What Happened to America's Electronics Stores?

Publicerades den 31 mar 2021
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  • One problem at Frys was they did not pay us workers. One time the company did not pay all three hundred people in the store. It was almost a riot. I got the government to look into this and the began to get pay after I left. I wondered how long Frys would last after they had to pay. I was also a manager for radio sheik. I had an order for 4400 TRS 16K computer. This was legit and I called Radio Shack HQ in Fort Worth and talked to a RS vice president and he had no idea what I was talking about. The VP could not believe I was a Radio Shack manager and thought we sold computers. There would not be cell phones if not for Charles Tandy he took the modular jack to the supreme court. If he had not passed early Tandy would have made the cell a natural extension from the CB radio.

  • I like your content, but isn't putting a live fish in a letterbox slightly cruel?

  • I still enjoying browsing in Jaycar Electronics here in regional Victoria, Australia which is pretty much the classic electronics store. I also fondly remember the Computer Markets in the '80's, every Sunday at local town halls and schools. I think it was the selling of pirated floppy disks at those markets which ended up killing them off. The upshot is that now it's rare for youngsters to have skill in solving electronics problems. If it's broken you throw it away and buy a new one. Community radio stations, for instance, have trouble finding technicians to repair and redesign gear.

  • I love that you’re back in business

  • Great observation

  • This video is the first I ever heard of a store called "Fry's".

  • I remember Robie... "OK! I'll WAIT!!"

  • So much nostalgia hit seeing those old photos

  • All sad but true. I begged my parents to buy me a TI-99/4A for Christmas (what we used at high school), but we had to drive 100 miles to a mall to buy it. The Zenith color monitor for it (made in Missouri) was also bought at a Sears in a mall. Later on, expansion box - bought at a computer store. Then an Atari 1040ST, same computer store. Although before Ebay and Amazon - I think Computer Shopper mail-order really started the end of the local store mall or otherwise computer hookup. For years, every month we'd wait for it to show up and then spend hours looking though it for the best deals.

  • All the stores you mentioned I remember going to as a kid. I remember us “renting” our phone at the AT&T store. I lived in Terrell and we had a Radio Shack that Ray Pinson managed. I loved how I could go in there not knowing exactly what I needed and the staff always knew the part you needed. Now I know how my grandfather felt when he talked about the “good old days”. 😂

  • What's putting all these stores out of business is one thing.its called greed.you walk in these stores they treat you like crap and it's way over priced.

  • I remember the forum and 6 flags malls. I lived more to the east side so Big Town (the first mall in DFW) and Town East were the malls we went to in the 80’s.

  • amazon .

  • As someone who ise to do retail, theres many liability reasons why they use to not allow cameras, prices changeing on a whim was 1, but like u said its not hard, but other reasons wer pretty simple, no documentation of companies breaking the laws of the area they reside. Today companies got bit more entitlements from uncle sam, n they can break a law n get fine n claim it as expense, u as a tax payer do not have all the privlages they enjoyed or enjoy

  • So I just noticed this I have the same glasses as David [8 bit guy]

  • 3:26. Says Commodore and Nintendo games - shows Atari instead. Mr 8-Bit Guy - I think you showed the Quakerbridge Mall Sears, am I correct? You never mentioned Two Guys or Crazy Eddie. You did a wonder job in this video. Real pleasure walking down memory lane for us all. Thanks.

  • I remember going to Comp USA to get my first copy of Everquest!

  • The white balance is making you look dead

  • Great video, but you're making me miss the old days more than I already had. By the '80s, Radio Shack was no longer what it used to be. Originally, the name aligned with what they sold...electronics parts, and devices someone working on electronics might need...oh, and the parts you needed to build speakers for your stereo system (you've mentioned much of what I forgot, though). I still have some of those drivers, though they probably need the edges replaced by now. The speakers were good quality and excellent deals, too. I miss those days...it's hard to buy parts for a good price, and without buying far more than what you need. I mostly stopped shopping there after they turned to selling primarily toys, most of which can be easily found elsewhere, cheaper. The other places around here, that sold parts, have either changed how they sell (wholesale) or just disappeared entirely.

