Radio Shack

Jacob Ritorto jacob.ritorto at
Fri Feb 6 00:22:11 CST 2015

Babylon system is the vampire for the empire
Sucking the children day by day.
Building church and university
Deceiving the people continually.

On Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 12:26 AM, Brent Hilpert <hilpert at> wrote:

> On 2015-Feb-05, at 3:43 PM, Rod Smallwood wrote:
> > 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.
> .. how things change ..
> When I was a kid in the 70's, Vancouver (Canada) was a backwater city
> situated on the edge of civilisation.
> At that time we had half-a-dozen real, industrial-grade electronic
> suppliers, in addition to the plethora of RS stores and such lower-grade
> component sources sprinkled around the region.
> 40 years later, Vancouver is a "world-class" city, assessed by some or
> other as the second most expensive real-estate on the planet, the most
> expensive to live in North America, a player in the "global economy".
> We are now down to 2 or 3 small-to-mid-size stores to which one can go to
> buy an off-the-shelf transistor or IC or capacitor.
> (Quoted phrases above presented with some note of derision.)

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