What Happened to America's Electronics Stores?

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  1. Doug Laidlaw

    Doug Laidlaw

    29 minuten geleden

    The same thing happened as in Australia: point-to-point wiring is obsolete, and surface mount is too difficult.

  2. Joe McPlumber

    Joe McPlumber

    36 minuten geleden

    Oh man wait til i tell Reddit what you said about GameStop

  3. Dan Fitzpatrick

    Dan Fitzpatrick

    44 minuten geleden

    Say goodbye to commercial real estate with "Today" plus everyone working from home due to covid.

  4. C T

    C T

    45 minuten geleden

    Well, about hobby electronics to build your own stuff? That also dissapeared. But it's also a sign of the really DUMBED down population of millenials who can't even tie their shoes or pick up their pants, and can't process anything in their pathetic brains outside of skin color and genitals. The diy nerds i grew up with were far more interesting individuals.

  5. Kris R.

    Kris R.

    50 minuten geleden

    Incredible Universe by Tandy lasted a little more than a year at Potomac Mills Mall in Virginia. Sigh.

  6. Chris_The_Potato


    55 minuten geleden

    The fact that Best Buy is still around and going strong is just mind blowing 🤯.

  7. Jim W

    Jim W

    Uur geleden

    I bought a four-function Sears calculator in 1972 for $100.

  8. Reggie M

    Reggie M

    Uur geleden

    Ha I know that area really well!

  9. E Boogie

    E Boogie

    Uur geleden

    The kits were awesome

  10. Mohammad Mursalin

    Mohammad Mursalin

    Uur geleden

    They did not allow people to film inside their stores back then, so now when they are bankrupt and gone, and nobody will remember them, I must say that I have no sympathy for them. They wen't bankrupt because they chose not to evolve. Boo hoo. I especially hate Fry's Electronics for that. I used to work there back in the day and some of the stuff they implemented was absolute nonsense.

  11. Patrick Ray

    Patrick Ray

    Uur geleden

    Babbage's became GameStop. Same company.

  12. Patrick Chambers

    Patrick Chambers

    2 uur geleden

    The 1960's when you would actually build something from components. Popular Electronics, and other electronic magazines often had article of thigs that you could build I would see something I wanted to build and as a 12 ye4ar-old in Chicago I would make a parts list and take the bus (alone for about a 2 hour bus ride on two lines) to Allied Electronics at 100 N. Western, buy the parts, and return home. Then I would build it and enjoy it. I had test equipment built for their Knight Kits. Now you need printed circuit boards and micro miniature soldering equipment to build something. All that fascination as a kid is gone now, heck back the radio hams built almost all their gear, even antennas, while today they buy .all of it already done .

  13. Jeff Valentine

    Jeff Valentine

    2 uur geleden

    I think the last thing I bought in stores that marked the end of this era for me were a couple of Zune's.

  14. Joe York

    Joe York

    2 uur geleden

    wow , this dude had rich parents

  15. Geonidas


    2 uur geleden


  16. M:Tronaut


    2 uur geleden

    2020 kids: what is a mall?



    3 uur geleden

    TIL me and my dad used to go to the same mall you did!

  18. karota1334


    3 uur geleden

    cool video, but not loving the casual animal cruelty with the live fish

  19. Kevin Bhasi

    Kevin Bhasi

    3 uur geleden

    Thanks for showing us inside the decline of shopping malls in the US! Shopping malls likely are able to thrive in Singapore due to the limited land space. The defunct 'Incredible Universe' reminds me of the defunct 'SAFE Superstore' that existed in Singapore.

  20. Charles Coulon

    Charles Coulon

    4 uur geleden

    My first job was at Ritz Camera. I haven't really been to a shopping since all these stores still existed

  21. Kurt Neumann

    Kurt Neumann

    4 uur geleden

    The real reason they didn't let you use the camera was because they didn't want you video taping their layout. The floor plan of a store can change a business entirely.

