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The Decline of RadioShack...What Happened?

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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? Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeCompany17 Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/companyman Website: https://companyman.squarespace.com Other Company Declines: Kmart: https://youtu.be/1__Qg1toSSs Blockbuster: https://youtu.be/5sMXR7rK40U ______________________________ My YouTube Channels: Basketball's Best - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcZAZUSUitBEwEbxSEFI5eg Company Man - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQMyhrt92_8XM0KgZH6VnRg Mike's Thoughts - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_DcSvj8aN-vezhvW0-6M5g ______________________________ Intro Made By - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqi0-4XRvQLBo8E5r8bvPsA ______________________________ You May Also Like: MTV: https://youtu.be/p73U5Yfabho Google: https://youtu.be/bm-neMpokqc Vine: https://youtu.be/7vhG9WPsJXQ Harley-Davidson: https://youtu.be/1UF-w1yf894 ABA: https://youtu.be/wcaQHlzjDAA Mars Inc.: https://youtu.be/cuBAZc7loSY Geico: https://youtu.be/EQI2af3So5Q Tim Hortons: https://youtu.be/pfeHgFMYm04 Mac: https://youtu.be/f5wkxOkKDiE
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Pohatu Nuva (4 hours ago)
I'm mostly happy with when I was born, but I must admit I'd always wished I'd been born during the "good ol days" of RadioShack to do electronic tinkering and stuff. I don't know why it was RadioShack specifically I wished for, especially considering I'm not a big electronics dude today.
Han Bulban (5 hours ago)
RadioShack good times :( had lot of good memories as a kid
SpokenMindRecordzEnt (1 day ago)
Theres a radio shack still standing 5 minutes away from my house but it has nothing that catches my eye and i went last year just to but some rca but they didnt even have that
Raymond Welch (1 day ago)
Not great analysis on this one. I think you largely missed the mark in this case. Here's what I think you miss in your analysis - Please read: Radio Shack yes sold radios and other electronic equipment such as even microphones in the 1960s but they were always largely a **hobbyist's store**. They were a ham radio outlet. They sold a lot of kits like you-build-it ham radio equipment and stuff you built out of bread-board circuit boards, and you went there to buy capacitors and resistors, wires, cable, antennae etc. And back in the day when radio-controlled models were more expensive and less numerous that was a go-to place for those. You mentioned the CB hobbyist craze. In the 80s they sold computers (TRS-80) and computer kits such as the Heath Kit computers you built. The point is if you lived in Suburban America, Radio Shack was the closest, easiest place you could go to find any of these things that were in those days very much **niche hobbyist pursuits**. But then with the rise of the internet very few people were doing ham radio anymore. Technology for radio controlled cars, planes, boats became very cheap and you could buy those toys anywhere ubiquitously (no longer a specialty/hobbyist item). And when IBM published their computer architecture and the IBM PC Clone became the world-wide standard for personal computer hardware and operating systems (the event that turned Microsoft into a household name) it killed all the myriad fledgling home computer enterprises (Commodore, Atari, Amiga, Radio Shack and many others); only Apple lived on. They tried latching onto cell phones as the next niche but that market passed them by and you could easily buy those anyplace including WalMart. Bottom line : RadioShack was really a niche hobbyist store but their niche items either disappeared ( ham radio, television antennae, proprietary-non-Microsoft home computers) or became a ubiquitous commodity like radio controlled cars and cell phones. And nobody builds kits anymore. Electronics are too much a way of life now not a novelty. They struggled to morph into a consumer electronics shop but failed because you can buy that stuff anywhere. NOTE: Ironically it was their move away from the large stores and into the gazillions of small neighborhood shops model that left them no place to run. They might have been Fry's Electronics otherwise, which is similar to a gigantic radio shack but there are relatively few of those around and only in major population centers.
Soppy 4 (2 days ago)
So I'm a cable guy. We have a term for shitty over the counter customer bought equipment. That being "radio shack equipment". Go to a house that has really bad issues and what do you find 50% of the time? A radio shack coax cable or radio shack splitters.
