RadioShack in Malaysia !

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The RadioShack name might not be familiar to some of you, but if you’ve read through electronic websites, you would probably notice that the people over at the US often get their electronic hardware supplies from RadioShack. RadioShack is an American electronic supplies store and their outlets over in the US are huge. I was hoping for the same thing here when they announced that a new store will be opening here in Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur.

I found the shop at Lot S-084 on the Second Floor.

I was hoping it to be as big as Ace Hardware in Mid Valley.

The first thing I stumbled across is the Arduino shelve. Finally, a proper retail store selling Arduinos, no worries about warranty issues, online purhase and postage. I asked the salesperson and they confirmed that the Arduinos do come with a 1 year warranty.

Looking close, the prices are quite steep, though they come in retail boxes and there might be some goodies in it (I’m not really sure though).

Arduino Uno R3 for RM 139.90. I got it for around RM 100 online from an official distributor.

Proto Shield for RM 69.90. Honestly I think it should be a bit cheaper since the shield doesn’t really contain any electronic components, apart from an LED.

Below the Arduino shelve, I can see some unique stuff that we don’t get to buy over here previously.

Kits from Make magazine. Check out the price for the Ultimate Microcontroller Pack.

My favourite thing about the RadioShack store is their electronic components rack. It looks like those racks they use in car workshops. Everything is clearly labelled.

Another rack.

RadioShack branded multimeters. Prices are quite reasonable, considering that RadioShack stuffs have a considerable amount of quality.

And I found something, I watch the EEVblog on YouTube and he reviewed many multimeters and found out that the best one for under USD 100 is the Extech one. Nice to see that it’s now available at a retail store.

Finally, some electronic kits and sensors.

Overall, there are not many actual RadioShack stuff in the store, almost half of it are things that are already available over here. They sell thumb drives, wireless routers, handphone cases, audio/video cables and basic hardware tools. Only half of the things in the store would catch the attention of electronic enthusiasts.

I wish that they would bring over more stuffs that are available in the US. Having said that, it’s still nice to see some rare items on sale and I hope that the RadioShack name will stay in Malaysia for some time. (Info : This is not the first time RadioShack set its’ foot in Malaysia, they have stores in Bangsar back in the 90s but it didn’t caught on.)

If you’ve got time do drop by and check them out 🙂

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