What Happened to America's Electronics Stores?

31 mar 2021
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  • In my opinion, there was never much to be made on electronics, the bread and butter for electronics stores was consumables; cassettes, floppies, cd's. Demand for these dried up with the Millennium Copyright Act, no one buys cassette tapes and later cdr's/dvd's in large quantities unless you're bootlegging something. Finally when Napster died so did the line-ups for MP3 players and headphones. I'm sure these stores can sell modern electronics however tech has become more proprietary and the same cord for one gizmo won't work in another etc... De-incentivizing hobbyists and DIY'ers, all in the name of Apple profits.

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  • One big factor was the demise of electronics as a hobby. Back in the day, audio equipment and ham radio equipment could be built from kits or parts by the amateur hobbyist. The equipment was made of discrete components that you could buy from Heathkit, Allied Radio, Lafayette Radio, Radio Shack and other places. The advent of microminiature devices replaced vacuum tubes, transistors and made electronics no longer something a hobbyist could deal with, so people's interests went elsewhere.

    john mortisonjohn mortisonTimme sedan
  • Well said 👍

    ElianElian2 timmar sedan
  • I'm really going to miss Fry's. It was my absolute favorite store in the Bay Area. As a Canadian (with nothing comparable to a Fry's back home) I remember my first business trip to San Jose where I must have spent at least 4-5 hours at Fry's, browsing and looking at basically every item in every single aisle. On every subsequent trip my suitcase was always chock full of gadgets, parts, tools, toys for the kids, candy, etc. for my trip back home.

    Dan ChiassonDan Chiasson3 timmar sedan
  • Does anyone remember the Layette and Allied stores, which were competitors to Radio Shack?

    LuigiLuigi3 timmar sedan
  • bottom line, computers and the internet shut down all stores. sears not only shut down their electronics dept, they are just gone completely, like many businesses.

    rick haydenrick hayden3 timmar sedan
  • Poor fish. :(

    Tim JohnsonTim Johnson5 timmar sedan
  • There was no greater wonder as a kid than going to Toys 'R Us's video game section. Sensory overload every time.

    Michael GiordanoMichael Giordano6 timmar sedan
  • “What happened to America’s electronics stores?” They were terrible and never had anything you wanted to buy.

    OldCountrymanOldCountryman7 timmar sedan
  • there will be a price to pay letting all these shops close down amazon and ebay are killing small buisness and thats not good for a small community

    S.A.R SERVICE AND REMODELINGS.A.R SERVICE AND REMODELING8 timmar sedan
  • One store you didn't mention was Lafayette Electronics a hard competitor of Radio Shack. This and RS were a electro-nerds paradise as you could buy component electronics and make your own devices from radios, CB's, HAM radios, electronic kits and much more. You also failed to mention that a large factor in the demise of electronic shops is the conglomeration of small Mom-n-Pops buy big box stores. Unfortunately today monopolies are in while Mom-n-Pops have gone the way of the Dodo!

    RichardofdanburyRichardofdanbury8 timmar sedan
  • Fry's Electronics is gone? On no. 🙁 Also I use separate calculators in case of emergency.

    Otaku_GameFanOtaku_GameFan10 timmar sedan
  • A live fish? That is inhumane not funny. Get a shrink.

    P SP S11 timmar sedan
  • I liked the Incredible Universe. The Dallas location (NW Hwy) got replaced by Fry's. Not bad... but nothing compared to Universe. I remember Radio Shack just became a phone store, before they finally went away. My childhood malls were Bigtown (long gone) and Town East (still in Mesquite, as far as I know). When I went back to visit the US a couple years ago, I tried shopping locally. It did not go well. 3 weeks before christmas and the Galleria and Northpark were mostly empty. Nothing I wanted was available, and I finally had to get an Amazon account. I love the malls here in the Philippines! They are a major family hangout: aircon, food court, and grocery store. There are actual stores too, but most people do not actually shop much... 😎

    Tito Tim TravelsTito Tim Travels11 timmar sedan
  • Hey! Nice cameo by my PXL-2000! I feel like I contributed.

    Mx. StrubleMx. Struble11 timmar sedan
  • #4. Not respecting their customers.