  • There's Best Buy? Maybe that 80's experience is available in another country for different products? I miss the Atari days. I still have a 2600 and a bunch of games.

  • "QWERT"?? Come on, man. Don't leave us hangin' like that...

  • my local Frys is now completely gone. the only thing left is the large outline of the word "Frys" on the front of the building. its a sad sight to see

  • I used to visit my dad and my stepmom every other weekend back in the late 90's and my stepmom would always take me to Suncoast to buy an anime tape. I have a box full of about 100 tapes still, good times.

  • With the impact of on-line shopping and lockdown on retail business, I think the future is to be showrooms for gadgets and equipment that can be bought on-line. A coffee shop and social setting where you can meet with others with similar interests, get hands-on with the latest stuff and have it on its way to you by the time you leave the store. Equipment samples could be supplied by Amazon to local Managers who would build their customer base. Basically it would be funded by affiliate links and snack sales.

  • American electronic store are so shit that I had to buy stuff online now. Sometimes I want my stuff now

  • Is this about malls or electronic stores??? Smh

  • i don't normally post twice. But also when at a mall to shop and hangout at those stores it was also a good time for being out and while there pick up hitting up girls that wasn't girls who might not go to the same school as you do who you might not other wise meet from across the city!.

  • Technology is always improving to the point that many gadgets including cameras, sound & video recorders were devices that were much bigger. Now these are more portable. Certain items are upsized like a flat panel TV that has less weight. We get a bigger screen that we can hang on the wall. And a digital piano with 88 weighted keys like an acoustic piano than a cheap toy. A TV picking up signals from an antenna, cable or satellite provider is yesterday's technology. Today we get a lot more news & info off the Internet that flipping channels on TV is something we'd do when we're bored.

  • If microcenter closes we riot.

  • i remember those old stores so many had ether changed to how they are now or are just gone out of business such a shame some of those eletric stores i loved buying my old atari and nintendo games from!. those was god days for those of us 80ies gamer kids!. I miss those times its sad they are not there any more or not the same as was then. to me it seems as we of the gaming comunity have lost something good. and malls are ending up the same way!. :(

  • Best Buy and Microcenter are all that is left over here. Both doing quite well in the smaller niche.

  • I miss Radio Shack. here you could go in and by a resistor or any other small part like that.

  • Interesting information. However, as George Carlin has stated, the US is one big mall. Not too bright. You collection is impressive, and so is your knowledge.

  • Dude this vid made me sad i was born in 78 and i Remember as a kid getting excited going to comp usa or Circuit city even the att stor like Everything else you love it eventually leaves you

  • Shola Market, Al-Khobar. This video reminds me of that place.

  • @Whoop.

  • "nice" Obelisk @ 0:52

  • Instead of tearing them down, the malls here in Phoenix are being converted to living quarters. Metro Center was the first mall to do so, and is now more of a retirement community than a mall. I miss back in the day when a person could find electronic PARTS at places like radio shack, for those who built things like radios, tv's, and computers. In the new Era we are in, society is doing away with these kind of places because the powers that be don't want us building our own things, nor repairing them. It is now a completely throw-away world we live in. The new iPhone is proof of that, as it CANT be repaired. The days of buying PARTS are gone, and we now are forced to buy a replacement when something breaks down. I remember a time when Dremel came with instructions on how to maintain the device, giving detailed blueprints to take it apart and repair yourself. Now, they don't want us repairing or building anything. That is the real reason places like this went the way of the Dodo.

  • This is what Saturdays where about, get up early with your friends, go into Town to all the electronic store's. Playing all the latest games before spending money on a Atari, C64 or a Mega Drive (US Genesis) game. Those day's will never be back. So thankful for being born in 1980. Thank you David for this video 📹

  • yes it is very sad that we cannot experience that of which was legendary.

  • I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Best Buy.

