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Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In Business:

from The Onion on April 26, 2007
Website: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/60924
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Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by KC2FTN on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Maybe getting back to their roots would be a good start. Right now, they're pretty-much 'Telephone Shack.'

Mike KC2FTN
www.hamwave.com
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by VE3TMT on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
When I was in my early teens I used to walk the 5 or 6 blocks to the local Radio Shack and drewl over the then new DX302 receiver. I would stay in the store for hours tuning across the bands, listening to shortwave, hams, flourescent light fixtures, whatever it would pick up. I'm surprised they didn't ban me from the store. Back then they had all kinds of shortwave gear, scanners, more CB's than you could shake a stick at and electronic parts everywhere. Today you walk into a Canadian Radio Shack store and it looks more like Best Buy, Cellular One and the Wal-Mart toy department all thrown together. One receiver, the huge oversize Grundig that would be better suited holding down your patio furniture during a wind storm, maybe one or two scanners, and lots of parts, as long as you don't mind buying a pack of 100. I agree with the first poster, Radio Shack, get back to your roots. Ditch the cell phones, computers, electric razors, and disco balls and start selling what your name suggests. I think you'll do quite well if done right.

Max
VE3TMT
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by N1OTY on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Wow, that CEO comes across as a buffoon. It's pretty sad when they actually hire an overpriced CEO who knows NOTHING about electrical/electronic components in an electrical/electronic store. Well, it's just more evidence of Radio Shack's future demise. The rot starts at the top.

I especially loved this quote:

"What is that, some kind of World War II terminology? Are ham radio operators still around, even? Aren't we in the digital age?"

He does not know his customers and he does not know his products. This is the problem with American business today. It's run by bean counters rather than technical people and bean counters are too dumb to know their products or customers.

John
N1OTY
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by AJ9C on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Is the "Onion" a real news source? I can't imagine a CEO talking like that in real life. Im sure he is quite well versed in the RS business model and knows why they make money.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KX8N on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Before you guys start making a bunch of embarrassing comments, you should know that "The Onion" is a JOKE news website, literally. They make up funny stories to pass off as real, but they are only for entertainment.

Here's a story on their site about the nation's snow men marching against Washington over global warming:
http://www.theonion.com/content/news/nations_snowmen_march_against
No, the picture with Jesse Jackson is not real...

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""What is that, some kind of World War II terminology? Are ham radio operators still around, even? Aren't we in the digital age?"

He does not know his customers and he does not know his products."
-----------------------------

That's because some kid sat down and made this story up for his boss. Radio Shack's CEO has nothing to do with that story.

Just goes to show that eHam will post anything without checking their sources first.
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by N4VNV on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
What can you expect from a business that pays minimum wage plus commissions? I've been in electronics all my life one way or another, and when Radio Shack offered me a job, I was told to "push" cell phone and sattelite tv sales. Those were their money makers. By the way, they don't sell RF chokes anymore. All I have purchased from R/S in recent years has been cigarette lighter plugs and a WX Alert radio. From 1967 until about five years ago, I bought antennas, masts, rotors, scanners, 2M rigs, coax cable, guy wire, resisters, capacitors, switches, kit boxes, etc..
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by K8MHZ on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
This is a spoof.

Shame on eHam for listing this first as a real news article and second as a ham radio article.

Neither is true, obviously.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by VE3TMT on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Joke or not, it is the true demise of Radio Shack. While the US stores carry more communications gear than the stores here in Canada it is not like it was. I understand the idea of evolving with the current technology, i.e. cell phones, GPS etc, but for us amateurs, the comparison is always going to be made between the Radio Shack of yesterday and the store of today. And then of course we will always have the issue of staff that know absolutely nothing about what they are selling. When our local police force went digital, I inquired about the new digital scanner not yet available here in Canada. The clerk insisted that the model he had would receive the police just fine. But what do you expect for minimum wage!!
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by KC5ZRQ on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
The Onion is a parody newspaper. More info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Onion
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KA6GJN on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
MHZ is right. The Onion is mostly spoof, with a healthy dose of satire. It's on the order of Mad Magazine, in its own way. Definitely worth reading for a good laugh. Follow it for a while. It is always clever, usually absurd.