  22. Stephen Steele

    Stephen Steele

    4 uur geleden

    So there are lots of reasons given for why filming was not allowed, and most of it was either a direct obsfucation or not understanding. This is stupid obscure knowledge, so feel free to skip. So back in the day, when shopping at malls was a thing, an insane amount of money went into research on the store layout, as well as the look and feel. And I mean insane amounts, like 60-70% of marketing budgets. There were huge companies dedicated to provide retail experience consulting with research and design and building. Equally, there were competitive research people who would go see what everyone was doing and try to tease out details. Everyone was doing it to everyone, and everyone knew it because they would see it. So to try and stop competitors from doing it, they should kick out everyone with a video camera. So it would all just get a bit more Cloak and Dagger. Cameras hidden in bags and what not. It's still done today. Hotels and restaurants get touchy when it comes to filming for the first year or so. Also, reception centers are the same way. It's stupid because the reality is no one copied outright, they just borrowed here and there and you didn't need video or pictures to do that.

  23. HappyQuails


    4 uur geleden

    Surely you must be Mrmb733!!!

  24. Antonio Montana Zapata Chavez

    Antonio Montana Zapata Chavez

    5 uur geleden

    I'd like to introduce you to Best Buy and MicroCenter.

  25. HappyQuails


    5 uur geleden

    I think they were referring to the sale and promotional pricing that they were protecting.

  26. themonolithian


    6 uur geleden


  27. Paul Thompson

    Paul Thompson

    6 uur geleden

    I remember Rick Mccrank doing a tv series called abandoned and he visited some malls and a theme park called six flags do not know if they are connected but it was sad to see them empty

  28. Aaron Johnson

    Aaron Johnson

    6 uur geleden

    For those of you in Dallas, check out Microcenter and Altex. I loathe Fry’s. I swore I’d never return 2 years ago. With these 2 stores, I’ve kept my word. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  29. Timeless Cars

    Timeless Cars

    7 uur geleden

    It's amazing to think back to as recently as the late 2000s and consider how different certain things were before smartphones existed. If you just walk outside, you wouldn't notice; it's how we *do* things that has changed - culturally, logistically, and customarily. The smartphone was most impactful thing since personal computers and the Web. Consider the differences between the early 1990s and the late 1990s, and now compare it to the early 2000s as it differs from the late 2000s and 2010s.

  30. Jack Hesse

    Jack Hesse

    7 uur geleden

    Oh wow, those shots of the shelves full of Atari and Nintendo games hit me right in the tweener-brain dopamine receptors. =:o

  31. Manolo Konosko

    Manolo Konosko

    8 uur geleden

    I lived though that era. And though I miss certain stores like Radio Shack or Tower Records, I can say "Good Riddance" to the rest. Why? In electronics stores, you had these obnoxious, ignorant salesmen who only knew how to hustle the sale of an amplifier or a TV, but couldn't demonstrate or explain why one component was better than the other. They only wanted to sell you the most expensive possible. Some of them who knew a little, were complete snobs. Same for computer stores, with the asshole salespeople bugging you and not helping you. Some of these electronic or computer stores sold grey market crap that was reduced in price and on the verge of being obsolete by a better replacement. And stores such as Sam Goody or Musicland sold their albums at highly inflated prices . Tower did too, but at least they had an immense variety of albums to choose from. There are things to miss, but what we have now, in most cases, is better and more affordable that what we had then. Can you imaging spending $4000 in 1981 for an IBM PC or $6500 on a Mac in 1984 and in a couple of years, something much better, faster, capable comes along at half the price? Most of the products that computer stores sold went obsolete before 6 months.

  32. Eric Near

    Eric Near

    8 uur geleden

    We had a BEST at the Huntington Mall in Barboursville, WV near where I grew up. Funnily enough, it is now a Best Buy. Nearby was a Children's Palace where I got a handful of C64 games.

  33. Manolo Konosko

    Manolo Konosko

    8 uur geleden

    You should investigate and track down the security guard that threw you out, and once you find him and positively identify him, beat the crap out of him with a baseball bat. You need closure.

  34. ron stone5

    ron stone5

    9 uur geleden

    I still use stereos. Screw the phone, not as loud and not as good

  35. Audie Sexton

    Audie Sexton

    9 uur geleden

    a hifi shop here in the UK WAS AMAZED TO SEE IT,then convid finally killed it off, didnt even get a chance to walk around the place, just isnt a thing anymore we have mainline store currys and thats about it, pc shops are very very rare to. it just isnt a thing anymore

  36. Steve


    10 uur geleden

    "Imagine taking the Taco Bell menu and blotting out 80% of the menu.." Oops they actually did that.

