RadioShack has been on a tremendous decline over many years. It's been much longer and more severe than I realized. But what exactly happened? What happened that turned the successful company RadioShack into what it is today?
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Coaster Labs (14 hours ago)
It's always amazing how they went from sponsoring the Bay Area Maker Faire in 2017 (a massive investment) to being bankrupt all within a year. Truly heartbreaking. I just watched they try and try to reinvent themselves to draw people in, but unfortunately in the days of Apple and everyone else, people are not interested in electronics and how they work. During a store closing sale two teens (kind of hoodlum-ly dressed) came in asking if they had iphone charger, clerk said no, they left. Those kind of people (minus the attire) are everywhere where they'd rather get a brand new device than fix a simple resistor or blow fuse or IC. Yes it's cause the components are heavily controlled, but they're not impossible to come by and it's much easier to be wasteful.
That said, RadioShack was often a ripoff on components. $5 for 3 LEDs??? No thanks.
Rod Lux (19 hours ago)
Sprint is what happened WHEN THEY QUIT PUBLICLY LET RADIO SHACK SALE BEARCAT SCANNERS,POLICE SCANNERS WHEN THEY BOUGHT RADIO SHACK!!,EVERYTHING THEY USE IS PEOPLE PROPERTY-NOT POLICE PROPERTY,WE PAY THERE PAYCHECKS TRANSPARENCY IS MUST, OR THERE THE DOOR,BYE..,WE ASS TAXPAYER HAVE RIGHTS TO KNOW IT BEING USED,PUBLIC RADIO IS HERE TO STAY
vlog pie (1 day ago)
Radio shack is back
Patrick Geiger (1 day ago)
Radio use to be the only place you could get cb radios and computer parts. In 1993 they started selling phones but we're absolutely expensive and I think that's the reason for one of the declines. Also, with dell, amazon and new egg, they as you said lost the race for computer parts, although sometimes in my experience it was about convenience, intend of waiting for it to come in the mail, but you had to know exactly what you needed as the sales people knew very little to nothing about them.
Mr. Strawmann (1 day ago)
My grandpa used to own a 5% stake in RadioShack... luckily he sold it off in the mid-90s
Bill Kerr (1 day ago)
Radio Shack was very early into the computer business just at the time that it was becoming possible to to have a computer at home without building it yourself. They even designed and built their own computers. It seems hard to imagine a company that was in the thick of it at the dawn of the personal computer and popular with the people who were inventing the internet could fail to ride the wave of the tech boom. Perhaps it was inept management. Perhaps they simply lacked the resources to keep up in a fast changing market. Either way it is an epic opportunity lost.
E. Bernhard Warg (2 days ago)
I think the real reason they went under is that Weird Al never got to sing his song about batteries...
incredingo (2 days ago)
the company was known as Tandy here in australia. a lot of products had RS on them which we nick named - Rat Shit. they disappeared here years ago
dvvid96 (2 days ago)
They could have kept up with the more modern day Maker projects like Rasperry Pi and Arduino.
Avanti2Man! Uscgsam (3 days ago)
Remember Heath kits?
john basedow (3 days ago)
I have a radio shack only 237 miles away from me. For me it’s worth the trip.
aj koots (3 days ago)
why did they always want my name and address when all i wanted was batteries?
TFrills (3 days ago)
I used to go to radio shack right up until they shut down. I went there out of convenience to buy my analog cassette tape auxiliary cables for my 2001 Subaru so i could play music with my phone.
Wilkerson Ramos (3 days ago)
Is depressing to see a great brand go down the tubes like this. I might add that today's generation (Millenials) don't know how to repair anything. Sometimes unable to change the tire on their own ricer(cars). The real Shack was for thinkers, explorers, doers, builders, fixers, and engineers. The microchip evolution is also to blame; where we used to need hundreds of components, today's electronics have much less parts in it. I will miss the Shack.
TheEighthAct (4 days ago)
Can you do a video on aeropostale?
Wilson Wilson (4 days ago)
Just found your Youtube channel, so this is a little late commenting on the Radio Shack video. There were 2 other types of products you didn't mention which Radio Shack was highly successful with. Back in the 60's and 70's RS was a big supplier for home audio equipment with the Realistic line of products. I remember that I used to receive their catalog and I would gawk at all of the stereos, turntables, reel to reel recorders, 8-track tape and speakers. They would have complete setups which you could obtain, if you had the money of course. They must have done pretty well with the audio equipment as it was around for quite a while. Not to give away my age, but I still have a Realistic 8-track tape player in my closet at home. Another big product for radio shack occurred during the beginning of the personal computer era. RS was one of the first companies to retail a personal computer with the TRS-80 series. I remember the first time I saw one and thought it was amazing. Unfortunately, the Commodore 64 and Apple II soon came along and made the TRS-80 obsolete.
