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Feb 17, 2019 09:14:11   #
Pixelmaster
 
The other day I was looking at some of my old photo equipment and came across these two
batteries. Radio Shack became bankrupt and it was sold to a company that filed two years
later for bankruptcy as well. In 2017 Radio Shack's stores closed down. The company did
sell off the use of its name to places in Mexico and a few other countries where it was
totally independent of the parent company in the US. I would guess that those who dabbled
in building and repairing of electronic equipment have found other sources to replace what
Radio Shack use to sell. Either that or you go to Mexico. All this is hard to believe since
the company has been around since its start of its first store in Boston in 1921.

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Feb 17, 2019 09:22:21   #
tradio
 
I remember that you could get a battery card and every week, they would give you a free battery.
I used to shop there when I dabbled in electronics but, their merchandise was so junky, you had to repair it before you could use it.
Now, no one works on their own equipment, they just replace it.

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Feb 17, 2019 09:25:35   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
I miss it (when they carried LOTS of pieces parts) and Lafayette Radio.

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Feb 17, 2019 09:32:05   #
Bigmike1
 
Years ago Radio Shack was the place to go for electronic equipment, parts, batteries and whatever. The problem with Radio Shack was that they began raising their prices until they were the highest priced store in town. The last time I was in a Radio Shack I was shocked at the prices and never went back. It is safe to say that they literally priced themselves out of the market.

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Feb 17, 2019 09:57:25   #
rjaywallace (a regular here)
 
I was a regular Radio Shack customer for a great many years.

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Feb 17, 2019 10:52:59   #
richandtd
 
First computer Tandy 1000A 128k single 5 1/4” floppy with a DMP 105 9 pin printer and a color monitor. That was a long time ago haha.

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Feb 17, 2019 10:59:02   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
richandtd wrote:
First computer Tandy 1000A 128k single 5 1/4” floppy with a DMP 105 9 pin printer and a color monitor. That was a long time ago haha.

Mine was the Color Computer.

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Feb 17, 2019 11:10:58   #
nicksr1125
 
Part of the problem with Radio Shack was they quit training their sales people. I managed the store in Seaside, CA for 6 months until I got fed up with the district managers stupidity. We had to be certified in several different areas. The last few years, they were hiring people off the street, teaching them how to ring up sales, & turning them loose on the unsuspecting public. I stopped at a store in Oklahoma City & asked about a rheostat. The young lady didn't have a clue what I was asking for & had to be told to ask the manager what it was. That was in 2007 and was the last time I ever darkened the door of a Radio Shack.

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Feb 17, 2019 11:18:14   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
tradio wrote:
I remember that you could get a battery card and every week, they would give you a free battery.


Yes, I remember those cards. I guess the DIY electronics community has to shop online now. It was nice being able to walk in and then walk out with almost any electronic component I wanted.

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Feb 17, 2019 11:29:36   #
wingclui44
 
nicksr1125 wrote:
Part of the problem with Radio Shack was they quit training their sales people. I managed the store in Seaside, CA for 6 months until I got fed up with the district managers stupidity. We had to be certified in several different areas. The last few years, they were hiring people off the street, teaching them how to ring up sales, & turning them loose on the unsuspecting public. I stopped at a store in Oklahoma City & asked about a rheostat. The young lady didn't have a clue what I was asking for & had to be told to ask the manager what it was. That was in 2007 and was the last time I ever darkened the door of a Radio Shack.
Part of the problem with Radio Shack was they quit... (show quote)


I brought many stuff from them for years. I still have several multi testers (Micronta); Battery tester; micro-wave tester; 30X portable microscope; flashlight; scientific calculator; battery charger etc.... that I am still using. It was my favorite store for so many years as the TSS store, very sad to see them closed. Now the Sear is fighting for it's life!

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Feb 17, 2019 12:14:39   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
None of the stuff sold at RS are of very good quality but I shopped there often for electronics components as well as stuff no other places sell. I do miss it.

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Feb 17, 2019 12:15:45   #
nicksr1125
 
What killed the Shack was corporate management. They kept bringing in people from industries that had no idea how to run an electronics retail merchandise operation.

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Feb 17, 2019 12:38:31   #
Rich1939 (a regular here)
 
Pixelmaster wrote:
The other day I was looking at some of my old photo equipment and came across these two
batteries. Radio Shack became bankrupt and it was sold to a company that filed two years
later for bankruptcy as well. In 2017 Radio Shack's stores closed down. The company did
sell off the use of its name to places in Mexico and a few other countries where it was
totally independent of the parent company in the US. I would guess that those who dabbled
in building and repairing of electronic equipment have found other sources to replace what
Radio Shack use to sell. Either that or you go to Mexico. All this is hard to believe since
the company has been around since its start of its first store in Boston in 1921.
The other day I was looking at some of my old phot... (show quote)


In 1962 Radio Shack was facing bankruptcy when Charles Tandy (Tandy leather) stepped in and purchased the company. Under Mr Tandy’s guidance the company prospered. Mr Tandy passed away in the late 70’s and things began to change for both Radio Shack and Tandy Leather. For the worst. A series of bad decisions and acquisitions lead to the corporation selling its leather craft business to the Leather Factory corp. in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s, which company then wisely adopted the Tandy name because of its brand recognition. That company is currently doing well. Somewhere along the line the Tandy Corp. changed its corporate name to RadioShack Corp. I can only guess at this next but it seems they kept the same leaders with their same business practices.
Full disclosure. :) After my hitch in the Navy was over in 1960 I started my working career with Lafayette Radio and my last corporate employment as a manager for Tandy Leather. Before the sell off.

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Feb 17, 2019 13:44:38   #
Pixelmaster
 
Advancing two steps forward and one step back with a new computer.
Here is the image of the batteries that did not get posted.

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Feb 17, 2019 13:48:16   #
Pixelmaster
 
My photos are not being posted so I will have to find our what the glitch is.

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