  37. canonguy1


    10 uur geleden

    All those electronic stores are long gone.... radio shack, arrow electronics, nadisco, Lafayette, heathkit, not to mention all those software stores.... will apple and Microsoft still be around in another 25 or 50 years....

  38. JSXS


    10 uur geleden

    Yoooo I had that black and green monster truck RC @ 3:53 as a kid!

  39. Segafishy


    11 uur geleden

    The change to online retail is a double edged sword in some respects, sure I don't have to go out and it might be a little cheaper but I can't see how something physically looks and I have to wait for it which is a pain in the neck if its something like a tool or a part of something you are working on. Probably the inner Grumpy Old Man in me but I'd rather just go get something there and then with no fuss than try and order it lol.

  40. C S

    C S

    11 uur geleden

    The main problem with electronic stores is not evolving with the times I'd imagine. There's plenty of different electronics you could sell, I mean, go look at something like Bestbuy. Sure they're a bigger company but they have a wide range of products you can get because they had to evolve, which is something that gamespot was a bit too slow to do and is real close to being finished

  41. frenchustube


    12 uur geleden

    These places provided a lot of jobs for young people. I wonder what they do these days.

  42. JohnnyNismo


    13 uur geleden

    I miss Fry's already. Of course I didn't go there too terribly often but if I needed a weird battery for a retro PC or Mac or some soldering supplies, they were always there. Now I have to drive 40 minutes to get to Microcenter in Houston. I also miss physical software stores like Babagges and Electronics Boutique but they all became Gamestop like you mentioned.

  43. David Paul Morgan

    David Paul Morgan

    15 uur geleden

    here in the UK, we had Radio Shack, but branded as Tandy. Our main high-street consumer electronics store was Dixons, where I had my first calculators and digital watches (led, lcd) mid- to late-70's. until recently the big consumer electronics store was Comet and the place for circuit boards, chips, wiring and adapters was Maplin . Comet and Maplin both gone. For TV / VHS rental we had our Thorn-EMI-Feguson stores for the JVC VHS rtange rebranded as Ferguson. so DER, Radio-Rentals & Rumbelows - all gone. in my hometown Newport, too, we had Marks - where you could by discrete components, vero board, solder, loudspeakers etc. Also, in London, it would have been Tottenham Court Road for the boutique electroncs, but now it's a pale shadow of its former glory. Carphone Warehouse and Dixons are all part of the Currys white/brown goods chain, so one stop for washing machines, TV, smartphones, PC's & tablets etc.

  44. Magnus Kesselmark

    Magnus Kesselmark

    16 uur geleden

    I was really expecting a bit on shops where you catually could buy ELECTRONIC STUFF like transistors, resistors, metal and plastic chassis, switches, cable by the meter etc. Though I have feeling that kind of stores were a bit rare in USA, whereas in Sweden, you could find one in major cities. But else, like you showed what happened in USA, we've gone down the same road in Sweden, several small stores och chains has gone out of business and there is today, more or less one or two major chains. And the saddest thing is that we went over to USA for the first time in 2006, I had set my goal to go to a Radio Shack store. There was one in C Chicago, but I was SO disappointed. I also have to add, that back then (60's to 80's) many people had a great interest in assembling their own equipment, so Heathkit, (Danish) Josty Kit and others did perform well on the market. If you want a piece of electronic equipment today - download an app! I am building a modular synthesizer, and from a follower on a Swedish forum I get hints where to dowload apps that emotate a MOOG or a VCS3 or whatever. That's no fun at all.

  45. dalokz


    17 uur geleden

    So here's a question: What do we do with all the land and parking lots that all these outdated malls and retail stores occupy?

  46. Hakan Yucel

    Hakan Yucel

    18 uur geleden

    Why they die? Because they never think forward! And why it’s existing new stores starting in 90 and they still going on!

  47. Rob R

    Rob R

    18 uur geleden

    I was always told that no cameras were allowed because they didn't want the competition learning secrets about store layout/product display. Stores actually put a lot of research into that stuff to learn how to "route" customers. Example: if a customer comes in to buy some bread/milk, don't put that up front they are low profit items. Instead make them have to circle half the store passing the deli and bakery so they smell things that make them hungry. And put the snacks isle next to the bread so the "opportunity" is more convenient. Same in electronics, need a blank cassette? you have to walk past all the other things to get to them! Ooh, this is on sale...

