Radio Shack was a great chain until the late 80's or early 90's. Dealt with them since the 60's and they usually had what I wanted. The clerks were knowledgeable and friendly (generally). At least they're still friendly, but unfortunately, don't always know electronics very well. Also, the stores cater to consumer electronics tastes now, and don't carry the range of DIY type parts they used to. And of course, the prices. I don't go there much anymore, though they still surprise me with the right part at the right price sometimes.