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As an industrial electrician, we were buying switches for a few name brand robot from the Robot Manufacturer at $25 ea.
We were going through quite a few of them.
We found out the manufacturer and found a switch that would replace that switch by a different manufacturer. Those switches were less than $10 ea and lasted 4 times as long.


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A $6 pack of AA batteries cost something like $0.12 to manufacture.



So how much was their monthly lease payment? I want to do the math to see how many AA batteries they would have to sell in month just to keep the doors open (not counting insurance, utilities, taxes, employees, etc). Wink


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A $6 pack of AA batteries cost something like $0.12 to manufacture.



So how much was their monthly lease payment? I want to do the math to see how many AA batteries they would have to sell in month just to keep the doors open (not counting insurance, utilities, taxes, employees, etc). Wink


Obviously a heck of a lot more than all of the batteries they're selling, because every store has gone out of business!!!!! hahahahaa
 
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Obviously a heck of a lot more than all of the batteries they're selling, because every store has gone out of business!!!!! hahahahaa



And therein lies the point.

The battery manufacturer could have been paying them to take them and Radio Shack could have doubled their prices and they would still be loosing money.

To many here Radio Shack would be "screwing customers with their obscene markups" when in reality they would still be hemorrhaging and out of business as a result.


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I found it more interesting than anything else.

When RadioShack started to falter they tried desperately to be Best Buy and Toys R Us at the same time, all in an average 50x30 store front. Unfortunately for them they didn't do either particularly well and all the while they chased off their normal customer base by eliminating a lot of the things that people normally went to RadioShack for.

Maybe it was doomed to failure with the internet age, maybe they caused it themselves. I guess we'll never know.




 
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