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RadioShack Stops Being Nosy

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the well-isn't-that-nice dept.

News 774

jackbang writes "One small but positive step in the gradual erosion of personal privacy and increase of corporate intrusiveness - RadioShack will no longer ask for your name and address when all you want to do is buy some batteries. Now if only they would agree to remove the motion sensor that rings a bell every time someone walks in or out of the store..." Always freaked me out being asked my address just to buy some solder or something.

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Well... (5, Funny)

kitzilla (266382) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753265)

....this will piss the Pentagon off. Just when they were all set to track consumer purchases...

Re:Well... (5, Funny)

Boone^ (151057) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753294)

but no one is using radio shack discrete electronics to make missle guidance systems anymore. They just mod-chip a PS2 and write some new software. I'm sure Best Buy & Wal-mart will still help out Rumsfeld track everyone.

Re:Well... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753448)

I remember Radio Shack started asking for customer info back in the mid Eighties. This was after a rash of abortion clinic bombings and Mail bombs. I figured that the Government Pressured Radio shack to track Customer purchases, so that if the Government found a chard micro switch in the bomb debris they could subpoena all the records from the local Shack to see who was purchasing these parts.

I suspect that The Microsoft Passport system works the same way..... Microsoft claims that they will protect your data, but the Government just needs a secret court order to get it. I would not be surprised if Microsoft starts offering to log your PGP keys..... for convenience

W.S.

So what? (5, Insightful)

brunson (91995) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753267)

You could always just tell them, "No". I always did.

Re:So what? (1, Redundant)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753391)

Yep, me too. They never even made a big deal out of it. This certainly doesn't deserve a story.

Elvis shops at Rat Shack (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753403)

I always just told em my name was Elvis Presley and I lived at Graceland in Memphis. Always got plenty of laughs, but they keyed it into their POS terminal anyway.

Re:So what? (1)

mizhi (186984) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753420)

Yep. I always said, "I'm not giving you that information." The result was always an awkward moment of silence until they realized that I wasn't going to cave, looked down nervously, and rang up the order anyway.

Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753268)

What, they think this excuses all their previous offenses?

CRAM THIS FP UP YOUR ASS, RADIO SHACK (-1)

Subject Line Troll (581198) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753269)

OH GOD FP UP MY ASS IT HURTS MAKE IT STOP (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753320)


Now? (1)

Bloody Bastard (562228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753273)

Well, they already got mine... Can I ask them to forget about it?

Re:Now? (5, Interesting)

moonbender (547943) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753332)

I don't know whether you can, but here in Germany companies are in fact required by law to delete all your private data on request. (Unless you're still in business with them, I guess; I doubt you can force anyone to delete your adress when you still have outstanding payments, shame about that.)

Bush daughters turn 21 today (-1)

Genghis Troll (158585) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753276)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's twin daughters, who have had brushes with the law for underage drinking, turn 21 on Monday, marking their birthday in Texas and looking to stay clear of the spotlight.

Both Barbara Bush, who attends Yale University, and Jenna, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, were in their home state in advance of a Thanksgiving family celebration. The president and first lady planned to celebrate the twins' birthdays during the holiday weekend, a White House official said.

Laura Bush was returning to Texas on Monday and heading to the family ranch in Crawford on Tuesday. The president is to follow on Wednesday.

The White House is fiercely protective of the twins' privacy, and several officials refused to provide details about the birthday observances.

Barbara and Jenna Bush have drawn unwelcome headlines over the past few years for alcohol-related episodes. In May 2001, police in Austin cited both of them for violating state alcoholic beverage laws.

Police accused Barbara Bush of being a minor in possession of alcohol and Jenna Bush of misrepresenting her age for allegedly trying to use false identification to buy alcohol.

Jenna Bush allegedly ordered a margarita and was asked to produce identification proving she was 21. She showed a valid driver's license belonging to someone else, police said. She was not served. Witnesses told police that Barbara Bush was served alcohol.

The charges were dismissed after the then-19-year-old twins performed community service, attended alcohol awareness classes and paid $100 in fines.

The month before that incident, Jenna Bush had pleaded no contest to charges of underage drinking. She was ordered to take alcohol counseling and perform community service. A judge fined her $500 and suspended her license.

There goes my fantasy social life (5, Funny)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753278)

You mean that salesclerk wasn't hitting on me?

Re:There goes my fantasy social life (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753335)

He probably was...you seem to attract the boys!