    D J WD J W13 timmar sedan
  • It is so incredibly frustrating that we are having to shop on line more and more out of necessity. I was always one willing to pay more to be able to walk into a store and browse through aisle of physical items. Find what suits my needs and take it home with me.

    Fat BikerFat Biker14 timmar sedan
  • For pictures of AT&T store try getting in touch with the AT&T Pioneers. It was called the Pacific Bell Pioneers, but when SBC (who would have been your local telco in Texas, the old Southwestern Bell) bought Pacific Bell the two internal Bell Co. Pioneer programs merged and then when SBC bought AT&T their version of Pioneers was subsumed. Pioneers is an outfit comprised of Telco retirees that operates as a not-for-profit adjunct and keeps a lot of historical information and ancillary things, like AT&T-branded clothing.

    SalvadorMonellaSalvadorMonella14 timmar sedan
  • The into is so loud compared to the rest of thevideo im not even going to watch it sorry made me turn it down too much

    Dominus UmbraeDominus Umbrae14 timmar sedan
  • Basically the society has become more anti-social

    Nate ReynoldsNate Reynolds14 timmar sedan
  • i remember when i was a kid you could make plans with friends for a whole saturday around going to the mall... or when you got to school on monday you could tell them about your adventure around going to the mall... its an experience that is truly lost to the ages...

    Brutal ChifBrutal Chif15 timmar sedan
  • i miss the 80's and 90's

    bekincaibekincai15 timmar sedan
  • radioshack was the best in the old days not just because it sold pretty much any component you'd need but also because the workers there had the knowledge and could help you diagnose and fix a problem, you could come in and say you had x problem and a good majority of the time they could recommend a part,you'd buy it and then fix the issue you had. I miss that place for the convience because if some criticcal part broke in anything your car, tv, stero system etc you could go in buy that 10cent capacitor that busted go replace it and boom whatever it was that failed was back in business. Now? if aything breaks go wait a week or 3 to repair as you wait on shipping from amazon or whatever

    TAKIZAWAYAMASHITATAKIZAWAYAMASHITA15 timmar sedan
  • The first computer game I bought with my own money (X-Men: Madness in Murderworld for C64) and first console game (LoZ: Link to the Past) were from Babbages in our mall. Nice memories.

    WolfgeistWolfgeist15 timmar sedan
  • Growing up in the 80s is the perfect time to experience all of these electronic sensory overload. Whenever passing by these stores, my mind would run the thoughts of something like " what is there to solder or to assemble?"

    Ren IshiiRen Ishii16 timmar sedan
  • Man I was bron in the late 90s sears and toys R us used to be tow of my favorite stores in the early 2000s it sucks there both gone today

    Collin GrayCollin Gray16 timmar sedan
  • I was a young adult in the electronic different stores era😊 So I remember and even worked at a Sears Store for awhile too

    Sharon zSharon z16 timmar sedan
  • "Who uses that?" Welp loads of people. Honestly tech can be convenient, but a good alarm clock has woken me up consistently whereas my smartphone will die overnight, if I forget to plug it in. Also landlines still exist. They can be convenient for emergencies, and for when you don't want to fuck about with your smart phone. I honestly just miss the reliability of old tech. So much is put into the hands of fucking awful softdevs who don't aim for efficiency and reliability. Let's put it this way. My phone is relatively new. It is constantly bogged down by bullshit app design and ridiculous inefficiency. It takes up to 2 mins to boot from a dead state to unlocked and ready. If someone breaks in and I am holed up with a gun, it takes 2 secs to pick up the landline and get help. This is to say nothing of the fuckery of mobile transmissions. Some areas no reception. Some areas great reception. My work has terrible reception because of the amount of steel and concrete, plus "noisy" devices that all take up bandwidth for their work. Sometimes you just want a thing to do one thing well and do nothing else. I don't want fucking alexa in my goddamn microwave or my tv. Not because I am some luddite; but because I don't want corporate parasites sucking up my cycles when I want it to do what I want. The new age sucks for efficiency. Everyone talks endlessly about being effective and not wasting energy, when companies are pushing for "always on, always connected, we own everything, you own nothing tech". We struggled for decades to get away from the age of the centralized mainframe and now companies are leading us right back.

