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User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1048 times:

I just read on Yahoo News that RadioShack Corp. is laying off about 400 employees via E-mail. Tackniess has reached a new low.

I would suggest that the lay offs should start in the Human Resources department. It seems that RadioShack doesn't really need such a department.

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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1030 times:

Quoting Broke (Thread starter):
I would suggest that the lay offs should start in the Human Resources department. It seems that RadioShack doesn't really need such a department.

They did have one in LA region in the nineties.But it was trimmed
for budget cuts.But I thought it was very resourceful in teaching us
many ways to handle both, customers and employees problems, to try overcome the many lawsuits.

Quoting Broke (Thread starter):
I just read on Yahoo News that RadioShack Corp. is laying off about 400 employees via E-mail. Tackniess has reached a new low.

As a former Shack manager,I'm ashamed they went to this low.They were always graceful in giving direct separation notices.

But in retail,even at headquarters, layoffs are nothing new.And these latest were at their headquarters in Ft.Worth.But with the 4th quarter coming up,meaning holidays,hiries at the store level,will begin to increase dramatically.



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4629 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 997 times:

They'll just get hired by "The Source by Circuit City"

Same shit.

I



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 994 times:

Radio Shack should have NEVER discontinued there blank reel-to-rell tape, MPX-110 METAL bias (type IV) cassette, 8track tapes and all other accessories such as splicing blocks, sensing foil and take-up reels and Betamax video tape.

I am sure Matt D would agree.



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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 977 times:

Who goes to RadioShack? I haven't been there since I bought a 2 dollar accessory like a year ago. I actually was hired to work as an associate and during training it said that there is a radio shack within 5 miles of every house in something like 90% of the country, it's amazing they are in business because they don't sell much. I guess it's because of their cell phone sales, that's a big part of their business.

User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 974 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Radio Shack should have NEVER discontinued there blank reel-to-rell tape, MPX-110 METAL bias (type IV) cassette, 8track tapes and all other accessories such as splicing blocks, sensing foil and take-up reels and Betamax video tape

Under Bernie Appel and John Roach,we were getting this horrible reputation of being the technology slackers in the early 90's.
I remember one customer taking one of our slogans,"The Technology Store"
to "Yesterday's Technology,Today!(LOL)

We had to clean up our act and cleaned out a lot of stuff,and at least Leonard Roberts did that.I give him a lot of credit for make us a mainstream
act and Shack fortunes soared.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 970 times:

PSA53:
BULL!
The old technology wasn't keep new customers from coming in. It was the cellphone sales that brought in new customers.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 969 times:

Read this thread I started a few years ago.

RE: Radio Shack; One Of America's Last Great Chains (by Superfly Sep 9 2003 in Non Aviation)#ID426734



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4629 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 958 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Radio Shack should have NEVER discontinued there blank reel-to-rell tape, MPX-110 METAL bias (type IV) cassette, 8track tapes and all other accessories such as splicing blocks, sensing foil and take-up reels and Betamax video tape.

Well no wonder their business is slowing  Wink



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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 958 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
The old technology wasn't keep new customers from coming in. It was the cellphone sales that brought in new customers.

Sure it was.We exploited that market that made Roberts,no doubt about it.
But we grew from that.The Shack took on a whole new image that became more widely accepted which always had a ID problem.Our ticket count
prove that.



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 952 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 4):
Who goes to RadioShack?

Lot's of people.

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 4):
it's amazing they are in business because they don't sell much. I guess it's because of their cell phone sales, that's a big part of their business.

It's the only convenient place for home fixits, Hams, build-your-own stereo/phone/electrical system people out there. Phone sales have helped them drive mall traffic, but the storefronts still do a good bit of accessories, trinkets, batteries and other small items.

I hope they stabilize and remain successful. Their experiment with the big box store did not work the way they hoped, but since they are Tandy they at least have a solid tech experience at the higher levels.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 940 times:

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 8):

That's right!
Nobody cares about Ipods and CDs. Big grin



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7784 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 932 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 4):
Who goes to RadioShack?