  • This video made be indescribably sad. Going to listen to some vaporwave.

  • Do I really have to mention how Gamestop was once called EBgames (still is in some markets) which stands for Electronics Boutique?

  • 8 Bit guy : "Unless you count Gamestop which doesn't exactly have a bright future". WallStreetBets : "Hold my beer".

  • I hope you had the safety on that camera when you walked in. 😮

  • Amazon...that"s what happened.

  • You must not live near a microcenter... lol

  • 12:25 Well, they'd still sell the burrito supreme and drinks so I'm happy.

  • All this didn't stop the wrist watch buyers and retailers. These items are booming.

  • Radio shack is still around. There website is still going as well as many stores according to they show locations. Sears ive heard is mostly online unless itss gpimg totally under. Toys r us last I heard on the news is coming back someone got the company revamped and wants to build Their own brick and mortar stores not sure when though. Unfortunately the mall I remember going too has just jcpenny in it as a flagship store rest are small ones and i recently heard amazon wants to tear it down to make a distribution center. Cant stand Amazon....

  • That interior photo of Toys R Us at 6:47 really brought it back to me as a kid growing up in the 80's, walking down those aisles and drooling upon those massive shelves of stocked computers and game consoles. The demo models contained in those plexiglass containers made the lust of these devices even stronger. I miss that and it's sad people today can't experience it.

  • TY for this video.

  • I have a Realistic STA-2100 stereo receiver from radio Shack, made in 1973. 120 to 150 watts per channel and it still works.50 pounds of made in Japan.,600 dollars new. Here in Honolulu we had phone marts.

  • And before all that in the late seventies and early 80s Sears and JCPenney's catalogs where the bomb the fantasy buying.

  • We still have Best Buy and Samy's Camera.

  • Collin Creek, Valley View, Prestonwood, Richardson Square

  • I miss the 90s its like the west lost its soul/heart

  • In 1979 I worked at an audio loudspeaker company. Close by was a strip mall. Inside was a Technics audio store. It had a chrome-plated radius dipped ceiling and bright red carpeting everywhere. So cool looking. Wish I took photos.

  • And with all those stores, gone are a lot of jobs, as well. Guess they can all go make solar panels, right?

  • Internet killed the Video star.

  • online shops really hit hard too

  • town east mall in mesquite just recently lost sears. sears is gone. i use to hang out there and work there in the 80's. now, it looks like a banana republic traders village inside. a bunch of no name stores with cheap crap. penney's is barely hanging on so is macys, dicks sporting good recently came in about 2yrs ago but they don't look like they do a whole lot business there. i believe dillards left a long time ago, they had a store called "spencers", which was a novelty store that i would always go into to check out whoopi cushions, fart in a can, goofy trick type of stuff along with the black light area with the coolest posters of favorite rock bands and hot girls in bikinis. fryes left the garland northeast dallas area on northwest highway in the last year. i was a radio shack junkie, i even participated in the free battery of the month club. i remember all of these stores you mentioned. i still have my atari w/cartridges, play with it every now and then, and still have all our land mine phones with answering machines. i also still have a junked out mitsubishi 60" big screen tv sitting in my garage i need to get rid of, the thing is huge and takes a lot of space, bought it in 2000 at $3500, now junk, what a waste of money, i regret it. you should have added a 4th nail in the coffin - china. chinese influenced stores like wally world, amazon, and any other outsourced company buying chinese junk.

    • almost forgot, guitar center in mesquite recently closed as well.

  • Still need electronics retail stores esp a mall full of it. Somethings can wait some cannot, physical items allows u to make better decision and other ideas . Commodities items can be bought online.. both online and retail can exist , as an engineer I get a lot of ideas in electronics mall.. I think Shenzhen is so successful as entrepreneurs heaven because of those two giant malls ‘ Hua Chiang bei’ enormous surplus industries, generated world wide hits like fidget toys and spinners, QI power banks.

  • Physical shopping shouldn't die. As a nerd girl, nothing is more awesome than having a mall shopping spree for clothes and tech stuff! It's a social experience, something that online shopping doesn't have.