  48. Greg Smith

    Greg Smith

    19 uur geleden

    Electronics Boutique is still around. They rebranded to EB games in Australia and Canada. With there parent company being Gamestop. Radioshack was similar to Tandy and Dick Smith Electronics in Australia.

  49. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry

    22 uur geleden

    Best Buy has just closed near me. The building is being used for covid vaccines. I remember stores in the 1970s and 80s where everything was kept behind the counter.

  50. Bruce Philip

    Bruce Philip

    22 uur geleden

    Neat. I remember almost all of those stores. I actually used to work at Computer City...which was a division of Tandy btw. I worked in the department that would be the equivalent of a "geek squad" more or less. Installing/upgrading customer machines. We had these bright yellow shirts with the blue logo. I remember I washed mine and accidentally mixed it with some other clothing article that turned the shirt green. I wore it to work and the manager was pretty PO'ed at me. Not sure why I just remembered that ;)



    22 uur geleden

    Video by a guy still living in mom's basement.......who needs that?

  52. PimpTwzt


    22 uur geleden

    IDK, all these stores were gone and ending before Smartphones either were a thing or anything beyond the first iPhone. And ebay was still a niche site, the internet was not in every home and Amazon was still just selling books. Something else caused the decline and end to most of these stores.

  53. Subliminal Castillo

    Subliminal Castillo

    22 uur geleden

    This honestly makes my heart ache. I'm very young, I'm 22. I remember some electronics stores like radioshack from when I was younger. Unfortunately I got into messing around with IC's and circuits too late to get to have the magical experience of going into one of these places and understanding what any of it was. The closest thing I have to that now is this big ass microcenter near my house that is more of a pre-manufactured computer supplier / diy desktop part supplier... When I went in there they had 5 different types of ic's (74ls-series) and nothing else. There was one radioshack 50 miles away from my house I was planning on going to, but they shut down before I got the chance to.

  54. a20010494


    23 uur geleden

    your new background looks cool man!

  55. BeefHunter


    23 uur geleden

    Excuse me? Why you couldn't take pics or videos inside a store? Because there are laws to protect the privacy of employees and customers that haven't sign a release form to use their likehood in media.

  56. Louis B.

    Louis B.

    Dag geleden

    Damn, am I old for remembering these?

  57. Louis B.

    Louis B.

    Dag geleden

    Dude RadioShack toys were so cool, just quirky and fun. They made really good Christmas gifts!

  58. Ethan Pender

    Ethan Pender

    Dag geleden

    EB kinda still exists in AU/NZ as EB Games... although it’s just GameStop

  59. Kenny


    Dag geleden

    I'm kind of on the young side, mainly growing up in the 2000s. However, I noticed the rapid decrease in these stores as well. Just in my short life I remember the video stores (mainly Blockbuster, Family Video, and Movie Gallery) going away in my area completely, dying GameSpot, Circuit City, RadioShack, and probably more. Even the clothing stores closed. Malls themselves are really hit or miss these days. It's kind of sad, as a kid I used to go to FYE and all that and get a bunch of CDs with my sister and shop at a bunch of stores. Now FYE is kind of lame and the mall closest to me is at like 70% capacity. Gradually closing down. Chuck E Cheese closing didn't help. It will be interesting to see what malls look like in the next 10 years or so with all the rapid change that has happened in the last 20. Side note, I still use an alarm clock because my phone alarms never seem to wake me. I need an obnoxious noise to awake me. It does its job though. Got it at Kmart many years ago lol. In addition, I have a CD collection of many 100s of CDs, I opted for those over the fetish hipsters have for vinyls these days. There is also still places like Best Buy and Staples that I occasionally go to. Staples has decent deals on some supplies (although supply dependent) because I'm in undergrad working on a big boy degree. Unfortunately they force us to use physical calculators from time to time.

  60. xquarkds9x


    Dag geleden

    I just wanted to say thank you for mentioning computer city. I had worked at a computer city store from 1998 to 1999 in Coquitlam, British Columbia. I had absolutely loved working here but sadly future shop bought all eight computer city locations in canada in 1999, then immediately turned around and shut them all down. However, karma did come around year's later when best buy bought all future shop locations in canada and closed them all down.

  61. unarmed blackman

    unarmed blackman

    Dag geleden

    for those who haven't taken a good look around lately - the USA is basically a de industrialized, turd world nation now. we're eventually going to devolve into Cuba, Haiti or South Africa. enjoy what's left, folks. it's not going to get any better.

