up a name every time I purchased something.
 
2014-06-10 12:07:56 PM  

vudukungfu: Fahnestock Clips

Where else you going to get them?


http://www.amazon.com/Fahnestock-Clip-package-of-6/dp/B0052E7UIY

They have 'em for 6 cents a piece on Alibaba, but you have to order at least a thousand.
 
2014-06-10 12:18:25 PM  
Since I we Tandy Color Computer as a kid, I used to love going into my local Radio Shack to see of they had any new games on cassettes hanging in plastic bags on peg boards.

/Good times
 
2014-06-10 12:20:48 PM  
 
2014-06-10 12:22:11 PM  
I work at a two way radio shop and every now and then we'll get a few parts from the local radio shack, but their stock of useful stuff has been dwindling in just the 9 years I've been working there. Nowadays we mostly get a few things like terminal strips, the occasional small audio transformer, some alligator clips, and they do have these perfect coax prep tools for RG-58 that we buy when we loose them. Otherwise they don't have shiat that you can't get cheaper somewhere else.
 
2014-06-10 12:30:27 PM  
CSB: Before I left as manager of a Shack, I printed and put up two reorder tags for flux capacitors in the 272 series - the normal 1.21GW version and the harder-to-find (!) 2.42GW model. The tags remained for a good three years, and it amused me greatly to think people kept trying to order them until someone finally explained to them the joke.
 
2014-06-10 12:30:31 PM  
At a time when electronics hobby-ism is booming, Radio Shack can't figure out how to make money. They abandoned the bobby and now they are nowhere for the revival. They should buy the arduino and raspberry pi projects in their entirety and invest in electronics/robotics. Sounds stupid, but competing with the ATT&T store is pretty stupid too. At least this way, they'd have a brand identity.
 
2014-06-10 12:30:57 PM  

dragonchild: The local Radio Shack around here only sells cellphone peripherals and a smattering of overpriced consumer electronics.


Same with the RS around here.  Which is why they're failing.  There are 4-5 kiosks in the mall and a dozen stores in and around the mall that sell cellphones and/or accessories.  As the article noted, the mobile market in the US is reaching saturation with sales going flat.  Too many places fighting for a smaller market.

They also used to sell mini-sat hardware and subscriptions.  Also a saturated market with flat sales.

As I've argued in a couple of these RS threads, I think one way for them to survive is to become a mini Fry's Electronics for the exhurbs and medium-sized towns that are over an hour from a major metro center.  Those little stores they have in malls are too small and the rent too high.  It reminds me a lot of the Lowes / Home Depot versus Ace / TruValue fight.  Except that in this case, RS has set aside most of the store for garden gnomes and plastic flamingos and only has a little section in the back dedicated to lawn care.
 
2014-06-10 12:35:39 PM  

wiseolddude: I used to go there 20-30 years ago. I had to make up a name every time I purchased something.


Every time I'm at a place I have to give my name, I say it's "Shaniqua Jackson."  I'm an old white dude, so it tends to throw them off a bit.
 
2014-06-10 12:47:32 PM  

mccallcl: At a time when electronics hobby-ism is booming, Radio Shack can't figure out how to make money. They abandoned the bobby and now they are nowhere for the revival. They should buy the arduino and raspberry pi projects in their entirety and invest in electronics/robotics. Sounds stupid, but competing with the ATT&T store is pretty stupid too. At least this way, they'd have a brand identity.


I don't know that it sounds stupid at all. A lot of people are getting interested in the arduino and raspberry pi stuff. The problem is that RS doesn't seem to realize what kind of electronics hobbyism is out there now. It's not quite the old days of electronics hobby where people are building their own breadboard projects or getting parts to fix things like their radio or TV since all that stuff usually uses chip resistors and the like. Like you were saying, the programmable robotics would be a good place to start. Hell Lego even does programmable robotics nowadays. Get stuff like that going and they'd likely see an uptick in their business.
 
2014-06-10 12:48:33 PM  
Every time I drive past one that's still open, I say, "Huh. Would you look at that." And then I just keep on going.

i.huffpost.com
 
2014-06-10 12:48:53 PM  

bagumpity: wiseolddude: I used to go there 20-30 years ago. I had to make up a name every time I purchased something.

Every time I'm at a place I have to give my name, I say it's "Shaniqua Jackson."  I'm an old white dude, so it tends to throw them off a bit.


I think they stopped doing that ever since every comedian of the 90s had a bit about it.

"I'm just buying batteries!"
 
2014-06-10 12:49:46 PM  

fustanella: CSB: Before I left as manager of a Shack, I printed and put up two reorder tags for flux capacitors in the 272 series - the normal 1.21GW version and the harder-to-find (!) 2.42GW model. The tags remained for a good three years, and it amused me greatly to think people kept trying to order them until someone finally explained to them the joke.


thebrotherhoodofevilgeeks.files.wordpress.com


I keed, I keed
 
2014-06-10 12:50:50 PM  

bagumpity: wiseolddude: I used to go there 20-30 years ago. I had to make up a name every time I purchased something.

