Since reading the news that they are going out of business, I decided to go to my favorite RS location and get some supplies and items that I believe I would need in the far future.
Two of the items I picked out did not show up on their computer system. So...........
They gave it to me for FREE.
This odd occurrence happened on top of the fact that everything else in the store was 50% off. Other items had been reduced in price significantly.
They have been struggling these past few years, and I believe that their downfall is directly related to the electronics repair industry going down the tubes.
Many people are replacing items which break due to low cost new merchandise and the discontinuation of parts for new items.
Manufacturers make more money selling new but inferior products rather than repairing and selling parts to repair more robustly built older ones.
As the saying goes, they don't make them like they used to.
It's sad. So sad.
I wonder if the engineering skills needed to design a superior product will be forgotten one day.
So go get your Saft 1/2AA batteries for your Apple iigs ROM03, your solder, soldering pencil tips, supplies, voltage regulators, IC sockets, transistors, capacitors, resistors, diodes, and helping hands for repairing your Apple ii items.
After RS is gone, it's time for Digikey, Mouser, Newark (Element 14), BG Micro, Arrow, and the rest.