Kimberly Dill (4 days ago)
What about woodworth retail store.
Toby Stevens (5 days ago)
Radio Shack was a great store for many years. I could go in there and ask for a pnp transistor, 20' of RG8 coax, and some resin core solder, and the 'retired' electrical engineer salesperson knew exactly what I wanted. Then came cell phones and plastic r/c toys, and the stupid high school drop-out pushing this junk. What a shame, it was such a great place years ago.
advlandvideo (5 days ago)
I will always have a soft spot for Radio Shack. My very first computer as a kid was a Tandy. For weeks I marveled over the machines in the mall. Some of the friendlier salespeople would show me how to use them. Prior to that my "desktop computer" was a Brother word processor. Finally, one of them convinced my grandpa to buy me one... $15 a month that paid for out of my allowance.
Matthew Andrews (5 days ago)
I'm disappointed that the company was started by a guy named Radio and another guy named Shack.
Mark James Meli (5 days ago)
In my area, RS is gone altogether....isn't it the same nationwide?
k k (5 days ago)
This is funny I watched the video from 2017 and just went to the website 2019....selling same product
Seyun Park (5 days ago)
Please do a video about Barnes and Noble
Clayton Jeffs (6 days ago)
My parents each owned Radio Shack Franchises back in the 1970's. My mom's franchise was in a small town and was also a record store (back when the company allowed that sort of thing). I grew up in those stores and it was kind of fun, especially around Christmas with all the electronic toys. I remember helping behind the counter handing out free batteries to the battery of the month card holders - I was about 7 or 8 years old. Back then it was CB radios that was the big thing. In the late 80's I worked for a few company owned stores (franchises in Canada had mostly been phased out by then). This while I was in University, and at the time the big thing was the home computer. In the late 70's through most of the 80's, if you wanted a computer you didn't have a lot of choices, but there was always a Radio Shack in every mall and they had PC's and staff who knew about them. Tandy Computers were a big deal for awhile, and then they partnered with Compaq - I loved my first Tandy 1000 computer. We also sold the first cell phones, transportable and in car phones. BY the time I left the company hand held phones were more popular - I sold a lot of Motorola Bricks in my day. But I think as soon as stores in Canada like Future Shop and later Best Buy started popping up and Staples started selling computers, the company was having a hard time trying to figure out its niche. They couldn't compete price wise and they were on way too many mall locations. A lot of the products you could get elsewhere for cheaper except the electronic parts. Radio Shack needed up being the store you went to find out about stuff and then went down the road to buy it cheaper. Those are my memories of Radio Shack. I am quite nostalgic for the old stores. In Canada they were bought up by Circuit City. I am not sure how well Circuit City is doing, but I am assuming not that well.
Jose Navarro (6 days ago)
There is a RadioShack in Mexico near where i live its a mall called Soriana. Its quite nice actually, i bought a Nintendo switch there for Christmas (for a good price). They sell a lot of video games accessories and consoles, pc accessories tvs and laptops alongside with high tech toys like robots and drones.
Beast of Bmore (6 days ago)
Pop Culture Theology (7 days ago)
Most all of my memories include way overpriced items except my mom's very first cell phone which came in a big napsack.
Richard Curviel (7 days ago)
They could team up with BOSE and may want to go into Installing radios and tint in a shop in back of their stores. The front would be set up like an apple store. If they can convince Bose that having their own store is the way to go because they didn’t have to build. Who doesn’t love Bose? Who wouldn’t go to a store with the Bose name on the front? A big nice sideways sign of BOSE with RadioShack or RS in a circle next to it.... BOSE RS... gotta love Bose....
M. Miller (7 days ago)
Their prices weren’t never competitive
David (7 days ago)
I still remember walking into Radio Shack and staring at the vacuum tube tester. It seemed like something from science fiction.
arbutuswatcher (7 days ago)
There are a handful of dealership or franchise stores left scatter throughout the country. Unfortunately, they're more of an after-thought, to whatever the core business they reside within. In the Midwest, certain Ace Hardware Stores seem to have an aisle or two with Radio Shack stuff (i.e. connectors, cables, adapters, etc...). The selection can be hit or miss sometimes, as restocking popular items is inconsistent at best. Usually, the employees of the store know little to nothing about the stuff. Gone are the days, where someone was dedicated to, or specialized in this sort of thing. Sure, some Radio Shacks had less than stellar employees, but usually we could fine someone who was smarter than the average bear and had a clue - perhaps even helpful at times! I've tried the likes of Best Buy or Target, and no one is even passingly interested in what I'm looking for, let alone knows what I’m talking about.
