|Headquarters||Rydalmere, NSW, Australia|
Number of locations
|90+ stores (2016) |
|Gary Johnston (MD)
Toni Martin (CEO)
Number of employees
|about 1,000 (2016)|
Jaycar is an Australia-based retailer dealing in electronic components and related products for electronics enthusiasts. It was founded in 1981 when Gary Johnston, a former Dick Smith Electronics employee, purchased John Carr & Co. Pty Ltd.
Jaycar has over 90 stores and more than 200 authorised stockists and agents throughout Australia and New Zealand that carry products from Jaycar's Electus Distribution wholesale division.
In 2005, Jaycar received negative attention from its imported Taiwanese "Choke-A-Chicken" toy that squawked and slapped its wings when strangled around its neck. The RSPCA Queensland described the toy as "grossly irresponsible". As of 2016, the "Choke-A-Chicken" is still listed in Jaycar's catalogue due to popular demand.
In October 2012, Gary Johnston, Managing Director of Jaycar was interviewed on Sydney radio station 2GB in seeking to explain the behaviour of Canterbury-Bankstown NRL club players who had allegedly made degrading and threatening remarks to Channel Nine reporter, Jayne Azzopardi, though firm evidence of who the comments were directed at remains unclear. Johnston was quoted as saying "If a woman walks into some bars in Sydney, she will be ogled. She will be treated as an object and that's the way it is. She doesn't have to walk into those bars."  This led to calls to boycott Jaycar stores  It was felt that Gary Johnston's comments were seen as providing support and justification for sexist behaviour, and were considered a 'non-apology' by some media outlets. Boxer and model Lauren Eagle came to Johnston's defense, stating that "You walk into a bar, men look at you, they stare at you, that’s just the way it is and that’s the truth. What they didn’t record was he did apologise…the comments were definitely not appropriate, but the reality is, looking and ogling, definitely (happens)."
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