Tickled Funny Bone (2 days ago)
I have been to radio shack in the past. I had known radio shack for Electronic parts. Circuitry Parts.
LordDecapo (2 days ago)
Please do Game Stop... maybe not soon, but in a while... i feel they are falling into the same traps as RadioShack. There is an area near me with 5... yes 5... gamestops within a 1 miles radius.. and 2 areas with 4. Its so bad
William Barnard (3 days ago)
Like others have said the problem with them is selling electronic parts doesn't work today because unless your someone that refurbishes old computers or stereos or a DIY person your just going to throw it away and buy something new because the repair man has gone the way of the Edsel and that's because most of the time it will cost you either as much or almost as much to get something fixed or even up graded for that matter as it does to buy a brand new one that is more up to date.
Shut Up, Sprinkles! (3 days ago)
We had a RadioShack in the complex with our grocery store and drug store. If I can recall, mostly we’d go there if we needed batteries or like... TV cables. I think I got a pair of headphones once when I was hanging out with my uncle when I was like 6 or 7?
KernelPopcorn (3 days ago)
Anyone remember circuit city?
Bill Keck (3 days ago)
Back in the day, Radio Shack was for hobbyists who wanted to build their on radios. Especially ham radios. Or wireless telegraphs! (Remember Morse Code?) Also certain other electronics projects that you would build from electronics boards out. They had kits for some of these. It was a hobby store for nerd electronics engineers. Boy Scouts loved them! The original personal computers they sold were kits: a collection of electronics parts that you had to assemble, including soldering the wires, resistors & transistors in place! Thus you had to KNOW what a computer was for and then build it almost from scratch! After they linked with Tandy they started selling Tandy personal computers: the TSR 80 (referred to by some as the "Trash 80.") They were competitors with companies like Commodore and their C-64's and C-128s. Printed circuit boards and modular electronics parts made all of Radio Shacks hobby projects obsolete. And Apple IIs and IBM PC's made their computer projects obsolete. (Why BUILD a personal computer from scratch, when you can just BUY one and learn to write programs for it? Or play games.) You are correct in seeing that Radio Shack remained a nerd electronics parts store and never grew into a modern electronics store like BestBuy that sold radios, TVs video records or other "cool" stuff. So they just became an obsolete electronics parts store.
Wa Boi (3 days ago)
One of the last 50 stores just closed in my home town
OLROY (4 days ago)
So in Canada we have “The Source”....it seems kinda different
J R (4 days ago)
You've missed the point of the electronic parts, not being a big seller online, TODAY. I don't want to wait 5 days (because let's pay $15 in shipping for a $0.30 resistor). This kind of thing isn't worth trying to nickel and dime online, and is one of the biggest attractors to RadioShack. The reason YOU don't think about it? You don't need a specific cap, or relay, or diode, or resistor. Just because you don't get it doesn't mean it doesn't have value. Should they have been online sooner? Yeah probably, but their other market endeavors HEAVILY outweigh this shortcoming.
LissaSun (5 days ago)
Surprised you didn't mention that Tandy computer. My experience bought a Tandy computer they sold forst time buyer when the idea of computers was new and they weren't bankrupt and not only did they not service it but it was so outdated when we bought it no games for it would work. It was a glorified typewriter that's it.
Julio Quatro (5 days ago)
Love your channel. I think the video is spot on except you are missing a very low key part of their history. However.... Incredible Universe is part of the Tandy Company.... I have provided a junkfood link to wiki for quick reference.. ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incredible_Universe I actually opened up the Westbury Long Island Store and I worked in the Video Game Scene which at that time the PS1 was released and the Sega Dreamcast was also available.........lol We all had to walk around with nicknames and stuff... Disney style... Please check it out....
