“Can the Maker movement save Radio Shack?”

But there is a single, bright spark in the gloom. RadioShack now finds itself closely tied to one of the most disruptive and exciting new trends in the entire economy: the Maker movement, in which tens of thousands of hobbyists make supercool projects using robotics, microcontrollers, and 3-D printing.

In another life, I worked at Radio Shack as a teenager, because it was one of the few retail jobs a computer nerd could do without being completely bored out of his or her skull. Nothing would make me happier than to see Radio Shack reemerge as the go-to place for hobbyists building cool shit. I just doubt whether it’s enough to save the company the way it is.

  • I don’t know that it’ll save the company—Radio Shack’s been rudderless for a long time—but my local stores have definitely become hubs of hackery again.

    What’s more impressive is that they’re actually again employing nerds instead of cell phone salesmen. I stopped in to buy a microswitch a couple weeks ago and got unsolicited advice from an employee who was SO EXCITED about making things. For an instant, I felt like I was ten years old. (A feeling which was certainly helped by the 20-year-old power supply sitting on the shelf in a yellowed box, but still.)

  • This is a great turnaround for DIYers. Five years ago Radio Shack was removing electronics components from their stores. Now they’ve done a complete about-face. Like the rest of you, I just hope it’s enough to keep them afloat.

  • chjode

    They should embrace it and change their name to Maker Shack or something.