I do wonder about Rad Shack, though. It does have a niche. It's about the only easily accessible source for parts any more. The parts are largely cheap junk, but you can get them without waiting one or two weeks, or driving a hundred miles.
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by W8VVE on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Someone bit hard...hook, line, and sinker! I enjoyed
the good laugh to start out my day. Sam W8VVE
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by STRAIGHTKEY on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"Just goes to show that eHam will post anything without checking their sources first."

I'm wondering if eHam knew it was a parody. I knew the editorial functions here were lacking but I didn't think it was that bad. If they didn't know, I they should change the "Editor" title to "Article-Approving Button Pusher" :-)
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by W5GNB on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Well, Spoof or not, the story pretty much hit the home base of how RadioShack really is.

If the CEO had actually said these things, he would be RIGHT ON!!

I really don't understand what keeps them in business either.


73's
Gary - W5GNB
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by STRAIGHTKEY on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
As funny as this story is, ignore that the CEO never said these quotes and it's actually not too far from reality.
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by NK5A on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Even if this story is a "joke", I'll say this about that. My suggestion is for Radio Shack to change it's name to something like "Cell Phone Shack" then we can just let them continue to self destruct.

73
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KC2WI on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
The article is a spoof, but not that far off the mark.

A lot of business types and bean counters have no technical knowledge of the products they are making and selling. As far as they are concerned, all they are doing is making money. They are not making 'things.'

And Radio Shack is not doing well. They are closing stores and consolidating.

The 3 (former) independent RadShack dealers within a 30 mile radius of me have all given up their franchises because of Radio Shack corporate policies. The dealers can't buy the products for same price as the company stores and sometimes even for the selling price advertised in the fliers. RadShack tells the dealers they have to sell products that simply won't sell in a rural area (like cheap TV antennas meant for local reception and clock radios with such poor sensitivity that they won't receive any stations beypond 30 miles...). Another case of corporate bean counters making decisions that don't make sense for the people in the field.

They don't sell much of interest to hams anymore, that's for sure. Besides that, the quality of their electronic parts, particularly connectors, etc., has gone way down. The stuff is junk now. You can't solder to it. That's if you can find it at all in a store.

 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by W1YW on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
These CEO comments indicate a total lack of understanding of the customer base, other than it exists.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by WB4TJH on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
I went into a local RS the other day and bought some audio plugs. It amazes me at how really little they have to sell, and that what they do have is so overpriced. RS has closed a couple of stores here, and over the past several years, a couple of thousand stores have shut their doors. I think it's only a matter of time before Radio Shack is history. I rmember back when Allied was an incredible store to visit, then they became Radio Shack and over the years, it seemed like their inventory just withered away. I think it's just a matter of time now.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by WI7B on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!

Although this article is a spoof, there still is alot of truth about the current RadioShack "experience".

Luckily we have two types of RadioShacks where I live. One is a basic cellular phone outlet and the other is an electronics part outlet that respects hams and experimenters. It's located close to the national lab, so many of us go there for parts.

I do want give BIG KUDOS to the eHAM STAFF! I never thought I'd see The Onion linked to eHAM...and in a ham-related article yet!

BRAVO eHAM! This is why I'm a paid subscriber. Ham Radio is PHUN!!!

73,

---* Ken
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by NA0AA on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Yea, it's actually sort of funny in the sense that it's pretty darned close to home.

I actually laughed, exp. the comment about "radio shack". Come on guys! Comic gold.

What makes this work is that it's SO close to what you could actually believe he said. It's a very cleverly written satire, that's for sure.

 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by K9WDB on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
I think this was a great artical , just remember where it showed up. I like the one that they ran on Frito-Lay. A laugh a Day keeps the grunge away.
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by W8ASA on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
I read and re-read the article, thinking I would find in there somewhere a reference to April 1, but no such luck. This guy is a true moron. He really hasn't a clue, has he? He is making HOW MUCH money? If I were the board of directors, I would have him escorted out of the building, and terminated for incompetence.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by STRAIGHTKEY on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Another thing, just a few years ago Radioshack.com was a pretty good source of parts even though the store parts selection sucked. Now you can't get much of any parts on the website.

