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Old Mar 30th, 2007, 10:22 AM   #1
 
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The Source (formerly Radio Shack) at death's door

http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/197187

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InterTan's owner, Circuit City Stores Inc., announced yesterday the Canadian operations are under review, and possibly for sale, amid wider cost-cutting measures. Circuit City bought InterTan in 2004 for $284 million (U.S.)
No surprise here really. Radio Shack Canada lost their way years ago. They alienated their core clientelle, tried to make a quick buck selling crappy plastic electronics nobody wanted, and now they are suffering for it.

Maybe it's time for a new player in the field.
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Old Mar 30th, 2007, 10:46 AM   #2
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Good thing, too.

Radio Shack used to be fun to grope around for arcane parts and such with helpful electronics freaks. Source/Circuit City killed all that. Now it is all about off-brand junk and snarly employees not sharp enough to get a job at McD's.... Karma does its thing!
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Old Mar 30th, 2007, 11:12 AM   #3
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Good riddance. I hate those fscking stores. Most of what they sell is cheap CRAP.
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Old Mar 30th, 2007, 11:19 AM   #4
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Cheap expensive crap. Usually the worst deal in town. You can buy it cheaper at Loblaws.

And what a great name. "The Source by Circuit City" really rolls off the tongue.
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Originally Posted by rgray
Good thing, too.

Radio Shack used to be fun to grope around for arcane parts and such with helpful electronics freaks. Source/Circuit City killed all that. Now it is all about off-brand junk and snarly employees not sharp enough to get a job at McD's.... Karma does its thing!
Not true. Not in Western Canada for sure. Many Source stores are locally owned and have been in many cases the only electronics source to small communities for many years. Such is the case with our tiny store here. I still go there often for bits and pieces I could find no where else without a lot of trouble. The kid that works in our store is the son of a neighbour and he is kind and polite and helpful.
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Old Mar 30th, 2007, 12:54 PM   #6
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SINC: Radio Shack always had a curious mix of franchise stores and affiliate stores--the kind most often found outside of major urban centres. Experiences can be markedly different depending on which type of store is visited.
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That's why I replied in the first place. There are many very small towns here in the west that rely on those stores and are staffed by friendly locals. All is not as it appears in urban centres.
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Old Mar 30th, 2007, 02:24 PM   #8
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I found Radio Shack to be the Home Hardware of electronics, they always had the piece I was looking for, and quite helpful, unlike the big box stores. Too bad they're both going down the crapper. Just another step in the Wal-Martization of Canada.
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Old Mar 30th, 2007, 02:35 PM   #9
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The Source's problem was they lost sight on their role and then change to compete against Future Shop/Best Buy etc in carrying a range of products that you can buy anywhere...typically for much less and better quality. I used to shop a fair bit at Radio Shack but after the change there's no incentive given the higher cost for questionalbe product lines. I can understand them working in smaller towns where the competition isn't there but in an urban environment you're not going to make it without some advantage...be it price, quality and or service...and frankly they lost on all three fronts.
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Old Mar 30th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #10
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Circuit City is a terrible operator... just read this: Bloomberg.com: Worldwide

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Circuit City Stores Inc., the second-largest U.S. electronics retailer, will fire 3,400 of its highest-paid sales people and hire replacements willing to work for less.
They should fire their CEO, who was paid $8.52 million last year.
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