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Old 02-09-2014, 1:02 PM
cg cg is offline
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Connecticut
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They have been hit by online retailers like any other brick and mortar store. Even with their online component, people will look for the best deal on products.
Other than convenience, you gain nothing from going into the majority of RS stores. Their prices are not very competitive, they have a limited selection, and the majority their staff does not know the product line well enough to give advice. Now they are making it less convenient to get to a RS store.
The internet sellers don't need to know their products, people search the internet elsewhere for information. There is virtually nothing that you cannot get online so you have the biggest inventory in terms of brands and amounts to shop from. The convenience of online shopping can't be beat.
So unless you need that $3 part in your hand today, RS is does not come into the picture. I have been in one once in the last two years but it was once a weekly trip.

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