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Radio Shack: Oh for the good old days

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I wonder if it's just me.

My friend has a saying about Radio Shack . . .

"You've got questions, we've got blank stares!"

Stuck in my mind, always makes me chuckle a bit.

Locally there is one place I could pick up parts, but I tend not to try very hard. They're one of eleven so far at having any kind of way of getting what I need, and the one success cost me nearly double what it would have been from digikey, shipping included. A few dollars matters on my budget, so I find myself building shopping carts at various suppliers and buying at least $30US worth of parts at a go to take the sting out of shipping. That and lots of salvage.

You can still find some parts there: pots, wire, DMM, fuses, but don't get your hopes up.  What's missing is window shopping for neat or novel stuff, now you need to do this online via pics and vids, but unless its done well and in high res, its far removed from a live demo.

If you need to buy retail, just go to their website, check inventory and its accurate in my experience. If your local store has no stock, click on what you need and do free shipping to the nearest store for pickup. You'll pay upfront and taxes, but unlike the blog, if all you need is an $1 fuse, you don't have to pay whatever S/H it will be from a non-RS store, but it will take 1-2 days for it to reach your store.  

RS prices are very competitive compared to real parts store like Jameco or Digikey and even for 1-2 day shipping, is faster than the cheapest USPS or UPS ground shipping. 


--- Quote from: saturation on July 24, 2010, 05:23:41 pm ---If you need to buy retail, just go to their website, and do free shipping to the nearest store for pickup.

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Good suggestion. I'll try that next time.


--- Quote from: DJPhil on July 24, 2010, 03:34:25 pm ---"You've got questions, we've got blank stares!"
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lol Circuit City bought up all the Radio Shacks in Canada and called it "The Source"


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