I never quite understood Radio Shack after the mid 90s. It's like they wanted to drive it into the ground. I can understand why they moved away from the parts business in the stores, but they should have seen the writing on the wall with cell phones. Now they're just another cell phone reseller.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by STRAIGHTKEY on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"These CEO comments indicate a total lack of understanding of the customer base, other than it exists. "

Sounds like someone was duped :-)
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by W8ASA on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
See my comment above... (removes foot from mouth)... gulp... wish I could edit that comment...
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KX8N on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"As funny as this story is, ignore that the CEO never said these quotes and it's actually not too far from reality. "

That is true. Our local RS is nothing. There were a handfull of electronic components, but nothing specifically geared towards amateur radio, although you can still find the odd CB part. Surprisingly they do have scanners, but that's the closest thing to anything I would need from there.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by ICR71A on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
What a great laugh! The RS of old is long gone and will never return to us. Don't be too worried about those junky connectors and parts. The development company that I work for owns franchises, and the store managers were informed by corporate that in the next several years quite a bit of the component level 270 to 278 prefix stuff was being phased out.

I also wonder if quite a few posters bother to read anything else that has been written before dashing off a post. We are this many posts into the thread and there are still those who have not caught on that the article is a farce...
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by NH6EV on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Hello everyone, The Onion is a satire magazine that you should read daily. (Others are Catandgirl.com and bad reporter at sfgate.com, great stuff.) Its no worse than USA Today or any other semi-fictitious rag. Try searching on their website for the 9/11 hijacker who was at the entrance to hell saying " I think theres been a mistake, where are the virgins?"

I think the fact that some who are reading this think it is true shows how gullible we Americans are.
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by K7MBL on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Funny! No, not the article, the fact that someone throws out some bait and fellas are on it like a pack of starving dogs!! Good thing the original post didn't include anything about CB's or Morse Code! :-)
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by KD4IEJ on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
You have been SNOOKERED!!! The ONION is about as serious a source of "news" as National Lampoon.
 
Radio Shack STILL in Business????  
by KG4RRN on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
WOW, this is news!
I will post this immediatly on my website.
Thanks eHam from a former (or ex) employee)
Down with Cell Phones !!!!
Maybe the new Presidentee needs some advise, the old one sure is getting it...retire early !!!
KG4RRN
RRN NEWS
www.geocities.com/kg4rrn
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KB2SEO on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Words fail me so I digress:

DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by W4PC on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
The real story (back in Feb) was that Radio Shack profits rose 64%.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17364886/
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by N3OX on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"Before you guys start making a bunch of embarrassing comments, you should know that "The Onion" is a JOKE news website, literally."

Didn't seem to stop anyone after ;-)

There's something to be said for reading the comments before you comment.

Dan
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by AD5KL on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Pretty sad when it's so obvious to the public that RS is on they way out. It's even apparent to those writing this satire, who are likely not hams if I'd venture a guess.

When they quit giving out the catalogs that was a bad sign. I would look through it over and over and usually come up with an idea for a electronic project I hadn't planned. That inspired many impulse buys for me.

At least you could get a free battery with your club of the month card (although the cheapies) if you bought an item. And no, I don't want a $20 service plan for a $6 pair of headphones. And to continue my rant, get rid of the mail-in rebates.

Gotta admit that my Optimus audio gear is still going strong after 20 years. Wonder if that stuff on their shelves these days would last that long? Doubt it.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by K4CMD on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
It is sad that in this age of instant gratification, we've lost the ability to hop in the car and drive down the street for parts for our hobby. Now we have to drive to an out-of-town specialty dealer or order on-line and wait a few days.

Anyone else miss the old "clearance table" at the back of the store? Man, I used to pick up stuff I had no idea I needed back there ...

For any of you who haven't ventured inside your local store in the past two or three months, it looks like they've remodeled AGAIN (at least where I live), putting the main counter out in the middle of the store. Now what's left of the parts has been relegated to a set of pull-out drawers (like the ones where they keep lock washers and stuff at Home Depot/Lowes). If you thought things were sparse for hams before, check them out now. What a pity ... just at the time a whole new influx of new hams could've made them some money.
 
