Radio Shack

Jason Scott jason at
Fri Feb 6 03:53:50 CST 2015

So, I've now had to sit through 20 of these "Radio Shack" threads. Here's
all the aspects:

- They were really great when I needed them (30 years ago)
- Here is my brilliant business plan to have kept them afloat (be like 30
years ago)
- I did go in there recently, and they were awful
- Here's what is sort of like Radio Shack was 30 years ago, now (surprise,
they're all mail order)

But I'm not bored or anything.

I think if Radio Shack had shifted to a Newegg model, it might have gone
on, but I bet they'd have to do the same thing Newegg is now doing, which
is diversifying into a nerdtastic amazon, and sticking sketchy-o-matic
third party resellers under their brand umbrella (which Staples, Walmart,
Office Depot, Target and everyone else is doing).

I will say the coolest place I've been in that's physical in the last few
years was the unassumingly named "Electronics Supply Co." in Kansas City,
MO. It makes you want to build a robot.

On Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 3:47 AM, John Many Jars <john at
> wrote:

> On 6 February 2015 at 07:33, Peter Corlett <abuse at> wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 05, 2015 at 11:43:55PM +0000, Rod Smallwood wrote:
> > [...]
> > > [Maplin's] on line store is still good for some hard to get components.
> >
> I won't do business with Maplin any more.  Not ever.
> They are cretins.  I've had really bad experiences with the video cards
> they sell, in particular.  They tend to fail in days or weeks, and then
> Maplin will refuse to accept them back unless they are completely dead.
> They insist on "testing" them, which means you have to wait *weeks* for
> them to turn around and tell you that the card is "fine" because they can
> plug it into a bench machine and get video.
> Never mind that as soon as you use a video mode above 800x600, the display
> fails because the memory is reject garbage or something.  I wouldn't buy a
> fuse there.
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