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Old 07-23-2011, 10:33 AM   #1
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Smile Radio Shack goes DIY-friendly again!

http://hackaday.com/2011/07/22/radio...os/#more-49897

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A few months ago, we covered Radio Shack’s efforts to suck less, and the Radio Shack DIY team has now come back with the top ten suggestions submitted. Of course Arduinos make the list at number 1, which we somewhat expected for beginner projects. Here’s the entire list in order:
Arduino
More kits and project suggestions
More introduction/instructional books
Larger LED selection
Larger resistor selection
TONS more capacitors
DIY audio and speaker equipment
HAM radio gear
More competitive pricing
Stronger sales force
What do you think?
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:11 AM   #2
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Default Re: Radio Shack goes DIY-friendly again!

I wouldn't hold my breath. ratshack is nothing more than a cell phone and sat tv store. I miss the old days of radio shack.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:39 AM   #3
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Default Re: Radio Shack goes DIY-friendly again!

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Agreed! I love how they turned their backs on the people that built their store in an attempt to become a jack of all trades electronics provider.

I only know what were like when I started going there in the 90s and they were okay. But now forget about it.

I love waiting in line forever because an employee is sorting out some account issue with a persons cell phone. Real fun stuff. We have enough crappy cell phone stores we don't need any more.

That's mainly why I don't go there anymore. Unless it's an emergency (I run out of bulbs, connectors, or resistors) I order my supplies online.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:53 PM   #4
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I rarely go there and when I do I rarely find what I need.
When I do find what I need it's usually way over priced.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:06 PM   #5
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We have enough crappy cell phone stores we don't need any more.
I couldn't agree more. Back in the early 80's, to me, Radio Trash was a poor man's Best Buy with DIY electronics and Tandy computers. Now, because of competition, they were never able to keep up. They are not needed in today's market. Between Cricket Cell phones, Best Buy, HHGregg, and other stores, they dont have a chance to sell their less than average electronics. Not saying that everyone else's electronics are better, cause I think all stores now sell crappy electronics that aren't meant to last.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:02 AM   #6
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Well okay, but they're still not going to be stocking anything I would really use. I think they use some "okay" Xicon caps last time I checked, but nothing special. All of the silicon is rather generic. Resistors are all carbon film. Meh. Needless to say that they are charging $2 for a 5V regulator....which is around $0.47 on Mouser.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:56 PM   #7
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Default Re: Radio Shack goes DIY-friendly again!

It has been over a year since Dick Smith stopped selling enthusiast electronics (capacitors, resistors, transistors etc.), but fortunately, I had a local Jaycar store to turn to, which had a bigger range.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:09 PM   #8
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dont much care about them.i have midwest surplus in fairborn and anything the shack has roger has too and then lots more.and i am helping a local business stay around.
then we have mendelsons if you want to hunt for stuff.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:15 PM   #9
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Stronger sales force? It's against their philosophy to hire intelligent, knowledgeable people -- literally. One person mentioned how a regional office asked all the job applicants there if any of them knew about electronics. Those who raised their hands were told to leave, the reason being that they talked too long with customers.

About 10-15 years ago, Radio Shack had some stores aimed specifically at electronics hobbyists that carried lots of parts, electronics books, even computer motherboards. I think there were about 100 of them across the US, each about the size of a Walgreen's. The only one in AZ was in Mesa, AZ.
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It has been over a year since Dick Smith stopped selling enthusiast electronics (capacitors, resistors, transistors etc.), but fortunately, I had a local Jaycar store to turn to, which had a bigger range.
I wish DSE still sold them, maybe it would give some competition to Jaycar and get the prices down a bit, some of their stuff is very expensive compared to Farnell etc.
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