I’ll give a very basic example. My son’s birthday was coming up, and I wanted to get something for him, that he and his sister have been asking about for quite some time – real walkie-talkies. Now, I’m not talking about those cheapie-style walkie-talkies, which still use either an obscure C.B. Channel (27 MHz) or perhaps the old cordless phone band (43/49 MHz), and are themed with Spiderman, The Avengers, or Barbie. My kids wanted something that was small/easy to handle, rechargeable, & worked reliably. In years past, I would have paid my local Radio Shack a visit, but they’re far & few between these days. So, I began my search – Menards, Target, Home Depot, & Rural King. In the end, I bought a set of Midland GMRS/FRS Walkie-Talkies, like many folks use for camping, hiking, & hunting. Trying to sort out the technical aspects of them has been a bit of a chore, since the manual is not only written in type 6 font (i.e. really small print), but the manual is also not put together very well, from a non-technical point of view. Just the same they seem to be a decent set of walkie-talkies, for under a $100.
All in all, I still would’ve liked to have gone one place, rather than 4 places, before I found the product I liked. Radio Shack may have been dated for some folks, but there was a time, when they served a need & purpose very well. I won’t even get into my bad experiences, with the likes of Walmart. In a world, where everything is so technology-based, it’s surprising how few technology-based stores are left.
Brandon BP (8 days ago)
Way overpriced. I can go to Bestbuy or Walmart and get the same item for less than half the cost of RadioShack.
Jolene Vilis (8 days ago)
Nope, they did not make the 100 year mark. They only made it to 2018,technically, after selling to Sprint. Bad idea, then as in the 90's, they became just a cell phone store. Too bad that they teamed up with Sprint, the #3 cell provider I don't know about your area, but where I live Sprint sucked then as it does today. Within a three county area their service is Totally Useless! No signal at all. Some how I guess my Radio Shack was one of the last 70 stores. After only one month the Radio Shack, oops, I mean Sprint store closed!
Colton Meyer (8 days ago)
All I remember is they had awesome RC cars back in the 90's!! Mine still works. :) And they fixed my portable cd player once lol!!!
Becca R (8 days ago)
I remember Radio Shack, my ex loved that store because she fiddled with electronics. It sucked when it closed down.
CivilCJ (9 days ago)
What I always appreciated about R'adioS'hack was that if you needed any type of electronic device, they most likely had something at least. From phones to stereos to toy robots, there was always something eye catching. A bit random and almost akin to a mall kiosk, but early to mid 2000's R'adioS'hack has a special place in my heart. Plus the staff were always chill. Then again, I guess if I knew the company wasn't doing so well then I would care as much either, haha. You know, something tells me that if they changed their tune and focused on vintage and collectible electronics with an online presence, then they might be able to at least cater to a certain audience that could support them a while.
Dustin Ducote (9 days ago)
Radio Shack had better years? Even my peepaw said their selection sucked in the '50s!!! when it came time to replace the tube in his DuMont tv, they only had Crosleys and Admirals!!!!
Jack Mack (9 days ago)
I used to go to radio shack back in the day, when I was a kid. The thing that got my attention was the handheld video games. Now I'm not taking about PS-whatever. I mean old school games, like Frogger, but less sophisticated. They were fun. Later, in the 2010s, I'd buy my prepaid phone cards from there (they didn't have sales tax on them, just a 50¢ 911 "tax"). And yes, before they closed my store, they gave $10 coupons when you bought stuff for enough. The catch, you had to buy at least $10 worth of merch. That's right, if you went in with 1 of the coupons, you could walk out wit $10 worth for nothing. Yes I do miss my haydays at radio shack.
T. Blaszka (10 days ago)
When they branched their phone department into Target, it went well for a few years. They sold a lot of phones at my store. Unfortunately, when that operation did well, they got into a pissing contest with Target over money. Which, being as they were operating in Target stores, wasn't the type of fight they were in any position to win.
Brian Soto (11 days ago)
Radio Shack electrónics: 70 bucks. eBay: 25 bucks there are the problem
AtomicPulse 18 (11 days ago)
is it odd that the logo at 6:27 looks like the Team Rocket logo??
Magic Philip (11 days ago)
i had a seizure in the middle of a radio shack
Some One (11 days ago)
Radio Shack Canada, which became "The Source" when Circuit City purchased InterTan Canada - and was later bought by Bell Canada following that disaster - was never considered anything but a joke store. We called it "Radio Scrap". The one things worth buying there were fuses. Everything else was massively overpriced. A length of coax cable you'd buy at your local Addison store for 5$ would be 20$ at Radio Shack...
