03-16-2009 01:53 PM - edited 03-16-2009 01:54 PM
Radio Shack is an interesting company. That they will offer less than $2 for a Sanas is a part of their roots. They started many years ago selling surplus electronic components, under the Tandy umbrella.
Ask any old Ham radio operator, working with tubes and amateur equipment running back to the 1960s.
I learned about the crazy markup of bulk industrial electronic components as a "youngster". A strip of resistors sold for 29 cents years ago, five of 'em. Radio shack even left the zip strips on them from the insertion machine.
I used to browse the shelves, reading electronics magazines, finding a new device that I could build a better radio with.
Today, they still have the parts section, albeit wee bins, and I hope that continues amidst the barrage of cell phone accessories and absurdly priced audio cables.
I wish they would pay their people better, giving them incentives for their electronics abilities, rather than how many cell phone plans they sell. Today, it's all about the core business, back to basics. Hopefully, they'll do that.
Message Edited by neutron_bob on 03-16-2009 01:54 PM
03-16-2009 02:43 PM
Radio Shack can be a Godsend from time to time, but for any serious project I intend to undertake that isn't a 'has to be done today', I'll order from an online source, or we have Scott Electronics here in town.
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03-16-2009 03:22 PM
I rely on radio shack solely for AV cables and some of your none traditional stuff, For Audio hook up. Other than that its a waste of space.
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03-16-2009 05:25 PM
Remember Tandy was a mail-order leather company when it acquired, or started up Radio Shack? We used to get a catalog where you could buy anything from a DIY key fob, wallet or cigarette case up to archery quivers and full-blown saddle kits. That's right, as in horses!
It's always irritated me whenever I bought something at RS how they always 'needed' your address, so they could 'spam' you with their catalogs & ads. That's how we started getting the Tandy Leather catalogs (cross-marketing). RS did have some interesting radio kits & projects though, perfect for learning about electronics. And the people who used to work there knew their stuff, too.
Sadly, not any more.
03-16-2009 05:29 PM
03-16-2009 06:02 PM
OK, I'm going to show my age here. Didn't Tandy purchase another company to get the electronic gear? I was thinking it was "Archer" or somehthing like that. Then they were only electronics. I remember my Dad complaining that the company would go down the tubes as soon as Tandy purchased it....
I know a fair share about Radio Shack; I worked there for awhile. I'm surprised they haven't folded. My local stores don't even have the cool parts bins anymore. All they want to do is sell you a cell phone...
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