I walked into a Radio Shack the other day, and the clerk asked me if he could help me. Â Considering I haven’t been in a Radio Shack in over a decade, why not.
I told him that I was looking for a USB mic to hook up to my MacBook Pro.
He tells me that there really any such thing.
He made two mistakes. Â First, he should have said they don’t carry anything like that. Â That’s true. Â That particular Radio Shack didn’t have a USB mic compatible with a Mac. Â However, the Apple Store (and Amazon) does have one. Â They have at least two that I can think of: Â The Snowball, and the Yeti. Â So this clerk didn’t know what he was talking about.
His biggest mistake, however, was not asking me why I needed a USB mic in the first place. Â Had he asked me that, he would have found out that I wanted to record some audio for a podcast. Â He could have the provided a nice workaround solution, like selling me a regular mini-jack with some kind of adapter.
Instead, I ended up leaving the store empty handed, and headed to the Apple Store instead.
It is still a mystery to me how Radio Shack stays in business.