[Coco] [OT} Shack: was Re: Coco keyboard trouble
steve at batsonphotography.com
Mon Jan 16 20:58:43 EST 2012
Really Sad....I used to enjoy going into Radio Shack and looking around and
I'd occassionally go to buy parts for projects. Been along time though
because of their changes. I agree with your guess about their future Steve.
What's really sad, is many other companies have been going down the tubes
as well as they've taken their eyes and focus off of the products and
services that made them a success.
From: "Steve Bjork" <6809er at srbsoftware.com>
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 5:30 PM
To: "CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
Subject: Re: [Coco] [OT} Shack: was Re: Coco keyboard trouble
The Great Radio Shack you known decades ago is a shadow of a once great
First of all, the Tandy Company is known as Radio Shack because they
sold everything else off. Any Tandy technology is mostly owned by
Most of the money the Stores make is from Cell Phones.
The only reason they carries anything is to get you in the door so they
can sell you a phone.
I once worked for Radio Shack when they first released the TRS-80 to
help out a Store Manager. During the time, I got to know Tandy and how
it works. They knew how everything in the store work to keep people
coming back for more. Oh they may not make money on T.V. tubes, but
having them made for great custom traffic.
A few years back, I took another job at a Radio Shack store to help with
the Xmas rush. Those short weeks were an eye opener. The store was all
about what they can get out of the custom on that visit because they may
never come back. (And nothing was done to make that customer a
repeat-customer.) In my opinion, I can't see how they will it another
On 1/16/2012 2:37 PM, Mark McDougall wrote:
> On 17/01/2012 2:51 AM, Steven Hirsch wrote:
>> I think Radio Shack also sells them.
> I recently visited Radio Shack (in Honolulu) - the first time I have
> ever set foot in a Radio Shack in the US (that I can recall).
> In Australia the stores have degenerated into generic electronic goods
> retailers, selling computers, TVs and DVD players and phones. You'd be
> SOL trying to buy a resistor or 555 - but there's still a selection of
> (pre-packaged) cables, adapters and even a few soldering irons,
> meters, etc.
> I was shocked, however, to see the Honolulu store was almost
> *exclusively* mobile phones! Phones, SIM cards, batteries and the
> obligatory thousand different face-plates and carry cases. Barely
> anything that wasn't phone-related!
> Funny thing is, I've been jokingly describing Radio Shack as a 'mobile
> phone store' for years now. I didn't realise how true that was until I
> walked into this store. Are all the stores in the US like that? Or is
> Honolulu the exception rather than the rule?
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