Vlad Fureyster (5 days ago)
I remember how this used to be the Spot! as a Kid! All my friends would buy their toys @ RadioShack! I Miss it so much
lolkatiekat (5 days ago)
My first job was at a Radio Shack. A massive problem was corporate trying to modernize too quickly. They started trying to sell TVs, computers, sound sets, etc. Yes, these items sell for larger amounts, but the profit margin wasnt as high and you could get these items much cheaper somewhere else. Then they started trying to appeal to the younger generation and pushed all their older clients away, which were the loyal ones that would spend however much because it was radio shack.
Vyacheslav Ivanov (4 days ago)
Wow, I guess that's a bad move to push away the older clients.
lolkatiekat (5 days ago)
You also forgot that RS tried to sue sprint for breach of contract
Dave Chatelle (6 days ago)
There is a Hobby Store that sells Radio Shack items today; it's located in St. Cloud, mn
Darrell Alan Smith (6 days ago)
Another item radio shack was known for, tv tubes.
Ian Thomas (6 days ago)
Company man, how come scam companies like Amway, and Herbalife still exist?
Michael Collins (6 days ago)
2 opened in my country and there's no nothing eye-catching!!!! 2 boring waste of shop space.......
Chickenblitz (7 days ago)
I live close to one *dab*
Bernie Thuman (7 days ago)
As an engineer, walking through a Radio Shack was always a breath of fresh air. I am saddened by the fact that this experience will no longer exist for me.
Buhlebuyeza James (8 days ago)
Pick it up every corner , open Job for the people.
MrJeep75 (8 days ago)
How about Sears
Arthur Jennings (8 days ago)
Worked for RS in the 1980s. Quickly figured out that I had to sell $500,000 to make $30,000. I couldn't afford to work for them.
Scott Ledbetter (8 days ago)
Make a “decline of...” video for Circuit City.
Christian moline (9 days ago)
it was the place to get rc cars they had one that could go 60 kph but they where gone 10 years ago in canada
ChiefBrodyRules (9 days ago)
Are there "I'd like to hear what you have to say." t-shirts yet?
sote ful (9 days ago)
I'm 47 and was sad to see them go. I used them for electrical parts. I once bought a Tandy from them back in 1988.
dymeny23 (10 days ago)
Radio Shack started selling cell phones in the 80's. My mother was a district manager for Tandy Corp. I can remember customers coming in and buying phone and how long they had to wait to get the phone due to programming and waiting to get a number assigned.
L Friz (10 days ago)
A year and a half later and that AM/FM Stereo Headset is still on RadioShack's homepage... for $55.
Katie Mendel (10 days ago)
The last time I went in one I was looking for a Bluetooth dongle. All they did have was really expensive stereo equipment, that looked cheap and rows and rows of cell phone displays all if which were last year's at least
Professor Penne (11 days ago)
these videos just kill me inside. every store I grew up with are always being shut down. toys r us, kmart / sears, radioshack, circut city, media play, blockbuster. it's depressing to see. like watching my childhood fade into dust.
jagerardi (11 days ago)
Sad to see them gone, but a lot of your reasons are typical Millennial whingeing. Electronics parts? Yeah. If I need a piezoelectric tweeter, I need it now, not next week, not even tomorrow. So I would dash off to Radio Shack and get it. Same for a broken heat sink or speaker wire. no, I don't mean that stupid O2-free crap, but zip cord, which is actually excellent speaker wire. What really when wrong is that too many people didn't care about fixing things any more, and because Radio Shack tried to compete in markets they couldn't- Like stereos and cell phones. ..Joe
TheDEATHofRAP88 (11 days ago)
RadioShack still exists...well I wouldn't be able to tell ya if there are any stores lol, but they have a working website**?*
sign543 (11 days ago)
I used to be a Radio Shack manager....I loved working there. The items for sale were fun and state of the art. The desktops were the most popular...this was early 90s. I loved it. Then...progress.