  62. Jason McMurry films

    Jason McMurry films

    Dag geleden

    I loved Incredible Universe! In fact I started as a Greeter (new member signup) and then moved into the computer sales area at the Wilsonville, Oregon location. In fact I still have some of the items (such as my badge and an award) from there. It was super innovative I thought with the Telzons that we used when helping guests with their purchases. So many fun stories of that I place and the various developing technologies around.

  63. dagda825


    Dag geleden

    When I worked in the mall the reason I was given was anti terrorism. Probably as paranoid as any other reason. I always figured they didn't want to look bad so: no pictures.

  64. Jacob Green

    Jacob Green

    Dag geleden

    My grandma still uses a land lane

  65. Austin Delgado

    Austin Delgado

    Dag geleden

    Great episode . I don’t think the mall experience has died but it has definitely changed. I love the memories of the neon signs of some of these stores lost to time

  66. Alverant


    Dag geleden

    I'm sure MMOs and social media didn't help either. Instead of hanging out at the mall kids were hanging out online. My hometown mall is still standing but it's often empty. I remember a few years ago taking my brother and his son to the mall the day after Thanksgiving. It was easy to find a parking spot and I managed to buy a pair of shoes while my nephew was riding one of those coin-op things. Black Friday is another one of those things that seem to be gone thanks to online shopping.

  67. John doe

    John doe

    Dag geleden

    8:15 DIAMOND HAAAAANDS 💎✋!!11!!!1!11

  68. Twat Dijasay

    Twat Dijasay

    Dag geleden

    I was an IRVING mall rat in late 70's. I enjoy watching your channel because you, like me are a local metro Dallas geek. Or how about the Dallas Saturday AM sale for the electronic hobbyist. I used to sell new AMD 486DX boards with CPU for Quake junkies. Or Video Capture boards.

  69. P W

    P W

    Dag geleden

    Neoliberal Capitalism. There you go.

  70. Smufter16


    Dag geleden

    Excellent video. Smart devices and digital/downloadble content (books, cds, dvds) destroyed these stores. Even the malls themselves were dying over the last 2 decades. Changing technology, shopping habits, and perceived safety.

  71. Chris Foster

    Chris Foster

    Dag geleden

    One of the best things about Radio Shack was the battery club. A free battery every month by just showing your card.

  72. 1980s Fan

    1980s Fan

    Dag geleden

    Babbages was actually what Game Stop use to be called back then

    • 1980s Fan

      1980s Fan

      Dag geleden

      @robotorch i remember finding a Hi8 Camcorder and a Receipt inside from Service Merchandise saying the Camera originaly cost $400

    • robotorch


      Dag geleden

      They swallowed up not only Babbage's, but Software Etc., Electronics Boutique (later aka EBGames), and FuncoLand Even though I quit console gaming around 1996 when Quake and the Internet came around, I miss those names above from the 80's and 90's, along with BEST, Service Merchandise, Hills Department Stores, Murphy's Mart, Ames, Hart's aka Big Bear, Children's Palace aka Child World (and their castle-styled buildings), Kay-Bee Toys, and Toys R Us. Age 8 to adulthood sure were the golden years. Such a sense of wonder at the mall and these stores in particular. Malls are just depressing these days.

  73. Howard Neuwirth-Hirsch

    Howard Neuwirth-Hirsch

    Dag geleden

    I still have a landline for natural disasters. We have had several natural disasters in the last many years like hurricanes and major freezes. We had no power and/or cell service but the landline worked.

  74. Ion-SHIVs


    Dag geleden

    In Radio Shack stores in Ontario, they used to give out these "free battery with every visit" cards I'd go into the Radio Shack store once a month just to pick up a free AA Battery and get the card stamped.

  75. Kyle MacDonald

    Kyle MacDonald

    Dag geleden

    I live about an hour away from Southpoint mall in Durham NC, and the parking lot is usually pretty packed, but not as packed since Sears closed, but the mall is usually pretty busy. I'd say it's doing well

  76. L_A_G


    Dag geleden

    Really saddens me to see the same thing happen to game stores. Used to really love bargain bin treasure hunting, then those turned to crap with barely anything except old NHL, FIFA and Just Dance games and then Gamestop took over. Thankfully they left northern Europe so things can only get better. Now I get my bargain hunting kicks on local ebay equivalents buying cheap second hand games.

