Yesterday I posted a personal anecdote in response to the news that RadioShack would be closing 1,100 stores in the U.S. ... and a handful of readers reacted with stories of their own in comments:
'Just an annex for cell phone companies'
I too used Radio Shack for parts for my projects but cost of electronics drove the prices down to where it wasn't practical to build most projects. Now I just do special circuits for the fun of it. Over the years, the stores became just an annex for cell phone companies with the employees only seem to be interested in people wanting a cell phone. Customers looking for that special part are left to do their own searching, although that is not all bad with the attitude of some of the sales people. It would be a sad day to see the company go away, but it appears to be on its way. I still like my old land line phone, satellite internet and don't have a Smart phone, just a plain old cell that makes phone calls. I am not all that old fashioned, I just worked in the Electronic and Computer field for over 40 years and saw all the changes as they grew up but never got addicted to something with a battery that put me into a panic if it died. I don't feel that I need to have a phone in my hand or to my ear all the time. There is still a need for those items that Radio Shack once sold, but I am afraid we will be saying "Goodbye" to Radio Shack in the near future. -- Lawrence
'Prices went through the roof'
I used to shop quite often for electronic parts back in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Then RadioShack discontinued their print catalog in 2000 and started raising parts prices through the roof. It just became uneconomical to shop there. I still stop in occasionallyfor the odd part or two (recently purchased a conductive silver drawing pen to fix a circuit board) but I do not drop money there like I used to.
If I need parts these days, I will buy them online. Even with shipping, it is usually cheaper than RadioShack. I realize they have overhead, but come on. -- Zzznorch
'In fairness to RadioShack ...'
Yep, I'll have to agree... Radio Shack's problem is the same as Best Buy's...they want too much for their products compared to their competitors. The excuse I always get at Best Buy is "We have price matching." I see that as false economy. It takes time for the employee to look it up on the competitor's website. The customer remembers, the next time that "I can get it cheaper at Sears...or Wal-Mart, or whatever other local brick and mortar. The buyer won't bother to "price match"...they'll just go directly to the cheaper place.
Become competitive on your pricing, and you can make more by selling more items. Don't make your customer's got through the bother of "price matching". The management at these two organizations (RS and Best Buy) just don't seem to get it. In fairness to Radio Shack, the hard to find stuff can STILL be found there. (specialty batteries, phono needles, parts) -johfoley
No one tried to make the case that RadioShack is poised for a comeback.
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