Rex Luminus (12 days ago)
Most stuff at Radio Shack by the 2000's had no clue about their products!!! Useless workers.
Prices weren't that good either.
Stocks in stores are very limited.
Took a month to order and delivery to store. They should of had their walk in whare house stores long time ago + online sales !!! *** Also knowledgable stuff in stores. It's almost over RSH!
Anthony Peterson (12 days ago)
I brought my Model 100 from there learning how to program in BASIC. Also the Model 1000 with the high capacity external HDD (10 megs) learning DOS Script, dBase, LOTUS 123 and WORD 1.0. Memories I can now share with my kids. Oh. Mom also brought me a CB as I was stationed in the Mojave Desert.
rcfjr (12 days ago)
It was the migration of the mind. To use Radio Shack you had to have a brain to use the store. Throw in that people where offered different trinkets to stimulate the brain elsewhere. These two things threw a curve ball and they didn't have the corporate talent to make the correction. That's what happens when you put kids in the corporate seats.
Vustiburn Productions (13 days ago)
You should do one on Tandy leather
Chancellor Carlyle Roberts II (13 days ago)
My first computer was a Radio Shack computer.
Venita Rosier (13 days ago)
my number one reason for giving up on Radioshack was their prices .
alaninnh (13 days ago)
Admittedly, I didn't do much to keep Radio Shack afloat but I did find them useful when I didn't know what I needed. I would go in and explain to the associate what I was trying to do and he or she would show me the item(s) I needed to accomplish my task. This is something I can't do online. All the stores that were near me are now gone.
Joe Chabot (14 days ago)
Consistently and constantly overpriced. And now kids say...What's a radio?
El Gamerico (15 days ago)
Never realised that the Tandy stores in the UK were Radio Shack 😁
Oby-1 (16 days ago)
I used to love going to RadioShack and picking up all the odds and ends of electronic parts to build whatever I needed. Today, they call it The Source where I am and all they sell is common electronic components. A real disappointment of evolution.
Canes Venatici (16 days ago)
They should have focused on selling things for the electronic hobbyists and engineers. Stuff like electronic components, 3d printers, cncs, laser printers, etc
I would go to nearby radio shack every now and then if they actually do that.
Also selling electronic kits. Would love to make computers from the kit like they did in the 70s - 80s. I was born in late 90s none of my family member know much about computer so I had to learn it myself. it isn't hard with the help of the internet though. I have no personal experience on making altair or zx even though it looks really interesting.
zZBLOUNTZz (18 days ago)
I had one close to where I live and I went to there closing sale it’s was a little after this video came out so I’m not sure if it was one of the last ones but I got all most 300 ft of lamp wire for 50$ well worth it
Josiah Suarez (18 days ago)
xXSynShadowsXx (18 days ago)
I worked at RadioShack for a little while right before the bankruptcy that shut locations down and let me tell you, it was terrible. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed what I was doing and the people I worked with, but everything was such a god damn mess. When I started was during their period of selling Sprint as a separate store within the store, dumbest concept ever, then the company that owned them went under, got bought out by another company, then went under again, then was bought by the company that handled RadioShack. We had a huge mess having to relearn everything about selling phones, and it went under again and got completely taken out of the store which pissed off so many people in our area. Then the bankruptcy happened, but we were never told shit. We randomly got a “closing” kit for all the sales and everything, and our market manager kept telling us “it’s nothing to worry about it’s a sell tactic.” Then shortly later out of nowhere, with no word from the market manager, district manager, or anyone else, we got an email showing closing stores and ours was suddenly on it. It was the biggest fucking mess of a store closing I’ve ever experienced. The sales were a mess, the fixture sells were a mess because it came down to “if you can’t pick it up on closing day oh well” which pissed people off (but we worked something out with the landlord for the building), we rarely saw the commission we were promised (especially for the phones we were forced to sell), our market manager treated us like shit and constantly threatened to write us up if we didn’t sell batteries FUCKING BATTERIES which we constantly pushed but in our town nobody wants them or orders them, cheaper, in bulk online. It was a shame though because I loved my coworkers, the store manager was one of the best managers I’ve ever worked with, and I loved talking electronics and shit with customers. Oh and my position was just a regular key holding full time employee, but I was essentially treated as an assistant manager working constantly open to close, doing manager work (not the store manager’s fault it was our asshole of a market manager that always put it on me), and training whatever other employees needed training, but never got the actual Assistant Manager title because our location “didn’t need one”.
