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Re: [vox] [OT] radio shack

hi jim,

rhonda and i went to a place in sacramento.  can't remember the name,
but it's an electronics store that mark kim had suggested.

i gave the guy a number of obscure chips numbers, and the guy was
actually able to deduce i was messing around with a macrovision signal
layered into a video signal.

how's that for knowing a product?  the dude was pretty awesome.  i
would've gone there more often, but it's quite far from here, and it's
in a kinda bad neighborhood to boot.

i guess i fall under the category of too young to remember.   too bad,
that radio shack sounds great.    :-/


begin Jim Lowman <jmlowman@directvinternet.com> 
> This was one reason that I avoided RS if at all possible.  If I did go 
> there out of sheer desperation, I would refuse to give them the info.
> A complaint to the corporate office was summed up by the response that
> "...we consider it a legitimate business practice and will continue to
> ask for the information..."  Guess we can't underestimate the power of mass complaining.
> It's a shame...many of you on this list are too young to remember the "real" RS of years past.  They started out as a mailorder firm,
> and had
> this great free catalog; probably > 400 pages of every electronic
> component known to man.  They also sold things like shortwave and amateur
> radios.  Now their big thing is cellphones and satellite TV setups.
> RS bashing was so prevalent on some of the amateur radio lists that I belong to, that it became a near-taboo subject.
> We're fortunate to have two real electronics stores here; one each in San
> Bernardino and Riverside...sort of like the old hardware stores, before
> Home Depot and the like.  Usually, though, I find the need for some 
> obscure part on Sunday or after 5:00, when neither are open.
> As far as knowledgeable salespeople...well...show me a place today that has anyone who knows much about the product that they sell. 
> Sometimes if I'm in a cranky mood when I go to CompUSA, I'll ask an obscure question to see what sort of bogus story that I
> get...then I'll mention what I do for a living.  :-)
> Jim
> Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> > 
> > i think radio shack's ad campaign is hilarious.
> > 
> > they're touting "we no longer ask for your name and phone number" as if
> > this new policy is some extra added value feature that you "win" when
> > you to a local radio shack outlet.
> > 
> > when in fact, i'm wondering how much public outrage it took for them to
> > do away with this seriously invasive procedure.  it's almost too bad.
> > i used to love giving them names like "bud weiser".
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