Re:There goes my fantasy social life (1)

JoePyro (33012) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753425)

I always thought that the pay was so low that the employees were moonlighting for the census bureau.

Mind you, growing up it was always thrilling to get that one piece of mail addressed specifically to me (the Radio Shack flyer. OOOoohhh)...
Although the "OR OCCUPANT" below my address always stole some of the glory from that...

Solder??? (3, Funny)

bmf033069 (149738) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753279)

Spelling errors are legendary around here...but he get's "solder"

Give me GeekSpelling for $500...

Re:Solder??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753322)

> Spelling errors are legendary around here...but he get's "solder"

And no one's moderated this +5, "ironic/funny" yet?..

Re:Solder??? (1)

parliboy (233658) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753346)

And you don't get "gets". Better have Alex choose another category for ya.

Re:Solder??? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753356)

Main Entry: solder
Pronunciation: 'sä-d&r, 'so-, British also 'säl-d&r, 'sOl-
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English soudure, from Middle French, from souder to solder, from Latin solidare to make solid, from solidus solid
Date: 14th century
1 : a metal or metallic alloy used when melted to join metallic surfaces; especially : an alloy of lead and tin so used
2 : something that unites

Re:Solder??? (1, Redundant)

davmct (195217) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753359)

umm... he actually got the spelling correct.
solder:
1 : a metal or metallic alloy used when melted to join metallic surfaces; especially : an alloy of lead and tin so used

Re:Solder??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753376)

Yes, solder. Its a word, it's even spelled right:

Main Entry: 1 solder
Pronunciation: 'sä-d&r, 'so-, British also 'säl-d&r, 'sOl-
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English soudure, from Middle French, from souder to solder, from Latin solidare to make solid, from solidus solid
Date: 14th century
1 : a metal or metallic alloy used when melted to join metallic surfaces; especially : an alloy of lead and tin so used
2 : something that unites

BTW, there shouldn't get an apostrophe in "get's" in how you used it. Actually if you wanna be picky, you shouldn't be using the generic verb "get" at all, use "buy" instead like the article short.

Or am I missing some joke in your post and you really do know that solder is a word?

Re:Solder??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753426)

The canonical guide [angryflower.com] .

Its about time! (1)

Sensitive_Clod (625347) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753283)

But I always gave them a fake name and address. No I'm not paranoid.

Don't be so chicken! (5, Funny)

Saint Aardvark (159009) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753284)

I was always ready to give out my address:

J. Chretien
24 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2

and if you're a USian... (1, Redundant)

wiredog (43288) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753310)

G Bush

1600 Penn Ave

Washington DC

Re:and if you're a USian... (2)

GMontag (42283) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753444)

LOL, I was using the address of Pentagon City Mall [2600.com] in Arlington, VA, with the Mall Security phone number, even when I was in the 'shack at that mall!

Guess I don't need to play that game any more :(

Re:Don't be so chicken! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753328)

Tabernac', you're da one? Chalice!

--JC

Re:Don't be so chicken! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753345)

Dat funny guy who sometimes appears on TV?

Maybe (1)

Sergeant Beavis (558225) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753288)

I'll start shopping there again..... But most likely I wont

why would wanna buy solder from Radio Shack??? (1)

stonebeat.org (562495) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753290)

They are expensive...

Wow... (-1, Offtopic)

DarKrow (252112) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753291)

Maybe I might go back to working for RadioShit now.

Nah.

If only... (5, Funny)

RainMan496 (239840) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753292)

...they'd stop asking for money.

Well, it was unconstitutional anyway (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753293)

Amendment III

No solder shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

They won't anymore because... (2, Funny)

medscaper (238068) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753295)

...at this point?

They already know them all.

FP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753296)

ACS are not anonymous, they are traced using slashidium secure server.

Re:FP (0, Offtopic)

medscaper (238068) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753321)

FP in this case stands for Fifteenth Post, right?

Gees, even the ACs are getting lazy.

dont make_ME_GOATSE_YOU (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753417)

for shame, calling us lazy, geroff yer balls and go outside. Its been 100 years since you smelled fresh air.

Wow... (0)

numbski (515011) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753298)

Having worked there myself, I'm glad to know this policy has finally been lifted.

I silently protested it the best I could by not entering the info.It really annoyed managers.

