Friday, February 08, 2008

Hud Shack

Has anyone ever bought anything from Radio Shack, and if so, were you satisfied with the product you had purchased?

More than two years ago, Jeremy bought a microphone from Radio Shack to hook up to his computer for some podcasts he was recording. When he got home and actually set it up, he discovered that it was a piece of junk. In fact, the microphone associated with his iSight webcam was of better quality than the Radio Shack microphone.

So he took it back to the store. For reasons that are still not clear, and which we did not think much of at the time, they could only give us store credit. No big deal, we thought - there has to be something at Radio Shack that we can use the money on.

At first, we decided to use the gift card (of our own money, remember) on a Christmas present for my little brother, Steven. We actually bought something, too, but then returned it and got a $20 hydration pack from Costco instead (one of my favorite things EVER).

Months passed, and then we remembered that we still had this unused gift card. So we trekked back into our local Radio Shack, determined to finish the relationship once and for all.

We bought a universal remote:

and an indoor/outdoor thermometer set:

Folks, the universal remote resets itself every couple of days, and so I am constantly reprogramming it. And now that I think about it, this is actually the second universal remote - the original one we bought broke after a few weeks and so we exchanged it for a new one.

The thermometer we have looks exactly like the one in the picture except it only displays the outdoor temperature about half the time. The rest of the time it just displays dashes. Well, at least I know what the temperature is inside my house without having to walk all the way over to the thermostat!

In conclusion: Radio Shack, your products suck. I would say I want my money back, but I'm sure you could only give it to me in a gift card and that would put us all the way at the beginning.


Suzanne Bubnash said...

Your universal remote sounds as 'quality' as the one Dad bought at the Dollar Store! But when you only pay a dollar you don't feel bad throwing it in the trash.

sarah said...

I've only ever gotten itunes gift cards there, and those are always a good purchase :)


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