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Now that Radio Shack is gone, where do I go?

I'm sure I'm not the only person with this question... For as long as I can remember, my "go-to" source for basic electronics parts/supplies had been the local Radio Shack, where I could easily find common items such as fuses, connectors, adapters, cables, etc... But, now that Radio Shack is no more, I'm at a loss for a RETAILER who has those types of things. A perfect example is: In order to complete a repair, I need a new tip for my soldering iron & also need some contact cleaning spray. Sure, most of those things can be found & ordered from Ebay, Amazon or a myriad of other "etailers" but, sometimes, you just need things right away. So, my question to the C/net community is this: In the absence of "the shack" where does one shop for basic electronics supplies these days? Note: I am in the NYC area

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radio shack is still around

not all radio shacks have gone. you can go to their website and still get locations for radio shack stores. Some are not named radio shack but still may stock what you need. just go to

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Thank you for the "heads up"

The four of them within my normal path of travel in NYC have been shuttered for months, which is why I was under the impression that all of their locations had been closed. I had also read that some of the stores were being taken over by Sprint but, I have yet to see one of those store conversions either. So yes, I followed your suggestion & went to the RS website and saw that they listed a few NYC locations as still being open, going to investigate this afternoon! As for the other responses, Thank you all for the ideas and suggestions, I have heard of Frys but, their website did not indicate that they had any NYC locations.



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It's obvious to me that you and I...

don't do enough buying from them, that's why they are out. I am lucky, I still got Frys here. But as far as basic components go, I haven't touch any for them for the last 20 years. I did touch my soldering iron just last week, I use it to cut some plastic.

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And believe it or not, a lot of little things are now on Amazon. I'm a little surprised at how many Arduino and Rasberry Pi boards, boxes and doodads can be had there.

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Believe it or not...

...a ton of basic cords and adapters and even some harder to find things can be found at Goodwill. Its amazing to me how many people discard their old cellphone chargers, AC adapaters, Ethernet cables, modems, etc etc.

My advice: if you're looking for an adapter or cable, bring whatever item it needs to fit, otherwise you might end up having to go back. Our GWs let you return items for store credit, but many don't.

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Tinkersphere is the best DIY Electronics store in NYC

Hey sjulty,

You mentioned you're in the NYC area so I think you should know, Tinkersphere is THE best spot I've found in NYC to get any and all electronics parts. They have a really wide selection of stuff and it's an actual store you can walk into and get whatever you need right away. I definitely recommend you make this your new go-to for soldering tools and supplies like the contact cleaner you're looking for. I usually buy the stuff I need on their site with store pickup so it saves me time and then when I get there, browse for whatever else I might want. Cool

Post was last edited on September 7, 2017 5:27 PM PDT

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