  77. randy cotter

    randy cotter

    Dag geleden

    MicroCenter and BestBuy still doing well. Just sayin.

  78. Hexi Hamaski

    Hexi Hamaski

    Dag geleden

    electronics boutique is still around, Gamestop bought them out, they were still calling themselves Electronics boutique here in canada until 2010 ish, now they're all EB games

  79. Luke


    Dag geleden

    I have been following this channel for a couple years and this is easily one of his best videos. So much nostalgia for any of us who are kids of the 80s/90s

  80. Sławek B.

    Sławek B.

    Dag geleden

    Hey, happy to see you back! How's the house? Did you manage to sort things out?

  81. PinMan Dan

    PinMan Dan

    Dag geleden

    Please take me back to the 80s !

  82. Google Account

    Google Account

    Dag geleden

    I live in (southern) California, and most, if not all of those stores you listed, we had here, too! One you didn't mention, which may only have been in SoCal, is "The Federated Group". They had a pitch-man, "Fred Rated", who was played by Shadoe Stevens back in the day. Yes, I much preferred going into the stores and handling the merchandise, seeing what they looked like in-person. Depending on what you buy, getting something online these days, can result in disappointment when you see it when it finally shows up! You gave me a major flashback when you mentioned "Best Products" (8:30). Not only did I work there, it's where I bought my first home computer (during what I like to say I was a veteran from, "The Home Computer Wars"). I still have my name badge, and a couple of Christmas ornaments we were given (or allowed to take home), after the holidays were over and they took them down. As far as Fry's Electronics closing down... I don't know if it was just another victim of the times, since COVID-19 killed a LOT of businesses! They didn't have a perfect business model (and not many do), but if they had focused more on making online sales, and had a better website... they could have competed with Amazon. Amazon "may" have a bigger selection, but there is so much "crap" there to wade through, a LOT of it is absolute junk (and that's just a comparative of what they sell that Fry's also sold, but Fry's didn't sell random Chinese knock-offs by the thousands)! I didn't know that Radio Shack had gone out of business when it did, but I stopped going there as much, since they weren't "The Radio Shack" they used to be... but I do see there are a couple of Radio Shack stores in my area now, though they aren't REALLY close to me, so I haven't been there to check them out (I think it's more like a Radio Shack "department" within another retail store... I'm not sure). They shouldn't have stopped giving away batteries. That used to get me into the stores EVERY month (although, they should have had a "preferred shopper membership", so we could get a free "alkaline" battery instead)! Oh, this might break a few hearts. I had a HUGE collection of Radio Shack catalogs from 1977 until they quit making them (somewhere in the early 2000's?). I kept them in pristine condition, and in a box. Then, a few years before "eBay", I was starting to get rid of things I wasn't "using" anymore that was just taking up space. I called the local Radio Shack district office, and asked them if they wanted the old catalogs I had, and I was surprised they declined... so I put them in the recycling bin on the curb, and that was the end of that! Nowadays, I wish I hadn't gotten rid of those catalogs.🙁 If nothing else, if I had them now and wanted to unload them... I could have made a small fortune on eBay for that very large collection. Most likely though, if I still had them after eBay came along... I probably would have kept them by the time the retro explosion came along. I'm more nostalgic these days, and I keep my stuff (I never got rid of the hardware, so I still have all my computer & video game stuff). 🙂

  83. Rusty Blader

    Rusty Blader

    Dag geleden

    Best Buy isnt long for this world because they dont understand the point of a store its all about convenience now if you arent shopping online its about convenience now they are like gamestop they have become out of touch with reality.

  84. video99.co.uk


    Dag geleden

    Same in the UK. We have a fairly good shopping mall near where I live, but there are no "lights and buttons" to attract me. However we do still have shops (sometimes out-of-town) like Richer Sounds and Currys/PC World who can still be surprisingly competitive, especially if some items are best bought locally for better support. I really miss Maplin for electronic items.



