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Radio Shack Files for Bankruptcy AGAIN


By BallyPinWiz

2 years ago



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    #101 41 days ago
    Quoted from loneacer:

    I grew up in Radio Shack

    I remember walking in there and drooling over the computers I couldn't afford and the electronic kits I couldn't(yet) understand.

    #102 41 days ago

    No more Radioshacks around here. One was still vacant (at least about a month a go when I passed by). Interestingly enough, that one is near a Toys R Us which was recently bought by Aldi. They gutted an renovated the building, and just opened it a couple months ago.

    Another radioshack was turned into a cell phone store (so I guess not much changed there, lol), and I haven't been by the others in the region in a long time, so I'm not sure if others store replaced them by now, or if they're still vacant.

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    #103 41 days ago
    Quoted from Yoski:

    Retail going out of business:
    Yesterday I was trying to buy some soldering flux for electrical work at a local store here in Miami. I went by the ACE hardware store on my way home from work. After an extensive search in the soldering and electrical department I came up empty handed. The associate wasn't much help either. OK HomeDepot MUST carry some basic item like that. After fighting rush hour traffic for 1/2 an hour I arrived at the local HD store. Nothing in the electrical department. Somewhere around aisles 7 to 9 I was told by a not so friendly sales associate. The shelf with the flux was empty. The sign was still there but no product. So after a while I found another sales associate willing to help. Yes, according to the inventory database it should still be somewhere in the store. But ultimately he wasn't able to find any flux for electrical work, only for plumbing.
    So after a stressful 90 minutes I got home and spend 2 minutes ordering some of the correct flux on E-bay. That's what I should have done in the first place. Retail stores are a waste of my time. Traffic, lack of product, local taxes and unfriendly sales associates are all things I can do without.

    The experience is very similar in my area. I don't even bother with Radio Shack anymore. The experienced people that could actually help you find things have moved on and replaced my millennials that have no idea about any electronic parts, what they do or where to find them. But they know all about cell phone activation and cell phone data plans for sale. We don't even have Frye Electronics in my area. Everything has to be ordered on line and you wait for delivery. It is depressing.

    #104 41 days ago
    Quoted from ThatOneDude:

    I remember walking in there and drooling over the computers I couldn't afford and the electronic kits I couldn't(yet) understand.

    I played with the magnets and built pyramids out of 9 volt batteries (which made them very hot by the way)

    #105 41 days ago

    Some of the gadgets and curiosities they had over the years were neat. Anyone remember this guy?

    #106 41 days ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Some of the gadgets and curiosities they had over the years were neat. Anyone remember this guy?

    I either had that or played with it at the store. I took a lot of store toys to school for Show and Tell.

    I'm positive I took this one to school. I probably still have it at my parents house

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    #107 41 days ago

    Decades ago I couldn't wait for the new RS catalog every year. Almost like a kid waiting for the Sears toy catalog that came out every year around xmas. I also worked at a major defense contractor. While at the local RS store at the mall, I told the salesperson if he just gave me a carton of catalogs I'd take them in to work, and they would gone and in the hands of electrical engineers in a matter of minutes. He took me up on the offer - and sure enough, I bet they were gone in about 15 minutes after I cracked the box open.

    Did the same for years

    #108 41 days ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Some of the gadgets and curiosities they had over the years were neat. Anyone remember this guy?

    I had one of those Robie Robot coin banks..

    My favorite was the Genie Bottle. Way better than a Magic 8 Ball. Plus it blew smoke which I could not figure out how. My O Scale Train was a Marx that did not emit smoke like Lionel's did so I didn't have the inside scoop at the time.

    #109 41 days ago

    Robie the robot's program is a round disc, with bumps and groves, like
    the disc that controls the arm on the Judge Dread machine

    #110 41 days ago

    Always a RS fan... still have a few of their Electronic "build" kits running around in a closet somewhere. Still have a RS multimeter or two... and a pair of logic probes and pulsers.

    IMHO; they lost their way when they went nearly full on Cell Phone. They couldn't be trusted anymore except for the occasional resistor or switch for some project. That said; I still wish one or two existed in the wild. It'd be nice to see them resurrect with a renewed focus on the nerdy things in life... like radios, heathkits, and other STEM type products. But I'm not sure enough people would be interested in that kind of a store.

    #111 40 days ago

    Bought all of my CB radios at Radio Shack. My base unit was powerful with a ginormous mic and antenna. Used to "skip" at night and talk to other CB enthusiasts hundreds of miles away at times. ("CQ...CQ.....CQDX")

    Bought my first computer; a "Trash 80". Played text only games. ("You're now standing at a lake.....").

    We still have a couple of Radio Shacks in the area but they're a shadow of what they used to be.

    #112 40 days ago
    Quoted from PismoArcade:

    Bought my first computer; a "Trash 80". Played text only games.

    Did you see that someone posted most of the Infocom text only games to github? I believe that they have a compiler running that will let you build those games for modern systems.

    #113 40 days ago

    Sort of related we are getting low on Ace Hardware's around here in Madison. It's kind of like Radio Shack in that it's overpriced but they have things you can't find at Menards/Home Depot/Lowes.

    #114 40 days ago
    Quoted from mbwalker:

    Decades ago I couldn't wait for the new RS catalog every year. Almost like a kid waiting for the Sears toy catalog that came out every year around xmas. I also worked at a major defense contractor. While at the local RS store at the mall, I told the salesperson if he just gave me a carton of catalogs I'd take them in to work, and they would gone and in the hands of electrical engineers in a matter of minutes. He took me up on the offer - and sure enough, I bet they were gone in about 15 minutes after I cracked the box open.
    Did the same for years

    This site might interest you.
    http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/

    #115 40 days ago

    Was at Fry's Electronics tonight out here in Ca. Does not look like they will be in business much longer. Shelves were empty and racks were bleak.

    #116 40 days ago

    Wow, a trip down memory lane!

    Thanks DH!

    #117 40 days ago
    Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

    Was at Fry's Electronics tonight out here in Ca. Does not look like they will be in business much longer. Shelves were empty and racks were bleak.

    Was in my local one awhile back and it was the same thing

    #118 40 days ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    No more Radioshacks around here. One was still vacant (at least about a month a go when I passed by). Interestingly enough, that one is near a Toys R Us which was recently bought by Aldi. They gutted an renovated the building, and just opened it a couple months ago.
    Another radioshack was turned into a cell phone store (so I guess not much changed there, lol), and I haven't been by the others in the region in a long time, so I'm not sure if others store replaced them by now, or if they're still vacant.[quoted image

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    #119 40 days ago
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    Seriously?

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    #121 39 days ago
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    #122 39 days ago
    Quoted from PismoArcade:

    Bought all of my CB radios at Radio Shack. My base unit was powerful with a ginormous mic and antenna. Used to "skip" at night and talk to other CB enthusiasts hundreds of miles away at times. ("CQ...CQ.....CQDX")
    Bought my first computer; a "Trash 80". Played text only games. ("You're now standing at a lake.....").
    We still have a couple of Radio Shacks in the area but they're a shadow of what they used to be.

    I used to browse the "sale table" at Radio Shack on a regular basis for things that I "might" need at bargain prices. Bought all kinds of things there, including a gigantic 100 mile TV antenna and tripod mount, computers, electronic parts, batteries, etc, etc... If I needed something special, the guy at the desk would look it up for me in their catalog and have it for me in the store to purchase in a few days. All that has disappeared and makes me feel like a dinosaur...

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