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Rebuild? rechargable batteries.

Oct 31, 2007 12:54PM PDT
Battery Rebuild Program at THE SOURCE BY CIRCUIT CITY

In comes the Battery Rebuilds, a new service offered by Repairs at THE SOURCE BY CIRCUIT CITY. It?s your total battery solution! Just bring in your old rechargeable batteries from your cordless phone, cordless drill, notebook computer, electric shaver, or whatever other electronic devices you need to keep charged-up, and leave our Battery Specialist to rebuild it!

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Bring in your old batteries?
Oct 31, 2007 9:45PM PDT

So, fire up the pickup or SUV and drive your handful of batteries to Circuit City....or should you bicycle there through traffic? And what's involved in the rebuild process and how much energy is expended in that endeavor? I suspect Circuit City is looking for a way to get you into their store for other reasons than to save the earth. Happy

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Nov 4, 2007 10:02AM PST

"Plus in almost all cases, a rebuilt battery will actually outperform your original battery..."

Kinda makes me wonder what they are doing wrong when they first made the battery.

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Nov 4, 2007 11:36AM PST

nothing... they probabbly are usign newer tech in the new cells.. which means better preformance.

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maybe they're just
Nov 7, 2007 4:01AM PST

"stating the obvious"?

a rebuilt battery will actually outperform your original battery..."which was dead when you brought it in


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RE: Better than before......
Nov 9, 2007 8:33AM PST

I wonder if they sell crappy bat's just to get you back in the store sooner Laugh

On the other hand.....clearly a good case of thinking outside the will probably start a trend. And they were in on it first. Will probably turn out to be an enginious general marketing campaign.

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Well, I do own a very serviceable...
Nov 7, 2007 4:15AM PST

pro quality Craftsman cordless drill, that is now a rather expensive paper weight since I can't get replacement batteries for it. I hate throwing it out. This may be a solution.

BTW... you should never throw away a dead rechargeable battery since they contain toxic heavy metals (even the little AA rechargeable ones). Radio Shack will take rechargeable batteries and recycle them at no cost - or at least they used to.

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have you tried here?
Nov 7, 2007 4:25AM PST
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Re Radio Shack-- They still take them
Nov 7, 2007 9:29AM PST

There may be a few salesmen who don't know about it. The reason I happened to know is because I checked their site and couldn't immediately find that information, so I wrote them and got a link. That link leads to this:
RadioShack believes that working to conserve and enhance the environment makes good business sense.

That is why RadioShack stores and participating RadioShack dealers help make it easy to recycle rechargeable batteries once they've worn out. Through our partnership with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), consumers can drop off rechargeable batteries for recycling at thousands of RadioShack locations in the United States at no cost. Recycling rechargeable batteries helps save natural resources and keeps recyclable batteries out of solid waste landfills.

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(NT) I think they still make Radio Shacks :)
Nov 9, 2007 8:36AM PST
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I'm surprised they are still around
Nov 9, 2007 9:32AM PST

I only go there for a few electronic components I occasionally need but never for other merchandise. They used to have lots of transistors, diodes, resistors, caps, switches, transformers and other "breadboard" items. Very little of that is left and current proprietors have no clue what these items are. Their prices are really high as well. For some reason they have survived. They were a Tandy company, as I recall. Tandy also owned a place called Color Tile which sold, of all things, flooring tile. I did a bathroom in their tile once. It turned out to be crappy and the vinyl shrunk in a couple years leaving gaping cracks between the tile sections. I think Radio Shacks are largely franchise businesses so the company itself takes limited risk in the event of full collapse.

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Remember when there were TWO such chains, Steve?
Nov 9, 2007 12:21PM PST

Radio Shack and Lafayette Electronics. There's a company by that name now (according to a Google search), but they apparently just bought the name, since they say they've been in oeration since 2003, while "Lafayette Electronic was founded in 1921."

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I do remember the Lafayette name
Nov 9, 2007 7:57PM PST

which specialized in radio devices...amateur and such. We had a store here called Olson Electronics that also had a catalog devision. There were others. Of course Heathkit out of Benton Harbor Mich. was my favorite for kit building. Olson carried tons of electronic components for the hobbyist or repair facility. Those are all gone but Radio Shack survives. They still have a few items that cannot be easily found and they are convenient. I just don't know how they survive with their pricing structure.

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(NT) I wonder if they rebuild car batteries.
Nov 9, 2007 8:23AM PST

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