    Dag geleden

    Research just a little more - there are plenty AT&T Telephone store pics on Pinterest, ebay... The 1984 AT&T store after the Bell System breakup loosened the rules about owning your own equipment (PEOPLE STILL RENTED THEIR PHONES!) - and was not as cool as you remember. Just a lot of cordless phones, princess phones, cords, modular jacks, etc...Stuff NOT made by reliable Western Electric, but ITT - and other cheaper imported crap. The design of the shop was plexiglas displays and groovy early 80's kitsch (like rainbows, flowery fonts). Also, magazine ads of the time show the 'look'... Now, if you came from Long Island, New York, Harrison Radio and Lafayette Electronics were the real places to go...

  86. Captain Obvious

    Captain Obvious

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    I In my local malls, there used to be a store called ' Discovery Toys' that sold toys and games based on science, exploration, etc. They had several computers set up with demo games on it and that was where I was introduced to Sid Meyers Civilization. My go to Stores for PC games used to be Egghead Software and Comp USA. Buying games on Steam, Battle Net, etc is so much more convenient and easier to uninstall and reinstall without having to fish for the disk and registration code, but I do miss the big clunky boxes PC Games used to come in and the think manuals they had. As for other items, I go to the store when I can. I only order online for things unavailable in stores. When I want something, I want to go out and get it then and there, not wait 2 to 4 days for it to show up. Funny how you mentioned how all the 'nerdy stores' are gone. That has ALWAYS been a big peeve of mine, when a 'cool' store closes and is replaced by yet another clothing store. Seriously? How many clothing shops do you need in one place? Fortunately, of the 3 malls within 45 minutes of me, two of them have a place called Toy Vault and they deal in retro toys like G,I Joe, Transformers, Ninja Turtles as well as classic video games. At another mall, the SEARS closed down and was turned into a 'Dave and Busters' which is an Arcade bar and Grill. That same mall also has a place called 'Games Underground' that sell both modern and classic games. They also let you play any game you want there, even the newest ones for $5 an hour.

  87. Plague


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    We have a huge one in Michigan still thankfully. Microcenter

  88. thebes1


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    Don't forget Newegg's software stores. Used to hit them, Babbages, EB all the time in the 90's. Great vid btw. Subscribed Now all we have is MicroCenter which I have not made it to yet...

  89. graemejwsmith


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    EB - "Exact Layout". On the same footprint - they were all laid out the same. I remember us getting our weekly layout plan designating exactly how the store was to be laid out. Not at EB - but the concept was the same. The store layout was supposed to reflect the advertising in the press - so people coming in response to the advertising would see what they expected. AND there was the mixture of staples (batteries and the like) in the same place and stuff that got moved around. The idea being to make the same stuff look different so you had to spend longer in there looking around - which supposedly increased the chances that you would buy something.

  90. Dino ter Wiel

    Dino ter Wiel

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    Hes back!!

  91. bellowingsilence


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    The biggest brick and mortar chain gobbles up the weakening market to form a monopoly while the internet eats the competition alive... Best Buy is basically Electro-Walmart.

  92. gerben333333


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    You've put a live fish in a mailbox for fun?

  93. Keith Thomas

    Keith Thomas

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    The reason stated by the security guard is accurate and true. When I work for Walmart in the 90s I would get thrown out of places constantly because we were required to bring in a handheld scanner to scan prices. Home office wouldn't count it if we didn't have evidence.

  94. Show-Me Retro

    Show-Me Retro

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    One word Amazon

  95. Jacob Dorn

    Jacob Dorn

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    Fryes is gone! Dang, but not a surprise in the least, prime real estate and huge store yet felt like i was in a good will

  96. InfiniteClouds


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    Didn't they sell Tandy 1000 Computers in Radio Shack? I never saw PCs for sale in Radio Shack in the mid/late 90s on.

  97. CuriousMarc


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    Ran out of solder recently. Dang! Can't go to the original Fry's in Sunnyvale and their very annoying and totally clueless sales force - and Steinway Grand Piano - to get a replacement and keep on going. I miss Fry's.

    • unarmed blackman

      unarmed blackman

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      I bought 2 one lbs rolls of solder 25 years ago. I still have 2 one lbs rolls of solder.

  98. Evil Satyr

    Evil Satyr

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    You sound really condescending in your voice.

  99. themadmallard


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    Think Geek is probably closest to what a modern electronics-centric toy store is.

  100. doctorx0079


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    It used to drive me nuts not knowing which brands to buy. Now I can check The Wirecutter, Tom's Hardware etc., order the one I want on Amazon or Newegg, and by the weekend it's on my doorstep.