So Long "Radio" -- Radio Shack to Rebrand Itself

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Shalbatana

 Radio shack used to be THE place to buy "Stuff". Now they sell "gagets". I would go there when I needed something I couldn't find anywhere else. They were much better as a stuff store. They're gagets are built like junk and never last.

Also, page one of the Radio Shack survival guide states that in order to shop successfully at the store, say "no" to any and all salespeople that offer to help you, unless they've worked there for more than 7 years, in which case, don't even go to the shelves, find that person and get them to walk you through your entirely unique project....because they've done it a thousand times.

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K0BALT

I actually got my first cpu liquid cooling kit there. I was browsing around the net and stumbled upon my local store had a closeout of a Thermaltake BigWater kit for $70. It was a good deal and the last one they had, so I snagged it. The only time I ever go there now, is for small parts like LEDs or capacitors.

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bingojubes

Best buys are ALWAYS at Fry's: Guaranteed! so says their commercial. kept me going back there for all my PC needs.

haven't been into a radio shack lately, but the last time i was there i was looking for a molex extension cable, and i chose one from the back of the pile, and the store rep asked me why i wanted that particular one. i simply told him i always pick the products i purchase from the back of the display, and he got offended, and proceeded to try to convince me to get the one in the front, even though it had been stapled back together, with one of the pieces missing (someone before me had ripped the molex connector off for no reason, and they still tried to sell it for the same price as a working one).

was also looking for velcro wire ties, and radio shack had 4 for 8$. seemed kind of a rip-off, but i went into frys, and a pack of 20 was for around like 10-11$. 

i guess if you still play with your XMODS toy cars, my radio shack is the place to be. otherwise, too overpriced and the reps don't seem to knowledgable at my local radio shack.

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jcollins

New branding brought to you by the people that came up with SyFy...

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nekollx

 actually it still called SciFi they just use fancy fonts last i checked.

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horzo

Check again.

www.syfy.com

 

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nekollx

 every comercial i see still says SciFi

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Queenof1

The last time I went there was to get some thermal paste cuz I needed it like yesterday. I think the shack should just be a store for parts, like a junk yard for radios and such. They are way overpriced too.

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Tekzel

This gives me an idea for an article someone should do:  "The 10 Dumbest Name Changes Ever".  I think this one might make the top 3. 

"You have questions, we have dumb stares."

I also can't figure out how they have lasted.

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horzo

When you get around to making that list, be sure give the SciFi channel changing it's name to "SyFy" a spot.

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nekollx

 the 'new' namedoes not inspire confidence.

 

Seriously "guys i need a new TV lets hit...The Shack?"

 

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Jeffredo

The Radio Shack in my town has been in the same spot run by the same guy for almost my entire life (he's really old now!).  It was fun to poke around in there when I was a kid, but I haven't set foot in there in about three years.  I can get anything I want/need cheaper on the internet.  Changing it to "The Shack" isn't going to solve that.

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AntiHero

In Canada, it's been the source for probably 4 or 5 years.

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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Havok

 I personally am not caring over Radio Crap. They bugger out of Canada, leaving a sorry 'Source' behind, then change their name to a thing that usually refers to a lack of money or rundown look. Example: I'm so poor, I gotta lve in a Shack.

The only good shack is The Real Shaq.

 

 

OMGWTFBBQ

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horzo

They'd probably be doing better if they weren't so ridiculously expensive. When I can get the same stuff online for 1/3 the price, I have very little incentive to shop at "The Shack."

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votre

Funny that they decided to keep the term Shack, since that's the part of their name that probably wouldn't mean anything to people who aren't ham radio operators.

Why don't they just come out of the closet, call themselves Tandy, and be done with it.

If that's too simple they could try something like Tandy Tech, but refer to themselves as T-Tek or just Da-T! to give it that "cool" hipster urban vibe. It worked for ihop and NatGeo.  Just a thought... ;-)

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lunchbox73

Eh...I suppose. A name change isn't going to do much good. The Shack is a wierd place though isn't it? There isn't really an chain like it. If it wasn't for HAM radio geeks and others looking for obscure electronic parts they wouldn't have lasted as long as they have.

I do have fond childhood memories of my local Radio Shack back in the late 80's early 90's. I'd browse the selection of Tandy computers and mess around with those before checking out all the RC toys and other gadgets they had.

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mls067

At the "shack's" here you haven't been able to buy any of those things in a long time. They sell stuff like batteries, cell phone acc., some electronic repair stuff like crippers and terminals, computer mice keyboards and such. They don't even have car stereo and speakers any more (not that they were any good)oh you can get sattalite tv there too :-)

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nedwards

"You've got questions. We've got batteries."

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bmomjian

For humor, read the Onion news article titled:
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In Business

  http://www.theonion.com/content/news/even_ceo_cant_figure_out_how

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knexkid

The Onion kicks ass. Now will calling someone "radio shack" be obsolete too?

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comptech08

haha wow.  Wouldn't that be something if a CEO of a company actually said those things. lol.

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dracx619

honestly, its about time...every rare time i go into one, its empty...perhaps a rebrand well help it out a bit. im sorry you get haggled, kobalt, at your local shack, where i live the employess dont care and leave you alone.

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foamcup

That was my first thought when I saw they were rebranding.

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K0BALT

I won't even go in those stores anymore. I'm sick of going in there to buy a simple RCA cable or something, then getting haggled by the cashier about what kind of cell phone service I have and why I should switch with them. Even when I tell them I just want to buy a $3 part and leave, they continue to harass me about cell phones. There prices aren't that good either. I don't now how they've been able to stay in business for as long as they have.

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comptech08

Well they have been in a big downward spiral in business for that last 10-15 years.  It is a shocker that they lasted through this tuff economy and other businesses that seem better have fallen.  I don't go into this store anymore either.  I am pretty much almost a complete online shopper for anything that has to do with electronics.

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