Your local Radio shack?

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Well the one south of me at least has a guy who knows radios and scanners. The 2 stores to the north of me are worthless. Guess where I go.....
 

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newbie said:
Well the one south of me at least has a guy who knows radios and scanners. The 2 stores to the north of me are worthless. Guess where I go.....
To the two stores north of you so you look smarter :D
 

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RS has a few scanners.

My main issue, is the lack of knowledge of the sales people.

One of the sales people just got done selling a Pro 2018, to a lady, and he was explaining her how to program it, even though there was a sign that said 'Free Scanner Programming'. He should have offered to program it for her.

I asked him about an EDACS trunk system in town, then he tried to convince me, that city used it.
 

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I disagree with you, MK. I think scanners WILL be around more than 10 years. There may very well be an increase in encryption, but there still will be plenty to listen to. Aircraft comms, business, and still alot of police, fire, and medical that will not be encrypted. Hopefully we'll see a scanner that can recieve pro-voice soon, also.
 

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:roll: Remmeber radioShack is only a place where you get the below basic Scanner.:roll:

For Something more advanced and up to par for a ever changing world you NEED to go to a reciever specialist like Scannersunimited..
I learned this fact the hard way...
i been turned out to the real deals
and if I can help it I Aint never going to go back...:lol:

Crista
 

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timmer said:
I disagree with you, MK. I think scanners WILL be around more than 10 years. There may very well be an increase in encryption, but there still will be plenty to listen to. Aircraft comms, business, and still alot of police, fire, and medical that will not be encrypted. Hopefully we'll see a scanner that can recieve pro-voice soon, also.
That's exactly the same argument I heard about analog cell phones 10 years ago when I predicted they would be replaced by digital communications. The difference is that now the deployment of digital technology is occurring at a more rapid pace than it was a decade ago. With the ever increasing concern over terrorism, there is even more reason for most radio services to become digital and encrypted in the not too distant future.

Hopefully, Radio Shack will survive a few more years. The way things are going with their retail business, it would not surprise me to discover a year or two from now that the company abandoned scanners in favor of other consumer products they can move in higher volume.

The knowledge of the sales personnel is not going to return to what it used to be years ago. Once a business lowers its standards to hire cheap labor they are stuck with it. Hence, we have to deal with the RS employee asking us if we want batteries or a new cell phone plan every time we enter a store. This isn't necessarily hurting scanner sales, but the fact that you can no longer walk into a store and buy a good scanner or listen to one in action indicates scanners are a dying product line for RS. Perhaps the profit margin on scanners is not as good as on other products. And, of course the volume of scanner sales is nothing compared to other consumer products sold by RS.
 

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Radio Shack is doing the same thing as all the other large corporations out there. They take too much heat here because of the one product they sell that we love. I worked at Target, and they pay nothing, and hire basically anyone. Much like the Shack, and other mass-retailers. There is no training, and no product knowledge requirements. I worked in electronics, but often I would have to fill in other departments, like health and beauty. I know just about everything in the department, and often my dept. manager and store manager would bring customers to me for complex questions and issues. Now, imagine a 40 year old woman asking me which face cream will clean her pores best, or a mother asking me which baby formula has the most iron in it. Sounds silly, but it is the same effect we project onto the Radio Shack clerks. Companies do not train, or care to train. They know the turnover is high, and as long as a body is there to stock shelves and give the best help they can, they are pleased. Radio Shack is going to offer whatever little training they give to the products that make the largest profit for them. I wish I could walk into a RS and have a guy talk my ear off about scanners, but that isn't the case. Today, it has become the customers' job to research and inform themselves about the products they want. Once you make an educated choice on what product you want, you go and simply buy it from a clerk. However you view this situation, it is how the retail world works now.
 
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