I try to aviod Radio Shack unless I am desparate.
So I was desparate and went there on Friday. When
I got home the device did not work (why am I surprised?)
So I returned it on Saturday and explained the situation
to a different clerk. He actually listened to me. Not
only that he found the correct device and tested it for
me. Maybe hell has frozen over, ;)
Sure there is no point to go there for an advice. You've got to know what
you are looking for when you walk into a RS. However, when was the last
time you could get a valuable advice at any other large retail chain
store? Those stores have pretty much become free showrooms for other
online retailers. I am always guilty of checking the stuff out at Best
Buy/ Comp USA and then actually buying it at tigerdirect.com . I guess, as
their earnings drop, they loose people that can actually provide any
advise at all. Something's gotta change in the world of electronics
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On 04 Nov 2007 17:16:52 GMT, info_at_1-script_dot firstname.lastname@example.org (DA)
I wish I could go SOMEWHERE for advice, like you used to be able to. I
wanted to find out about using a TV antenna here (for a particular
ATSC station). No, calling the station is not OK. It's 35 miles away
and I was wanting LOCAL advice.
For us, that _is_ local... :)
Actually, for the same questions last February when I was in the need to
replace the ice-broken antenna, I did call the station and talked to one
of their engineers. Along with that I was having a problem w/ a new
low-powered station competing with them and he had some useful
input--plus, in this particular instance, I think that put the bug in
their ear to go after the offender as they seem to have disappeared
since...at least, they no longer seem to be broadcasting w/ sufficient
power to interfere w/ the alloted channel in the area... :)
On Sun, 4 Nov 2007 13:08:35 +0000 (UTC), email@example.com (Dick
Radio Shack bashing needs to be countered.
Radio Shack through out the years even when
higher priced have always stood by electronic
hobbyist and been a source of electronic parts.
Keeping the stores stocked with low profit per space
parts should be commended. Most retail outlets can't
be bothered by including such parts in their inventory.
You'd be hard pressed to find a local source for a two
watt non inductive resistor but Radio Shack will have
one, even if the guy behind the counter doesn't know
what it is.
I agree. Without Radio Shack, every little component a tinkerer might
need will cost at least a shipping fee, probably UPS (and a wait). When
I need something small like a relay or a photoresistor, I wind up at RS.
While I'm there, I like to browse. I'll examine their toys & their
accessories, and maybe flip through their flier.
Radio Shack can't last forever the way it's going, but I hope it
survives in one form or another. ... and I hope they start paying their
store managers a living wage!
Only once in the last ten years or so have I had a bad time at a RS. I
walked into one -- a different store than my usual -- that the manager
had turned into his own personal 'hip-hop' studio, and I was an
intruder. Generally, the 'help' isn't much help, but I already know
exactly what I need, and in many cases I'll already have the Radio Shack
part number on a piece of paper.
There is absolutely nothing even the slightest bit interesting that can
be made using RS parts. They haven't had even a slightely useable stock
since the 70's.
RS is OK for toys, cell phone accessories, and batteries, and little else.
What year is it in your neighborhood? Around here, the RS stores have
dropped most parts from shelf display, and the selection in the catalog
isn't much better. Almost nothing for the hobbyist. Basically a cell
phone and toy store now- along with no parts, almost no
shortwave/CB/scanner stuff- you know, the 'R' in RS?
Glad your store is still serving your needs. I go in the ones around
here maybe twice a year, and usually leave empty-handed and wondering
why I bothered. One has already gone belly-up, and as empty as the
parking lot always is at the surviving stand-alone store, I'm pretty
sure the 3rd one in the mall will be the only one left within a year.
Like a lot of niche retailers, some marketing mistakes on their part,
combined with easy access to oddball stuff on internet, and competition
from big-boxes for disposable stuff, has made their corporate future
On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 12:17:23 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I used to go to RS for that purpose a lot 20-25 years ago. I would get
their catalog every year (no internet access then) and would go in for
specific parts (by catalog number). That worked OK, I knew a lot more
than most of the sales people did.
If it were unfounded, I would agree with you.
Back in the days of Iron Men and Wooden Ships, Radio Shack
was a godsend for tinkerers. That continued through stero
equipment and TRS-80's and then it ended about the time
Tandy computers began to decline.
"You have problems. We have answers" has become a joke.
It's become "You have problems. We'll sell you something
and hope you don't return it."
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