CueCat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753299)

Yeah, after I give 14 fake names for CueCats they decide they don't want them any more. Now if they would only stop trying to tie in a cell phone replacement with my mini-cassette purchases, I would get along much better with their chain of stores.

You're not required to answer, though. (1)

ALecs (118703) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753300)

When they asked "Can I have you last name, please?" I just said "No." They'll still sell you your batteries, they'll just look offended while doing it. :)

Re:You're not required to answer, though. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753350)

I just answer "Bond, James Bond" when they ask. Gets 'em every time.

Some exceptions... (1)

Radi-0-head (261712) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753302)

Information may still be required at the time of purchase to activate services, such as wireless, direct-to-home satellite or extended warranty plans.

...or for solder purchases.

Just don't give it to them (1, Redundant)

alen (225700) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753304)

I've refused to give out my info to numerous retailers.

Cables (2, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753305)

Now if they'd only start selling cables for a reasonable price. Can anywone explain to me why a six foot audio costs $10 while the twenty foot cable costs $13. who needs 20 feet of cable for headphone extension anyway? oh yeah, Last time I was there, They didn't sell the 3 foot cables anymore either.

Re:Cables (3, Funny)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753445)

"Now if they'd only start selling cables for a reasonable price. Can anywone explain to me why a six foot audio costs $10 while the twenty foot cable costs $13. who needs 20 feet of cable for headphone extension anyway?"

I actually have two 20 footers in series piping a signal from the output of the amp in the stereo down through the central vaccum tube, above the ceiling panels in the basement and down to my computer. It's ugly, but it works.

Thank God (4, Funny)

bogie (31020) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753307)

Now the poor sap named Dick Hertz who lives at 123 Main St will stop getting thousands of Radio Shack catalogs each week in the mail.

Re:Thank God (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753395)

Nope, he'll still be getting them. I'm getting Radio Shack flyers addressed to 3 different people at my address.

If only Radio Shack would realize that there cannot possibly be 2 billion households in North America, then their advertising costs will drop dramatically...

Thanks to whoever hit them with the Clue stick (2)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753311)

"Customers tell us the practice of asking them for names and addresses is time consuming and annoying and is not something that endears them to us,"
Geeze, I've been telling them this since the 1970's. I've shopped elsewhere since the 1980's. I guess now I'll give them another look. Maybe. If I'm desperate.

So, what does Radio Shack carry these days? Anything worth the bother of going there for a look?

Re:Thanks to whoever hit them with the Clue stick (2, Funny)

medscaper (238068) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753357)

So, what does Radio Shack carry these days?

Blank Stare^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HAnswers.

Re:Thanks to whoever hit them with the Clue stick (2)

greechneb (574646) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753365)

I wouldn't try them. I went in to check the other day, they've mainly become a satelite TV dealer. Half the store was recievers stacked in boxes. I prefer buying from the local electronics shop.

Remember, these are the people who brought you the CAT (remember that screwy thing?). They weren't too bright to begin with, and have yet to show signs of improving. This might be a step in the right direction though...

Re:Thanks to whoever hit them with the Clue stick (1)

ifreakshow (613584) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753369)

Now they will never be able to track how many zip zaps i'm buying

Re:Thanks to whoever hit them with the Clue stick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753442)

You didn't miss much, I'm pretty sure that 80% of their inventory hasn't changed since the 1970s.

Mailing lists? (1)

eviljolly (411836) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753313)

The main reason I hated giving my address was because I was afraid I'd get stuck on a mailing list, although I rarely got anything from radio shack. They probably sold it to telemarketers anyways. If they would have ever asked for my e-mail address then I'd probably have to give them my spam account.

And the free catalog ? (1, Funny)

denisbergeron (197036) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753314)

I want to receive the free RadioShack superb catalog with all the tecky thing on it !

But "so what" (1)

greysoul (62792) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753317)

I mean, what are they doing with this info, I've heard from higher ups at the local store that the info is purged every month and all the info is used for is marketing on large demographics (still doesn't explain why they need a name, most stores just ask for a zip code)

Ayways, data mining isn't cheap, does Radio Shack have the time, resources, agenda, motives, and money to invest in an ellaborate conspiracy?

If they're trying to track what people are buying for illegal uses, those people are probably smart enough to lie. Even if I'm buying batteries I always gave them fake BS, and I'm usually just buying watch batteries there.

This isn't "good" news it's just news, and hardly. I still have to ask "So What?"

