You'll MISS Me When I'm Gone....

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by Sandy G, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. AdamAnt316

    AdamAnt316 Collector of heavy things Subscriber

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    I'm lucky enough to have a few real electronics stores in my area. One of them, Electronics Plus, used to be a Radio Shack franchisee back in the '70s and '80s, but is now independently run, and carries a nice selection of electronic components and tools (plus some vintage stuff). Another, Electronic Surplus Services, has a nice selection of components in addition to all sorts of funky test equipment and surplus parts. Finally, there's the two-story colossus that is You-Do-It Electronics. All within an hour or so of me, and all nicely stocked with parts well beyond what Radio Shack tended to stock (and NO cell phones! :biggrin:).
    -Adam
     
  2. beowolf9

    beowolf9 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Luckily here in Podunk MS we have a locally owned electronics store that is pretty well stocked with anything you might ever need. If they don't have it in stock, they can get it in a couple of days with no upcharge. When RS closed the store here, no one noticed since it became a cell phone store with amazingly uninformed clerks. I do remember RS as a youngin, I would go there and marvel at all of the stuff they had. The Christmas Catalog was the stuff little boy's dreams were made of.
     
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  3. chodad

    chodad Well-Known Member

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    Yes and no. Sometimes the experience could be frustrating.
     
  4. Alobar

    Alobar Pulling out of the Last Chance Texaco.. Subscriber

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    Radio Shack is dead? We have one in my little town in the wilderness and they are still opened. News often gets here delayed, or perhaps they are just going to stay in biz anyway keep calling themselves radio shack.
     
  5. Sandy G

    Sandy G Spiteful Old Cuss Moderator Subscriber

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    Bunch of y'all know I'm into old military shortwave sets. Those little "Cube" speakers were just about PERFECT to use on my Boatanchors., & I'd often grab a bunch of their little adaptors that could convert600 ohms to something modern speakers could use.. My radios also use adaptors for the antenna. Lotsa times you'd have to "Cypher" out in yr head how you could make the modern Ratshak stuff work w/an ancient radio.. Once you had it figgered out, THAT was the cue for the hopeless dweeb who worked there to come up & pester you, wanting to know if you needed help.. They always meant well, but I often had to stifle rather loud warning to "Eff Off !" Last Ratshak I visited I told High-Pockets I really needed a 7JP4 CRT, which of course, Mr Dweeb had NO idea what I wanted..
     
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  6. dr*audio

    dr*audio Fish fingers and custard! Subscriber

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    I miss them. Now if I'm trying to get a repair finished and I need a fuse, I have to order it. There are no electronic part stores in Cleveland anymore. It sucks. My first good speakers were Realistic Optimus 1's.
     
  7. dr*audio

    dr*audio Fish fingers and custard! Subscriber

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    Oh, yeah, and hey, Sandy! haven't heard from you in awhile!
     
  8. OMGCat!

    OMGCat! AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I used to really like Radio Shack back in the 80's but the last few times I went it they were just what's been described here. Even when they were still mostly open I still missed the real Radio Shack.
     
  9. Sandy G

    Sandy G Spiteful Old Cuss Moderator Subscriber

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    I been around..---CHG3
     
  10. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad Subscriber

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    Howdy Unc. :)
     
  11. ratshack will be missed, they had some notably good products and some that you wouldn't want to mention. having readily available parts was a good thing.
     
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  12. 1tumbleweed

    1tumbleweed Kozmik Kowboy Subscriber

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    Especially now that MCM has been folded into Newark - kinda leaves Parts Express as the only similar alternative.

    I worked for them in 1967-68, believe it or not. Same treatment back then. Nothing new.

    Cheers,
    Larry B.
     
  13. noisefreq

    noisefreq Active Member

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    It was nice to be able to walk in, find what you needed or make something work and be done.

    Fending off the staff idiots was usually entertaining.

    Often showing them where stuff was had it's small satisfaction.

    Seems like I'd be looking for the stuff they had no idea was even in stock.

    Yeah, I miss them.
     
  14. soundmotor

    soundmotor super modified Subscriber

    I've wondered why RS did not move more aggressively into this market too? At one point I read Alibaba was considering buying them which makes complete sense .
    A brick & mortar footprint with locations of RS would be a great fit for them. Alibaba would inventory a tightly curated mix of products & parts that fit the market(s).
     
  15. OutlawSun

    OutlawSun New Member

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    Probably hard up for cash and completely adverse to taking risks like that. Would have made more sense to go that direction than try to sell cell phones.
     
  16. Sandy G

    Sandy G Spiteful Old Cuss Moderator Subscriber

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    They had ONE product that worked way better than it should have, wouldn't break yr wallet, & was just good all the way around- A-Medium wave Loop that didn't need power. it was not as good as the famous KIWA MW loop, but it also wasn't $500. Was a dern sight better than about anything you could scare up yrself...
     
  17. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I built my first speaker from their shelves. All these years later, I found out I made a pair of TLS back in 73! They were ugly, but sounded great! A friend bought them from me when I upgraded to Legacy 100s! I was happy because I got back what I put into them!

    I think we said the same thing about Japanese gear then too, and look at the gear they were building! I think we all just fell for the marketing machine back then.
     
  18. just dave

    just dave vintage rules!

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    Me too I'd miss the big lug.:(
     
  19. RogerKulp

    RogerKulp Super Member

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    I suggest you take a look at this
    http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1964/hindex_050_001-050.html

    At one time you could go into a Ratshack and buy a TD124,Wharfdale speakers,and your choice of Fisher,McIntosh,or HH Scott tube amp.In the 50s and 60s RS catered to the serious "hi fi bug",but as Radio Shack expanded into every strip mall in America,in the 70s and 80s.they began to gradually go more and more downmarket,where the money was.
     
  20. TPettenati

    TPettenati Active Member

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    Dam! Now where am I going to get these fixed for free!
    RS lifetime guarantee.jpg
     
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