    Cranky FoxCranky Fox17 timmar sedan
    • @Star Gazer It's pure frustration. I have dealt with corporate bullshit for years. In the industry I work in we constantly work with vendors who: A. Constantly misrepresent what the actual capabilities of their hardware is. B. Add features that cripple basic functionality for the sake of "security" or DRM that in the context of any practical analysis, is neither the attack vector, nor is pragmatic in attacking. (Eg. Drm like hdcp which is to "prevent piracy" which doesn't prevent the pirate from just breaking the media encryption, but the industry still thinks it's 1995 where the only way to copy is to play the tape to another recorder. This combined with the fact that when I drop a grand on a device, I expect it to be selfcontained and controlled by me. Not by something or someone trying to fish money out of my pocket.

      Cranky FoxCranky Fox7 timmar sedan
    • You should see a doctor about your Tourettes

      Star GazerStar Gazer7 timmar sedan
  • At suncoast or sam goody I use to buy ranma on vhs.

    Luke WilliamsonLuke Williamson17 timmar sedan
  • c 2001 some schools would just go to Walmart for their computers instead of putting them out for bid.

    ABAB17 timmar sedan
  • There's an independent electronics parts store near me. And I mean PARTS; resistors, ICs, capacitors, relays of all kinds, radio and communications gear, TV antennas (yes! they sell 'rabbit ears!), wire of all types, connectors galore, etc. It occupies a large building because it does mostly internet sales these days, but they do have a small retail store up front with basic parts, and you can go up to the counter and the staff will help you with parts from the warehouse. I went in there a few weeks ago, got a TV antenna for my roof (I 'cut the cord') and some components to make new crossover networks for some stereo speakers. Great place. Name: Mar Vac Electronics.

    Cross LinkCross Link19 timmar sedan
  • The horrible treatment of the employees left them with few skilled sales people. The prices weren't competitive (especially considering the horrible service) with even early Internet venders.\ Radio Shack - which I had loved as a child - turned into a far-right extremist, gay-bashing place where nobody ever felt welcome.

    Ethel RyanEthel Ryan19 timmar sedan
    • Ah, I wondered what the guys with baseball bats stationed outside of radio shack in the mall were doing.

      Star GazerStar Gazer6 timmar sedan
  • Why do you think there are practically no b&m stores selling electronic components in US? In Russia all of the regional center cities (like the seat of the county) have at least one such store.

    Dmitriy BychkovDmitriy Bychkov20 timmar sedan
    • Because you can order anything you want online for far cheaper and have it in a day or two. I can buy a hundred resistors from digikey, or a blisterpack of two at radio shack.

      Star GazerStar Gazer7 timmar sedan
  • 1. Smart Phones are something I will NEVER own because of the danger they have created. Far too many people keep them in their shirt pocket, allowing microwave energy to get to their heart. They are also the reason that I stopped riding motorcycles. Far too many people that prefer automatic transmissions to actually learning how to drive tend to hold their steering wheel in their left hand and their cell phone in their right hand, right in front of their face so they can not see where they were pointing their 2 ton deadly weapon. 2. Cost Reduction of electronics is due to the fact that there is built in "planned obsolescence" which allows the manufacturers to continue to sell new products. One reason that I am a gun collector is that I know the difference between an appreciable asset and junk whose value nosedives. Before I knew better, I traded a commercial Colt Series 70 Government Model for a used Yaesu FT-101 (ham radio) transceiver. Since that time the value of the 1911 has gone up multiple times and the radio is almost worthless. Lesson learned. As an accountant, I should have known better. Online Shopping has followed in the footsteps of the bank's ATMs. The ATM saves the banks the cost of live tellers, which provides more profit for the banks. Online shopping has gone far farther than ATMs in the number of jobs that have been lost. Included among the stores I miss are Heathkit, Dick Smith Electronics, Radio Shack and of course Fry's Electronics. The main Fry's store in SillyCon Valley had an Egyptian theme, as every store had an individual theme. The store in Palo Alto had an old west theme, where wooden tops were put on old ore carts and used for display tables for computers. The walls were filled with antique firearms of the period, which was quite unusual for an area that is infested with leftists. Another store that I miss is HRO (Ham Radio Outlet) even though they are still available online. My problem with them is the rapid decline in value of their electronic products. I believe that ham radio equipment (and computers) should be made to last (like guns) so that we do not have to keep buying new ones to keep up with the times.

