Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by Al, N2NK » Wed, 22 Sep 1999 04:00:00

One more thing about the flyers and the RS database.  RS sends a
birthday 10% coupon to me every year...   I just bought an RCA
DVD player and used the coupon to save $25.  Not a bad deal
for just giving them my name and address when I purchase stuff.
Especially since $250 is a good price for this DVD anyway.
Al


>Are those a bad thing?  I personally like knowing what's on sale at Radio
>Shack;  it's saved me hundreds of dollars over the years.  For all the
>grousing on this NG about being charged for catalogs (which my RS never
>did), it seems it would actually be a service to get miniature versions of
>the catalog hand-delivered to my mailbox.



>> Let us know how many wonderful RS sale brochures you
>> get in the next 6 months, too.

>> :)



>> > I always give them my name, and they are courteous.  Last time I
>> > made a purchase, they offered me two copies of their new catalog-
>> > one for home and one for my office.
>> > Al

 
 
 

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by Mike Yetsk » Thu, 23 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Hey, three times a year I get a letter from Radio Shack giving me
10% off the bottom ticket line.  I'd say that's worth it.  I got my
Nokia
Cell phone for just over  $60 when they were $100 because I had a
$20 certificate, a 20% sale certificate, and then the 10% certificate.
The $20 was 'cash equivilent' so it could be combinded with other
sales.  The 20% was a specific Nokia thing.  And the 10% thing
was a "no matter what, 10% on the entire ticket" coupon.  I think
that day I bought well over $200 worth of stuff and the final bill was
about $140.

I know they hope you buy impulse items, but I had been trying to decide
on a cell phone for about 6 months and had finally decided on the
specific model.  The coupons from RS and Nokia came in within
a one week period and clinched the deal.

And they used to give out flashlights at least twice a year, but I
haven't seen that for a while.  Great way to get cheap flashlights
for the kids.  Know how many 5-cell flashlights I had in my house
at one point?

Oh, I used another one of my 10% coupons to by my first HTX-242.
I was at a HAM show, and the ADI guy offered me their radio for $220.
Radio Shack said they'd meet the price, and THEN let me use the
10% when I pulled it out.  Hmm, I don't know if they let me use it on
the service contract though, but I seem to think they did.

Mike


>Let us know how many wonderful RS sale brochures you
>get in the next 6 months, too.

>:)




Quote:>> I always give them my name, and they are courteous.  Last time I
>> made a purchase, they offered me two copies of their new catalog-
>> one for home and one for my office.
>> Al

 
 
 

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by Shiva Natara » Fri, 24 Sep 1999 04:00:00

On Mon, 20 Sep 1999 13:23:17 -0700, Al Gerharter


>        Is there some "realistic" reason why Radio Shack cannot sell
>batteries
>to an un-named person?

No.

Sounds like your "friendly" neighborhood Radio Shaft clerks are lying
to you in an attempt to get their name and address percentage up.

You have two options:

Non-confrontational option: Give a fake name and address, preferably
the manager's name and store address of another Radio Shaft store.

Confrontational option: Tell them to their faces that hey are liars,
and *insist* that they get their District Manager on the phone
IMMEDIATELY so that he can explain Radio Shaft's policies to them.

 
 
 

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by Shiva Natara » Fri, 24 Sep 1999 04:00:00

On Tue, 21 Sep 1999 21:22:58 -0400, "Al, N2NKB"


>One more thing about the flyers and the RS database.  RS sends a
>birthday 10% coupon to me every year...   I just bought an RCA
>DVD player and used the coupon to save $25.  Not a bad deal
>for just giving them my name and address when I purchase stuff.

I bet you also have one of those shopper's club cards on your keyring,
too...

It's amazing how little value the average consumer places on his
personal privacy...

 
 
 

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by Clark Mart » Fri, 24 Sep 1999 04:00:00



>Sounds like your "friendly" neighborhood Radio Shaft clerks are lying
>to you in an attempt to get their name and address percentage up.

>You have two options:

>Non-confrontational option: Give a fake name and address, preferably
>the manager's name and store address of another Radio Shaft store.

Try John Smith, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC.

Quote:

>Confrontational option: Tell them to their faces that hey are liars,
>and *insist* that they get their District Manager on the phone
>IMMEDIATELY so that he can explain Radio Shaft's policies to them.

