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Yeah, this is pretty pathetic! I had been eyeing the Radio Shack $80 Soldering Station for some time. Their retail price was already more attractive than a $130 Weller equivalent, but of course you get what you pay for. In any case, I figured if I found the RS station under clearance, that would actually be a great deal!One day, in need of a component, I stopped in and noticed the station finally had a clearance tag! 60% off! But wait... retail price was now showing as $199?! Da-eff??!! Moral: Always do your research before purchase.
One of my bigger questions about Radio Shack's existence (until now) is, if they're positioned as a phone store, has anyone bought a phone from them, or known someone who as?Whenever it's new phone time in the Kapuscinski household, we always go directly to the carrier's stores.
We had three here locally, all three survived the first purge two years ago, much to my surprise. At that time, I stocked up on a lot of things down to more wire rolls, solder, some project boxes, power supplies, etc. Then they didn't close and I had bags of stuff!Then, even more to my surprise, the new manager (and she knew how to solder and make stuff, too!) made sure the parts area of the store was completely restocked and sorted again. Wow, I'm feeling pretty good here. It's been years since you could count on finding all the parts there.I didn't know about this one until they put up a billboard-sized 'store closing' sign on the front. I'll make at least one more trip. I probably have a lifetime supply of some things, sort of like my Floquil paint collection.The situation with the local store was pretty funny. They were side-by-side with a Verizon store in a strip mall, and both were selling Verizon phones. I never could get that, until I tried to upgrade my phone and found out that Verizon could be even more impossible to work with than ever and they could be tied up for HOURS with a phone deal and one person in store, when all you wanted to buy was a case protector.
... In closing, anyone besides myself remember "Heath Kit" in Benton Harbor , MI . I built a nifty AM FM portable radio from them which I still have. Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah.
Sure do! I built about a half dozen Heathkits. Loved them. One of them was their model railroad throttle (which internally was, I think, a Lynn Westcott TAT IV or V. Somebody on here, I bet, will know for sure which one it was).It was a good device, but it was large and bulky and I sold it years ago.
Try Radio Shack #275-0409 (pkg. of 2) SPDT submini slide switches.DFF
Just cleaned them out. Thanks Dave!
Signs plastered all over the front windows announcing the closing and advertising 60% off.