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'[OT:] RadioShack Canada Sucks'
2004\06\15@113926 by Matthew Brush

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I'm boycotting RadioShack Canada.  I'm tired of
wasting my money buying junk.  I can't even get a
replacement tip for my soldering iron (which they
continue to sell despite the fact they don't sell
replacement tips for it).

Of course, everything I've ever looked for has been
available on the RadioShack.com (US version) but I
can't order from that site because I'm in Canada.

Who ever would've thought that RadioShack would get so
bad that they don't even carry resistors!

Anyone wanna join my boycott of RadioShack Canada?



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2004\06\15@115628 by Shawn Wilton

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Nothing personal, but I would *never* buy anything from radioshack.
They haven't been a radioshack since they stopped selling crystals back
in the 90's.

Find yourself a quality ee store.  There's bound to be one within 50
miles that would appreciate your support.

-Shawn



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2004\06\15@120206 by SavanaPics

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I am in th esoutheastern US. I can understand your disbeleif in their lack of
support for the resistors.  ( as well as other parts for the hobbyist) it
seems that like a lot of other businesse they tend to forget that they are
cutting off the heads that feed them. Radio shack in particular was built around
hobbyist and amateir radio operators who bought kits and parts regularly.
Although I am disapointed that they are getting away form the stuff I use.  I have
neer gotten a bad part from them.  I must admit though that their lack of
support for the hobbyist and small parts user has driven me away from them and a
regular customer of which I have been for over 25 years.

Think about it.  WHO is going to Radio Shack to buy a TV or  Home
Electronics.   Hello Walmart, Circuit City, and Best Buy.  If Radio shack thinks they are
going to compete with these guys then I defintely am not intersted in their
stocks

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2004\06\15@120210 by Alex Harford

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On Tue, Jun 15, 2004 at 11:38:38AM -0400, Matthew Brush wrote:
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> Anyone wanna join my boycott of RadioShack Canada?

I've been doing that for years (and I'm only 24!), luckily there is a shop
nearby that carries most of the stuff I need, RP Electronics in Burnaby.
http://www.rpelectronics.com is the website if you aren't local.

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2004\06\15@120829 by Robert Rolf

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Matthew Brush wrote:
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> I'm boycotting RadioShack Canada.  I'm tired of
> wasting my money buying junk.  I can't even get a
> replacement tip for my soldering iron (which they
> continue to sell despite the fact they don't sell
> replacement tips for it).

And you didn't think to check this out BEFORE your
purchase? And if it is 'junk' why did you buy it?

> Of course, everything I've ever looked for has been
> available on the RadioShack.com (US version) but I
> can't order from that site because I'm in Canada.

Well, you can contact a USA store and have them ship
you something you can't otherwise get.
I wanted their IR sensing card (glows orange in IR)
and one of their more knowledgeable staff took my
CC details and mailed me the product.

> Who ever would've thought that RadioShack would get so
> bad that they don't even carry resistors!

They stopped being "the parts place' many years ago.
They simply were not selling enough product to cover
their costs. And the electronics hobby is dying out
because young people cannot easily get parts.
(Chicken and egg problem).

With the likes of Digikey, Mouser, Jameco, Newark, etc.
why would anyone bother with a retail parts store?

> Anyone wanna join my boycott of RadioShack Canada?

I doubt that they'd notice.

But if you write a letter to their 'customer support'
address, you might get a response with a way to
buy your replacement tips. It could just be an
oversight by their purchasing department, and they'll
never know, or do anything about it, unless you tell them.

In other words, tell them your problem, and give them
a chance to fix it. They are just as human and able
to makes mistakes as you are.


Robert

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2004\06\15@120830 by Matthew Brush

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> Find yourself a quality ee store.  There's bound to
> be one within 50
> miles that would appreciate your support.