TL;DR: RadioShack was a terribly managed company. I loved my job there and the people I worked with, but hated who I was working FOR.
Jay K (18 days ago)
anybody remember The Wiz ? What were gone wrong with them ? I liked that placce better than Circuit City or BestBuy
Andrew Spoorner (18 days ago)
You really can't compare this to Bestbuy. Apples and oranges. Radio shack back in the day sold their own products. TRS-80's, Realistic Stereos, Optimus Speakers, etc. It would be better to compare it with the Sear's department store's electronic section with just their own house brands. I am an electronics technician so I found it very handle to run into Radio shack and get a resistor or capacitor and have it now without having to wait (The last such time was summer 2016). It's really unfair to make the comparisons in your video -- even though the millennial generation really is driven by the Internet.
wannabe to wasabe (18 days ago)
A couple of other problems as I see it. I come from the perspective of a ham radio operator who built his first radio at the age of 12. Problem 1: very poor quality. Their coaxial cable, connectors and antennas were junk, even in their heyday. Prices were low and the quality you got was not up to the cheap prices they were selling things for.
Problem 2: the knowledge of store staff was very poor. Ham radio folks had a saying, based on their marketing, "You have questions, we have WHAT?? Employees didn't know what coax cable was, the difference between a resistor and capacitor. I once watched a store manager tell a person buying a cell phone, back in 2000, that if a poor signal was experienced, just wait and let the satellites move around a bit and the signal would improve. Another asked if they could take their family radio purchased in the U.S. and use it in Europe. The manager stated emphatically, "Well I can't see any reason why not!!" This is wrong as the frequencies used for family radios use frequencies assigned in Europe to law enforcement agencies, the fire service and the military. Transmitting on your U.S. family radio service radio in Europe will bring about attention you will not want!!
So crappy products and ignorant staff was the situation. In the 60's and 70's you could find some quality, although that was a challenge and some of their personnel had electronics knowledge at some level, but that was hit or miss even then.
SAN DIEGO PADRES (19 days ago)
I grew up in the 1990s and 2000s as a kid, teenager, and then young adult so this video REALLY speaks to me. Back in the day me and my mom went to Radio Shack every now and then. My older brother went to Radio Shack much more than I did because he's always been an electronics guy. This video was educational and it was a trip for me to watch. I learned some extra shit about the right and wrong ways to do business, which included how Radio Shack went out of business, and that's all I wanted out of this video.
John F Ramos (19 days ago)
WOW! Back to Lala Land. I'm a former Manager Trainee for the number 1 Radio Shack Store back from 1984 to 1989. It was a lot of fun and being a trainee gave me the foundation of being in business. It was always great to see kids come in for Christmas getting the remote control cars , boats , robots etc. I remember when the first CD player came out and having a blind person come in to my store in Plaza Las Americas in Puerto Rico, asking me if the song that was playing came form a CD player. WOW! lots of great memory's. It was funny that we were also a computer store but our point of sale was done manually , and we had a manual cashier box, all of the invoices had to be written by hand. OHHH and we had to make sure we get those mailing addresses and phone number. LOL! When cell phones came out, I remember how long it took back then to program the Transceiver with a Tandy 1000. It had a specific peripheral attached and we had to first look at the serial number on the physical equipment (Cell) and enter the serial number in a Hexadecimal calculator to get the Frequency that was going to be link to the phone number that was assigned to the phone. We sold the Mobira 500, I think that was it. It weight around 15 lbs, and they were 2 models, one portable and another that will be install on the trunk of the car. I can go on and on , from our once a month mandatory inventory's. Counting hundreds of resistors, fuses, capacitors, cables, etc,,, We would come out at 2 and 3am after closing the store. I don't miss that. Anyway, great school, THEY DID NOT EVOLVE, like you said , it took them to long to really get it. Who knows, probably they should go back on being a specialize store of the building electronic kits combine with new nano parts. Seriously, with all of the conspiracy theories, we might need those 2 way shortwave radios and equipment. You never know. Thanks for the memories.
Matthew Dykstra (20 days ago)
it is funny Radio Shak Canada was bought my Circuit City they went bankrupt and now it is owned by Bell Canada it is so funny.
