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Report: Amazon Might Buy Up Radioshack Stores

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Earlier today, RadioShack stumbled one step closer to death with the news that the NYSE is trying to delist its stock — basically, the company is fucked. And according to Bloomberg, Amazon — which is, let's be honest, the number one RadioShack murder suspect — might buy up some of their retail stores.

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Bloomberg's report (which comes from those ever-reliable "people with knowledge of the matter") claims that Amazon is looking at buying up some of the RadioShack space, and using it as Amazon showrooms/collection locations. Tenuous though the plans may be, it's a move that would make a lot of sense for Bezos & Co.

Physical locations kill two of the most oft-quoted problems with online shopping: no way to see products in the flesh before hitting buy, and the necessity of being home to receive packages. Brick-and-mortar stores would solve some of those problems, and RadioShack has a ready-made selection of retail space, plus employees who *might* know something about electronics (one of the top-selling Amazon categories).

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It's still early days, of course, and there are other players to consider: Sprint is apparently also in talks to co-brand some of RadioShack's stores (there's one place I would LITERALLY NEVER GO INSIDE). Whichever way it ends, though, you're still going to have to find somewhere else to get quality advice about your HDMI cables. [Bloomberg]

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I can't be the only one who hasn't the slightest idea how in God's name Radio Shack has managed to survive for as long as they have. Seems to me they've been cheating death for YEARS. Who do you know that shops at Radio Shack, seriously?