Feeds

Tandy online: dead in the water?

They'll be back tomorrow. Honest

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

Oh dear, oh dear. Has another Web strategy gone titsup.com? Well, Tandy - now owned by Carphone Warehouse and never allowed to use the name Radio Shack over here because some bloke in North London had it - doesn't look too well.

Pay a visit to its Web site and you'll be greeted with the message "The Tandy Store is close. Please check back tomorrow". Yes, that is the word "close" - which would suggest that its closure was not a well-organised affair.

And, of course, checking back tomorrow is liable to offer you more of the same, especially since it has been down for at least a week. Ignoring the poor wording, you'd also do well to look at the page itself. Check out for example the shoddy graphics, well, graphic, stylishly repeated again on the rest of the screen. (We also like the fact that Tandy seems to think a Web site is like one of its small-town stores - you can just close it up and pin a notice on the door.)

What's going on? Has the whole strategy been pulled? Did bulldog clips, cables and those tiny bits of assorted components not cut it in the online world? Or was the site hacked to pieces before Christmas and the techy in charge has yet to return from holiday?

Well, we called Tandy's UK headquarters to ask them. And, bizarrely no-one is answering. At all. It just rings off. Funny things are afoot, we tell you. ®

Screenshot of Tandy UK store

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.