Demagora (11 days ago)
Last time I visited a Radio Shack it was to purchase some solder and an LED. I feel like to some degree they were trying to offer electronic gadgets and maybe if they had focused more on that they could've competed with Brookstone, but who knows. Their emphasis on cell phones really made them known for that and only that, which just allowed them to drift off into irrelevancy.
michael l (11 days ago)
Radio Shack was terrific for certain things, but was noticeably expensive with items that can be purchased elsewhere. In this day and age they should have been flourishing but would not have due to their steep prices.
jordan freeland (12 days ago)
I work at a radioshack, my first job actually, and id say there are quite a few things that you cant get anywhere else in store. The thing is sure you can order it on amazon but where else can you get a 5 pack of resistors for 5 bucks same day you need it?
zairafaith (12 days ago)
We have a subsidiary of radioshack in our tiny town. Here in Canada it was rebranded as the source.and.ours was branded as allsource so they could sell the most popular cell phone brand. ANYWAY, aside from going in there once every 2 years to get a new cellphone I have no reason to do so. Maybe once in the last year I went in because I needed a cellphone charger for my car and they were the only option. The nearest Walmart is 40 miles away. But I do remember going to radioshack as a child and checking out all the cool new gadgets, I remember my parents buy a tv there. Now they don't even have that as an option.
Stanwyk (12 days ago)
Employees were wastes. I remember finding a fairly expensive product online via the RS site showing it was in stock at a local store. When I went into the empty lifeless store I was ignored. I asked if they could show me the product I found online. They immediately told me they didn't have it. So I showed them on my phone that it WAS in stock. Finally she went to look and found it in the back somewhere. I walked out thinking this place is never going to last. A few months later it was gone.
dvate (12 days ago)
Relied too much on cellphone sales and moved away from there roots of electronics and radios with the parts to fix them and changing the reliable products to inferior products and spending for a Super Bowl ad to waste reinvestment money to keep it out of bankruptcy not having employees willing to help the customer not have any product knowledge but more interested in how many sales they could get and trying to get hired with a they would check your credit before talking to you
bittasweet symphony (12 days ago)
radioshack was just too manly to be on the gynocentric high streets.
Zook Inthe6ix (12 days ago)
Amazon is the future we all know it. A sad reality is that most malls / small stores are finished in 10 years. I can search any capacitor / fuse / wiring assembly and have it shipped next day. RadioShack changed from a fixit store to a retail outlet, the problem is that most of you retards fail to understand. You can’t make money selling unprofitable items that rarely sell, the store was doomed.
jamesthefordman (13 days ago)
I have good memories of RadioShack when I was a kid me and my grandma would always go to the mall on Saturdays we would go to KB Toys-Radio Shack-Sears- JCPenney etc I loved Radio Shack as a kid had all the cool toys high-end cool toys I guess
firemanjim324 (13 days ago)
Their prices were too high for the same type / quality products you could get elsewhere.... I bought a walkman back in highschool for $200 ,from radio shack..They offered extended warranty for like $30 (if I remember right.) Sony had a better one for the same price. My brother bought the Sony the following month. He still has his, and it works still...and this is almost 30 years later. Mine crapped out after a little more than a year. Only time I've been to radio shack since, was to buy hard to find electric components, that you'd have to normally order. It's no wonder why they went out of business.
RiceReaper (13 days ago)
In Canada they turned into The Source by Circuit City, which is a terrible retailer. Cheap electronics at more expensive prices.
MigueTK (13 days ago)
We bought our first computer from them in the early 2000's. The store was in a good location inside a mall but was rather small, no doubt because of the rent. I remember that they had a small selection and couldn't rival the circuit city or best buy in choice. it was a positive experience though and I do miss it. Part of their core business, electronics components, are not suitable for today's market because people don't tinker around with electronics as much despite the efforts they made promoting the Arduino and raspberry pi boards, you could get everything they have on the internet for cheaper.
ROCKY WILEY (13 days ago)
Well it made clockboy famous....
