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Old 08-16-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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The Shack sounds like the name of a pizza joint.


Might as well stick a fork in Radio Shack. It's done.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Louisiana and Pennsylvania
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I was a member.
Yeah..I remember those
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:12 PM
 
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i have a soft spot for radio shack dating back to my youth where it was the one place in my small town where I could go and get about anything electronic

so many components and fixes it was great - not to mention stereos, speakers, headphones, the beginning of the computer wave

they just opened up one near my big city living house so I went back in for the first time in over a decade

the store has changed, but it still offered a good selection of components and the staff was great

i've gone back a couple of times - we bought an adapter for our cruise that gave us 3 additional outlets and 2 USB charging ports for a good price ...... my wife bought a portable stereo for her classroom where she can play her MP3 player, they let us try out the models in store - even the non display units

they've won my business over with good service, fair prices and decent selection for a store that definitely isn't big box

i'm not sure how much more they can squeeze out of their model, but I still like them
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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The Shack sounds like the name of a pizza joint.


Might as well stick a fork in Radio Shack. It's done.
I'd say it's an attempt to sound hip or with it or whatever the appropriate term is these days.

I had a Realistic TRC-27 CB back in the day and went through my share of AM/FM radios from Radio Shack as well. My wife still has her old Tandy TRS-80 down in the basement and it still boots up and runs but my wife has been thoroughly "Windowsfied" and can't remember how to use it. We still have the copies from when she would catalog her LPs, cassettes and 8 tracks on it and print them out on her dot matrix printer. When I started working on computers in the 80's I would buy some parts from them and what not but that's been awhile.

We haven't shopped in one regularly for probably 7 or 8 years now. The last thing we bought from them was an antenna upgrade and AC adapter for a scanner I bought her for Christmas. Sad to see it taking this turn but that's the way it goes these days.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Suffolk County, NY
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I recently went to Radio Shack since I have been researching and looking for a radio with excellent AM reception. Yes, I am a freak and enjoy listening to some AM talk radio stations. I had a very good idea of what I was looking for. The sales person in Radio Shack was trying to tell me how great the one radio would be since it has a long antennae. I suppose that nobody ever told him that the antennae for the AM portion of the radio is actually inside of the radio and has nothing to do with the antennae that pulls up out of the radio. It really is a shame since I, like others in this thread, remember going to Radio Shack as a kid and getting good information about things.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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There was one business practice at Radio Shack that bothered me. If I went to RS to buy just a few small items, they would ask for name, address and phone number to type into the store computer when I was trying to pay at the cashier. Of course, I would always refuse and tell them it's not necessary because I was just buying some insignificant items for cash. It would amaze me how persistent they were in trying to collect that information. I would have to say no two or three times, which was irritating. As a result, I can't tell you exactly how many years ago I last visited a Radio Shack.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Suffolk County, NY
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They do the same thing at BestBuy and numerous other stores.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:01 AM
 
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There was one business practice at Radio Shack that bothered me. If I went to RS to buy just a few small items, they would ask for name, address and phone number to type into the store computer when I was trying to pay at the cashier. Of course, I would always refuse and tell them it's not necessary because I was just buying some insignificant items for cash. It would amaze me how persistent they were in trying to collect that information. I would have to say no two or three times, which was irritating. As a result, I can't tell you exactly how many years ago I last visited a Radio Shack.
I once worked for a company that distributed certain electronic products through stores like Best Buy, Circuit City, Radio Shack and others. Whenever we had a problem with a particular product (such as a product recall through the CPSC), we could ALWAYS count on Radio Shack to have excellent customer data that could be used to contact affected customers. It was amazing. Best Buy, Circuit City and the others couldn't provide squat, and we had to rely on general advertisements and in-store flyers to reach their customers. When product safety is at issue, having that contact information is extremely helpful.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I only go to RS for the odd bits of wire or adapters that I can't find elsewhere. At least in NC, I have not found them to have great customer service nor knowledgable sales staff.

I remember when they quit asking for you address, they actually built a radio ad campaign around it. If the best thing you can think to say about your store is that you don't ask for an address, then you have some issues.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Earth
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They should re-name themselves the "phone barn".

None of them could tell me anything about any of the electronic parts I might need.....most don't know a resistor from a capacitor from a relay.

BUT if I needed a cell phone they'd be all over it like white on rice.

A year and a half ago i bought out I think the last 102 whip they had. I went in there with a part number because otherwise they would have not even had any idea what that 9 foot cardboard tube in the rear was.

Shortly after that day, they got rid of all their CB radio stuff.
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