I wish!  The closest thing to an EE store is a place
that sells "safety components" like relays and junk,
but I don't even think they sell a single IC.  I have
tried ElectroSonic.ca, but they apparently don't like
small quantity customers like me.  I've settled with
Digikey, because they usually have everything I need
and they're prices are acceptable.  I just wish I
could support Canadian company.

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2004\06\15@131733 by fred jones

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Their retail stores have reduced the parts selection steadily over the last
20 or 30 years to where it's gotten pretty useless.  What really ticked me
off is when TechAmerica/Radioshack.com was abandoned as I had counted on
them for several components that I can't find stocked anywhere else.  I
think they went under new management and I'm still trying to understand that
decision.  I think they made it because they were a specialty store.  Many
items that you just couldn't find in other retail stores could be found
there.  Now they sell cell phones, dishes, PCs and other items that Walmart
and Best Buy sell at better prices.  Wonder how their doing?
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2004\06\15@132600 by Robert Rolf

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Matthew Brush wrote:
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> > Find yourself a quality ee store.  There's bound to
> > be one within 50
> > miles that would appreciate your support.
>
> I wish!  The closest thing to an EE store is a place
> that sells "safety components" like relays and junk,
> but I don't even think they sell a single IC.  I have
> tried ElectroSonic.ca, but they apparently don't like
> small quantity customers like me.  I've settled with
> Digikey, because they usually have everything I need
> and they're prices are acceptable.  I just wish I
> could support Canadian company.

But RadioShaft Canada is OWNED by their US parent, so technically
you'd be supporting a US company. Unlike Sony Canada, which really
is owned by a Canadian company (GenDis Inc.).

Unfortunately RadioShaft has enough undiscriminating customers to
keep them in business. In addition to which they account for more than
50% of Rogers cellular phone sales. As long as Joe average is
willing to pay their inflated prices for what they sell, they'll
stay in business. At least the salesdroid at R/S -MAY- have a clue
when you ask a technical question. Those at Walmart are clueless,
as are most at FutureShop or Best Buy.
Surprisingly, I have found the computer people at London Drugs to
be very knowledgeable, and competitively priced, and with a good
return policy, so they get most of my 'quicky' business.

Robert

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2004\06\15@135545 by Matthew Brush

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> But RadioShaft Canada is OWNED by their US parent,
> so technically
> you'd be supporting a US company. Unlike Sony
> Canada, which really
> is owned by a Canadian company (GenDis Inc.).

Good point, but at least RadioShack USA has a lot of
electronic components still.  One would think that
since they are apparently owned by the same company,
they would stock the parts, but I guess not.  The only
way to get electronic components from RadioShack
Canada is to buy a consumer device and desolder the
stuff you need ... hehehe

> At least the salesdroid at R/S
> -MAY- have a clue
> when you ask a technical question.

Not in my town.  The local RS store only hires
attractive young women who know ABSOLUTELY nothing
about electronics AT ALL (not that I'm complaining
about the hot chicks :).

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2004\06\15@141700 by Randy Glenn

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Depending on where you are, I've found the following to be good to
deal with (compared to RadioShack)

Sayal Electronics - http://www.sayal.com/ - Southern Ontario
Active Tech (formerly part of Future Electronics) -
http://www.active-tech.ca/ - All across Canada
Supremetronic - http://www.supremetronic.com/ - Toronto, Queen Street
(a few doors down from Active Surplus)

Also, depending on what you want, check eBay. Some of the sellers
there can't be beat for things like Blue and White LEDs (I got 100
Blue for a little less than $20CAD, IIRC)

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2004\06\15@145550 by rixy04

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I've boycotted RadioSlack USA for over 10 years. Never been sorry for it.
Their Slogan: "You've got questions? We've got questions".
Rick

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2004\06\15@153322 by David VanHorn

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At 02:54 PM 6/15/2004 -0400, rixy04 wrote:

>I've boycotted RadioSlack USA for over 10 years. Never been sorry for it.
>Their Slogan: "You've got questions? We've got questions".
>Rick

I hope you weren't looking to them for engineering assistance..

