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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    Yep. The only thing that kept Ms A and I from buying our new PC from NewEgg or somewhere is because we got in on that XBox 360 trade in glitch last Sunday. Paid for almost half of our PC/monitor.
    huh?


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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    What concerns me is our suburbs are littered with empty big box stores than have little-to-no reuse potential. Smaller stores don't need large spaces, they aren't set up ideally for non-retail uses, and the parking lot situations means it's quite difficult to make anything new look friendly and inviting.

    We know that's the likely outcome yet cities continue to subsidize big box developments in the name of "progress". At least Radio Shack's stores are small enough that anyone can reuse the space.
    If you are really interested in the issue there are some interesting things that people are doing to reuse them.

    http://www.bigboxreuse.com/



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Reasons I used to go to radio shack:

    1. I was always hooking up my little compact disc player to stereos and TVs back before MP3 and CD players got cheap, radio shack had cheap cables for that sort of thing.

    2. They were one of the only retailers for the Turbografx 16 video game system in the early 90s, which I didn't buy at the time but always gawked at because I wanted every video game I could get...but Radio Shack's reputation probably did more harm to the system. It sold very well in Japan, imagine like a turbo charged NES with a CD add on. I'd go to Radio Shack just to look at it I was such a video game nerd.



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Near my house, a fairly large movie theater went belly up. It was converted into a multi-level, heated/cooled self-storage facility. They did a good job, putting in a big freight elevator and generously sized hallways so it is easy to get around. All access to the storage spaces is from the inside, The place is nearly 100% occupied. If there was need for it, I'd envision the same could be done with and abandoned big box store.
    Soon the biggest businesses in America will be Amazon and places to store all the **** we buy on Amazon.



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Quote Originally Posted by roundball View Post
    Because it's a huge factor in a company's bottom line, and it's one that Amazon will always, always have an advantage in.

    So what exactly is your point about Amazon not always having the lowest price? If Amazon charges a higher price for certain things, it's because they can; what's it say about a company that has lower overhead costs per unit and charges a higher price? People have willingly paid a premium on items at convenience stores for decade because their time has value, too, and nothing's more convenient than ordering something with a few clicks while sitting on your couch.

    I really don't know what we're arguing about, though...the health and viability of a company has to do with a lot more than the prices they're able to charge. Online retail has been growing exponentially and "traditional" retail is being left in the dust.
    My point is that I don't see brick and mortars going anywhere. I can see certain sections of brick and mortars being whittled down to nothing (music, movies, books, electronics, etc).I can even see large book retailer stores being driven to only being in cities/areas of 100K+ and downsizing (Barnes and Noble) due to ebooks.

    I just don't think any retailer that sells things that people tend to use/need when they buy it (home improvement, tools, large appliances, furniture) is going to go anywhere because if my sump pump explodes, I'm not going to sit on Amazon and try and save $20 and wait 2 days.

    I'm not sure we were arguing as much as talking past each other.


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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    huh?
    This past Sunday Best Buy was giving $303 trade in for the 4GB Xbox360 slim. It was a glitch in the system. They caught it about an hour after we cashed in on it and now you're only getting 61 bucks for the same system.



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Radio Shack doesn't even do electronics repair well anymore. I needed a triwing screwdriver and the only one they had was in a tool kit that was 60 bucks. Screw that! Got a toolkit on Amazon Prime for under 10 bucks with free shipping. Radio Shack has sucked for years, and has made a living fleecing people on things like HDMI cables and USB cords that can be bought online for a fraction of the price. Good riddance!



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Call me old fashioned but I prefer to get off my lazy ***, drive 5 minutes to Target, and buy paper towels.



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    I go there to purchase all types of flat, circular batteries. They've never not had what I needed.



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Lifer View Post
    I go there to purchase all types of flat, circular batteries. They've never not had what I needed.
    Last time I needed a flat circular battery I went to Walgreens and they had what I needed too. Not sure that's a real great niche.



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCyd View Post
    Last time I needed a flat circular battery I went to Walgreens and they had what I needed too. Not sure that's a real great niche.
    You're probably getting a better deal there. I'll try that next time, thanks!



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    I went to Radioshack the other day because I needed a voice recorder for work. The only one they had was $260! I asked the lady who was helping me find the voice recorders if that was the only one they had. She said ya. I laughed at her and walked out.

    Twenty minutes later I bought a $2 app on my phone that does everything I need.


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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    What do you mean by a "pop". If you mean a decrease in new retail construction, I don't think that will really happen. All these big box chains are obsessed with consistent layouts and control over their buildings. For most of your biggest chains it's just easier to build new than to try and re-purpose an existing store. So from a new construction aspect, I don't think it will be much of a factor. The real problem will be all these towns that were thrilled to get a Best Buy when they were at their peak now getting stuck with an empty shell that is near impossible to get sold or leased.
    This. First Hobby Lobby moves in. Then Big Lots. Then Fitness Forever. Then vacant for ten years, and (if you are lucky), it finally is bull dozed.



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Quote Originally Posted by aeroclone View Post
    My last trip to Best Buy was when my WiFi router crapped out. Certainly couldn't live without WiFi for a day or two waiting for shipping, so I did my research online and headed off to Best Buy to make my purchase. They price matched Amazon, and I was back up and running in under an hour. That said, I am also one who used to be a regular at Best Buy that barely sets foot in the store now, and I don't know what they could do to change that. I'm not sure my random emergency purchase scenario is enough to keep a big store like that running.
    WHen people stopped buying CD's, that was the end for BB.



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    Re: The downfall of Radio Shack

    Haven't read through the entire thread yet but the state took a step to help mom-and-pop retailers when facing internet competition. Internet sales tax law went into effect July 1 of last year. I haven't seen anything on its impact yet though.

    http://www.siouxlandnews.com/story/2...devicecgbypass



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