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(Yahoo)   Not your Pappy's Radio Shack: RadioShack, the poor cousin of the electronics retail business, is sprucing up its image with a new logo and redesigned stores   ( finance.yahoo.com) divider line
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2013-07-15 10:32:51 PM  
6 votes:

Ivo Shandor: Battery of the Month Club.

Back in the early 80s I worked at RS in a mall while going to college.

The first of the month INVARIABLY began with farking loser "customers" tapping on the store doors with their car keys, louder and LOUDER and LOUDER,  expecting us to open 45 minutes early so they could come in and get their free farking batteries.

Half of them would biatch because we wouldn't honor the 3 inch thick stack of battery cards in their slimy hands, and the other half would just biatch about how the batteries didn't last worth a shiat.

If I personally had to pick 5000 people who should be pushed feet-first into the world's slowest meat grinder, it would be Battery Card farks.
2013-07-15 11:32:10 PM  
3 votes:

Rivetman1.0: Great Janitor: Will I still have to give up my name and address when buying a pack of batteries in cash?

I always told them my name was Mr. Cash and they did not need to know my address.

One time I gave them the address of the store and their own phone number.
The guy only caught on when he was almost done entering the phone number and he just glared at me.
2013-07-16 12:01:09 AM  
1 vote:

Wall_of_Doodoo: markie_farkie: Wall_of_Doodoo: Damn, you're going HARDCORE nerd nostalgia. I don't envy your destressed denim vectek stage. Dance monkey, dance.

Keep your filthy farking hands off my tube tester, pal!

Centifuge or mole rules?

7% or scrape Down clock?

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2013-07-15 11:01:55 PM  
1 vote:

Wall_of_Doodoo: Damn, you're going HARDCORE nerd nostalgia. I don't envy your destressed denim vectek stage. Dance monkey, dance.

Keep your filthy farking hands off my tube tester, pal!
2013-07-15 10:22:26 PM  
1 vote:
I don't give a fark about their logo or how they redecorate the store. They're not getting another dime from me until they bring back the Battery of the Month Club.
2013-07-15 10:13:26 PM  
1 vote:

Lsherm: I lament the demise of Radio Shack, but it's indicative of the stupidity and lack of manufacturing talent in the US as a whole.  I have a Heathkit stereo receiver that I built with my father in the early 70's, and it quit working about a year ago.  I had been going through the build manual and found two bad resistors and once capacitor on the mainboard, so I went to Radio Shack about six months ago to get replacements.  They didn't carry any.  I ended up ebaying the parts from China.

Five years ago the ballast that fired my Phillips first generation plasma went bad.  Back then I could get two of the capacitors from Radio Shack to fix it, but I had to order a resistor panel from a supplier in China.

I can appreciate that times change, but even back in the day that's the kind of thing Radio Shack was known for.  It's why it existed.  But since no one in America is repairing electronics at all, much less building them, they're farked.  They were great small specialty shops for electronics aficionados.  They are a terrible cell phone sales front.

Of course, Heathkit shiat the bed years ago and never recovered, so this is all to be expected.  Just throw it out when it quits working and buy a new one.

If they would have had it you'll be waiting in line for a hour , because the guy in front of you want to learn the ToS on a new cellphone
2013-07-15 10:10:52 PM  
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