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2004\06\15@161047 by Robert Rolf
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> >I've boycotted RadioSlack USA for over 10 years. Never been sorry for it.
> >Their Slogan: "You've got questions? We've got questions".
> >Rick

No, it's slogan is "You've got questions? We've got DUMB LOOKS".

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2004\06\15@162439 by rixy04

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Heck no! The last thing I bought in there was a Casio watch. I do remember
when I used to go there, I'd have to bail out a salesperson when a customer
had a question.
Rick

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> At 02:54 PM 6/15/2004 -0400, rixy04 wrote:
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> >I've boycotted RadioSlack USA for over 10 years. Never been sorry for it.
> >Their Slogan: "You've got questions? We've got questions".
> >Rick
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> I hope you weren't looking to them for engineering assistance..
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2004\06\15@163515 by David Minkler

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For those of you who receive it, check out the "Radio Shed" comic in EE
Times June 14, 2004 p. 56.

Dave

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2004\06\15@164144 by Shawn Wilton

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Would you mind scanning that for those of us less fortunate?



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2004\06\15@170833 by Jason S

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What if you only need a few dollars or even a few cents worth of parts?
You're still looking at at least $6 in shipping costs.

I'm used to living in Toronto where there seem to be more good electronics
stores than starbucks.  I'm in the habbit of making a trip to Active, Daiwa
or any of a lot of other choices buying everything I think I need for a
project and then going back a few more times for what I really need while
I'm working on it.

I've recently moved cross country, and there isn't any sort of electronics
store besides radio shack within 300 miles.  I've checked with the local
robotics club, even the model train club, and I've spent a lot of time
looking online.

For my current project, I needed about $10 worth of parts from All
Electronics.  They have a flat rate $6 shipping fee.  So I decided to get
double what I needed plus a lot of other stuff I might need, just to make
the shipping worthwhile.  I ended up spending over $50, and an hour after I
placed the order, I realized I forgot some 14 pin IC sockets.  I emailed
them and they were very good about adding it to my order.

Now for the same project I realize I forgot about connecting the LCD to the
circuit board; I need a header connect to the board (30 cents), and the
cable ($1.25 with the 14 pin IDC sockets already attached).  So for my $1.55
in parts, it looks like I'll have to pay $7.55 because of shipping.  Of
course, to make it worthwhile, I'll end up adding lots for stuff I don't
need but might, so now I'm out a lot more money and I need to find some
place to store it.

I also need a keypad.  I didn't order that from All Electronics the first
time; they have phone keypads "removed from equipment" for $5 US.  I used to
buy identical keypads for $0.35 CDN at active annex.  Alltronics has
membrane keypads for $1, I'd rather get some of those than the $5 ones at
All Electronics, but then there's a $15 minimum order and $6 shipping fee.
Alltronics doesn't seem to have the header connectors at all.

I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that without a local retail parts
store, it's simply impossible to do electronics work as a hobby.

Jason

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> With the likes of Digikey, Mouser, Jameco, Newark, etc.
> why would anyone bother with a retail parts store?

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2004\06\15@173033 by Matt Pobursky

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On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 14:54:46 -0400, rixy04 wrote:
> I've boycotted RadioSlack USA for over 10 years. Never been sorry for it.
> Their Slogan: "You've got questions? We've got questions".

Or my favorite...
"You've got questions? We've got blank stares..."

Matt

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2004\06\15@175109 by Robert Rolf

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Jason S wrote:
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> What if you only need a few dollars or even a few cents worth of parts?
> You're still looking at at least $6 in shipping costs.

Yep.

>
> I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that without a local retail parts
> store, it's simply impossible to do electronics work as a hobby.

Yep.

