I watched this thing at 5x speed, so I wouldnt waste any more of my precious time on this earth. He quotes the Radio Shack online catalogue, which is still online, altho very few of the items sold online are actually Radio Shacks, and the online store, while a lot is listed, very little is actually in stock. He kinda gives himself away as a "Aw Shucks" kinda person, when he breathlessly states that Radio Shack online has 1 analogue radio "You just dont see them anymore". I guess he doesnt get down to WalMart, or Target, or whatever store that is around you, that I would pretty much bet has them coming outta their pores, or Amazon that has complete sections of them. He finishes up the video saying that pretty much anyone with a brick and mortar store can pay to use the Radio Shack name and logo. Im not certain , but I think thats called "franchising". No kits, no books, just the same crap that absolutely everybody else sells, except horrendously overpriced, because they have to pay huge monthly Franchising fees from whoever still owns that name. A whole new generation gets to clutch at their pearls while another version of Radio Shack sinks into the sunset, while that same new generation cant make anything that doesnt involve a Micro Controller.Did I miss it? I didn‘t see any components.
Maybe what you say is true that. I worked at a Radio Shack in the early 70's while in school as a tech fixing gear at at few stores in Dallas, Texas (Yes, RS employees could order repair parts for the electronics that were sold in those days.). Yes, the day has passed for Radio Shack but at least one generation of engineers was better because Radio Shack existed IMO.Radio Shack has been run by morons since, I think, the beginning. They don't understand the electronics market. They pay their store employees on commision, which attracts the wrong people to work there. They could have capitalized on the Arduino and maker scenes, but didn't. Continuing to have hopes for Radio Shack is like having overly nostalgic thoughts of your first oscilloscope, multimeter, etc. from 50 years ago. It most likely was mediocre at best, but you had nothing else to compare it to so you think it was great. Radio Shack just won't learn how electronics has changed and what to do about it. There were no cheap alternative sources of components in the 1970's. Today there are. Goodbye Radio Shack.
That might have been a local phenomenon. As late as 2017, a store in Quincy MA (the city immediately south of Boston) had a selection of Arduinos, Basic Stamp and Propeller MCUs, plus a limited selection of Arduino shields (sound, servo, motor and LCD controllers). It just closed 2-3 years ago.They could have capitalized on the Arduino and maker scenes, but didn't.
I don't know about their history vis a vis mom and pop stores, so can't comment on that.When I lived in Boston (80s) I frequently shopped at the original Radio Shack location on Brattle Street.
The Radio Shack of my youth was not the wasteland it became later on when consumer appliances became the focus and the electronic hobbyist—the originator audience—was slowly, then rapidly, forgotten as the main target for sales and service.
I feel the biggest disservice RS did was to cause the mom and pop stores to close, then stop competing with them when it was too late. we lost a lot of great local stores that supported communities of enthusiasts because of it.
I worked at RS in the 80s. My first week, the manager complained that I was spending too much time helping customers solve small problems... mainly "what cable do I need for my VCR?" or "do you have this fuse?"They don't understand the electronics market. They pay their store employees on commision, which attracts the wrong people to work there.
That was my experience too but somehow the manager would always help the pretty single women. Maybe he earned a commission there too?I worked at RS in the 80s. My first week, the manager complained that I was spending too much time helping customers solve small problems... mainly "what cable do I need for my VCR?" or "do you have this fuse?"
Around the third week, these same customers started coming in for big-ticket items, asking specifically for me by name.
I was the best-selling employee that first month and each month until I quit a year later.
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