Matthew Dykstra (20 days ago)
I remember going there to get my blank tapes and record my favourite songs off my grandfathers Jimmy Swaggart Records I would go there and get cables for recording my tapes to computer it was my favorite store in the mall it has so many memories
CR Brown (20 days ago)
it was because of stupidity and ignorance thar Radio Shack went down. I was Electronics TechnoloI y major. I went through my masters degree in Technology Education. As an undergrad Radio Shack was a racist place in treatment and hiring.There would be stores that would'nt hire blacks who were A students who knew and excelled PCB s and components. They even used to give tests for applicants and they still would hire incompetent whites for their positionswho had no electronics experience or knowledge.. I know some whites will deny it. but as usual, Whites who were not racist will say that Radio Shack was not racist, but it is because that person individually was not racist that they say that..
Another reason is that they ignored the schools and universities around their stores in their electronic kits and component needs. We used have to order kits and components for our projects because Radio Shack didn't have or carry them. There were four or five stores within 10 miles. Tandy had leather projects but very few simple project kits for Radio Shack. A big part was their hiring of all those different CEO's who had no background in electronics. They hire a CEO who came from Nabisco. This happened a lot in the eighties and they ran a lot of companies into the ground.
SAN DIEGO PADRES (19 days ago)
Man, if that shit you said about their hiring practices and how they ignored colleges around their stores was true, then karma is a BITCH. All them Radio Shack employers doing the hiring and firing, who did crooked shit behind closed doors, and didn't get with the technology program so to speak, well by 2011 and before they were out of a job. One of the best things you can do to people who don't get it in terms of doing better business and dealing with customers is to fire them or have their business go out of business.
WV591 (20 days ago)
very sad. back in the 70's my first amp was RS and all the electronic kits i built. and speakers. whenever i needed to repair electronics they were there near by. no fucking waiting for parts from internet. but at later years their outrageous prices and internet put them out of business.fucking Amazon has destroyed many business. Best buy might be next.
SAN DIEGO PADRES (19 days ago)
It's funny you say that because every Best Buy I go into, you don't see all that many customers in there like it was back in the late 2000s and earlier. A lot of their employees look bored or they are trying to do busy work to put up with the lack of foot traffic in their stores. me personally, I aint never been a big Best Buy guy. I get my electronics from Walmart, Target, Fry's, or the Internet.
Whoo711 (20 days ago)
Not to mention that their slogan is way too obvious. I mean, OF COURSE they've 'got answers.'
Or at least, you'd expect them to, in general! Why would you go to a store where the staff "don't have the answers" to your burning questions about a certain product or set of products?? Radioshack, Captain Obvious called. If a company's not "creative enough" to make its slogan unique and interesting... they might as well *not* have a slogan. If they're just gonna state the obvious, it's a bit obnoxious, like consumers are "too dumb" to know it.
Glenn Schaub (20 days ago)
Cheap products , too high priced
Whoo711 (20 days ago)
You had to get a 'license' from the FCC, back in the day, just to get a CB radio attached to your car?? lol
Is that still required, or has the FCC loosened the rules?
How did that even work? Did the company you bought the radio from, like, have you fill out a license form, send it in and then hopefully you'd get 'the license' soon? Of course, even without the license, how would the FCC even "know"? Were FCC staff "constantly monitoring" channels and frequencies used by CB radios to find "unlicensed users" or some shit nationwide? lol
And if the FCC somehow "found out" you 'didn't have a license', would they send something in the mail (or maybe a few reps to your house from a 'local fcc office') to bug you and be like, "Get a license, or we'll shut your CB radio down"?
And if a company you bought the radio from, like Radioshack, in fact had you *fill out a form to get the license anyway*, why even bother mentioning "fcc license required" in the commercial?? If they take care of most of the work there, the fuck do you "need to know" that for? Is it 'just in case' some people who *might want cb radios but are, somehow, "ineligible" for fcc licenses try to buy one, so they know ahead of time?
Whoo711 (20 days ago)
Half the time I forget Radioshack still EXISTS
Plus... the name is kinda goofy, in hindsight. At least Shake Shack has the alliteration factor
skymaster5543 (21 days ago)
For a lot of us Electronic Guy's. Digikey online is Rated #1 for Performance, and 24 Hour Customer Service. It's the world's Largest Selection of electronic components. Radioshack went to cellphones as a priority, well that didn't work. However, They wanted your name, street number, and that pissed a lot of people off.
Arizona4everGirl (21 days ago)
It's always 3 things.
marshall montgomery (21 days ago)
it is a crime that Iconic businesses like this have fallen............. never forget being a kid in radio shack, so many cool things to see and buy
Kumar George (21 days ago)
FrankEdavidson (21 days ago)
I've still got Ni-Cds in use from the 80s. Maplin (UK) seemed to follow the same stocking strategy as Radio Shack / Tandy and they've closed too.
exomonxt (21 days ago)
I actually went to a bunch of store closing to buy some parts cheap, but basically they were always an overpriced tech place
Buff Barnaby (21 days ago)
SAN DIEGO PADRES (19 days ago)
That's true to an extent. But even though Fry's is doing well, they don't get as much foot traffic in their stores like they used to. Like it was stated in this video, Fry's embraced selling products online when Radio Shack came to the party too late.
dahudie (22 days ago)
In Australia it was called Tandy.
