Goodbye Radio Shack

Sad news for Radio Shack. Oh I’ll likely swoop in and buy the parts section that still remains in my local stores. But beyond that I haven’t been in a Radio Shack in years. 

I think it came back a while ago – when they’d constantly hawk batteries, or want your phone number, address, etc for a simple cash sale. I used to say when they asked “C-A-S-H

They had the heyday – when they introduced the TRS-80 Model I for example – and they continued that line for a while. But then they had the Tandy 1000 series – PC Clones and they just couldn’t keep with that. 

Then of course there’s the parts – that section of the stores dwindled to the point where you now can get bags of ten or more of a component on Amazon for a dollar. 

They essentially made a bad move. They could have embraced the maker movement, their roots, the Tandy part was a leather craft place. In fact the the TRS part of TRS-80 stood for Tandy Radio Shack. 

But in this new world where the innovation on the net has killed yet another retail chain I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. I will swoop in and buy liquidation items. That’s about the extent. 

2 thoughts on “Goodbye Radio Shack

  1. Alas, ‘no one’ has been in Radio Shack for years. It is one of those places everyone loves, misses when they go, but didn’t utilize.

    1. I remember back in the day we had Lafayette Electronics too. That went the way of the dinosaur before my young geek self got to know them.

      Then of course there’s A&J Supply near me – they’re closing up shop too. Sparkfun, MPJA and Amazon killed that off.

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