-Doug

Messin' wit the Shack (3, Interesting)

Bonker (243350) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753318)

For a while, when working with my video capture/playback setup, RS was the only place where I could buy cables and connectors like I needed. This is no longer the case now that Best Buy carries a wider selection of this sort of thing. At the time, however, I would get an ATM withdrawal before going and pay for the cables, adapters, and one time wall-plates with cash.

"What's your phone number?" I would always be asked.

"You need to have that for a cash purchase?" I replied.

"Uhm..."

Since RS employess get a comission. (Do they still?) They were always quick to try to keep me from leaving. Most of the time I could see that they would type their own or dummy information into the computer when I refused to give them mine.

Re:Messin' wit the Shack (2)

banky (9941) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753390)

Yes, nearly every store is still a commission-based store. The smallest stores are paid a regular rate, plus a bonus for exceeding sales targets.

Re:Messin' wit the Shack (1)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753409)

"Since RS employess get a comission. (Do they still?) They were always quick to try to keep me from leaving. Most of the time I could see that they would type their own or dummy information into the computer when I refused to give them mine."

Really? The first time I was looking for a cell phone (about 1.5 years ago) the guy at the Shack warned me away from every phone in the store because he claimed they were too expensive!

I remember that (5, Interesting)

racerx509 (204322) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753323)

It was funny, I used to work as a Radio Shack store clerk, and we were REQUIRED to get names. The computer would actually keep a log of how many names were gathered by each employee, and if your percentage of gathered names dropped below 90%, you would get a verbal warning. If they stayed below 90% for a month after the verbal warning, you would be fired.

Also, I remember when they put up the privacy policy in late 2000. It didn't seem to allay customers fears. Instead, I would tell them to just give me fake information

What Shack? (1)

RealSurreal (620564) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753324)

They traded as Tandy here in the UK then all of a sudden shut down most of their stores. I just wish they'd re-open their branch in my hometown. Now I have to get all my components by mail order which is just dumb when all you want is a 555 and a few resistors.

Crapiest Story ever posted (-1, Flamebait)

DancesWithBulls (614479) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753330)

This has got to be contender for the crapiest story ever posted on slashdot. What is next, "New Krispy Cream open in the neighborhood" stories!!

Re:Crapiest Story ever posted (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753368)

No, that would be cause for joy. Nothing quite like the glow of that "Hot donuts now" sign after a nite of coding or Quakin'....

Never required (3, Informative)

gvonk (107719) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753333)

The reason I had a problem was not because of privacy. The thing about Radio Shack's policy was that they never required it if you were paying cash. If you were using a credit card, they always required it. My problem, thus, was inconvenience. The fact that they have my credit card information means that if they wanted to be unscrupulous with my information, they could call up and find out my address anyway. It's on my credit card billing information.
No, I was instead pissed because all I wanted was a $9 cable for my $ELECTRONICDEVICE and they made me give them my info every time. Even though they already have it, both from my cc number and from the last time I was there!!!

Re:Never required (2)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753387)

The thing about Radio Shack's policy was that they never required it if you were paying cash.
Bullshit. In the 1980s they introduced a computerized cash register system that would not sell anything without a customer name, address, and phone number. I've not been back since.

Awwwwww. (3, Funny)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753334)

But I had fun introducing myself as Richard Nixon With a phone number of (123)456-7890.
I had even more fun when they argued with me.

It's too bad that they started being pains in the asses about this. I really wanted to get their catalog, but I'll be damned if I'll give them a name and address.

Well it's about time... (1)

magiluke (629097) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753337)

I just got tired of giving them all of my friends addresses... Hehe... I guess they got all the junk mail!

Sometimes the questions were to personal... (1)

dagg (153577) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753339)

One time they asked me to take this test:
This test [tilegarden.com]
It was quite embarrasing to answer the test right in front of the other customers.

Hello (1)

TekReggard (552826) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753340)

I'd like to buy 10000000 batteries please. And no, that isnt a lazer gun in the back of my truck outside. *gets batteries to power the gun that will allow him to take over the world!!!!* And I didnt even have to tell them where I lived. How kind. :) Jk, this is really a good move. I mean if you're buying an 600$ piece of hardware they might want your name and number, but if you're buying 2 batteries for 2$ there would be little harm in it. Now if only they would stop asking for the money...