I remember the battery club.
I also owned the Tandy Color Computer II and III, before moving onto the Atari ST.
I have fond memories of visiting the store.
Why Has Google Messed With My Channel... Again (22 days ago)
Even though the store was small, there were very few times in which you could run in and run out. There was typically one person in the store to help. If you had 4 people in the store at once that was a SERIOUS bottlekneck jam waiting to happen, as you had to wait for the 3 people in front of you to get serviced totally because you could ask a question. If someone were getting a new cell phone with a plan then you were screwed. It did not have the economies of service scale offered in the larger stores like best buy that had many service people to assist at any given time.
K9AF (23 days ago)
Well, Company Man, since you ASKED to hear our Radio Shack experiences, here's mine. Yes, Radio Shack began seling radios and radio-related parts. And you did make the correct point about them 'being late to the party' on some items. I was a bit surprised with your ATTEMTPING to compare Best Buy to a Radio Shack. That's akin to comparing a Kroger grocery store to Starbucks. Yes, you can buy coffee at both places--that DOESN'T mean they are in any OTHER way similar. One item you curiously left OFF your reasons for Radio Shack's failure was something beyond their control: State Inventory Tax, which many states have implemented as a way to bilk businesses out of money the state doesn't deserve. A brick-and-mortar business now pays a hefty tax if they DON'T sell an item they have in inventory. So, having lots of electronic PARTS hit a company like Radio Shack VERY hard. Next, their business philosophy REALLY sucked. Their inventory ran in a perpetual sine wave. They would all of a sudden strip their shelves of nearly all of the electronic parts, and replace them with what most people refered to as 'electronic toys' -- radio controlled cars, and the like. They would keep this inventory until they got enough COMPLAINTS from customers about the LACK of what they wanted, then go full circle back to being a parts store. This went on from the 1970s through the 1990s. Then of course, their hiring practices were totally counterproductive. They refused to hire anyone who had a smidgeon of electonic knowledge, then came up with the self-congratulatory slogan, "Radio Shack: You've got questions, we've got answers." Trouble is, the answers in 99% of the times were wrong. It got to the point that many in electronics re-worded the slogan to say, "Radio Shack: You've got questions, We've got blank stares". If I were to start a company similar to Radio Shack, I would NOT attempt to sell cell phones or serivce. As you correctly pointed out, you can usually get a better deal at the cell company's store, and have a better selection from which to choose . I also probably wouldn't sell tablets, laptops or desk top computers, as the rate of change in that industry is far too quick, and thus nearly impossible to keep up with. Could an electronics ONLY parts store make a go of it in today's world? Dunno. There are still a FEW, mostly independent ones left, and they seem to be holding on. As you stated, you can get most of the electronic parts you want online. Two large internet-selling stores, Mouser and Digi-Key are doing pretty well. I have tried your suggestion about getting my electronic parts from Amazon. But the BIG problem with that is Amazon is only acting as the sales AGENT for these parts, and in MANY instances, the parts ARE in a warehouse--but that warehouse is in Hong Kong or Singapore--and you're lucky if you get your parts in 2 months. IF the wait isn't an issue, yes you can get them, and at a very attractive price. Amazon USED to say where the parts were coming from. But today it's hit-or-miss if they tell you. So, to me, the reasons for Radio Shack's decline are many: Inventory Tax, BAD business plan, terrible hiring practices, trying to be something they were not, and not jumping on the internet in a timely manner. Since you asked for my opinion, I will return the request and ask for your thoughts on my observations....
Hepburn Davis (23 days ago)
RadioShack started the idea of online shopping with RadioShack Unlimited, but dropped the ball on that. They were pioneers in many ways but suffered from mismanagement.
SAN DIEGO PADRES (19 days ago)
Yep, and like the narrator of this video said, they hired too many damn CEO's at Shack over the years, and much of them didn't really know what they were doing. That part of the video where they suffered them massive money losses in the 2011 and 2012 period really hit me.
Hepburn Davis (23 days ago)
Two words that led to the downfall of this company: Len Roberts.
SAN DIEGO PADRES (19 days ago)
Who is he?