Prime Takeover candidate ?  
by G3SEA on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!

Spoof or no spoof they will probably be absorbed by CompUSA or similar :O

KH6/G3SEA
 
RE: Prime Takeover candidate ?  
by N3OX on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"What a pity ... just at the time a whole new influx of new hams could've made them some money."

The sooner you leave the idea of Radio Shack as even a stop-gap ham supplies store behind the happier you'll be.

If you order some stock parts to build up your supply of very common items and plan a week ahead on homebrewing stuff, you can get anything you want ordered online and shipped right to you.

It took me a while to embrace mail order but once you've got labeled drawers full of regular resistors and caps and have your Mouser account ready to go for the few uncommon parts you need, it's really easy.

There are so many good suppliers that will give the box to UPS or FedEx tomorrow if you order today out there and no amount of energy expenditure that will cause local sales of electronic parts to become profitable in the least, so just order up some good stuff today so you have projects to keep yourself occupied on the weekends.

73,
Dan
 
RE: Prime Takeover candidate ?  
by KE7IPY on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
After reading this in The Onion, I did a quick Google Trends search to see who was looking up Radio Shack on the web. Turns out, it's everyone back East. NYC is top on the list, along with Boston and Philadelphia. Out West where there's more elbow room, there are lots of Best Buy, Wal-mart, and Fry's, so Radio Shack really isn't much more than just another cell phone store. It would appear that on the East coast, the store is more popular.
 
RE: Prime Takeover candidate ?  
by W7ETA on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Jeeez!

If Wall Street would only read eHam, they'd find the REAL experts that know how to run multinational retailing, manufacturing, distribution, and repair facilities.

:-))

Come to think of it, Tandy Corp, could fire their top level managers, if they'd just inhabit eHam.

Bob

PS: MFJ! DO they have a viable business plan?
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by AE6PB on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
A great parody from the ONION and not to far off the track!

A recent visit to Radio Shack yielded the following experiance: Asked friendly, well groomed teenager where the BNC connectors were. Teenager bowled over with shock as he quickly ran to find manager. Five minutes pass as teenager and manager furiously look through catalogs. Am finally directed to one of the three ailses in the store where very pretty but useless audio and TV connectors are kept. Ask about some resistors I need for a dummy load I'm making. Some searching in ailse two finds a selection of about three values they have in stock, all useless! However I do try to mentally calculate how many 5.6M resistors I would have to parrallel to make 50 ohms!

Finally give up and drive 100 miles to FRY's in Las Vegas! Radio Shack had a better selection!
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KX8N on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Of course, Radio Shack didn't carry electronic components JUST for amateurs (at least not 10 to 20 years ago). Electronics are relatively cheap, and are disposable. Twenty years ago, if someone had a microwave and it quit working, you'd open it up and see what you need, go to RS and get the parts, then fix it yourself. Today if the microwave stops working, you trash it and buy a new one at Wal-Mart for $40. That attitude is paralleled in amateur radio. If your HT is out of warranty and it quits working, many hams today will just replace it.

Throw-away electronics is the biggest reason RS is done with components. Plus, think about it - would RS rather you fix a stereo or scanner, or sell you a new one?
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KB2VUQ on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Welcome to Radio Shack,
You have questions... we have batteries!

Forget Radio Shack, I want Lafayette back!
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by WA4KCN on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
If Julian Day does not make it as CEO of Radio Shack he should apply for the job at the ARRL. His unique ability as a visionary would be a very good fit with the current board at the ARRL.

73 de Russ
WA4KCN
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KC8QFP on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
They did away with other chains (competition), Lafayette, Allied Radio, Heathkit, Olson, etc., and are about the only local electronics depot that is handy these days.

They did away with eleven meters as a decent public service band, and made a mess of that with their cheapo CB junk.

They did away with many of the PC competition with their Trash 80's, Coco's, and Tandy proprietory "clone" confusers.

