Well... Radio Shack is done.

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  1. Pedal Dan

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    The Radio Shack I remember actually died in the late 90's. They used to have lots of cool component to build projects, then started cutting back to make room for cellphones. Anyway... Still gonna miss em.
     
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    I went there for a resistor once.



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    Those fart knockers never once called me for a date
     
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    I use their silver solder every day. Best in the frigging universe.
     
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    Yes, it is.
     
  7. SteveO

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    I'm sad for nostalgic reasons, but the Radio Shack that I miss disappeared years ago. They lost their original market and never really found one to replace it.
     
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    I think it's still a great store if you want a local depot to get a beginner or a child into basic electronics. For that, they have everything you need! Components, kits, boards, solder, irons, cleaning supplies, the RS in Corvallis even has etching stuff, so for some examples they might have a part you need in a pinch.
     
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    Aw man that's a drag. I used to go there all the time as a kid. I had one of thier science fair kits...the one where you could build a crystal radio. Good times. I guess a brick and mortar store where they sell stuff for projects that use wire, connectors, solder, resistors, caps and breadboards aren't relevant anymore...:messedup
     
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    it makes me wonder where the electronics schools will get that stuff now?
     
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    Just thinking out loud here, but it seems like kids just don't get into the same things that they did in the sixties, seventies, and even into the eighties. I grew up on Lincoln Logs, Lego, Erector Sets, and finally electronics projects (when I wasn't outside playing with my friends-but that's another issue altogether). Nowadays it seems like everything is about video games and social media.
     
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    I stopped in one a couple of months ago, and had a chance to wander around and look in drawers that in fact had caps, etc. They have more small stuff than they did a few years ago, in my opinion. Plus they have those Arduino kits. Good place to pick up a cheap TV/FM indoor antenna.
     
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    Was in there yesterday. The place looked sparse. Shelves emptied for the most part.

    Talked to the girl behind the counter and was told that she sent A LOT of stuff back to HQ and what's left is 25% off marked prices.

    May have to go back and dig around, was short on time when I was there.
     
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    They filed for Chapter 11 which is reorganization, not liquidation, so they aren't really done. Also, Asian and Mexican stores aren't part of the bankruptcy.

     
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    You're absolutely right about the majority of kids. Though there are still some that get into electronics, and of course they're usually the brightest kids in any particular school. Of course their numbers are dwindling, the reasons for this I think we all know (you and I are talking about it right now). I am proud to have at least one of these kids in my family- the young son of a cousin led his middle school robotics team, and moved up into the aeronautics program when he got into high school. Now for the irony- he's decided to ditch electronics in favor of video game programming. :bkw:bkw:bkw
     
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    This blows. I live in a small village and RS is very convenient for all computer and electronic stuff. It's the only store like it around. Now I'll have drive an hour or order online I quess. Online sales is killing lots of stores. :bonk
     
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    Agreed. I have access to just about any solder I want, and I use theirs. Probably should think about stocking up.
     
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    Modern technology has lead to new creative outlets, I guess.
     
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    I'll miss it. Still go there occasionally for a cap or resistor but we have Fry's here and RS can't compete with their selection.
     

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