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2009\05\05@153131 by Charles Craft

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Most of the places in the Twin Cities have moved their business to eBay and the Internet. :-(

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/technology/personaltech/05basics.html

"MOST retailers would recoil in horror at the thought of keeping unsold products on their shelves for 30 years. Not Halted Specialties Company. It’s willing to hold on to a few thousand vacuum tubes just in case the right buyer happens to wander into the store, be it this decade or the next."




2009\05\05@165312 by Bob Blick

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I wonder what's going to happen now that they lost their lease on the
Santa Clara store. They closed the Sacramento store a couple of years ago.

Charles Craft wrote:
> Most of the places in the Twin Cities have moved their business to eBay and the Internet. :-(
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> www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/technology/personaltech/05basics.html
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> "MOST retailers would recoil in horror at the thought of keeping unsold products on their shelves for 30 years. Not Halted Specialties Company. It’s willing to hold on to a few thousand vacuum tubes just in case the right buyer happens to wander into the store, be it this decade or the next."

2009\05\05@170204 by Marcel Birthelmer

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They didn't lose their lease - they had a big moving out sale last year but
I guess they renegotiated at the last minute, and as far as I know they're
not planning on moving anytime soon.
- Marcel

On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 1:53 PM, Bob Blick <spam_OUTbobblickTakeThisOuTspamftml.net> wrote:

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2009\05\05@170426 by Philip Pemberton

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Charles Craft wrote:
> "MOST retailers would recoil in horror at the thought of keeping unsold
> products on their shelves for 30 years. Not Halted Specialties Company.
> It’s willing to hold on to a few thousand vacuum tubes just in case the
> right buyer happens to wander into the store, be it this decade or the
> next."

Oh how I'd kill for somewhere like that to open up around here...

The city council 'round here has earned itself an unenviable reputation for
cheesing off shopkeepers (and just about everyone else for that matter).

There used to be an amateur radio / testgear / electronics shop called M&B
Radio under the "Dark Arches" near the train station. The story I heard was
that the shop itself was owned by the Council and rented to M&B. The council
quadrupled the rent, and they were forced to close. The place is now a
fast-food takeaway. Kebabs IIRC. If you go past the train station on a Friday
night, keep a respirator and an oxygen supply handy.

(They also forced one of the oldest shops in the city centre to close -- a
stationery shop that had allegedly been open since the late 1960s. Again, the
same trick - quadruple the rent, then rent it to someone else. That's now a
"Costa" coffee shop, and if you want to get Spraymount or acetate, you pretty
much have to go out-of-town.)

</rantmode>

Bitter, me? Nah...

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Phil.
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2009\05\05@194306 by William \Chops\ Westfield

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On May 5, 2009, at 12:31 PM, Charles Craft wrote:

> Most of the places in the Twin Cities have moved their business
> to eBay and the Internet. :-(
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> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/technology/personaltech/
> 05basics.html

Most of Halted's competitors are gone too, many for decades now  
(Haltek comes to mind.  WeirdStuff is all computers and office  
furnishings.  Sigh.)

BillW

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