    ARRL MemberARRL Member20 timmar sedan
  • Aside from MicroCenter, I think Best Buy is really the only one left aside from mom and pop shops. Of course, Best Buy sells appliances and some other stuff that are still a pain to buy online so that may be one reason for their continued survival.

    TahngarthorTahngarthor20 timmar sedan
  • I live in South America, I can't find any electronics to buy in my city also, the only thing I buy locally is food. All the rest I buy on internet.

    Anti-IslamAnti-Islam21 timme sedan
  • What Happened to America's Electronics Stores? China and E-bay.

    Anti-IslamAnti-Islam21 timme sedan
  • Duuuude! Blow your nose! My ears are sticky with your mucus! 🤢

    Jean-Claude Van DammeJean-Claude Van Damme23 timmar sedan
  • I am pretty sure that the issue with pictures and filming in the stores was an issue of making it more difficult for potential criminals to case out the anti-theft measures.

    Mark CritesMark CritesDag sedan
  • radio shack was still cool when i was a kid in the 90s

    scott rodgerscott rodgerDag sedan
  • It's not just an American problem! UK subscriber & our malls are dying rapidly. Its basically charity (thrift) stores, £1 stores or pharmacies now. The electronics, toy & high end shops are gone all over.

    Rich RichRich RichDag sedan
  • Recently removed both dvd rw dl etc disc reader writers from my custom build since i really have no need for em they r old bulky not used eat up juice too bad they never stuck with mini disc format to begin with

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  • A lot of great stores mentioned here that aren't around. Amazon is cool and all but it's nice to actually hold and try a product before buying it.

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  • Why no photos, have you ever heard of China theft they do it all the time...

    Ray BrownRay BrownDag sedan
  • Also, you don't need to ask the store person for help now that there are many forums and SEworld videos and reviews section to get your questions answered.

    Tevin abeysekeraTevin abeysekeraDag sedan
  • ToyR'Us is reopening a small number of stores in selection cities.

    PickelJars ForHillaryPickelJars ForHillaryDag sedan
  • I kind of miss the malls of the '80s & '90s. Yeah, I'd skip over the clothing stores, jewelry stores, and so on too (unless I was there with my girlfriend), but going to the mall to hang out was a fun thing to do with friends.

    Jon MaksinJon MaksinDag sedan
  • “I like the stock”

    Ninja Nerd Student #69Ninja Nerd Student #69Dag sedan
  • It seems like Brookstone and Sharper Image replaced Radio Shack.

    Ninja Nerd Student #69Ninja Nerd Student #69Dag sedan
    • Not hardly. Those have always been overpriced gadget stores.

      Star GazerStar Gazer7 timmar sedan
  • I love that you still have this stuff. I still have that Radio Shack sensory chess set I bought when I was a kid.

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  • i memba

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  • But... I need a portable cassette player to play my planet x3 soundtrack, I need a landline for when the power goes out, and who doesn't use batteries? The tv remote for one thing.

    John BuckiJohn BuckiDag sedan
  • To me, none of what you showed is electronics. I go to electronics stores for parts. ICs, resistors, capacitors, inductors, wire, connectors, transformers, etc. To get those now, I use Mouser, Digikey, Newark, Allied, etc. But I miss being able to go in and look around. Yes, I'm a DIYer. We do still exist!

    Brian WoodBrian WoodDag sedan
  • I prefer getting my stuff in person in a store like Walmart then it is to order it because I want to get my stuff the same day not wait almost a week before I can get it from when I order it

    bioxjesterbioxjesterDag sedan
  • I miss the days when I could go to a store instead of buying stuff online, I still have the windows xp cd somewhere.

    Pilot_DoggoPilot_DoggoDag sedan
  • Dude I totally agree. I miss going to the store to check out the latest electronics. The one thing that I miss that online shopping can’t help me with is instant satisfaction. Sometimes when I want something, I want it NOW or sometimes I NEED something right away. Something that can’t wait till tomorrow or whenever the quickest shipping option is. There are times when something is going wrong with a computer hardware and I need to get a replacement part right away to get it back up and running and now that Frys is gone it’s impossible to get electronics right away, same day. Very depressing...