  • kinda dumb they thought a camera would hurt their business when internet and cell phones were right around the corner coming to do some major damage with other companies following suite. pretty internet is a free for all environment.

  • Sorry for closing of Frys. I missed their anniversay sales and the black Friday sales. They had 25 cents hot dog with a coke.

  • Wow you didn't mention video games😭

  • I can't imagine what shopping will look like in 2121

  • Every year I try and fail to get local Sears to open "pop-up" style for Halloween, day of the dead, season with the shelves empty & store lighting half off & call it "Welcome to the darker side of Sears!"

  • @The 8-Bit Guy how did it go with Your home and repairs after the "winter" disaster? I have not seen any update about it.

  • Wow this was really depressing.Its all gone and here's your proof.Glad i got to enjoy what i feared as a kid what i would call "The good 'ole days".. Because looking back,they were good. And they are gone for good.Sad.

  • One other factor, the other big box stores like WalMart and Target (plus the warehouse club stores) seriously got into the electronics game, and had store brand or bought-branded TVs incredibly inexpensively priced. And they sell TONS of them, so the inexpensive prices and profit doesnt bother them as much. Pretty much every time I go to WalMart, at least 1 person is wheeling out a big TV. Standalone electronic stores couldnt compete with that. I do miss radio shack from the 80s. That place was a wonderland for a nerdy kid.

  • Reasons # 1-734 why Amazon needs to not exist: They kill off so many stores by simply existing. I miss physical retail. When we get out of this god-forsaken pandemic I want to be able to shop again. Sure, I don't know what to buy, but with the pandemic killing everything, that's kind of a temporary thing.

  • Hey, DivX was rad.

  • theres no 'multiple' retail electronics component stores in the uk, since maplin finally went down the pooper, we used to have tandy stores but they finally went in the very early 2000s, there may be a handful of old long running radio/tv/ video repair shops that still sell components but most that do remain stopped selling parts to customers long ago, only choice for components now is internet stores...😢 the tandy name has come back as online only supplier, in some cases using the same catalogue numbers! ,selling a basic range of components and reasonable prices, but dunno who owns the company, nothing to do with the original tandy company.....maplin has also appeared again, online only, and nothing to do with the original company(it changed hands several times, it was a fantasitic company until the original founders sold it off for the first time) but no components, just various complete items, such as 'smart' home devices , various AV cables, still overpriced, which was one problem with maplin while it still had stores... , etc.

    • the only shop remaining that sells anything electronics related as far as i know is currys/pc world, tvs, pcs, household appliances, and no, no components, they do, or at least, did have a sort of a spares division, but only spares like vacuum cleaner belts and bags, filters for kettles, tumble dryers, etc. used to do pc parts such as memory , hard drives, but dont know if they still do, and even when they did, only stocked the very latest, 'in fashion' parts, if you wanted something to upgrade or repair a machine maybe 4 or 5 years old, forget it!

    • blaming the internet for maplin, and even tandy going down is wrong as maplin was originally a 'distance selling' , mail order company, stores came later, and even took orders from an early automated telephone order system long before the 'net was thought of, as well as 'in person' phone orders,, tandy did start doing mail and phone orders, and even stated if they didnt list the part, they'd try to get it, and they did for a tv memory chip i was trying to get! great pity now all gone

  • Fry's was my favorite store

  • I got started learning about computers by buying the manuals and trying stuff out at Radio Shack on the TRS-80 equipment. One Radio Shack location had a salesman that kicked me out of the store and had security nab me for messing around with the computers, and he turned out to be a cousin of mine that ended up going to prison for a fraud scheme selling fake medical equipment to the Canadian government. My father ended up getting me a TRS-80 Model I but would only buy it from a sales rep that was nice to me at another location.

