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  1. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    "RadioShack Corp. is planning to close around 500 stores in the next few months as part of a restructuring plan. Sources familiar with the matter told the newspaper they didn't know which of the chain's 4,500 stores would be closing or when."

    "The fact that you evoke warm, nostalgic feelings is not a plus when you're trying to sell the latest in consumer electronics."

    Read the entire short article from The Syracuse Post-Standard:

    Radio Shack To Close 500 Stores After Admitting To Being Stuck In The '80s
    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/radio_shack_close_500_stores_super_bowl_ad_80s_stuck.html

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 08:34 AM #
  2. W7PAT
    Member

    Radio Shack used to be a place where radio enthusiasts could buy parts for radios and buy radio related equipment. Now they are nothing more than a cell phone store. They should not only close the 500 hundred stores, they should just go ahead and close them all.

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 09:41 AM #
  3. kennewickman
    Member

    Over here in the Tri Cities R.S. is the only place I can go to quickly get small electronic parts like connectors, adaptors resistors I need for End of the line terminators for fire alarm circuits , CAPS etc..soldering materials and other convenient parts I need to do my work over here ..molded cables of various kinds etc etc...otherwise I have to order out of a catalog or online to parts houses and have to wait for stuff..

    You'all in larger markets have bigger and better electronic stores still..we DONT over here since RADAR pulled out in 2001..and all this business about the 80s called and they want their store back...campaign I saw on the S>Bowl commercial too made me wonder exactly what they meant by that..I thought that it meant they were going backwards to be more of a parts house again..but perhaps not after reading that link...and learning of their re-financial issues and store closings.

    Makes me wonder " Whats next "..

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 09:46 AM #
  4. Herzfeld
    Member

    Where will my parents go to buy a 40' long headphone extension cable now?

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 10:18 AM #
  5. Deane Johnson
    Member

    Radio Shack has so lost the scent. It's difficult to know what they stand for. Cell phones? Toys?

    The employees are terrible. They make some of the Best Buy drones look like geniuses. You walk in the front door wanting to browse through some things and they yell from the back of the store as you're entering "Can I help you with something".

    Their web site is terrible. Impossible to find anything. Terrible layout.

    Radio Shack has brought on their own demise with their complete lack of understanding of the consumer.

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 10:27 AM #
  6. edselehr
    Member

    Radio Shack had done well being a niche store, and they could continue well into the future being a niche store (similar to "Batteries Plus", now "Batteries + Bulbs"). They just have to decide what their niche is going to be.

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 10:37 AM #
  7. stevethedj
    Member

    The last time I went to RS. I had to give my name and address to buy a battery. That was the last time I shoped there. 8)

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 10:38 AM #
  8. Deane Johnson
    Member

    "Radio Shack had done well being a niche store,"

    Yes, real well. Oops, they're having to close 500 stores business is so good.

    They've got another problem to deal with and that's Amazon. Amazon is signing up Prime members like crazy. Amazon's web site works well, it's easy to find products you are looking for, the selection is awesome, there are all price ranges and you can get the item in 2 days with free shipping, or pay $3.99 for overnight delivery. Now, what is it Radio Shack offers?

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 10:42 AM #
  9. Alfredo_T
    Member

    I have a good customer service story to share about Radio Shack. I recently had to buy a replacement battery for a stopwatch that my girlfriend uses with her students. I did not have my jewler's screwdrivers with me at the time. Fortunately, the clerk at the store had a set, so he was able to open the stopwatch and find the correct replacement battery. In a few minutes, the watch was running again (try that with Amazon).

    Back in the 1980s, Radio Shack was a store that catered to consumers, hobbyists, and professionals. You could even buy a cellular phone there. It was and still is a place that is conveniently available where one can find tools and supplies (like solder, chemicals, etc.) I don't see why this is a bad thing.

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 11:18 AM #
  10. tombrooks
    Member

    Enjoyed everyone's comments on Radio Shack..in 1968, after working a summer mowing lawns, I save up $100 and went to the very first Radio Shack in Oregon. The Hollywood District on 42nd, bought a Panasonic AM FM Stereo radio..remember my first station in stereo - KPAM-FM with Dick Jenkins on the air..that's when a got the radio bug..been a big fan of RS ever since then..BUT it no longer has lost it's mojo...at least to me (I am clearly upper demo though)...I wish them luck in their change - but hope they don't forgot what made them great..wires, batteries, diodes, basic hobby type stuff for hobby electronic people like me....(Someone mentioned having to give your address to buy a pack of batteries...I agree...that is a turnoff...)..

    Posted on February 6, 2014 - 11:48 AM #