Unfortunately I got used to driving by Active on my way to work
to pick up whatever I needed that day. With the change in ownership
there is so little useful inventory that I now just order my stuff
from Digikey, pay the shipping and be done with it (my time is worth
quite a lot, unlike a hobbyist). It's still on my desk the next day.

Part of the problem with doing 'hobby' design is that you often
don't always know what you need until AFTER you've sent in your order.
So you either have to plan better, accounting for all likely needs,
or live with the minimum purchase and shipping costs.

I always order a few extra of whatever I purchase so that my 'junk'
draw is pretty well stocked, so I need to order much less often now.
One always needs IC sockets, capacitors, connectors, etc. etc.
so ordering 'just enough' has its shortcoming, particularly if
ordering 10 of something makes the extra 2 pieces 'free' because
of a price break.

The big killer for hobbyists, as I see it, is the MOQ (minimum order
quantity) that most distributors now have. If I only need 25 molex
connectors, why the bleep do I have to place a factory order for 500?
For SMT IC's it's even crazier. 500pc on some things where you need
only 30 (so sampling won't get you what you need).
It is stupid that one of my criteria for designing in a part must now
include whether I can get it in small production quantities (10's or 100s).

Robert

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2004\06\15@182059 by Marc Nicholas

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I feel spoiled...

I live in Toronto, and there is Supremetronic and Active Surplis (not to
be confused with Future Active) to go get parts from.

I totally agree that Radio Shack (Canada) sucks. I just found out this
weekend that even "major" items like antennas that are carried by the U.S.
store aren't necessarily carried here, or even "orderable".

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2004\06\15@184435 by David Minkler

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Sorry, I'm slime.  I hang my head in shame.  No scanner handy.

Dave

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2004\06\15@234217 by Matthew Brush

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That's EXACTLY my problem!  At least you have
electronics hobby clubs around there.  I swear I'm the
only one in my entire town who knows what a capacitor
is ... hehehe.

I am forced to order from Digikey, for one, they
almost always have everything I need and, two they
include GST and Duty in their prices so I don't get
any suprises.

That's why I mainly miss the old RadioShack where I
could at least pick up an assortment pack of resistors
if I need a 10ohm or whatever.  At least at
radioshack I'd pay $4.99 for that one resitor plus a
bunch I don't need.  The same order at digikey would
cost more than $13 (shipping + min. order fee) --- not
that I would do either of these things :)

Cheers

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2004\06\15@234424 by Dave Lag

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This thread has really pressed people's "buttons". it presses mine -grr

When it's tough to make digikey economies of scale (or anytime)
glitchbuster and phanderson will sent stuff north
Support our (piclist) own
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2004\06\16@005624 by Jason S

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I am a big fan of glitchbuster.  I've ordered from there a few times, and I
always get the parts very quickly, the prices are amazing, and shipping is a
flat $1.85 ($2 to Canada).

I've also had a few coversations by email with Randy.  He's a very nice
person who's primarily in it to help people get involved with pics.  At this
point, I buy all my pics from him, and anything I need that he sells, I will
buy from him.

The thing is that he just sells the pics and a variety of support components
and hardware.  For most projects, you will still need something he doesn't
have, and then it's back to the same problems.

Jason

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2004\06\16@044310 by Howard Winter

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> I am a big fan of glitchbuster.  I've ordered from there a few times, and I always get the parts very
quickly, the prices are amazing, and shipping is a flat $1.85 ($2 to Canada).

Well over this side of the pond we don't get his flat rate shipping, of course, but he's still a good source
of PICs, crystals, decoupling capacitors with 0.1" spacing, and that sort of thing - I just have to put a
reasonable order together to make it worthwhile.  I am a fan too!  :-)  As you said, there are things he
doesn't have on his web site, but I recently found out that if you ask about other things, there's a chance he
does have them, so ask!

Cheers,

Howard Winter
St.Albans, England

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2004\06\16@201701 by rixy04

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Those in Canada and overseas might want to try this option:
http://www.danssmallpartsandkits.net/
Rick

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