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Old 08-14-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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How in the blue hell is Radio Shack still in business? I mean seriously?

  • They're constantly empty. I mean constantly. There's never anyone shopping in there, and if they do, they don't buy much.
  • They have like two-three people staffing the stores, but the number of customers does not seem to warrant that many employees.
  • Their consumer products are of the lowest quality I've ever seen. The parts are ok, but things like headsets and whatnot are just garbage.
  • They don't seem to have a targeted marketing plan at all. At one time they had tons of flat panels, then a bunch of music devices, then a bunch of audio receivers, then a bunch of toys, then a bunch of cell phones...
I just am befuddled at how they are managing to stay afloat. I mean at least Circuit City and CompUSA had customers going on.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Arizona High Desert
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It's depressing. I never liked the artificial atmosphere.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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lol that's a good question. I don't know anyone that has had a good experience with Radio Shack, and all of them refuse to step foot in one now. I couldn't tell you the last time I was in a Radio Shack. Maybe their online sales are good?
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:11 PM
 
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I was lucky that the ones in our neighborhood had the real computer geek guys who really knew their electronics. Just last summer i made the mistake of trying to replace a broken internet wireless adapter at best buy because of some sale. big mistake. Got home & thing didn't work. Ran to the Radio Shack where the guy set me straight and I ended up with a much better one w/ better signal than from the one I was replacing at a couple dollars cheaper! which I certainly was not concerned about. just wanted the best signal. Also replaced a PC from there back in 2001. The guy knew his stuff. those guys are extinct now. Guess they are hanging on the Internet giving advice now!
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: OCEAN BREEZES AND VIEWS SAN CLEMENTE
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How in the blue hell is Radio Shack still in business? I mean seriously?

  • They're constantly empty. I mean constantly. There's never anyone shopping in there, and if they do, they don't buy much.
  • They have like two-three people staffing the stores, but the number of customers does not seem to warrant that many employees.
  • Their consumer products are of the lowest quality I've ever seen. The parts are ok, but things like headsets and whatnot are just garbage.
  • They don't seem to have a targeted marketing plan at all. At one time they had tons of flat panels, then a bunch of music devices, then a bunch of audio receivers, then a bunch of toys, then a bunch of cell phones...
I just am befuddled at how they are managing to stay afloat. I mean at least Circuit City and CompUSA had customers going on.

Oh it's like that in S.D. to, also in the Inland Empire, i never see the stores busy even during the holidays, there is a handful of people shopping. The store needs a revamping, with some upbeat employees. Daughter had a terrible buying experience with them, she will never step foot in one of there stores again.
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Guess we are lucky here, all 3 RS stores seem to be doing OK.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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I find that their employees do know what they are talking about and are polite & very helpful to this totally non-techie senior citizen.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Didn't they file bankruptcy last year? Maybe due to that, they can't get the previous credit they got from their vendors and are limited in what they can purchase. Same thing KMart went through for the past few years. Then they are so heavily audited until they have to cut employee cost as well.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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The Radio Shack near me seems to be doing fine. They have a much more knowledgeable staff than the big box stores, and prices are competitive. I've been doing business there for years, and will continue to do so.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:40 PM
 
Location: California
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I went to one a few years ago to help set up a prepaid Trac phone for a young friend of mine. Their phone display takes up most of the storefront so I figured they knew what they were doing....wrong. It literally took over an hour and 3 different sales people (one as old as Moses) to figure out how to get things up and running.
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