    MacZack87MacZack87Dag sedan
  • i have a mall close in there is a phone store, media markt (general electronics store) and a saturn (the same as mediamarkt) this is germany btw the nr 2 and 3 are realy big acctualy

    UnnamedUnnamedDag sedan
  • I've always liked to visit American electronics stores when I was on a business trip. It is a pity that there are fewer and fewer places where you can watch electronics live.

    lyohuslyohusDag sedan
  • CHINA

    Yabba DabbaYabba DabbaDag sedan
  • Looking forward to the demise of the Apple Store!

    LibertyluteLibertyluteDag sedan
  • The "electronics" store today is Best Buy. And yes Micro Center is still around but not where I live in Las Vegas. The closest one is in Tustin, CA which is reachable by car n about in about 5 hours.

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  • I used to love Radio Shack. I had a Color Computer 3 in high school and used to sell share ware games for it. Even got a write up in Rainbow Magazine. I used to love looking at their catalogs.

    Mobile FilmmakingMobile FilmmakingDag sedan
  • The only value they had (prior to the internet/online happening), was in CUSTOMER SERVICE. Not one of them ever did that, in my experiences. Not 'Circuit City', nor 'Best Buy', and a few others not worth mentioning. They promise you everything to get you to buy, but if there's ever a problem with the product, or you have questions about it, you're S.O.L.. Good riddance. Not, of course, that this online/internet buying model is any better, but at least returns are usually simple/straight-forward.

    Aniwayas SongAniwayas SongDag sedan
  • Same thing happened here in Germany. There are still two quite big retailers for electronics and household electrics around (MediaMarkt and Saturn, actually with the same owners) but it is a matter of time when they also will vanish into the air. In my younger days in the 80s and 90s I also loved shopping around, but that is history now.

    BM1DAS601BM1DAS601Dag sedan
  • Sure brings back memories. In 1983, I salivated over the Radio Shack catalog, and finally for Christmas, under the tree was my COCO 2. I miss all those stores. I would spend hours in the bookstores and computer stores saving up my pennies to buy the next game, or a Rainbow magazine, or wanting this or that. I am 51 and I am still that 13 year old nerd. Made a career out of it as Network Administrator. But I miss the magic of those early years.

    Mark PMark PDag sedan
  • I just installed a CB radio in my Jeep! They are still used by the offroading community.

    John MarzulliJohn MarzulliDag sedan
    • Yeah but you haven’t been able to buy a decent one in decades.

      Star GazerStar Gazer7 timmar sedan
  • Well, we still have Best Buy and, to some extent, Office Max for electronics. It is a shame however that you can't go into a store and buy resistors, capacitors, switches, circuit boards, and the like any more.

    dhy5342dhy5342Dag sedan
  • 9:11 - I'll bet the fish didn't find it quite as funny!

    Christian LöfqvistChristian LöfqvistDag sedan
  • Still got ToysЯus in Canada!

    Dan MDan MDag sedan
  • It really is a shame. Now you can only gift live fish to Amazon delivery workers

    Thomas ReeseThomas ReeseDag sedan
  • dam you know when your old when you had most of those items. LOL

    Lucky PennyLucky PennyDag sedan
  • Just finished your "What Happened to America's Electronics Stores?"video. One store that I did not see mention was the Video Concepts Store. When I was station in the Army I use to go to the Tyson Corner Mall & they had a Video Concepts Store. First time seeing a Laserdisc being played on a big screen tv. It was the 1983 Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Laserdisc. A few weeks later brought me my first Pioneer Laserdisc player along with that laserdisc & a big screen tv, ouch!!!

    Nabi ButterflyNabi ButterflyDag sedan
  • Man you know exactly how to make a person born in 1984 feel old I feel extremely old after watching this and the only thing I used this smartphone for is to watch videos like this LOL

    Charles OwsleyCharles OwsleyDag sedan
  • Enjoy your capitalism working as intended.