They did away with many of the nice kits (Knight, Heathkit, Eico etc.) with their crappy Archer, Science Lab, and Micronta junk.

They did away with their catalogs - GEEZ!

They did away with their "junk tables" and manager's specials whereas we could get a decent deal on a fixer-upper that may have only needed a loose connection or simple fix.

They did away with Switchcraft, Amphenol, Jones and other connectors and parts with their inferior crappy wires and connectors/parts.

They did away with their junky ham radio line and MFJ products.

They did away with...

73! Don
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KC8QFP on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
<<< by WA4KCN on April 26, 2007
If Julian Day does not make it as CEO of Radio Shack he should apply for the job at the ARRL. His unique ability as a visionary would be a very good fit with the current board at the ARRL. >>>

I'LL DRINK TO THAT!

AMEN BROTHER!
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KC8QFP on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Who or what owns Radidio Shaft now-a-daze? Last I knew, it looked like RCA??? Is Tandy a subsidery of WalMart now? Since they did away with their wonderful catalogs, I haven't been there in a long time. You see, their managers are clueless about parts and things, and it was best to look it up in their catalog, go to the store and show it to the geek hiding behind the counter, and he usually could find it by catalog number and the picture in the catalog. Then you take the over priced part home, try to solder it, and it would fall apart.

A little Rad Shak trivia, my first electric geetar was a Gibson Jap clone I talked my mom into getting me when I was a Beatle crazy teenager in the early 70's. It actually was a nice guitar for the cheepie price! I remember my brother getting their reel to reel recorder, what a hunk of junk, he returned it (with some hassle from the manager), got a refund, and bought a Sony instead for a little more $$$. Through the years they had some good and some bad stuff, such as GE, JVC, Pioneer, Kenwood, Aiwa, Sharp, Concord, and even a Teac reel to reel with their labels on them instead of the brand names (sort of like Sears did). If you look up Realistic, Tandy, Optimus, Radio Shack, Micronta, etc. on ebay, you'd be amazed at some of the stuff they discontinued. btw, I found one of those Realistic f-hole geetars and bought it on ebay for $200.00, not bad considering how rare they are now, and I sure get a kick out of messing around with it. If they would take on more stuff instead of eliminating things, they would do OK, like a hobby shop or music store.

73! Don
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by KC9JHY on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
At least I can still go into RS and get an adapter or extension cable for the computer speakers.

-A
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KC8QFP on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
We have a few ham radio stores/chains left, kind of pricey, but better than nothing. They want to sell the big bucks stuff, like Yaekenalicom and MFJ. Too bad that they haven't taken over where Rad Shaft let us down, and include many more parts beside a few coax connectors. AES would be a nice place to get such parts and electronics supplies. I have found some good deals on NOS Switchcraft, Amphenol, and other hard to get quality parts, even older caps for tubie rigs, ON EBAY. But at times the sellers want a lot for hard to find plugs, such as the Drake and Collins/Heathkit mic plugs. I recently bought some 1/4" jacks from the UK off of Ebay, they were cheap, and even worse than Radi-Shaft crap. Try to find electronics resin or silver solder! Even the local Shaft store doesn't have the stuff. Pleeeeeze, AES come to our rescue!

Cheerz and Jeerz! Don
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by N3OX on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"Finally give up and drive 100 miles to FRY's in Las Vegas! "

There are some guys in brown suits that match their trucks that will do that for you ;-)

Dan
 
Forget Radio Shack, I want Lafayette back  
by KC2WI on April 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
KB2VUQ wrote...

"Forget Radio Shack, I want Lafayette back!"

Back in the day, I was a big Lafayette fan. I miss them. I wish I had a 1970-vintage Lafayette catalog to reminisce through.

Lafayette always seemed far superior to Radio Shaft. More stuff, more variety, etc. Seemed like better quality, anyway. And big name-brand electronics too, not just Lafayette.

The local stores were interesting, but going to the main store in Syosset was like being a kid in a candy store. Actually I was a kid, and it was better than the candy store...
 
RE: Forget Radio Shack, I want Lafayette back  
by KC8VWM on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
So, I take it,,this means just about any monkey can be the CEO of Radio Scrap these days..
 
