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February 4, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

After decades of great products I'm sad to hear Radio Shack is closing

Radio Shack logo I'm really sad to hear about Radio Shack closing its stores following bankruptcy. I relied on them for decades beginning in the late 70s. No one carried the diverse product lines that they did. From project boxes to soldering irons and audio/video adapters and connections - there's nothing like Radio Shack.

Their unique products made them a unique store. From hi-fidelity to computers (who can forget the TRS-80??) they made a great name for themselves. But in recent years they began to look more and more like a smaller variation of generic box stores.

Radio Shack closing Over time it seemed as though all the amazingly unique products were disappearing and replaced with things I regularly found in other stores. In the 1980s, I could go into a Radio Shack and explore the aisles for hours, uncovering all sorts of treasures to tempt ones mind. That place was almost magical to me.

I know that change is inevitable, but seeing them turn into a cell phone destination really disappointed me. It seemed so far from what RAdio Shack had always done so well. As I think back on my shopping habits, in the last 10 years, I stopped visiting the Shack as often.

The interesting little items were no longer lining their shelves. I always relied on them for odd adapters and connectors to help me bridge a myriad of video game connections. From RCA switch-boxes to cable adapters - the Shack had my back!

I had high hopes that their resurgence a year or so ago would keep them going and enable the chain to secure a niche. In these modern times it was unlikely that Radio Shack would ever be able to reinvent themselves into that eclectic store I loved dearly, but I hoped...

With news of Radio Shack potentially seeking bankruptcy protection, the New York Stock Exchange suspended trading of their shares - which quickly plummeted. Both Sprint and Amazon are interested in a majority of Radio Shack's physical locations. It seems that nothing will keep the wolves at bay. They smell blood and death is near.

I have fond memories and several projects that came from the ingenuity of Radio Shack. Radio Shack was just as integral part of my life in the 80s as arcades, Trans Ams, and Van Halen. If you want to take a walk down memory lane, there's a website that has archived most of Radio Shack's awesome catalogs. Take a look through the Radio Shack Catalog Archive.

Radio Shack xatalog archive

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