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SmokChsr
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Radio Shack Catalogs..

Just in case you haven't seen it, someone spent a fair amount of time collecting ratshack catalogs and scanning them..
»radioshackcatalogs.com/
You can look back in time when "the shack" actually carried something you might need.


tschmidt
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Interesting find.

Someone has way too much time on their hands.

I have old 60's vintage HP catalogs if I want to look at electronics porn.

/tom

bkjohnson
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reply to SmokChsr
Pretty neat. I remember looking forward to seeing some of these at a friends house when I was a boy. We both were interested in radio. He passed the tests for his amateur general class license when he was still in the seventh grade. I never could master the 13wpm code portion. Reminds me of the popular science archive site.

TheMG
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reply to SmokChsr
What sort of stuff does Radio Shack sell these days anyways?

Here in Canada, Circuit City bought them over and they are now "The Source". When that happened, they drastically reduced their inventory of electronic parts/components and radio related items down to almost nothing.

How does the modern day Radio Shack in the states compare?


shdesigns
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Here, toys, cables/adapters, antennas, computer peripherals but the biggest part of the store is delegated to cell phones and plans.

They still have parts but they have been relegated to a set of file drawers so you won't see them unless you look hard. Still not much parts and only some project cases etc.

iknow_t

join:2012-05-03
reply to SmokChsr
What happened was, RadioShack made it easy, THEY determined what you need, and if you don't agree with that, you must be American or something.. they used to make the most profit on components, by the way, 200-500% markup, other things, not much at all.


ilikeme
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Sugar Land, TX
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reply to SmokChsr
Cool site. Kind of interesting to flip through.


ilikeme
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reply to TheMG
Mostly cell phones and a few way overpriced adapters. I pretty much quit going there. Can get stuff much cheaper online or locally at Frys, Altex, and Micro Center. Plus then I don't have to deal with the annoying radio shack clerks bugging me for my cell phone number to check its upgrade eligibility.


Boooost

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reply to SmokChsr
The free 5-cell flashlight was a good deal.

TheMG
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reply to shdesigns
said by shdesigns:

Here, toys, cables/adapters, antennas, computer peripherals but the biggest part of the store is delegated to cell phones and plans.

They still have parts but they have been relegated to a set of file drawers so you won't see them unless you look hard. Still not much parts and only some project cases etc.

Sounds pretty much the same as The Source here in Canada.

About half the store is cellphones/tablets and related accessories. The rest, laptops, PCs, peripherals, toys, audio cables and connectors. Tucked away in the furthest corner of the store is an appallingly small selection of electronic parts/supplies/tools.

Heck, the last time I went there looking for a 2A AGC fuse... they didn't have it. Years prior to that, they had pretty much a whole section dedicated to fuses and fuse holders. Now... not even a dozen different random fuses. That was the last time I ever went in to that store to look for a part/component. Very disappointing.


UHF
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reply to iknow_t
said by iknow_t:

What happened was, RadioShack made it easy, THEY determined what you need

So, pretty much like Apple. Jobs used to say people didn't know what they wanted until he told them.


Subaru
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reply to SmokChsr
Pretty sad the state of Radio Shack.. I only really kind of remember them back in the early 90's but that's about it.

I dread going into the store because everything is so marked up.. if it's something I'm in no rush for I can get it cheaper online like others said..

heck the crazy thing was I went in for some 25A fuses and it's in the same lot as Auto Zone.. Autozone had the fuses for cheaper then Radio Shack.
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reply to SmokChsr
I miss that place. It's where I bought all of my electronics from the time I was 8 years old until I was about 26 years old. First stereo from them. They used to have some pretty solid, elegant looking stuff. Wish I had kept the old receiver I had from them.




I also used to get the 100-1 electronic project kits..