Places that sold radio equipment in the Capital District

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I was just thinking about some of the places that sold scanner/CB equipment in the Capital District and how I don't know of any that are still in existence. Obviously we had Scanner World (still in existence but no longer selling scanners, just basic antennas) and Radio Shack is just a shell of what it was. I think I recall going to Scanner World before it was where it is now (maybe New Scotland Avenue in Albany?)

I remember a small shop on Broadway in Schenectady about 20 years ago (near the intersection with Guilderland Avenue) that had some scanners and CB stuff. I bought a CB mic there.I also remember a store in Gloversville around the same time that was called "Big Boys Toys" that had a few shelves filled with old scanners/CB equipment. It was on 29a near where you enter the city if I recall.

Anyone remember these places or any different ones? Are there any places like this still in existence?
 

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In the mid-70's, we always went to Radio Shack. I had two battery cards so we could hit both Colonie Center and Mohawk Mall.
 

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I bought my first scanner at the Radio Shack in Glenville. Would have been early 90s but I can't recall the model. I wish I still had my second scanner, the Pro-2006.
 

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I do remember the Scanner World on New Scotland Ave. I don't even remember why I went in there anymore. But I do remember that they were a surly bunch with the customer service skills of a rock.
 

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Wow memories. I bought a few scanners from them by mail and a couple in store. I always thought it was me being there on a bad day. Very good analogy with the rock. :)
 

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haha I guess they weren't used to selling to people face to face. Maybe mail/internet order was more of their thing because I experienced the same basic thing too when I would go in there.
 

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I used to spend hours hanging around the old Lafayette store in Queens when I was in NYC visiting my grandparents.
 

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haha I guess they weren't used to selling to people face to face. Maybe mail/internet order was more of their thing because I experienced the same basic thing too when I would go in there.
Maybe that poor attitude cost them business over the years, as they've been reduced to selling radio accessories and "gemstones" only.
 

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Its too bad as it would be nice to have a local store like that. I wish we had a Ham Radio Outlet closer (closest is Southern NH).
 
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