Skip to comments.RadioShack to close about 500 stores: WSJ
Posted on 02/04/2014 12:52:54 PM PST by illiacEdited on 02/04/2014 12:54:41 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. electronics chain RadioShack Corp is planning to close about 500 stores within months, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Weird timing after a very good Super Bowl ad. I thought they’d follow with some news about changes in their stores...not this.
I’m surprised it took this long.
They should have died 10 years ago.
Like the Super Bowl ad said - the 80s called and they want their Radio Shack back.
It’s almost useless to go there... They used to have lots of IC’s and components, but not anymore.
Lot of great memories from my DXing days.
I haven’t found much use for RS in many years. I’m surprised it has lasted as long it has.
(FWIW, Radio Shack was already passe in the 80s)
... and their employees are cluless about the components side. I was trying to get them to recommend a relay or something, and got only blank stares.
Lafeyette, Allied, Heathkit.
What the h3ll happened?
Steve McQueen, The Sand Pebbles.
Today few can do.
I know. I don't know if the market for that dried up. But I've wondered how long a "me too" "Sell phones like everyone else" business model would hold up.
I would think the component market would be expanding again with all the interest in robotics and makers.
Looks like the 80s have come to collect :)
But you can buy a cell phone contract and ear bud there.
And pretty much everything else.
I loved the old radio shack very few places to buy stuff like that I have a place in fullerton Ford Radio that has lots of stuff than good ness i do recall the battery club card that was kinda fun
As the joke says, “try and find the radio”.
Remember back in the day when they wanted your address if you bought anything? Even batteries?
Rumor floating around was that they were required to report your component purchases to the FCC if it looked as if you were in the process of building a pirate radio station.
Thank God for DigiKey..........
The last three times I was in Radio Shack, they did not have what I was looking for.
A really weird mix of items if you ask me. A lot of Chinese junk.
Its almost useless to go there... They used to have lots of ICs and components, but not anymore.
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6 posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 3:01:35 PM by dfwgator
What are IC’s and components? What are DXing days?
I guess whatever they were they were well before my time. And I’m 55 years old.
Ford electronics fun website to browse
Wow...great news...more people on unemployment to grow the economy.../S
I remember as a kid helping my Dad assemble our Heathkit TV. It took probably about a year and a half, but we got it done.
The one in my neighborhood has been one of those "new look" stores for over a year. Don't know why they waited until they could spend a couple of million to announce the year-old changes.
Yeah that one was good.
I have 3 RS stores about equidistant. One would suffice if the inventory is kept up.
RS seems to be a phone kiosk with misc electronic stuff for me.
They don’t have that stuff anymore because the peeps they hire don’t have a clue what those things are! All they half-way know about is a cell phone and selling ear buds and cases for them. The don’t know what an ohm is.
RS was a great place to pick up power resistors. But I'm guessing that not to many young folks these days have power resistors on their must-have list.
They used to have lots of ICs and components, but not anymore.
But you can buy a cell phone contract and ear bud there.
It’s why we stopped going there years ago...And the 20 and 30 somethings staff wouldn’t know a resistor from a transistor.
Hey, but their low wage labor!!
If I owned RS I would go for broke leveraging my brand name recognition as an Internet only store.
Thanks. I was in the market for a few Crocker-Wheeler Dc Motor Generators.
The used to have “resistor riots” and battery of the month club. Those days are gone. They can still be a niche player, but they have to choose their shots carefully. They have a decent website, but don’t offer in-store pick up, where they might be very competitive.
They coulda been a contender.
They coulda been somebody.
If I was at the top of RS, I would specialize in big trends.
Right now I would specialize in dumping cable TV, in favor of OTA antennas and streaming internet systems.
I don’t know where to go to find people with the knowledge about this. Have been going stepwise on my own.
Watched the Super Bowl on Fox San Diego with a cheapo antenna. But I need a better antenna.
For streaming Roku is tops.
Heathkit was the tech school of the time. The kits were sometimes complicated but if you took the time, thought it out ...and built something you learned a lot.
Because of that I learned a lot of skills. Decades ago when money was tight and our tv was on the blink I taught oldest son to test, diagnose and replace parts. Soldering was important too.
We kept a Sharp 19” running way longer than normal.
Last year under warranty I had a tech fix our Sharp 55” Aquos. I had already accessed the hidden tech menus and figured out it was a power supply problem. Tech was very happy replacing the board in less than ten minutes and charging Sharp.
Could have done it myself.
I used to go with my dad long ago as a 13 year old and drool over the components section. They eventually saw the value of getting me some so that I would stop taking apart various devices to harvest them.
I am 2 1/2 miles from Radio Shack and 14 miles from Best Buy. It I want a computer or major item, I drive 30 miles to tax free New Hampshire. If I want a 3:1 75 ohm RF splitter, I order on line. RS has them on-line, but not in their stores and does not offer in-store pick up, like Best Buy, so screw them.
Try to buy a decent portable AM-FM radio in a Radio Shack.
Not that you can purchase one anywhere, but one would think that an outlet with the name Radio in it would offer something better than a once $5.00 Dollar radio for less than $40.
The selection of radios there was very small when I was shopping so I continue to use a 30 year old boom box when I sit outside in warm weather.
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Some of y'all might like to have another source for yer atomic bits:
I went to Best Buy over the weekend looking for a kids’ LCD tablet. The guy looked at me like I was from another planet. He called over two other employees just as clueless. I finally asked could they PLEASE look it up in their store inventory database? Jeepers, that should have been their first thought! They didn’t have it. Went to RS, the guy knew what I was talking about, knew where to find it, knew how to use it. I was impressed.
Oh YES! That brings back memories!
in our town, the local lumber/home improvement dealer bought the franciise just as the RS store was about to close...he dedicated a decent size portion of his store for the franchise and it seems to be doing just fine...
IIRC They had a decent color set kit. Know how to solder, test and take your time!
radio shack lost their way.
they don’t sell pieces parts
they don’t sell unique hard to find products
they are waaaaay overpriced.
Due to the wonderful and ever improving economy of B.O.
It was from a kinder, gentler time.
My niece was a “manager” in one of their stores for several years. It seemed like an awful job. I think her true rate of pay per hour was barely 4 bucks taking into account all the unpaid hours she had to put in.
She quit and got a job with the govt. Now her true rate of pay for the hours she actually works is stunningly high, LOL.