Radio Shack

Rod Smallwood rodsmallwood52 at
Thu Feb 5 17:43:55 CST 2015

On 05/02/2015 22:33, Fred Cisin wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Feb 2015, Ali wrote:
>> RadioShack had it essentially right in the 2014 Super Bowl commercial -
>> the 80s called and they did want their store back. What they screwed up
>> was thinking that meant the old store had to go and be replaced with the
>> current monstrosity.
>> 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. Yes, they still would have to close a number of
>> locations (do you really need a ratshack on every corner?) but what
>> would have been left behind would have thrived...
> No, they would have had to take it back to the 1960s and 1970s.
> By the 1980s, Radio Shack was already committed to changing from hobbyist
> supplies to crappy consumer electronics.
Radio Shack  or as they were known in the UK - Tandy - Are long gone 
from here.
We have a UK alternative called Maplin. They have recently moved into being
flashy high stores selling own brand consumer electronics and mobile phone
accessories. The component side in the store is minimal.

Their on line store is still good for some hard to get components.
We do have Farnell, CPC and RS components,
They are mail order only but have huge number of different stock lines.

I also buy within the EEC as there is no customs duty to pay and VAT is 
the same as here or less.

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