RE: Forget Radio Shack, I want Lafayette back  
by ONAIR on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
I agree. Lafayette Radio was FAR superior to RadioShack when it came to Ham radio gear and electronic components, and even for CB gear! I heard RadioShack is going to be bought out by WalMart, and the name will be changed to WallWortShack!
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by RADIOWEENIE on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
I am in complete and total agreement with Mr. Day, RadioShack CEO. Neither do I have the slightest idea why RadioShack is still around. I used to go in there often and buy a variety of RF "knick knacks". Now their merchandise is completely irrelavent to me. It is nothing but cheaply made, flimsy, unreliable, and exorbitantly priced Chinese junk. That also goes for some of their employees. Now I don't go near the place.
 
RE: Forget Radio Shack, I want Lafayette back  
by KC8QFP on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
<<< I heard RadioShack is going to be bought out by WalMart, and the name will be changed to WallWortShack! >>>

More like RadioMart! Have you seen the electronics section of a WalMart lately, hmmmmm? There is a resemblance to the Rad Shaft there. WalMart could use the Rad Shaft store as a way to have satellite shops in the malls! Or perhaps outlets! If you see RCA changing to Phillips/Magnavox and HP in Radio Shack stores, let this be an indication of this fortune telling!

btw, is anything still MADE IN THE USA anymore? I saw a sickening story on CNN yesturday about imported food from China that is NOT inspected at all! Quite frankly, I prefer domestic dogs, cats and rats in my food thank you very much! I sure would like to see FDA required food labeling that would at least indicate that our food was completely MADE IN THE USA without imported ingrediants! Same goes for Rad Shaft and WalMart, can we find anything in those stores that are MADE IN THE USA! You'd probably find more of the good USA stuff sold in Europe! But us Americans sure go for the MADE IN AISA crap - hook, line, and sinker!

Cheerz or jeerz! Don
 
RE: Forget Radio Shack, I want Lafayette back  
by KC8QFP on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
I used to go to the govy surplus store in the big city for electronics stuff, a great place if you are up to making things. Ya never know what yer gonna find there. But they are few and far between. Rad Shaft was the last of the electronics chains -- that put the others out of business (I feel intentionally). The trick was to be more convieniant, we would go to the local Rad Shaft store because the others )like Lafayette or Olson) were too out of the way, and much farther distance to get to. I have to admit that I bought inferior junk from the Shaft for this reason. But if I wanted to buy something more expensive (such as a turntable, recorder, or hifi equiptment) it was worth it to go to Lafayette etc for the quality products. I remember those Radical Shaft turntables used to jam in their display models. There recorders sounded like crap and had a tendency to eat tapes. Somehow we have had the Asian crap crammed down our throats by such marketing as Rad Shaft has done. Same goes for car merchantdizing, we all fall for their propaganda, as if Toyota or Honda is really better than a good old fasioned Chevy. Now I wonder if there really is anything that is completely MADE IN THE USA??? We did it to ourselves folks! Buy Asian BS??? What happened to BUY AMERICAN?

73! Don
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by JTF on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Radio Shack used to be the store I shopped at alot. Now I never go in there ever, its just like any other junk store. The original setup was much better, there trying to compete with other retailers but its not working.
 
RE: Forget Radio Shack, I want Lafayette back  
by K4JSR on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
AAAAAAW! Don't be such a bunch of Tandy Assed Wimps!!!
Be *REAL* hams. Walk into a Rat Shack, take the bull
by the tail and face the situation squarely.

Besides, everyone knows that Radio Shack causes global warming! Trust me! I wouldn't lie to you--
unless I just had to or wanted to!

Youse guyz need to go check out "The Onion" more often... Maybe then you would all be SATIRE, but wiser!

Now go back to being radio hams and stop feeding the needs of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson!

73 Cal "I can't take a joke, either!" K4JSR

Ps. I am going back to reading "How To Influence Friends and Making Amicable Discourse On The Interweb"
by our good friend, benefactor and mentor in the art
of cheerful discourse, W1YW. Take it away, Chip!
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by KO1D on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Hehehe although this is the Onion I gotta admit its true.

