The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sign of the times

All this:
(with the exception of the subwoofer) was replaced by this:


3 comments:

el chupacabra said...

I don't remember how it worked exactly but back in the day RS had a Battery of the Month Club (or was it of the week?). Using a sale paper you got a free battery by clipping a coupon and what would be the odds but there would be a sale on a flashlight or radio that the proffered battery would fit in an adjoining panel of the paper!

The Donald said...

The cellphone in that ad looks like the first one I had, circa '92-93 or so. Loved the thing, it nestled perfectly on the flat-top console of my Trooper II, between the front seats.

The Donald said...

Kev - Ha! I remember those battery cards. I would ride my bike to the RS at MacArthur & Rochelle in Irving and get my batteries, like clockwork. Also seem to recall they had a lot of science fair kits, and even some tiny scale model airplanes for a time - I got a Mitsu Zero with a 4" wingspan.

Don't know if at the time the business model wasn't well established, or if it was an early sign of future RS blunders, but it's certainly become textbook procedure in recent decades that you 'give' away the device, and sell the consumables at jacked up margins. Think Epson/Canon/Lexmark printers, Dymo/Brother label makers, etc.