[vcf-midatlantic] Baynesville Electronics

Christopher Gioconda cgioconda at gmail.com
Sun Oct 16 16:42:23 EDT 2016

It was on Hempstead Trnpk in Levittown. My wife grew up right down the
road, maybe a quarter mile from there.

On Oct 16, 2016 4:40 PM, "W2HX via vcf-midatlantic" <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> I remember Edlie's very well. I think it was on old country road or
> Hempstead turnpike (I was just a kid at the time).  And KRP electronics in
> Freeport which was a great place too. I think they still exist but have
> moved.  Aah the good old days.
> Eugene W2HX
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> On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 1:33 AM, Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> >
> >    You folks in the MD area will be disappointed to hear the
> > Baynesville Electronics is closing its doors:
> >
> > http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/
> > towson/ph-tt-baynesville-electronics-closing-1012-20161011-story.html
> >
> >    I only visited there once, but it's the kind of that we
> > fixer-uppers needed to have around.
> >
> >
> > Mike Loewen                             mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us
> > Old Technology                          http://q7.neurotica.com/Oldtech/
> >
> ​I heard about this too, but I haven't seen this interview. I never got a
> chance to visit there​, sad it see it go. But it reminds me of several ones
> from back home on Long Island. They were also mom 'n pop stores, been
> around for decades but they also closed many years ago. One of them was
> Edlie's Electronics in Levittown if anyone here recalls the 70s and 80s on
> Long Island. But some of them mysteriously survived there such as Leeds
> Radio in Brooklyn, since 1923.
> But I don't think the DIY'er is fading, maybe new TV repairs have. There
> used to be a TV shop in almost every town.  The past 10+yrs, basically
> since 2000, the makerspace movement has rejuvenated this DIY'er interest.
> But just as with Radio Shack not changing/morphing with the times and
> crippling their store chains, mostly due to corporate blindness, and
> they're only clinging on to their past still. The mom 'n pop stores felt
> the biggest brunt if they didn't change as well.
> I'm not saying it's easy for the mom 'n pop stores to change with the
> times, it's usually their inherent nature to resist change, it creates a
> comfort zone. You notice some of them try to split their sales by selling
> online. Maybe change their inventory to match the trends, as with
> makerspace. And a common task of advertising can become a burden, where to
> place Ads has become a circus with this web 2.0+ world. But the "TV repair"
> and "NTE parts" might be a diehard practice but it's only a small share of
> the market. [the quotes are only to show typical examples]
> Changing into a Mail order supplier takes a big change too that demands
> effort too. Not a small task for a mom 'n pop store, when trying to
> compete[$$] with a decades long market. New places prop up online all the
> time and only some survive. I've seen the same issues with the ones back
> home and here in Pittsburgh.
> Dan

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