Went in a few months ago asking for 3 ten foot antenna masts. Well the first attempt got me a tiny 4 by 4 inch box. I explained that no usually they are in the back and slightly larger.

My second attempt was a bit better I admit. I got a four foot ground rod. At least we were getting into the same neighborhood. I again explained visually with my arms the concept of 10 feet. Plus the mast diameter with my hands of about 1 to 2 inches.

My third attempt got me 1 four foot mast. Ok so we got mast now. I explained I needed 3 and that they needed to be about twice as long. But hey its Cell Phone Shack what can I say.

Finally the manager came over and I explained that I wanted 3, ten foot masts. After a quizzical look, some shuffling and noise in the background that sounded like something fell on someone I got what I asked for. Only took me about a half hour.

Lesson learned: Don't go to buy anything but cell phones at Cell Phone Shack any more!

Dan S.
KO1D
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KD7YVV on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
I remember years ago when I was hired to work at
Radio Shack. I had to watch a tape on dealing with
customers, etc. Parts were still in stock then, and
people knew what they were doing.
I walked into a Shack recently, with the following
on my belt just out of curiosity:
Cellphone, scanner, dual band HT, pager and FRS radio.
All in visible sight, no attempt to hide anything.
I STILL got asked if I needed a new cellphone.
There's something just wrong about that.
Are people THAT clueless? Obviously if a guy came
walking into my store back in the day with all that
equipment, I'd KNOW they wouldn't need a cellphone.
Nowadays it's "do you want a new cellphone" instead
of "May I help you?" It's disgusting I tell ya!
Young whippersnappers! Why, back in my day, we didn't
have soldering irons! We used the sun and a magnifying
glass! (Sound of cane banging against the ground).
I DO miss the old Radio Shack though, where you'd
wait until August for the new catalog and you'd see
all the new models of radios and stuff.
When I worked there for all of two weeks, I made it a
point to learn what was in my inventory, where it was
in the store, and learned back then what some terms
meant, like resistance, capacitance, etc.
In some stores, you'd be able to test tubes too.
Then again, how many hams actually build their own
radios anymore? It's a throw-away society.
Don't know what's wrong with it? Throw it away.
There's no such thing as an "American" car anymore.
All the parts are made overseas.
We buy all the overseas stuff because it isn't made
here anymore. We import just about everything these
days. We even export our old computers for recycling.
The days of "Buy American" "Made in USA", and
quality stores like the Radio Shack of old are long
gone. It's a testament to our current times.
A sad one at that....

--KD7YVV, Kirkland, WA



 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by W5TD on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"You have been SNOOKERED!!! The ONION is about as serious a source of "news" as National Lampoon."

Or CBS news.

 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KE3HO on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
<<< "Nowadays it's "do you want a new cellphone" instead
of "May I help you?"" >>>

Very true. On the rare occasion that I go into a Radio Slack, as soon as the clerk starts to open his/her mouth I immediately say, "No, I don't need a cell phone, thanks." They usually leave me alone after that.

Radio Shack. You've got questions, we've got blank stares.

73 - Jim
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KC8QFP on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Speaking of the August catalogs, remember how they would put a lot of stuff on clearance sales in June and Joly to make room for the new stock in the new catalogs? Often great deals, just like on the junk tables! I once got a 35W PA amp for ten bucks off the junk table because it was returned (with a blown fuse). Had it for many years too! I also noticed that they had like a two year cycle for most products, i.e. the model would be sold for at least two years.

Oh well, now we lament that Radio Mart doesn't have catalogs and junk tables! Just JUNK!

73! Don
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by W3ULS on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
What a wonderful post!

Day is as funny as Dave Barry on a good day. And he seems not inclined to wreck the company--say, by starting to offer Coach leather briefcases or whatnot.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by VA3QE on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Good joke article! Unfortunatley it may not be far from the truth. The successor to Radio Shack in Canada certainly is a joke. They were taken over by Circuit City a few years back, and now call themselves "The Source". In some of them, you'd be luckly to find capacitors.

