The new Radio Shack at the end of the commercial looks like absolutely every other store that sells smartphones and tablets. Which I guess is what the marketplace demands, but it's kind of depressing how "samey" it looks.
I'm wondering how this'll impact the availability of parts.
I mean, anything I can buy at Radio Shack, I can buy cheaper at the local shop (or even online), but still, it was nice having a commercial option.
I'm guessing if you want to go to Radio Shack to buy diodes, capacitors, and extension cords, that stuff will still be there, but it'll be in a curtained-off room at the back of the store like porn in a video store (well, what few video stores are left).
And also on the other hand it costs you .50 to fix your turntable strobe light so you don't give a fuck.
Devo, Chucky, Kid N' Play, Twisted Sister, fuck yeah!
|Jet Bin Fever |
Like I give a damn.
I am to radio shack how the fuck NASA guy is to NASA. Fuck your nostalgia, Tandy computers were always dogshit.
5 for Radio Shack hanging in there.
|Oscar Wildcat |
Ha, these people don't know what to do now that the US doesn't build electronics anymore. They can't sell the surplus (whole reason for Radio Shack's existence, it was the first chain retail surplus electronics store), and who wants to buy their actual shitty products?
That said, the radio shack color computer was pretty incredible for it's time. 6809 represent! Otherwise, worse than Hitler.
Counterpoint: they are pretty much the last bastion for casual "weird shit" buying like if you need a thing to connect your Atari VCS to an HDTV they have it, and some of their cheap crappy shit is actually useful (like this RadioShack timer I bought 10 years ago to time the Quad while playing Quake 2 competitively and still use to this day to time hops additions for nanobrewing).
|Binro the Heretic |
I am so God damned old.
|The Mothership |
Radio Shack is owned by asshole Texans, who will do anything for money. They will continue to adapt and will probably survive for some time. Kind of like cockroaches.
|Sexy Duck Cop |
I worked at Radio Shack for two months and it was unquestionably the worst job I ever had. It wasn't difficult. It wasn't stressful. It was worse: It was deadening. Never have I worked in a more existentially draining purgatory, and never will I again.
Sexy Duck Cop
I spent an entire 8-hour shift assembling metal hooks and plastic tags into coherent wholes so that, from that day forward, we would have ready-made tags at hand the next time we had a promotion the whole day. Eight hours. Just shovin' metal hooks through plastic loops. Sorting them into boxes. "This is depressing work," I thought, "But once it's done, no one else will have to do this for months." OH AND LOOK WHAT IMMEDIATELY HAPPENED. THE GOD OF LAVA BARFED ON MY WORK LIKE TEN SECONDS LATER.
Sexy Duck Cop
Another thing: My job was the worst combination of easy and difficult ever. Because I worked like a mile from every major movie studio ever, exactly half of our customers would be shambling mummies asking if we sold "adapters" for "the computer," while the other half would be technicians for the next Pirates of the Franchise film. Half of my job was agonizingly tedious, while half was hunting down a piece of copper wire so Johnny Depp didn't die fighting the Kraken, which, to my understanding, no one released because I couldn't find the right cable.
I also worked at the shack for a whole year. I smoked a lot of weed and started hanging out with a bad crowd. fortunately I got accepted to grad school and left, but I shudder to think what would have happened had I stayed there.
Sexy Duck Cop
I ate a whole month's supply of Adderrall every shift because I thought it would make the inventory system somewhat fascinating. It did, so congratulations Shire Pharmaceuticals: You successfully manipulated my brain.
See now, if you really want to talk Shack, how about the Tandy Whiz kids? Who could ever forget...
The Computers That Said No To Drugs
http://www.atarimagazines.com/whizkids/thumbs.php?issue=drugs< br />
And a personal fave, Deadly Choice
|Sexy Duck Cop |
You know what my best day at Radioshack was? I watched King of the Hill for eight fucking hours. EIGHT HOURS OF KING OF THE HILL. IT MADE ME KIND OF HAPPY.
I never understood Radio Shack's business shift. Being the only place most people could get electronic parts was there ONLY strength. Then they decided to focus everything on being a cel phone store, in an age where every mall has half a dozen phone kiosks. And now they're proudly celebrating that?
Their other bone-headed decision was a policy to ask a ridiculous amount of personal info from customers. I went in to buy a simple part and they wanted me to fill out seemed like a page long questionnaire in addition to playing 20 questions trying to get me to buy more shit. Not even Gamestop could compare to the amount of upselling they were trying to shove down m throat. No clue if they still have this policy, but it made me swear never to buy anything there again.
oh dude, upselling and getting personal information was ALL I was told to do at the Shack ca. 2000-2001. 'you want batteries with that?' was as good as a cash register sound for a dude making minimum wage plus commission.
Also, and I know they changed this pretty soon after I left, for awhile the bonuses for selling a cell phone were ridiculous. When I started it was / phone. So if you were in an urban area in 2000, when phones were selling hot, you could make an extra -0 a day if you were willing to lie your ass off about how Verizon has great customer service and Sprint has the best coverage.
Like I said above, it helped to be wasted at work. Being told to lie by managers, having to deal with really ignorant people all day, and having to work with sociopaths and thieves didn't help the Mothership's psyche, but it did teach him to sell ice to Eskimos.
NO BATTERY CLUB CARD, NO DEAL
Ya know one other thing that bugs me about this commercial? If it's supposed to be a retro-1980s Radio Shack store, it should totally have the awesome "Bullet Hole Lettering" Radio Shack logo as used from 1973 to 1995. Best Radio Shack logo ever. Radio Shack stopped being quite as awesome when they changed the logo to that Circle R thing.
Just in time to close 500 stores
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