mikew at thecomputervalet.com
Thu Feb 5 14:50:28 CST 2015
On February 5, 2015 at 2:37:54 PM, Ian S. King (isking at uw.edu) wrote:
RadioShack should have brought back the store of the 1980s and updated it items like cheap cables, Raspberry Pi kits, etc. I.E. hobbyist and do it yourself stuff.
A few of the stores around here actually do carry that kind of stuff as well as transistors and resistors and a number of other stuff that, today, people might say falls under the “Maker” style.
Maybe they weren’t committed enough?
Having been born in 1970, I don’t recall much about the pre-Big Box Store days. I remember a few independent Big-Box-Stores like Sound Trek in Metairie, LA, but mostly I remember reading about the bigger stores pretty early on. Did RS just try to be Best Buy but in a smaller more distributed way?
When I lived in the Boston area, I did a lot of roam-around tech support and it was so worth it to go to a place in Needham, MA called You-Do-It Electronics which seems a lot like what RS used to be. They cater to hobbyist and industry and I honestly couldn’t begin to count how many times I went there.
Maybe if RS had been able to stick to its roots, it could have been a nationwide YDI.
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