I use two approaches, depending on how I feel (either initially or after
they do their best to***me off).  I'll basically say "no".    I might
ask them if it's worth it to them for me to walk out.  If they don't back
off on the first try I'll usually walk out.  Most of the time they give up
after the first try.

--
Clark Martin
Redwood City, CA, USA
Macintosh / Internet Consulting

"I'm a designated driver on the Information Super Highway"

 
 
 

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by Chuck Ro » Fri, 24 Sep 1999 04:00:00

At my local Radio Shack there's a 3rd option.

I state my intentions to the clerk (like I'm sure he or she cares)
then proceed out the door and into the Target next door and buy my
batteries 2 minutes later.  All of this happens without giving out my
home address and telephone number.



>No.

>Sounds like your "friendly" neighborhood Radio Shaft clerks are lying
>to you in an attempt to get their name and address percentage up.

>You have two options:

 
 
 

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by TOM » Fri, 24 Sep 1999 04:00:00


> At my local Radio Shack there's a 3rd option.

> I state my intentions to the clerk (like I'm sure he or she cares)
> then proceed out the door and into the Target next door and buy my
> batteries 2 minutes later.  All of this happens without giving out my
> home address and telephone number.

Sounds kind of non-productive. Why not just go to Target in the first
place? Of course if confrontation is the name of the game, then by all
means hit RS first, and demonstrate your command of the locla language
and your self control by loudly announcing your intentions to buy
elsewhere, THEN walk out.

My, don't we feel better now? We were able to indimidate someone today!

Like the title of the old TV show: "Different Strokes."

<><><> TOM <><><>
-----------------

 
 
 

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by RFEnforc » Sat, 25 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Quote:Rowe) writes:
>I state my intentions to the clerk (like I'm sure he or she cares)
>then proceed out the door and into the Target next door and buy my
>batteries 2 minutes later.  All of this happens without giving out my
>home address and telephone number.

You should have done that in the first place.  The price at Target is much less
than what you will pay at Radio Shack.  Did you know that nearly all of their
Radio Shack brand merchandise carries a markup of at least 50%?

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Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by Registered Monitor KNY2 » Sat, 25 Sep 1999 04:00:00



>You have two options:

>Non-confrontational option: Give a fake name and address, preferably
>the manager's name and store address of another Radio Shaft store.

>Confrontational option: Tell them to their faces that hey are liars,
>and *insist* that they get their District Manager on the phone
>IMMEDIATELY so that he can explain Radio Shaft's policies to them.

I suggest there is a third option...leave the batteries there on the
counter at Radio Shack where the clerk has to put them back on the
shelf himself or herself. Walk out the door, and down to the other end
of the plaza to the Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Odd Lots or other store
and buy your batteries there. They'll probably cost less there anyway,
and they don't care what your name and address is unless you are using
a credit card to pay for your purchases.

73 and good listening,
John, KNY2VS

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RADIO SHACK: You've got questions, we've got dumb looks.

 
 
 

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by Chuck Ro » Sat, 25 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Hey Dr. TOM?  Have you heard of decaf?  Try unbuttoning that top
button there pal.  Maybe you'll take life less seriously.

I don't really care what you think of how I conduct myself.  I base my
attitude on that which I recieve from the sales person.  I rarely find
that "confrontation is the name of the game" but when it is then
that's the way to play.  If they're going to lose a sale because of
their silly insistance on getting my address & phone then they should
know why I'm not buying there.


>Sounds kind of non-productive. Why not just go to Target in the first
>place? Of course if confrontation is the name of the game, then by all
>means hit RS first, and demonstrate your command of the locla language
>and your self control by loudly announcing your intentions to buy
>elsewhere, THEN walk out.

>My, don't we feel better now? We were able to indimidate someone today!

 
 
 

Radio Shack: "You've Got Questions..." (was: Re: Boycott Radio Shack!!!)

Post by Chuck Ro » Sat, 25 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Well, I never really compared but I'm not the least bit surprised.


Quote:>You should have done that in the first place.  The price at Target is much less
>than what you will pay at Radio Shack.  Did you know that nearly all of their
>Radio Shack brand merchandise carries a markup of at least 50%?