Street Business News (13 days ago)
I remember the last time I visited a RadioShack , it was 2006 and I purchased a drone (yes they had drones back then). I remember them partnering up with Shaq and Alf, I mean they really tried to stay afloat. Bless their hearts. I think they should have changed from a everybody consumer electronic goods store to and gotten back to their core competence which seemed to be a nerd heaven for transistors and capacitors. Lastly, they were really overpriced with everything they sold from remote control cars to 100 feet telephone cords. The internet made everything more competitive and I could compare prices and see how much they were ripping me off.
Uno Carb (13 days ago)
I used to buy tone dialers here and the special crystal diode that went with them and sold them for bank back in the 70s..as well as other phone phreak shit that will better be left unsaid here..
Bhima SÖlberg (14 days ago)
What about Computer City, Tandys other holding, that was sold off in 1998, to save Radio Shack,
Mike Labonte (14 days ago)
When I worked at radioshack the flip phone craze was huge. You could make allot of money if you knew how to sell. Selling and activating 2 phones a day would put an extra $400 plus in your paycheck. That money came from Verizon or Sprint. It doesn't include any commission from radioshack. And that was usually another $400. I did very well there in my early 20s.
AmmyWolf (14 days ago)
While i like the other videos you've made. You clearly don't understand nor where the original market Radio Shack was aiming for. You expect a best buy when in reality they were meant for the makers and tinkers. For asking who buy resistor and electronics parts, a clear example especially in its time would have been people who made arcade machines, pinballs machine where you needed the object same day not days later Their true decline was trying to please the general market like you by becoming a best buy/circuit city.
jack002tuber (14 days ago)
I would go there for electronic parts and they never had good quality or selection. China made crap that was priced too high. Once the internet came you could beat that no problem. You almost never saw a brand name radio, phone or computer, it was always the Tandy name, and costing more and less valuable and dependable. In 1975 I was finding better parts and quality in other stores. It never got better.
James Leslie (14 days ago)
I would go to radio shack to find the following; blank cassettes (surprisingly great quality!), batteries and blank 8-track cartridges between 1982-1987. The staff never bugged me and they seemed knowledgeable of all things Tandy & Realistic (as well as what capacitor was compatible with certain computer or stereo component I was looking to repair). They also had an amazing stock of record player needles. I stopped going there when Fry's opened a HUGE store in the mid 90's by the Burbank Airport (now known as Bob Hope Airport). It was stores like Fry's, Circuit City & Best Buy that started to really hurt them honestly. With the advent of online shopping, that was the death knell for the shack. Actually, online shopping ultimately killed amazing music stores like Tower Records, Sam Goody/Musicland & Virgin Megastore...just to name a few. So do I want Radio Shack back? Not really. I had my fill of it when I was a curious 80's kid wanting to tweak a TRS-80. Now the record shops? Oh god yes! There's nothing more satisfying than looking thru the bins for an album, holding it in my grubby hands, ogling over the fantastic artwork/packaging and finally having a discussion with the clerk about my discovery I'm now purchasing. There's also removing the shrinkwrap and discovering a bonus item inside....much like finding the awesome prize inside a cereal box.
Krysdavar (15 days ago)
They used to have pretty cool unique electronic stuff, and were famous for their brand of batteries, that's what I remember from the 80's and 90's. Then they had Shaq do commercials for the...Shack. It all went downhill from there IMO.
transformer889 (15 days ago)
They sold me a resistor for $2.50 and insisted I give my name address and telephone number, even I had cash in hand, finally we wised up how we were screwed. Today thanks to the internet customers know the real prices and don't fall pry to Radio shack, Companies who insisted to do business the old fashion way and refused to change are on the way out just like Sears as example.
Glenn Weeks (15 days ago)
As I remember RadioShack the stores were usually small and very limited stock. The employees were not very helpful. I remember thinking that it would be difficult to make good money owning one of these stores.
Chase Sherwood (15 days ago)
I used to live right next to a radio shack in Oregon City and I can't say i ever saw anybody in there besides the clerks. this was in about 2016-2017
Chris Everly (15 days ago)
Um, they sold batteries at 5 times the price, which was the only real thing they were good for tbh. It really leads me to believe that they didn't know what items sold for in they rest of the world. That and they were called RadioShack, peeps don't know what a radio is anymore, not that they sold radio's anyway, they didn't.. They failed to adapt, miserably.