Every time I'm at a place I have to give my name, I say it's "Shaniqua Jackson."  I'm an old white dude, so it tends to throw them off a bit.


I use a different name also -- plus I use 02134 as my zip code at every store that asks.

/Send it to ZOOM!
 
2014-06-10 12:52:22 PM  

Mugato: bagumpity: wiseolddude: I used to go there 20-30 years ago. I had to make up a name every time I purchased something.

Every time I'm at a place I have to give my name, I say it's "Shaniqua Jackson."  I'm an old white dude, so it tends to throw them off a bit.

I think they stopped doing that ever since every comedian of the 90s had a bit about it.

"I'm just buying batteries!"


Nope, the one around here often does it, but not all the time. I know they still asked all the time up to about 5 years ago in this area.
 
2014-06-10 12:54:33 PM  
All of radio shack would take up no more than a cubic meter at an Amazon warehouse.
 
2014-06-10 12:56:17 PM  

foo monkey: The only thing that uses C cells is subby's mom's vibrator.


I thought that used 6V lantern batteries.
 
2014-06-10 12:58:25 PM  
I guess they aren't being Realistic.
 
2014-06-10 12:59:32 PM  

Fear the Clam: foo monkey: The only thing that uses C cells is subby's mom's vibrator.

I thought that used 6V lantern batteries.


She got rid of the kickstart one?
 
2014-06-10 01:02:29 PM  

bagumpity: wiseolddude: I used to go there 20-30 years ago. I had to make up a name every time I purchased something.

Every time I'm at a place I have to give my name, I say it's "Shaniqua Jackson."  I'm an old white dude, so it tends to throw them off a bit.


I used to work there. It isn't throwing them off, here is what is going on, the italics are words thought but not spoken.

"Can I get a name please?"
"Shaniqua Jackson"
"Oh wow, another one of these farking clowns who thinks they are funny. As if this job doesn't suck enough I have to put up with farkards like this one. OK, let's keep it together and make sure the next thing coming out of the mouth isn't 'fark off asshole'.
"And an address, Shaniqua?"
 
2014-06-10 01:05:25 PM  
Remember the cool stuff they used to have?

ero5hin.org

www.robynsonlineworld.com

/christmas '87
 
2014-06-10 01:08:17 PM  
There's this new thing the cool kids are using called a computer. They should look into that!
 
2014-06-10 01:08:17 PM  

DanZero: Remember the cool stuff they used to have?

[ero5hin.org image 850x496]

[www.robynsonlineworld.com image 500x361]

/christmas '87


My first computer was a TRS-80. I have fond memories of copying BASIC games from BYTE! magazine.
 
2014-06-10 01:09:31 PM  

DanZero: Remember the cool stuff they used to have?

[ero5hin.org image 850x496]

[www.robynsonlineworld.com image 500x361]

/christmas '87


It's got Repeat AND Repeat Plus!  Hot damn!
 
2014-06-10 01:09:39 PM  

Heraclitus: There's this new thing the cool kids are using called a computer. They should look into that!


There is no margin in them. We used to lose money on a number of the ones we sold in the late 90's, My boss actually banned one of my co-workers from selling them because he wasn't aggressive enough with add ons.
 
2014-06-10 01:10:31 PM  

foo monkey: DanZero: Remember the cool stuff they used to have?

[ero5hin.org image 850x496]

[www.robynsonlineworld.com image 500x361]

/christmas '87

It's got Repeat AND Repeat Plus!  Hot damn!


If you add sour cream you got yourself a Repeat Supreme.
 
2014-06-10 01:35:38 PM  
So is it time to go and buy out my local store's inventory of 60/40 lead solder?
 
2014-06-10 01:36:49 PM  

Mugato: I'm surprised any of them are still open. I'm glad they are though, I need to put another 10k RAM in my Tandy Color Computer.


Just goes to show that you don't own a Color Computer!

They came stock with 32K of RAM and the only way to upgrade them was to solder new chips on top of the old ones bending up the high order address bit and then onto the appropriate addressing line on the motherboard.

/Has a 64K Color Computer.
 
2014-06-10 01:48:19 PM  
That's when they used to be pretty cool. RS, with its rows upon rows of IC's, diodes, resistors and breadboards got me interested in electronics when I was young. I began doing research, checking out books from the library in order to teach myself the basic principles before embarking on my first project. Unfortunately, that's about when the electronics parts inventory went away. Much to my regret, I allowed my interest to wane after that.
 
2014-06-10 02:09:32 PM  
To be fair to Radio Shack, they did have a decent smattering electronics hobby stuff, including some Arduino kits, last time I found myself in one.  If there's any national chain that's well positioned to be the place people think of when they want to buy a Raspberry Pi, a 3-D printer, etc., Radio Shack is it.

But also to be fair, nobody working in the store has the foggiest idea what any of the merchandise is.
 
2014-06-10 02:58:38 PM  

poot_rootbeer: To be fair to Radio Shack, they did have a decent smattering electronics hobby stuff, including some Arduino kits, last time I found myself in one.  If there's any national chain that's well positioned to be the place people think of when they want to buy a Raspberry Pi, a 3-D printer, etc., Radio Shack is it.