Re:Hello (2, Insightful)

magiluke (629097) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753364)

You can't possibly get 2 batteries for two dollars anymore, unless you go to the dollar store... I've been paying 6-7 dollars for 4 double A batteries lately!!! Man, they need to start putting a warrenty on those things...

See, they dont have to anymore.. (3, Insightful)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753342)

It's gone to a higher juristiction now, Nobody likes duplication of effort.

That's no fun (1)

Katz_is_a_moron (197780) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753344)

When places like Radio Shack ask for my name, I usually make up a really long name, like Aturoasmaronger Jagglemanterhold, especially if I notice ahead of time (usually while waiting in line) that the person is not a touch typist.

Re:That's no fun (1)

magiluke (629097) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753393)

Haha!!! that's the greatest thing ever!!! I wish I could still do that... Maybe there are other places that ask you your name & address... hmm... I know that some people ask you your zipcode, but that doesn't work...

wait a minute... (1)

mschoolbus (627182) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753348)

Always freaked me out being asked my address just to buy some solder or something.

RadioShack was selling people trained for war?!?!?! Oh wait nevermind, wrong word... =P

FREE BATTERIES....DISGUISE REQUIRED... (3, Funny)

wwwssabbsdotcom (604349) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753349)

...do they still have the FREE BATTERY of the MONTH club? Gez, I used to work in a RS store while in college and this little kid would come in with a battery card, get a D battery, go home, change into his little league outfit, come in and get another D battery, go home put his cubscout outfit on, and come in....and so on. He'd have like 4 FREE BATTERY cards.

Smart kid, but shame those old red RS batteries would last about 1/4 of the time a normal batter would. I used to just laugh and go along with it.

Of course they stopped asking (5, Funny)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753354)

They have all our addresses now.

How Dissapointing (5, Funny)

spoonboy42 (146048) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753358)

With this news, radioshack has killed my purchasing alter-ego, John Shamus of 200 Arroway Lane. See, I created a whole personality for use in radio shack. Besides a fake name and address, my character John spoke in a funny voice, had an interesting career (limo-bus bathroom attendant), and even had a wife with a kid on the way (which made it easier to justify my purchases of children's toys). He also had about a dozen cuecats.

Screw it, I'm going to keep going in to Radio Shack as John, anyway. It's not like my life was going that great to begin with...

Ethics, Presidents, Percentile and CueCat (2)

limekiller4 (451497) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753360)

RadioShack has gone through different phases which seemed, to me, to be pretty much directly affected by which President was installed at the moment. In the mid-90's, your rate of success in obtaining the name of a customer, IIRC, was supposed to be in the high 90th percentile. Also, I've had managers that were super anal about the whole thing, some who didn't much care.

Personally, I'm glad to see this tossed to the curb, but I'm sure it was prompted by the fiscal realization that it was actually making people not buy things there rather than some sort of new respect for privacy. There is a difference between a good decision being reached by moral analyses and otherwise. Some people just aren't comfortable with saying, "no," so rather than being made to feel uncomfortable, they didn't get it or got it elsewhere.

Or maybe, just maybe, the information obtained by CueCat is giving them far more valuable data?

Awww rats! (2)

tulare (244053) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753367)

Now John Smith at 123 Main Street, Anytown, CA 95555 won't get the radio shack catalog courtesy of yours truly anymore!

Why They're Stopping (5, Funny)

Tsar (536185) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753370)

The name/address question was redundant, since they're now doing retina scans as folks enter the store. The bell actually indicates a database match.

Ding!

It's true (4, Funny)

Arandir (19206) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753371)

It's true! RadioShack stops being nosy. At first I didn't believe it, but a devil ice-skated by selling a Linux that was ready for the desktop and said it was true.

Thanks god (1)

alocom2003 (629249) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753379)

Did you ever have a RadioShack saleperson get real pissy with you over not giving them your name? When you tell them no they act like you just bitch slapped them. I don't want your catalog and whatever junk mail from companies your going to sell my name and address to. Go ahead and stand there like your going to cry RadioShack sales geek. You know who you are!

With a Fry's in Austin... (2, Funny)

craenor (623901) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753380)

What are the chances I'll ever step foot in a Radio Shack? They could start giving me their home address and phone number, but unless she's cute, I'm still not shopping at Radio Shack.

Toys R Us owes me $5! (4, Interesting)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753382)

I made a purchase at Toys R Us one day and gave them my info. I got a call about a week later. They wanted feedback on my shopping experience in exchange for a $5 gift certficate. I spent the time with them, but never got the certificate.

