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the Fry's toy store

Thursday,  02/12/15  10:43 PM

Yesterday I had the need / opportunity to visit my local Fry's Electronics, aka "the toy store".  I hadn't been there for a while, but fortunately nothing had changed.  Well actually the store is in a constant state of upheaval, with new aisles and products and product categories all the time, and old ones gradually being phased out, but much like a stream of water from a faucet the overall shape remains the same.


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I was especially delighted to see a large wall of motherboards for sale.  Over the years the specs have changed - possibly they change daily! - but the idea that you can build your own computer remains.  I've never done this, but something inside me wants to, and it's a comfort to know that I can.

Other random observations:

  • Can't believe they *still* sell software in boxes.  Not nearly as much, but still.
  • Computer gaming seems to have peaked and is now in decline.  No doubt consoles have eclipsed PCs for general gaming.  Xbox etc.
  • Desktop PCs are history.  Laptops are where it's at, along with Chromebooks and tablets and phablets.
  • Glad to see they still sell basic electronic components like power supplies and circuit boards.  With the demise of Radio Shack (and the previous conversion of Radio Shack from hobbiest heaven to phone stores), Fry's are the last bastion of do-it-yourselfish-ness.
  • Stereo systems are definitely on the decline.  Replaced by ... what, exactly?  Multimedia centers, maybe.  Still plenty of speakers but they are TV/video -oriented, not necessarily for listening to music.
  • Curved TVs we hardly knew ya.  3D TVs ... huh?  And now we have 4K.  So be it.
  • Interesting how much home security stuff they now sell.  Complete surveillance systems.
  • 3D printing has come to Frys... they have printers, filament, etc.  Yay!

Random prediction:

  • Wearable computing will be big.  By Fall there will be a huge section of them at Fry's.

I'll be back...

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