But also to be fair, nobody working in the store has the foggiest idea what any of the merchandise is.


You've got questions, we've got blank stares
 
2014-06-10 03:01:45 PM  

bagumpity: wiseolddude: I used to go there 20-30 years ago. I had to make up a name every time I purchased something.

Every time I'm at a place I have to give my name, I say it's "Shaniqua Jackson."  I'm an old white dude, so it tends to throw them off a bit.


What happened to just saying "No thanks"?  I just politely decline and they proceed with the sale.  Sometimes a short protest about how they want to provide me with the latest info etc and I just shake my head and confirm.  Worked at every store that wants my contact info as part of a point of sale transaction.  Of course when its reasonable to ask like signing up for a bank account I provide it, I'm not a dick I just don't like spam or junk mail.
 
2014-06-10 03:03:31 PM  

buckler: That's when they used to be pretty cool. RS, with its rows upon rows of IC's, diodes, resistors and breadboards got me interested in electronics when I was young. I began doing research, checking out books from the library in order to teach myself the basic principles before embarking on my first project. Unfortunately, that's about when the electronics parts inventory went away. Much to my regret, I allowed my interest to wane after that.


It would be interesting to know who RS sold the bulk of their electronics components to: hobbyists or DIY repairs.


poot_rootbeer: But also to be fair, nobody working in the store has the foggiest idea what any of the merchandise is.


If you can't compete on price or selection, you better complete on service.  This is the one thing RS could change without a wholesale makeover of their entire brand.
 
2014-06-10 03:26:11 PM  

bagumpity: wiseolddude: I used to go there 20-30 years ago. I had to make up a name every time I purchased something.

Every time I'm at a place I have to give my name, I say it's "Shaniqua Jackson."  I'm an old white dude, so it tends to throw them off a bit.


I use Jalito Carmona, especially at restaurants where they call your name.
 
2014-06-10 03:40:33 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: mccallcl: At a time when electronics hobby-ism is booming, Radio Shack can't figure out how to make money. They abandoned the bobby and now they are nowhere for the revival. They should buy the arduino and raspberry pi projects in their entirety and invest in electronics/robotics. Sounds stupid, but competing with the ATT&T store is pretty stupid too. At least this way, they'd have a brand identity.

I don't know that it sounds stupid at all. A lot of people are getting interested in the arduino and raspberry pi stuff. The problem is that RS doesn't seem to realize what kind of electronics hobbyism is out there now. It's not quite the old days of electronics hobby where people are building their own breadboard projects or getting parts to fix things like their radio or TV since all that stuff usually uses chip resistors and the like. Like you were saying, the programmable robotics would be a good place to start. Hell Lego even does programmable robotics nowadays. Get stuff like that going and they'd likely see an uptick in their business.


The hobby market cannot support 4,000 stores.
 
2014-06-10 03:44:40 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: Mugato: I'm surprised any of them are still open. I'm glad they are though, I need to put another 10k RAM in my Tandy Color Computer.

Just goes to show that you don't own a Color Computer!

They came stock with 32K of RAM and the only way to upgrade them was to solder new chips on top of the old ones bending up the high order address bit and then onto the appropriate addressing line on the motherboard.

/Has a 64K Color Computer.



I can't remember what I had for breakfast. Am I supposed to remember the specs on a computer I had when I was 8? :p

DanZero: Remember the cool stuff they used to have?

[ero5hin.org image 850x496]


/christmas '87


I was good at some of those games but I used to suck on the Organ.

/what?
 
2014-06-10 03:50:03 PM  

mcreadyblue: Dingleberry Dickwad: mccallcl: At a time when electronics hobby-ism is booming, Radio Shack can't figure out how to make money. They abandoned the bobby and now they are nowhere for the revival. They should buy the arduino and raspberry pi projects in their entirety and invest in electronics/robotics. Sounds stupid, but competing with the ATT&T store is pretty stupid too. At least this way, they'd have a brand identity.

I don't know that it sounds stupid at all. A lot of people are getting interested in the arduino and raspberry pi stuff. The problem is that RS doesn't seem to realize what kind of electronics hobbyism is out there now. It's not quite the old days of electronics hobby where people are building their own breadboard projects or getting parts to fix things like their radio or TV since all that stuff usually uses chip resistors and the like. Like you were saying, the programmable robotics would be a good place to start. Hell Lego even does programmable robotics nowadays. Get stuff like that going and they'd likely see an uptick in their business.

The hobby market cannot support 4,000 stores.


No, but I'm guessing it would support more than their current business plan.
 
2014-06-10 03:54:18 PM  
wiseolddude:
I used to go there 20-30 years ago. I had to make up a name every time I purchased something.

I didn't have to do that.

I did, however, give them a random name with the then-current address of the head of Tandy Corporation.
 
2014-06-10 04:03:45 PM  
Real men get their fahnestock clips from Allied Radio or Lafayette, not Radio Shack.
 
2014-06-10 04:20:22 PM  

Pick: Real men get their fahnestock clips from Allied Radio or Lafayette, not Radio Shack.


Reminds me of a Classic Dilbert strip.
 
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