Terry Jurek (23 days ago)
It's no longer a DIY store full of experts to help with your projects but just a watered down electronics store. I love DIY electronics but would rather order parts or salvage than to suffer through going to one and seeing half the store full of junk that's cheaper everywhere else. Bring back the DIY experts and make it a great place for hobby eye-candy.
mlu ccc (23 days ago)
Overall, either mismanaged or just missing opportunities, not market smart, BUT!!! I happen to have hit them at a right time, I guess. Here in the Bay Area in California I would just walk there and get my cable lines for my TV, my keyboard items, many items for my PC, a good radio, many phone line cords in those days. I had them strung all over my office, very intricately. They had it all, splitters, everything. And the guys were really there and helped me figure out what to do many times.
John Bush (23 days ago)
I hate the idea that radio shack is gone.
karicherrycola (23 days ago)
I just realized that one of the images of a Radio Shack with a store closing sign out front is from my city. I go to that Sally Beauty all the time lol, it way outlived the Radio Shack
Ric Williams (23 days ago)
Radio Shack used to be a great electronics store for the do it yourselfer until they got into cell phone sales, now the employees of Radio Shack don't know what a roll of solder or a roll of heat shrink are. The few left are dying at a slow rate, in 5 years they will be just a memory.
Robiie Ray (23 days ago)
I been to there stores before very Disappointing experience.
gordon ignatowitz (24 days ago)
everyone, myself included hated giving all your info to the sales rep during checkout...this name, phone number, email was over the top, furthermore, l was sucked into their battery of the month club which had a cost ( don t remember the price ), when l needed to utilize my battery club benefits l was told there wasn t such a thing, l must be dreaming, maybe l was at a different store ( never make your customer look stupid ) l never returned and had an immediate l just been scammed feeling and nearly called the police......gri
Aaron Tavares (24 days ago)
First personal computer I ever saw was the TRS80 model 1. A couple years later I had a TRS80 Color Computer and learned word processing and BASIC on it. Later models had TandyDos as the operating system and I knew it before learning MSDOS. Pioneers in the personal computer market, they could not keep up with the bigger players
Song (24 days ago)
I know they sell adapter, battery and so many overprice stuff.
Rev Bear (24 days ago)
You have questions? They have dumb looks!
Adam Ebel (24 days ago)
I miss shopping at Radio Shack. Now I have to struggle trying to find the same thing I find at Radio Shack online, and it's taking a long time for me to receive it from them through their website.
Robert Moriarty (24 days ago)
I agree with “nerd heaven”. They remained a store for hobbyists. It worked years ago when the baby boomers loved to tinker with their stereos and build their own monster speakers. I was one of them and it was a blast! I lived in Texas while in college and the Radio Shack I went to also sold leather and leather crafts. Probably since they were owned by Tandy and Tandy was based in Texas? In the last decade or so, I couldn’t believe they hadn’t gone out of business. I would go in occasionally and was usually outnumbered 3 to 1 by employees. I never bought anything. The fun was gone! For old time sake, I’m restoring a 50 year old Radio Shack stereo receiver. The quality of materials and workmanship that went into it is something you don’t see anymore. It cost $450 50 years ago and just needs the electronic contacts cleaned. Amazon is so much better. But I kinda miss the old days of tinkering with quality stuff instead of just buying new stuff every couple of years. Thanks for the videos. They are all great!
Syntheon (24 days ago)
Radioshack was always the best place to go when you needed that one component you couldnt find and didnt feel like waiting to ship from china. Sometimes it was a bit more but the convinence of it made up for it. Honestly part of their decline i feel is the lack of people having to scratch build their own projects. Its all a kit now and "block code your own etc" which is great for kids getting into it but kids now getting into it wont know the joy of a perfectly wired led circuit only to blow them by accidentally using the wrong resistor. It sounds tedious but it was part of the fun and learning. Radioshack was truly a diy electronic nerds heaven. And now theres not really a local place to get those components unless you are lucky and live near a mom and pop shop or can salavge the component you need out of something nearby. And with the shipping times online i find myself buying in bulk
simflyr1957 (25 days ago)
I worked for RS back when The fist Tandys and cost like 2 to 3 grand
TOM PIPPS (25 days ago)
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Don White (25 days ago)
Yeah, I was a Radio Shack store manager in the 80's just prior to their computerization of inventory and sales. I left that job when I could see they were moving in wrong directions which would result exactly as it did. Interestingly enough I then went to work.in major appliance sales at Montgomery Ward which, much like Sears were late to the up and coming marketing trends and (along with K-Mart) suffered devastating losses which left them all but extinct.
IdeaBoxful (26 days ago)
The DIY spaces went to the internet and Radio Shack missed this bus entirely! Electronic retailing went to large Mall based stores and online.