MoonFairy929 (16 days ago)
The last time i was in there was 2014. I did buy a phone from them— because the iPhone 6 was sold out everywhere else and i had to have it right then. I also bought an excellent speaker there. Since, both our branches have closed. Which was kinda sad at the time. I remember those price match commercials from the 90s with the little kid and the newspaper. Good stuff. But they did lose themselves in the phone boom. They were great for boring parts on the spot, though. And always good service— although sometimes slow with one worker.
Alice Kingsley (16 days ago)
I bought two things at Radioshack at 2 different times. 1 was when I was 13 and bought an adapter that I wasn't going to use. The 2nd and last was when I was 16 turning 17 and bought a silicone case for my Ipod Touch (because I didn't have an Iphone at the time till months later when I went to a friend's house not realizing she was out of town). My card was declined when I got that case. My dad helped me pay for it. As an adult of age 23, I had to think "What's the whole point in buying an adapter when I would only get one if at anytime I travel to other parts of the world?" My town had 2 stores. 1 on the west side just about 100+ feet from Walmart. The other at Eastridge Mall and Spencer's is sitting right next door to the now empty store at the mall.
Tris10Byul J. (16 days ago)
We live in a fairly small town so going to RadioShack to get our phones was the best deal, and they weren't obnoxious/pushy like the service stores were. I also DJ so anything I needed for my mixer/computer set up I would purchase there as well. It was a nice place-until it disappeared. I liked our RadioShack and I was sad to see it go.
Omar Tinoco (16 days ago)
Yes, circuit board and radio repair are out of style now, yet, kids are fascinated by robotics and becoming programmers with arduino projects. That could have been a new avenue for Radio Shack but the fact remains big box stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target and now Amazon killed ALL electronics stores from the past.
FerretsCantGame (16 days ago)
The only memory I have of radio shack was about 2009, and my grandma needed a new battery for her old brick sized with the antennae vintage cell phone. And she knew to go to radio shack.lol. the whole way there I was doubting they'd have a battery for such a old cell phone that is WAY outdated. But sure enough they had one! Haha. I was surprised. Still am :P she knew only radio shack would have them in stock. xD
SpottedSharks (16 days ago)
Smart phones were the nail in the coffin. A smart phone single-handedly replaced all sorts of products and add-ons that made a fortune for them. Line phones, cordless phones, tape recorders, video cameras, computers, computer games, alarm clocks, answering machines, pocket tvs, and all the batteries, extension cords, cassette tapes, and other add-ons (which were their high margin items) were made obsolete by smart phones.
Jeanette Nizza (16 days ago)
I used to go into Radio Shack pretty regularly, until they became pretty much, Cell Phone Shack. I needed a replacement antenna for my AM/FM radio. Nothing! They didn't even sell radio parts anymore. The guy behind the counter told me to look on line for the replacement part. I did, and never went back.
Austin Betts (16 days ago)
FIRST
Austin Betts (16 days ago)
JK
Trigger5.56 (16 days ago)
Seems like radio shack became the type of store that has a lot of nothing
Trigger5.56 (16 days ago)
I remember as a kid walking by inside the malls and seeing all the cool RC Cars specially during the Christmas times
Ronald Green (16 days ago)
I remember as a kid, going into a Radio Shack and being so fascinated. It was the besf electronic store ever! I'm thinking around 1979 - 1981 when I would have been 14 - 17. I looked up to the salesmen. with their professional white shirt and tie. The store bad so much interesting stuff! You could spend hours browsing and that's wbat many people did. The MACH 1 speakers and 120 wpc Stereo Receiver was my dream. stereo and the DJ mixer. I ended up working for the Shack in the 80's; a few gears before Regan! I waz making good money BEFORE REGANOMICS! It was ALL DOWNHILL after Regan! Plus, I was told one of the. factories in China burned down; causing I gentry problem. RS was a tight ship of an operation. I'm typing from my phone, on a bus with a runny.nose. I have a lot more to tell about my Radio Shack experience at a later time.