  • Think of the poor shoplifters

  • Suncoast is still around, there's one in my local mall

  • David Hoffman on SEnewss has a video "What It Was Like To Buy A Computer In 1994"

  • You generally are not legally permitted to videograph a retail store. 1 is for security reasons (mapping out the store) 2 is for licensing reasons (retail environment is not a hollywood soundstage, it's public)

  • I agree, I too love going to the store and seeing the differences BEFORE I buy something. I mean, the stats can look nice online, but the actual performance of certain products made by different brands can be lacking. Yes, you can buy a 50 inch LCD television for $500, but compare that to one that is the same size but priced at $1,500 and you'll notice a huge difference.

  • I miss all of the stores you are mentioning. The one thing though, you can still find Sharper Image on line. But they still have the over priced items there.

  • I just did a search on Duck Duck Go and found a ton of 1980's Mall pictures. I even found a few AT&T on Google immages to include the late 80's-early 90's Video Phone ads.

  • Even those of us who grew up earlier (I'll be 79 in less than 2 months, as I type this) have forgotten why we went to the store, rather than buy online - to actually see and handle the device before making the final purchase decision. (I bought my entire 3D printing setup - printer, spares, upgrades - based on what I read on the web. Not even a Radio Shack Affiliate store around here any longer.) And I grew up close enough to Radio Row (Cortland Street in NYC) to be there every Saturday before I became a teen-ager. (And got a few of my first "real" jobs working at the stores I had frequented for about 10 years.)

  • Thank God we have on-line shopping technology in this era of COVID.

  • Talk about (mostly) good memories; I'm 63 and I bought pretty much all my stuff in person. I'm an outlier; I prefer to shop in person as well, even today; the thing is I now live in a relatively small metro area and, unless I want to make a run to Las Vegas, it's online or nothing. One chain that surprised me with it adapting to the times is WalMart, of all places. Anymore, IF I HAVE to order online, I go through Wally World since said company has a plethora of 'traditional' retail stores all but everywhere, which does employ locals. Lafayette Radio Electronics; I remember them growing up in the Wash DC area, and haven't seen one since I moved to Calif 40+ years ago. Frys 'ghosting everybody' was a shocker; especially being that I went to Vegas to buy a part for my PC and, within one week, they were gone(!)

  • Not enough demand. Can always buy these things online and it's easier anyway.

  • DUDE I ALWAYS GO TO PARKS MALL AND FRYS i had no idea you lived in north texas lol

  • wow.. that photo from.the computer section.of toys r us... i bought my 1200 baud modem from them and it really takes me back.

  • Never mind malls. All shopping centres and town/city centres are disapearing for the same reason.

  • Hahahahaha how much for a hdmi cable? I think i would just keep replacing with the cheap one. Even now I have never had a broken one.

  • Electronics Boutique became part of Game Stop and we know what's happening there. I definitely miss these other stores. And I agree that I don't have any reason to go to most malls that still exist now. I do still go to Best Buy though. I usually only buy through Ebay or Amazon when I can't find something locally, but that's getting to be more frequent.

  • Were replaced by 🇨🇳Chinese government🤤

  • Crecí en un lugar donde solamente había un tv y un radio no tenia ni idea que existía todo este mundo de accesorios y ahora son parte de museo .

  • Here is the short answer: who needs physical stores when you got the internet? Like...I also like physical stores as it’s faster, but the age of the internet is saying “No, you are all moving here”

  • Ah es the 80's, it was indeed a cool time, I loved going to the mall and hanging out with your mates, waiting until the movie started and being amazed at the movies you saw, movies like The Goonies and Back To The Future, then when the movie was over you'd go to the music shop and buy the soundtrack to the movie you just watched, it truly was an exciting time, even telling yourself to memorise the scenes you were watching onscreen because you knew you were going to remember them for the rest of your life, and I still haven't forgotten them!

  • I miss the old radio shack. You could literally build anything electronic with what they had in the store.

  • this is when we started to send or manufacturing job's out of country

  • This is the gen-x lament - similar to the way parents of gen-x used to fondly remember the small town grocer who knew them by name. Times change and now we are living in the nostalgia of our children’s generation.