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Offline dbctronic

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Re: Fry's Electronics Going Out of Business?
« Reply #75 on: February 02, 2020, 03:32:53 am »
I visited the Fry's that had just opened up out west of O'Hare Airport, near Chicago, back in 2002 when the last of the regular hobbyist level parts stores (Alpha) closed shop. As many have said on this thread, I felt like I was in an abandoned warehouse, no employees in sight.

It was a long drive to discover that the hobby parts department had been stocked with inventory chosen by monkeys. Astonishing lack of standard jellybean parts - no 2N3055 or equivalent but plenty of oddball transistors I'd never heard of. One soldering iron... no solder!!! Etc, etc. Very weird selection. Went home with almost nothing I went for, and I was just trying to build a power supply!!! Whoosh.

Not at all surprised they are on the skids these days.
 

Offline bobcat2000

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Re: Fry's Electronics Going Out of Business?
« Reply #76 on: March 06, 2020, 03:54:09 pm »
I remembered I skipped work to wait in long line in Fry's to buy a 386 PC.
I went to 5 different Fry's just to check out their themes.

Said to see Fry's goes under.
 

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Re: Fry's Electronics Going Out of Business?
« Reply #77 on: March 11, 2020, 12:24:36 am »
I remember the excitement going around where I worked at a major software company when the Fry's in Renton was being built. I'd heard of Fry's before but I'd never actually been to one. The one they opened near here wasn't themed but I do remember it being pretty amazing, it was the walk-in equivalent to Amazon. You could buy anything you needed for your computer, some snacks, replacement components for another project, furniture to set it on, anything. I still have the Onkyo home theater in a box I bought there probably close to 15 years ago.
 


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