I don't think they were trying to mislead me, but they blew an opportunity there. I'm happy to share my info as long as they reward me for it, but failing to send me the gift certificate changed my mind about that. Now, when I go there, I decline to give them my info when they ask for it and I explain why.

Companies like Radio Shack need to realize that they have to reward their customers if they're made to jump through extra hoops.

Just noticed this the other day (1)

Jsprat23 (148634) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753383)

Or rather didn't notice it. /me takes a deep soothing breath. Usually I try to get out of it, this time there were no worries. Thanks RS for actually listening to your customers even if it took several years and some bad decisions /*cough ... CueCat ...cough*\

RS is Irrelevant (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753392)

Need a radio? You can get better ones, cheaper, elsewhere. Toys? Ditto. And their parts end of the business is going downhill, fast.

I mean, for chrissakes, I went there looking for a book of radio frequencies (shortwave... found the WRTH at B. Dalton). They don't carry them. RADIO Shack? Puhleeze. I don't know what market they're going for these days, but radios have got very little to do with it.

With all those electronic gadgets... (2)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753396)

They probably just built a device that scans your brain and extracts your name and address, while simultaneously implanting the desire to buy little remote controlled cars.

There goes half my fun. (2, Redundant)

AugstWest (79042) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753401)

All of my friends get several copies of every Radio Shack flier, addressed to names like John P. Sartre, J. Wilkes Booth, J Philip Sousa, P Dadi....

I guess that with the new TIA database tracking all of your purchases [darpa.mil] , it's just redundant data anyway.

well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753411)

i guess John Doe at 1234 Maple Road won't be getting any more stuff in the mail.

Damn (1)

eGabriel (5707) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753415)

Yeah, did they really need my name and address when all I wanted to buy was a phone dialer and a television colorburst crystal?

Privacy and solid consumer relationship (1)

ospirata (565063) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753421)

It's very nice to see that RadioShack finally notice that privacy invasion is not a good politic to deal with consumers, as we are not keen on giving away our privacy just to buy a pair of batteries.

Infortunattly this was an isolated attitude, and I think we should not count on the entreprises's goodwill. It urges a federal specific law

Not that big of a deal (2)

Mr_Person (162211) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753429)

I just always told them I wouldn't tell them my personal information and it didn't seem like that big of a deal to them. Or, if you like, you could always have fun making up fake addresses. Even so, my Dad refuses to shop at RatShack because they always ask for your address.

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753433)

That does not affect me in anyways... Do you really give your *real* name, address, ... in cases like this? No wonder why soo many people get that much spam!

Two birds, one stone (1)

TheConfusedOne (442158) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753434)

From now on whenever you're at a store that wants personal information just give them the info of either the spam queen or king featured recently here in SlashDot.

Personally, whenever I'm asked to provide an email address I just type in billg@microsoft.com.

Best6 fake name (5, Funny)

mikecap (145011) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753441)

I always used:

"Raymond D. O'Shack", you can call me Ray!!

Ha ha

What is RadioShack ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4753447)

I've never seen such an animal ....

Hypocrisy (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753449)

Always freaked me out being asked my address just to buy some solder or something.

It always freaked me out being forced to provide my email address just so I can block Timothy stories and be notfied when someone responds to my comments.

RadioShack (2)

MontyP (26575) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753450)

When your information is in their system it only takes a second to check out... However, the problem lies when they start asking if you want to buy a cellphone or perhaps the 47 in. tv behind you because it is on sale for that day only (or the next day when you walk in) and they only have one left. Or when they ask you to sign up for a radioshack credit card so I can recieve huge discounts on future purchases. so next time I walk in to purchase my dollar IC that is on sale because it is going to be no longer sold at radioshack I'd be lucky to save a penny.

I had always heard (1)

Jubii (315611) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753452)

That they ask you your info to aid authorities when tracking down supects. I actually know someone who was question by the police in regards to a bombing in my town because he had bought a number of items at the local Radio Shack that coincided with what the bomber used.

It was different before. (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 11 years ago | (#4753454)

Back when I was a kid, and Tandy Corp. was Tandy Corp. we used to go into Radio Shack all the time, my dad and I. And the staff there knew each of us by name, and knew how to help us find what we were looking for there.

Sometimes when companies know your personal data it can be to your advantage. Of course now I wouldn't trust them nearly as much.
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