Martin Jordan (16 days ago)
I’m old enough to remember Federated! It was kinda like Best Buy as I recall... and kind of like radio shack. Radio Shack was a lot different when I was a kid in the 80s. It was kind of the only place to go for your electronic stuff and every mall seemed to have a location.
Daniele Sbordone (16 days ago)
Radio Shack stock was all overpriced and made in China. Nothing special.
Captain Cock-Strong (16 days ago)
I use to be in the the battery club at radio shack and I owned a Tandy computer. Awww, the 80’s.
BetaWolf47 (17 days ago)
I remember going in there once just to get a part, a radio antenna if I remember correctly. This was right when smart phones where new. I made a beeline as fast as I could to the drawers where they kept components. I was offered a cell phone plan before I touched that back wall. It was clear that those sales were the core of their business, and that the components section was just an afterthought at this point. It felt almost contradictory to have such high pressure salesmen at a place where nerds probably frequented. I just wanted to go in, grab the part I needed, and get out. I made it less of a priority to go there once I knew I'd have to fend off predatory salesmen whenever I went.
Philo Beddoe (17 days ago)
Just judging by the sound of your adolescent voice,it's a foregone conclusion..that you could not have possibly had a positive experience with Radio Shack.The last time I can recall Radio Shack even being worthy of walking into,was back in the early 2000's(as they still had a decent array of replacement parts,as well as having TV's,stereo's,disc players and even musical instruments...namely electronic keyboards.)The peak of Radio Shack's business(at least in my lifetime)...was the 80's & early 90's...as their small locations had a myriad of different types of electronics crammed into their stores...such as computers,various toys,a staggering amount of replacement parts for all sort of electronic components.Also...the real appeal of this time period,was the fun of getting out of the house and hitting up a shopping mall and browsing through your local RadioShack.Much more than the internet,it is the millennial recession that killed off physical storefronts and local businesses.Growing up in Monmouth County,N.J...specifically Ocean Township,in the 70's and 80's...there were 2 magnificent shopping malls known as Monmouth Mall and Seaview Square mall.There were musical instrument stores,various electronic stores,restaurant/video arcades,discount stores,bars,food courts and just about every type of venue you could want in a mall and Seaview has been closed for 18 years and Monmouth is on it's way out.
Kimberly Enriquez (17 days ago)
I bought my first iPhone of January 2012 at a radio shack lol I used to go there when I was little with my mom for batteries and alarm clocks too 😂👌🏼
Crimson Typhoon (17 days ago)
I quit my job at the radio shack. I fired the Party Kid Crew and sent them on their way.
Shoulder The Lion - film (17 days ago)
Your analysis is deeply flawed. The small bits and pieces is EXACTLY what you need to see in person because many of those small tidbits are underwhelmingly represented online (no pic, wrong pic, no data about specs that could be easily obtained from the object itself if only the picture was of the ACTUAL product). Those stores failed because the general spirit of society has changed - noone cares (or only a tiny minority) about fixing stuff or building from the ground up. It's THIS why the store couldn't really find its niche.
Zultan (18 days ago)
It's dope they got electronics parts for projects
Steve Steele (18 days ago)
In the ‘70s the Shack was cool for us kids that were musicians and electronic hobbyists. It’s those memories that make me wish I could afford to buy them out. I honestly feel I know what could save them. In the ‘90s going to the Shack became a weird and frustrating experience. No matter how trivial the item one purchased the checker would ask for every bit of personal information they could get from you until you’d bust out yelling at them. A 10 cent fuse and I’ve got to spend 10 minutes filling out a form so they can have my personal? Hell no. It got creepy. Then you’re right, their cell phone sales focus left employees too busy to talk to guys like me needing electronic parts and they had no idea what any of those parts were or did. Amazon and China took their business. Too bad.