    ZIXZIXDag sedan
  • I don't recall a time that I went, probably no more than 10 at 2 stores in Houston, that I was not annoyed by the group of people behind the counter with no regard for my wait much less the 1 to 3 actually working a cash register. The almost acted as though I was an inconvenience to them. Add to that, the paranoid scrutiny as I enter and exit the store. On the floor, it was pretty much vacant of employees. They seemed to gather near registers registers and preoccupied with each other or some less than apparent task more than customers. Micro Center, EPO, and other stores for me!

    Gary RebeGary RebeDag sedan
  • I hate Fry’s.

    justagirlsd3000justagirlsd3000Dag sedan
  • I worked for Radio Shack from 1979 to 1991. I worked in almost every mall in my city at some point. A whole generation IS missing out on an important part of culture. Actually interacting with product before buying it, getting clothing advice from store staff, eating what was often surprisingly good mall food, being able to make a day of browsing a new mall. Several of my friends even met the girls they later married at malls. Letting malls and mall culture die will be seen as a major step in the fall of our civilization.

    Geoff AllanGeoff AllanDag sedan
  • The world is turning into the one in Ray Bradbury's "The Pedestrian"

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  • Big box stores and online shopping have virtually wiped out electronics stores. The primary exception is Micro Center that is located near colleges and universities. Best Buy box stores are on their way out because it's all throw away or cloud software products. When Radio Shack went from selling quality electronics and parts and equipment to cheap import flashy things they went bye bye.

    Kevin BKevin BDag sedan
  • I used to get 3D printing filament at the Fry's here in Indy. It was a great place to go, the prices were better than online and they always had different material and color types avaliable. After Covid the shelves started to go empty, it was clear they were gearing up for the closing before they announced it. I could also find odd video game accessories that you wouldn't find at Gamestop or Walmart. When I was a kid I would GBA and DS games there too. Man, I'm gonna miss em.

    anameof somesortanameof somesortDag sedan
  • They have all gone in the uk Maplin Electronics closed 2 years ago I can remember back in 80s Tandy Stores (Radio Shack) in the uk and they went in the 90s and pc world have reduced it's stores so are they next ? It is a specialized market and some over expanded the number of stores and over diversified into selling other items like drones and mobile phones but it did not work

    Peter WalkerPeter WalkerDag sedan
  • They probably didn't allow photographs because of the threat of people casing the place and stealing expensive electronics.

    NickBush24NickBush24Dag sedan
  • it's impressive how almost all the devices of this catalog have been replaced with just one smartphone

    Alex AlekosAlex AlekosDag sedan
    • @Star Gazer what do you doubt?

      Alex AlekosAlex Alekos6 timmar sedan
    • Poorly replaced.

      Star GazerStar Gazer7 timmar sedan
  • They were looted because a Drug addict overdosed

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  • Forum 303 was my childhood mall. Many birthday parties I had in the 80s at their arcade: Yesterdays (at least I think it was called Yesterdays). The movie theater there had a free summer kids movie program that I remember fondly too.

    Jermy JohnsonJermy JohnsonDag sedan
  • I too really miss them days going out walking shopping hunting down items and ur video tells the truth of their demise .nice video

    TRANS AM 79TRANS AM 79Dag sedan
  • That Radio Shack flip through sure made the point.

    stampscapesstampscapesDag sedan
  • I miss the 80s and 90s.

    Nya StclairNya StclairDag sedan
  • hurts every time he says "who needs that?" :(((((

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  • So if I wait like 35 years I can afford the OLED Tv displays lol

    Servant Status MinistriesServant Status MinistriesDag sedan
  • I think you missed one of my mall favorites-Victora's Secret. Don't believe they are still around, or maybe they are getting ready to be booted. A mall without one of these can't be called a mall. The purpose of today's malls is to give pretty, young things a place to show off their beauty and outfits that almost cover their bodies. Gee, I love going to the mall.

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    • They’re still in our mall. Or they were, last time I was in there 1 1/2 years ago.

      Star GazerStar Gazer7 timmar sedan
  • Electronics Boutique still exists in Canada as "EB Games" and we have "The Source" which is the company that replaced Radioshack and the stores are very similar. Toysrus also still exists here and we have Sunrise Records in most malls.

