Radio Shack is Back?

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  1. KC9UDX

    KC9UDX Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Right, but if you really need something right away, online isn't the answer. If there's a "Brick and mortar" store with an overpriced item, sometimes it's worth it.

    I try not to put myself in that position though...
     
  2. N0IU

    N0IU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I went into Radio Shack looking for some coax. The guy asked, "How long do you want it?" to which I responded, "Pretty much forever!"
     
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  3. KG5KOG

    KG5KOG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Went to Radio Shack looking for a replacement tip for the soldering iron I had bought at the same store some 10 years ago.
    They still sell the same iron, but no tips and neither are they listed online as replacement part.
     
  4. AF8JC

    AF8JC Ham Member QRZ Page

    While the wife was swimming at a rec center, I visited a surviving Radio Shack Store. The store seemed to be functionally divided into 2 parts: cell phones, and everything else. They had a pillar of back-to-back drawers about 24" square (each drawer) so that made the total column about 2ft x 4ft. Each side had about a dozen drawers, fully stocked, with various components. I picked out a 30amp inline fuse holder for "Mini Blade" fuses that has an integral LED that tells you when the fuse is blown (part # 270-0015). It cost about $4 - not too bad. The gal handled the cell phone customers and the guy handled everything else. I wanted either an RJ-11 coupler or an extension cord with RJ-11 male and female connections - not happening. 8-pin cat-5 cables and USB or HDMI stuff was plentiful. I did not get the impression that the store was "dying" or simply selling off stock. I hope they survive. I was the only customer in the store.
     
  5. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    My biggest problem with Radio Shack, besides my stock being worth less than toilet paper, is that *every* frickin' time I went in one, I had to wait while both clerks argued with someone no speaka de english about using or returning a digital camera, or some issue with their cell phone, bill or service.

    Lest we not forget dumping the inexpensive tan computer cables for the 3x the price black designer cables with the gold-plated ends. I am not going to pay $20 for a 3-foot PS/2 extension cable.
     
  6. KB0MNM

    KB0MNM Ham Member QRZ Page

    If it had a threaded socket for the tip it was probably an Ungar product. You may wish to see if the ones that Sears sell match. I was happy to repair my RS desoldering iron with a new Sears iron, and have found one store that still has desoldering tips. If your iron used a big 'U' shaped tip, look for Weller irons in Ace Hardware and other stores, including Sears.
     
  7. KG5KOG

    KG5KOG Ham Member QRZ Page

    it is a threaded female.
    There was one there at RS with threaded female, but it was larger diameter hole.

    Not the 'U' shaped for the guns. Just a single shaft pointed tip, with maybe 1/8 thread socket.
    Its the dual wattage 30/40 is what I have, the one that comes with the base.

    I took a file to it and cleaned it up some.
     
  8. N2ICZ

    N2ICZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are now only two RS within a 25 mile radius of my QTH. I was in the vicinity of 1 of them and decided to check it out. It was similar to what one of the other posters described - 1/2 the store was Sprint (with a customer going through cell phone hell), the other half was product related. It had the parts drawer. Looked inside and ...meh. Saw some arduino stuff which was interesting. I needed a 1/4 inch phono to rca male connector....found one and my eyes widened when I saw they wanted $12.95 for it. Took out the cell phone on my way to the car and ordered one on Amazon for $2.50. I'm not that "crack addicted" to connectors or good coax that I can't wait two days for the mail.

    P.S. At least the salespeople weren't on me like flies on you know what asking me about my cell phone carrier, etc. Only one salesperson asked me if I needed help, which I felt was reasonable.
     
  9. KG5KOG

    KG5KOG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Same here yesterday, but was online looking to see what was in stock at local store.
    Didn't have what I needed, which was a good thing as the prices for the connectors they did have were too over priced.
     
  10. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    At this point they probably should have put away the defibulator and let R.S. pass peacefully....
     
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