Complete The Sentence: _____is What I'll Miss Most About Radio Shack

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  1. DJSTEVEZ

    DJSTEVEZ DJ Emeritus

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    Sadly, Radio Shack is following in the final footsteps of a whole slew of other national chain electronics stores who have gone on to take a dirt nap. I'll give them credit though, they managed to stave off the death rattle for a long time, certainly a lot longer than most. I'll miss them because they always seemed to have that odd adapter, connector or cable I was looking for. Unlike the other stores, this is the place from which you could purchase the items for whatever hobby that you had unique geek-dom type passion for. I thinks that's what made them unique. This was also the place where so many techno-phobic (usually elderly) folks would purchase technology items, at a huge marked up premium, as the counter help would gladly explain how items worked and how to use them.

    As if this were a virtual wake for the famed Tandy retailer, makers of such price inflated, cultural electronic icons as the cube shaped weather radio, please share what you'll miss about them after they're gone, better yet, if you can post a pic.

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  2. Mark Evans

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    Cool little projects....like an ohm meter, transitor radio, color organ. The problem with RadioShack is they got away from their niche market and try to become mainstream and compete with stores like Best Buy.
     
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  3. Ausumm

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    I miss having a store within a few miles of anywhere.

    (sorry...my answer didn't fit in your sentence properly)
     
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  4. bb

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    The Cables and Connectors in a pinch and not having to have an order shipped....
     
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  5. DJSTEVEZ

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    And what DJ of a certain age could forget these?
    Anyone ever try and listen to a springtime "Matinee" game of their favorite, local MLB team on one of these during school?
    I had the Orange Sherbet one. -Z-

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    And of course who started their career using one of these before graduating to a GLI 9000, Bozak, Urei, Rane, etc.?

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    And before Windows, before the Internet (at least as we know it today) and even before the Commodore 64, Radio Shack gave us what came to be called the Trash 80.

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    Again, for DJs of a certain age, who got their 1st CB Radio (23 channels, before the FCC coughed up 17 more to make 40) & antenna from "The Shack"?

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    Maybe their attempt to make a better electronic "Mouse Trap" of the Magic 8-Ball
    was their Jumping The Shark(?)

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  6. bill_smith

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    Had a great karaoke mixer that mixed video and audio, and cannot count the number of times I bought cables, meters and parts to fix my stuff. I had a CB, and I still have rolls of solder with that logo. I'm not sure what I will do now when I need something. Guess I'll have to search online:(

    I'll miss going in there and using my 40 years of electronic background to be piqued with curiosity, familiarity, and innovative brainstorming to solve all sorts of gear problems. I repaired my CD Mix stations and light shows numerous times using block diagrams and parts from Radidio shack, as I called them. I loved Radio Shack.
     
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  7. NickyB

    NickyB Gear and Equipment Moderator

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    I miss the huge variety of CABLE ADAPTERS!
     
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  8. Ausumm

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    I still have mine. I keep it for a backup of the backup of the backup...well, in case hell freezes over.

    In high school...we all had an FM converter for our POS cars.

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  9. bb

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    Maybe we are still using it today :)

    GLI and Urie. That brings back fun memories. Still use Rane gear though.
     
  10. NickyB

    NickyB Gear and Equipment Moderator

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    Gee ..... I didn't have a car in High School ..... guess I was an underprivileged kid but now I own a car, an SUV, a P/U Truck and a golf cart.
     
  11. Ausumm

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    Well, I hope you bought the one with the 40-watt booster, and a new pair of 6x9 speakers!:hp13:
     
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    Still missing a scooter and cane, hopefully that day won't come.
     
  13. bb

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    We love our main system :)
     
  14. NickyB

    NickyB Gear and Equipment Moderator

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    Ausumm -

    Actually there are two scooters, two walkers and three canes here ..... they just weren't mine!
     
  15. Mark Evans

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    AM FM Converter.....guilty :)
     
  16. DJSTEVEZ

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    Oh, I can beat that on the pathetic meter, lol.
    I hate to admit it, but I bought and used one of these...for 2 days. The sound was insufferable

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  17. Ausumm

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    Is that some sort of "cassette converter"????
    How does it connect to the radio?
     
  18. NickyB

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    From the picture, I'd say it was a cassette tape adapter that plugged into an old 8-track radio slot or visa versa. Not sure which?
     
  19. DJSTEVEZ

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    It worked, but geeze the sound quality was beyond $#!+.

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