    Connor J. FinlaysonConnor J. FinlaysonDag sedan
  • People here in south Georgia still use land lines in there homes along with smartphones they carry with them. Also Sears is still in business selling appliances, like dish washers and washing machines etc. So we don't need to assume everyone stop using them. 🤪😐

    Garrett YarbroughGarrett YarbroughDag sedan
  • I really miss Radio Shack which was Tandy’s here in UK, as a kid I used to Save up my Pocket Money to buy as much as I could afford in Tandy’s think first thing I bought was an Airband Radio and electronics 200 in one kit and Radio Scanner with UK Radio Scanning Directory, electronics kit helped me learn electronics, and I used to buy all my electronic components and electronic booklets from Tandy’s and Radio Shack batteries, I loved Tandy’s so much that when our family went to USA for a Holiday my first thought after recovering from jet lag, was where is the Nearest Radio Shack except my parents wouldn’t let me go to one, when I was older I even tried to get a Job at Tandy’s except it was that time when they went out of business at least here in UK then I used to Shop at Maplins for my electronics till they also went out of business here in UK, I used to love a Science Fiction action drama show here in UK called BUGS that used to have gadgets some made up but some of props come from things I remember seeing in Tandy’s catalogues and in one episode of Bugs Season 4 Girl Power they were hiding name of shop but I could tell it was Tandy’s in that episode girl who is electronics genius is being chased and hides Artefact inside a Speaker in Tandy store with a transmitter so can trace signal and in that episode there supposed to be to much rf interference so they go around electronics shop switching off every electronics device on display. Bugs UK TV series episode where Radio Shack/Tandy makes a brief appearance 28:00 and 38:17 etc: seworld.info/will/laLIzKnRhaB5un0/video

    Carl DurrellCarl DurrellDag sedan
    • Also love in Film Short Circuit 2 which I used to have on VHS tape and I wore out as I used to watch it so much the scene where Johnny 5 is dying and asks for help to fix him and he says how with what and the cool looking Robot which I still think, looks up at Radio Shack sign.

      Carl DurrellCarl DurrellDag sedan
  • I remember going to a TILT in the aurora mall, in Colorado.

    DJ NumonicDJ NumonicDag sedan
  • I don't know what's sader, the loss of electronic stores or that poor fish.

    Brent BielBrent BielDag sedan
  • I remember some of those stores, I think you're off the mark on the smart phone though.. that might be true in the last 10 years but most of those stores was in bad shape or long gone before the smart phone ever was even thought of. Same thing happen to arcades.. you can see some of them around still around but they've had to morph into bars and restaurants mostly.. kids now do not know what they're missing hanging out at the arcade on the weekend.. as much as we've gained with the internet we've also lost some things. Remember before everyone had the internet and you'd wait each month for that print magazine to come.. and you'd read about the news games coming out? I use to sub to gamepro.. they're long gone. now games come out almost hourly and information is a google search away which is great in a way but it also makes everything less significant.. the bar to excitement is so high now.. nothing is special. Incredible universe was pretty bad ass but I can tell you why they went out of business at least in part, their prices was quite high. I loved compusa selection and prices was usually decent but their CS was right up there with the BMV/DMV, god help you if you had a problem with something.

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  • IMO, there are plenty of electronics to go around still, but most of these big stores were too slow to adapt and too bad at online marketing to remain relevant. There's no way the US could support the sheet number of electronics stores that used to exist, but there are enough of us that would like to buy physical goods (post-covid), that places that currently have ZERO stores like this could support 1 or 2 *well-stocked* superstores. Case in point, plenty of us in Florida have been practically begging Microcenter to build a store here ever since CompUSA went out of business (poor business practices there - stores were always empty and marketing was terrible).

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  • Interesting, thanks!

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  • Egghead Softare, Gateway Computer Stores, Best Buy, CompUSA, Circuit City, SunCoast, Radio Shack's best part in the 90s was the electronics projects or parts. Small hobby stores that sold everything too, I'm sure any were chains. Most of these places died because Walmart, Sams Club, Costco etc started to sell electronics /more/. Also Things like Egghead Software became NewEgg and started selling online. Radioshack and Toys R US had horrible horrible business practices and didnt double down into their niches. Microcenter has and I drive 5 hours+ round trip to visit many times a year and spend TONS there.

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