Made what might have been my very last trip to a Radio Shack recently. This might sound a bit silly, but you would be sad also if they had had as much influence on your life as mine over the years. You see, back when I was growing up, Radio Shack was the place for young geeks (before geek was sheek) to get the things they needed to explore electronics, computers, and many other things. I grew up spending all the money I could scrounge up purchasing “P-Box Kits”, various components, and just about anything else I could afford there.
My first computer was a Tandy Color Computer, which I purchased after winning a dump truck drag race (seriously I did). I even worked at a Radio Shack while attending college which was quite a bit of fun.
Sadly over the years, Radio Shack seems to have lost their purpose, falling into becoming just a lame store selling a few items that no one really wants. A store that used to have whatever the electronic enthusiast needed just down the street shrank to just one or two locations that had anything useful in my area. Most of the stores no longer carried the things I was interested in.
After hearing how bad RS was financially, and that several stores would be closing, I stopped by just to check it out. I went to one of the few stores that still sold electronic components in my area. Sadly, I didn’t find anything I really wanted other than a fairly good deal on batteries. On top of that, I learned that RS is selling their customer list as a part of their liquidation. Sad day indeed….. R.I.P. Radio Shack.