Parallax RFID Reader for Ten Bucks

We  received a tip about Radio Shack putting Parallax’s RFID reader on clearance for around $10. The only reference we could find that indicated Radio Shack sold the reader was a review page. The reader originally sold for around $50 in the stores, so getting it for $10 made it worth a curiosity trip to a local Radio Shack. The store we visited did not have the reader marked down in the drawer, but it rang up for $9.97. It is too bad that the reader was so expensive in the first place, otherwise Radio Shack might still be selling them at full price. This is by no means a promotion, we just though we would share the information in case you were interested in getting one yourself. If Radio Shack is out, you could always build your own reader.

The reader we purchased only came with one tag, perhaps that is why the they have been on clearance. Hooked up to an FTDI USB to serial cable, it would repeatedly send out the tag’s number whenever it was in range. We tried an HID-labeled card and a tag of the kind that can be found in books and DVD cases. Neither worked with the reader, but we’ll keep looking.

Thanks to [bluewraith] for the tip.

Comments

  1. Azdle says:

    There’s still a few here and there. There’s a stock locater here: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2906723
    If your zip doesn’t turn up anything, try a few around you. (http://www.zipmap.net/) None showed up for my zip, but a store less than 20 miles from me had a few.

  2. Kent Applegate says:

    I just bought one in Griffin Georgia today for $8.74. The clerk there had no idea of what I was talking about but took the time to search on the internet to find what I found. They had 3. Two left.

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