Arguably it could be cooler than both. You’re making an arbitrary distinction where one isn’t needed. Plus we never even had RadioShack in the UK (maybe Maplins might have been more apt? But I think the Apple comparison serves the authors point quite fine).
> Also, why the couch?
Plenty of shops in the UK have seating. It isn’t that weird at all.
> Because this headline demands a cynical response
No, it really doesn’t. You just chose to be negative for your own personal reasons.
We did kind of.
Tandy was basically RadioShack, they even sold RadioShack branded products.
I would like to say that it rebranded as RadioShack towards the end, but I cant find any evidence of that. So that's probably just my failing memory.
Many of them became Carphone Warehouse circa 2000 . By 2001 the brand had been killed off. My last memory of Tandy was buying a RadioShack 14in TV. It didn't disappoint: it came with the schematic.
But, I definitely remember seeing a shop with RadioShack written on it in Boston, Lincolnshire around 2004 – and that was a town that I don't think ever had a Tandy. I never checked it out as my component needs were satisfied by an independent electronics shop in Lincoln.
I'm speculating that, after Tandy went, independent distributors of RadioShack products sprung up. There does appear to be a shop in Lancashire using the RadioShack logo. Though unless they've got incredible warehousing, they can't sell much RadioShack stuff any more.
I can't remember what it was called. But I had a friend who worked there many years ago.
> The name is an abbreviation of Tandy/Radio Shack, Z-80 microprocessor.
at my first job the electronics shop had a standing account so if you needed anything electronic you just got it added to that's weeks order
It was the place to buy a pack of 3 resistors, or 2 spade connectors or fuses for your car for 10 to 50 times a reasonable price. It was an OK place to buy books though, as we still had the net book agreement so UK books had the price pre-printed. The US Radio Shack branded books they carried were much more expensive, and always shrink wrapped.
Maplins when they arrived were super cheap by comparison. RS and Farnell had minimum orders and needed a business account.