Steve Steele (18 days ago)
They should take full advantage of the resurgent DIY and repair markets and import a lot of Shenzhen Chinese parts that are sometimes frustrating to get in the US. Back to their roots, sort of. Selling cell phones, ignoring the internet and their store management were the biggest problems IMO.
Dagley Media (18 days ago)
I just went to the radioshack.com website (October 2018) and the first item on the main menu is Radios.
Mark Brown (18 days ago)
So, basically, it's your shitty generation that ruined Radio Shack. Got it.
ghostdog2041 (18 days ago)
Let me save you 14 minutes and 30 seconds. Apple and Amazon happened to RadioShack.
Matt Benge (18 days ago)
I liked RadioShack because as a amateur audio engineer you could get all sorts of audio adapters there. I always found the sales people a little too on-top-of-you - not really pushy - but like they didn’t want you in there if you weren’t going to buy something. I found this at all the ones I visited. Also, during the times I visited they would always ask for your address (so they could put you in there mailing list) when they went to check you out. It was done in a way that made it seem like they couldn’t ring you up without it. I found that annoying and actually a little creepy.
sanowar masum (19 days ago)
Too expensive better shopping on EBay
Quickpaw Maud (19 days ago)
There used to be a radio shack and GameStop right next to each by my house so I would go there a lot to get batteries or chargers or any other electronics stuff while I got new games and such so I think the convenience of that was what made me go there even though it was like 2012 well into their decline now I just buy all my games from steam and order all my electronics stuff on amazon
keldah26 (19 days ago)
WALMART KILLS ALL...
Missesbun (19 days ago)
RadioShack was my first job in 2009/2010. I was 19 and I worked there for about a year. I had a lot of fun goofing off with my co workers (we would even sometimes put one of the TVs behind the counter and play video games while we waited for a customer to come in), but professionally, I spent all of my time there complaining about how the business didn’t make any sense. I was hired to sell cell phones and I happened to know a lot about them just because I was excited about the technology, smartphones were pretty new, but I knew (and it was true) that anyone trying to upgrade their phone would go to the store of their service provider, not RadioShack. The people that came in were looking for small parts, they needed help with something, maybe setting up a TV or trying to convert some wiring, and I enjoyed helping people with those kinds of things. It was the kind of honest work I could do that people really valued, just helpful customer service, not sales commission. The company didn’t value that, and that’s why they failed. Now my father is working his final weeks at Orchard Supply Hardware, and it’s the same story. What’s the one thing brick and mortar stores have over Amazon? Customer service - and if the company doesn’t value that, how could they possibly stay in business?
Yup Got It (19 days ago)
You nailed it on the head. The employees, all 1 or 2 of them, were always busy trying to sell a cell phone to someone, and you couldn't get any help from them.
Kyle Nokes (19 days ago)
When you're knee deep in an electronic project, and you need a part it is nice to be able to run to a store real quick and run back without having to wait 2 days for shipping. That's why I miss Radio Shack. There was a point when Tandy/Radio Shack were innovating and building their own computers and standards, but that's before my time. My Radio Shack turned into The Source, and it's going the same way.
Emily Beauvais (19 days ago)
I am an “older Millennial” so I remember when RS was actually useful. My dad and I used to make music boxes for my mom for holidays and they sold the parts, weirdly enough, even though they weren’t electronic in any way. Other than that, I think I got my first CD player from there with my birthday money.
torres3800 (19 days ago)
I remember them in all my child hood... As time went by I grew up and in my 20s I realized how expensive they were.. even for a TV antenna... Come to think of it, I don't remember buying anything from them... They're gone now.... It's one of those stores I wish did better like Circuit City...
dmanus4 (19 days ago)
Damnit. Where am I gonna buy a discman now??
Jasmine LoveFlower (20 days ago)
One word "BESTBUY"
CrisMelo Designs (20 days ago)
My county in N. California has a Radio Shack and Kmart.