Yes - they have really gone downhill since the halcyon days of the 70s and 80s.


Charles...
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KC8QFP on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
FYI: A couple of alternatives to Rad Shaft for electronic parts are the autoparts stores and hardware stores. They may not have resistors, caps, transistors, pots, and IC's but they do have switches, relays, hookup wire, o-rings (for belts), some connectors, solder, and even transformers (in the guise of doorbell and battery chargers). Since a lot of ham radio is 12VDC, the autoparts store may have something that you can use. I got a much nicer Weller soldering iron from the hardware store when my junky Rad Shaft one burned out. They also are a good source for mini-tools like Dremel, nut-drivers, jewler's screw-drivers, dikes etc. and they also have small nuts and screws like No. 4, 6, or 8 and pop-riviters. I rarely go to the Shaft since they do not have much of electronic's components/parts. Many of the newer rigs cannot use generic parts, and must have them special ordered from the manufacturer (good luck). I also use some crimp connectors that are easy to get from the auto or hardware stores, and much cheaper than the Shaft too. So we do not have to resort to mail order as much if we try the local hardware/autoparts stores. After lafayette, Heathkit, and Olson stores closed in my hometown, I used to go to the Rad Shaft out of habit, but when they discontinued carrying things that I needed, I discovered the other stores had things I could use. I hope this helps.

73! Don
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by K4JF on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"You have been SNOOKERED!!! The ONION is about as serious a source of "news" as National Lampoon."

Or CBS news."

>chuckle< or CNN!
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by K1DA on April 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
An old Shack Rat CEO called Bernie Kornfield once bragged that Shady Rack would "never sell TV's we would instead watch the 'other guys' compete with
each other while we make money elsewhere" Well Bernie, you beauty, take a look at what you can't make money on now...Tvs everywhere.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by W0JRM on April 28, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
First, I am fully aware that this was a joke article (and a quite funny one at that).

Second, to the "get back to your roots" posters.

If there were still money to be made peddling capacitors, resistors, chokes, and such in quantities of one in a retail environment, they would be doing it. If they still did that in this day, they'd be out of business.

People do not experiment with, tinker on, or build electronic devices as they once did. What people now do is connect gadgets, gizmos, and doo-dads together in a manner they like. RadioShack now caters to this modern-day electronics experimenter (hence the ample supplies of gold-plated RCA cables).

While we might drool over the thought of a neighborhood component store on par with NAPA, it ain't gonna happen. At that level, you can't sell enough two-cent parts to stay in business. Even if such a store of that type still existed, I'm sure most of you same people would whine because they didn't have the selection of Digi-Key.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by W9WHE-II on April 30, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Radio Shack just blew out its profitabillity numbers, suprising all of the so-called experts. So, you might just give the guy a little credit.
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by W7UV on April 30, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Guys, the Onion is a spoof site. They write pieces like this with tiny bits of truth, and make comedy spoofs from them.

Though all that the CEO said was painfully true.

73,

Joe
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by KB0KMJ on May 1, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Boy hams really are not too bright to fall for this one. I suppose they also watch saturday night live news to get their news reports.
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by K4KRW on May 2, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
re:
-Welcome to Radio Shack,
-You have questions... we have batteries!

I always liked this one:

Welcome to Radio Shack.
You have questions... We have blank stares.

The Onion is fun reading!

73,

Richard
K4KRW
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by W7LV on May 6, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Ah, excuse my dry sense of irony, but this ONION article gives me hope...the hope that, just perhaps, there's actually a ham writing for THE ONION.

Someone had to have had at least a tenuous grip on the situation to have made that one up.
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by NT4I on May 6, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
If he can't figure it out maybe she shouldn't be the CEO! How do these misfits get these high paying jobs?
I must be doing something wrong!
 
RE: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still  
by STRAIGHTKEY on May 8, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"I must be doing something wrong!"

Like considering the Onion as a serious news source? :-)
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by N4PF on May 9, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"Radio Shack: You have questions...so do we."
 
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In  
by G0RTN on May 10, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
Well, at least Radio Shack gets off better than The Gap...

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/gap_unveils_new_for_kids_by_kids
 
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