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RadioShack to close about 500 stores: WSJ
WSJ ^ | 2/4/14 | Wall Street Journal

Posted on 02/04/2014 12:52:54 PM PST by illiac

Edited 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: business; chat; jobs; laborforce; radioshack; storeclosings
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1 posted on 02/04/2014 12:52:54 PM PST by illiac
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To: illiac

Weird timing after a very good Super Bowl ad. I thought they’d follow with some news about changes in their stores...not this.


2 posted on 02/04/2014 12:54:30 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: illiac

I’m surprised it took this long.
They should have died 10 years ago.


3 posted on 02/04/2014 12:54:58 PM PST by Zathras
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To: illiac

Like the Super Bowl ad said - the 80s called and they want their Radio Shack back.


4 posted on 02/04/2014 12:55:11 PM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: illiac

It’s almost useless to go there... They used to have lots of IC’s and components, but not anymore.


5 posted on 02/04/2014 1:00:32 PM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: babygene

Lot of great memories from my DXing days.


6 posted on 02/04/2014 1:01:35 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: babygene

I haven’t found much use for RS in many years. I’m surprised it has lasted as long it has.


7 posted on 02/04/2014 1:03:11 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: ilgipper
LOL I hadn't seen that one.

(FWIW, Radio Shack was already passe in the 80s)

8 posted on 02/04/2014 1:03:15 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: babygene

... 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.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 1:03:49 PM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: Zathras

Lafeyette, Allied, Heathkit.

Mama.

What happened?

What the h3ll happened?

Steve McQueen, The Sand Pebbles.

What happened?

Everything changed.

Today few can do.


10 posted on 02/04/2014 1:04:12 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: babygene
"It’s almost useless to go there... They used to have lots of IC’s and components, but not anymore."

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.

11 posted on 02/04/2014 1:04:29 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: T-Bird45
Like the Super Bowl ad said - the 80s called and they want their Radio Shack back.

Looks like the 80s have come to collect :)

12 posted on 02/04/2014 1:04:37 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: babygene
They used to have lots of IC’s and components, but not anymore.

But you can buy a cell phone contract and ear bud there.

13 posted on 02/04/2014 1:05:11 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Rio

And pretty much everything else.


14 posted on 02/04/2014 1:05:16 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: babygene

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


15 posted on 02/04/2014 1:05:24 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: illiac

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.


16 posted on 02/04/2014 1:07:06 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: prisoner6

Thank God for DigiKey..........


17 posted on 02/04/2014 1:07:12 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: illiac

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.


18 posted on 02/04/2014 1:07:26 PM PST by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse.)
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To: dfwgator; babygene

To: illiac
It’s almost useless to go there... They used to have lots of IC’s and components, but not anymore.

5 posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 3:00:32 PM by babygene ( .)
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To: babygene
Lot of great memories from my DXing days.

6 posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 3:01:35 PM by dfwgator

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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.

(lolol)


19 posted on 02/04/2014 1:07:50 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: babygene

Ford electronics fun website to browse
http://www.fordelectronics.com


20 posted on 02/04/2014 1:08:36 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: illiac

Wow...great news...more people on unemployment to grow the economy.../S


21 posted on 02/04/2014 1:08:52 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: prisoner6

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.


22 posted on 02/04/2014 1:09:02 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ilgipper
Weird timing after a very good Super Bowl ad. I thought they’d follow with some news about changes in their stores...not this.

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.

23 posted on 02/04/2014 1:09:56 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: martin_fierro

Yeah that one was good.


24 posted on 02/04/2014 1:10:51 PM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: illiac

I have 3 RS stores about equidistant. One would suffice if the inventory is kept up.


25 posted on 02/04/2014 1:11:18 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ilgipper
I thought that was an effective ad. I wish them well. I hope they are able to make a comeback.
26 posted on 02/04/2014 1:12:35 PM PST by rusty schucklefurd
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To: Zathras

RS seems to be a phone kiosk with misc electronic stuff for me.


27 posted on 02/04/2014 1:12:48 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: babygene

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.


28 posted on 02/04/2014 1:13:22 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: wally_bert
I haven’t found much use for RS in many years. I’m surprised it has lasted as long it has.

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.

29 posted on 02/04/2014 1:14:06 PM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: steve86; T-Bird45

They used to have lots of IC’s and components, but not anymore.

But you can buy a cell phone contract and ear bud there.

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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!!


30 posted on 02/04/2014 1:15:43 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Zathras
I’m surprised it took this long.
They should have died 10 years ago.

I have to agree. Their stores are two small to compete with the likes of Best Buy or even our local electronic store that caries every connector widget ever invented generally at bargain basement prices.

If I owned RS I would go for broke leveraging my brand name recognition as an Internet only store.

31 posted on 02/04/2014 1:16:39 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: al baby

Thanks. I was in the market for a few Crocker-Wheeler Dc Motor Generators.


32 posted on 02/04/2014 1:19:22 PM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: babygene

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.


33 posted on 02/04/2014 1:21:20 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: InterceptPoint
It's too late. RS is dead.
They've missed one opportunity after another since the 70s.

They coulda been a contender.
They coulda been somebody.

34 posted on 02/04/2014 1:21:59 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: illiac

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.


35 posted on 02/04/2014 1:24:01 PM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: dfwgator

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.


36 posted on 02/04/2014 1:25:53 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: Leaning Right

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.


37 posted on 02/04/2014 1:26:24 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: InterceptPoint

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.


38 posted on 02/04/2014 1:27:14 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: illiac

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.

Not.

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.


39 posted on 02/04/2014 1:27:14 PM PST by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Cq Cq Cq Dx


40 posted on 02/04/2014 1:31:06 PM PST by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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Not that I know much about these kind of innards, but this place is just down the road, has been in business for years, and has a good rep.

Some of y'all might like to have another source for yer atomic bits:

Moyer Electronics

             

41 posted on 02/04/2014 1:32:20 PM PST by tomkat (we're gonna need that door #4, Monty)
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To: prisoner6
I remember all those Heathkit TVs. Not for beginners, f’sure.
42 posted on 02/04/2014 1:32:47 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: illiac

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.


43 posted on 02/04/2014 1:33:37 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: VanDeKoik

Oh YES! That brings back memories!


44 posted on 02/04/2014 1:34:12 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: illiac

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...


45 posted on 02/04/2014 1:36:37 PM PST by terycarl (common sense prevails overall else)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

IIRC They had a decent color set kit. Know how to solder, test and take your time!


46 posted on 02/04/2014 1:36:48 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: All

radio shack lost their way.

they don’t sell pieces parts

they don’t sell unique hard to find products

they are waaaaay overpriced.


47 posted on 02/04/2014 1:36:57 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ilgipper

Due to the wonderful and ever improving economy of B.O.


48 posted on 02/04/2014 1:38:37 PM PST by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: prisoner6

It was from a kinder, gentler time.


49 posted on 02/04/2014 1:39:53 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: illiac

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.


50 posted on 02/04/2014 1:46:09 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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