I was at my local Shack this weekend. Picked up an FM modulator for my iPod and a charger that works for my iPod and cell phone. Radio Shack is handy for lots of those little things, you don't have to deal with the crowds of big box stores, and the sales staff actually knows something about what they are selling.



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 927 times:

Quoting Broke (Thread starter):
I just read on Yahoo News that RadioShack Corp. is laying off about 400 employees via E-mail. Tackniess has reached a new low.

Look for the email of fuckedcompany.com. What an incredibly tacky way of doing it. I worked for a company (luckily I left before the real shit hit the fan) who one day just shut and locked all their offices. The folks in Seattle shattered the doors and windows to get in to get their personal stuff.

Quoting Broke (Thread starter):
I would suggest that the lay offs should start in the Human Resources department.

I think to work in HR you really have to be retarded and out of touch with reality. The PC, doublespeak crap they come up with is amazing. Even more amazing is they are expected to have some confidentialty to them and they are the biggest group of gossips in any company.

LONG LIVE THE SHACK!

Unfortunately they have closed tons of them in Atlanta that were in strip malls. Now you have to go into the big malls which is just a pain in the ass for a small item.



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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 907 times:

Fry's Electronics here in the West have taken a whole bunch of Radio Shack business away. You can find anything electronic at Fry's. Just a tip from someone who had his foot in the RS as an employee, they encourage their employees to do anything for a sale so be cautious when talking to the associates, especially if you're going for a cell phone deal because those pay the most commission.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 896 times:

The batteries for my crappy Kodiak digital camera eats batteries but the once sold at Radio Shack last forever.


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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1341 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 837 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Radio Shack should have NEVER discontinued there blank reel-to-rell tape, MPX-110 METAL bias (type IV) cassette, 8track tapes and all other accessories such as splicing blocks, sensing foil and take-up reels and Betamax video tape.

I am sure Matt D would agree.

I wish the mainstream still cared about audio quality but I can't imagine your speculation is the actual reason for the decline of RadioShack!

I did find Monster (generally over rated) quick lock spades for $4 per pack (down from $20). With my full multichannel setup using tri-wire speakers (requiring 8 spades per channel) this was quite a cost savings ($40 vs $200). I saw a number of other decent deals as well at some of these store closings.



I generally avoid RS like the plague but always return for some odd electronic trinket that I know I won't find anywhere else outside of mail order. (fuses, these connectors above, media like that you mention, etc). I never minded paying a small premium for this stuff to avoid mail order.

[Edited 2006-08-31 15:43:30]


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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 824 times:

I use them for small parts now and then.

There's one about ten blocks from my crib. I build and repair tube type guitar amps and radio gear and I'm always buying their 1/2 w resistors-they're inexpensive and usually spot on in value. They also hgave terminal strips and stuff like that.

Come to think of it I better buy a diode bridge for a project so I can work on it this weekend.


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 809 times:

The one closest to me just recently closed it's doors. The only time I can recall going in there was for electical adaptors, rechargable batteries, and cell phone accessories.

Most of their electronics, were rebadged stuff that you could get cheaper from other sources.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7784 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 801 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 18):
Most of their electronics, were rebadged stuff that you could get cheaper from other sources.

That used to be the case 10-15 years ago, though some stuff is still house branded today, they tend to carry national brands these days. Even Sears stopped selling house branded electronics.

There was nothing worse than the stigma of having Radio Shack brand electronics, or the later Optimus tagged stuff (though IIRC RS did advertise them as being made by Memorex). It wasn't that it was bad for low and mid-level consumer stuff, it was just more than what you'd pay for that stuff at Sears.... or later at the big box electronic stores like Best Buy and Circuit City (who really put the hurt on places like RS).

My local Radio Shack moved into a new smaller location about a year ago. When I went in last weekend the selection there was pretty slim. Mostly cell phone stuff, portable audio accessories, some TVs, phones, RC cars (that still seems to be a Radio Shack specialty), and the usual stuff you can only get at the shack. I don't remember seeing any computers at all for sale, though I think Radio Shack ever got rid of the Tandy stigma either.



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