Best buy = oxymoronic

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  1. pastafarian

    pastafarian Pâtes avec votre foie Moderator

    I agree 100%. Unfortunately, a large b&m operation can't exist as a place to touch and feel before purchasing online. The hope that once the big boxes that crushed the little independent retailers get crushed by the on line guys, there may be a place for some of those smaller operations to return. If there's a need for a place that gives service and instant gratification at a price, someone will provide it.

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  2. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Hopefully not derailing too much, but has anyone been to an HHGregg?
    Never have myself but see they market themselves quite a bit. There's one out in the suburbs here.
  3. h4x0rj3ff

    h4x0rj3ff Chemist

  4. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

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  5. syi

    syi Well-Known Member

    buy from newegg or tigerdirect. usually cheaper and more convenient.
  6. h4x0rj3ff

    h4x0rj3ff Chemist

    i can usually find cheaper on the internet but im one of those people that dont like to wait for things... i would rather spend more money and take it home tonight then spend $20 less and have to wait even a week... and i cant see spending alot of money on shipping because then you might as well just went to the store and get it that way :)
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  7. h4x0rj3ff

    h4x0rj3ff Chemist

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  8. OverByter

    OverByter Resident Slide Rule Guru

    I enjoy shopping at Best Buy but just like Radio Shack unless you get it on sale you're probably paying too much. I guess I'm lucky because my local will price match just about anything. Amazon doesn't just win on price point, by limiting their physical presence most people can buy tax free and returns are ridiculously easy, just print out the mailing label and tell them when it's convenient for you and they schedule UPS to pick it up at your door. One thing that no one else can beat though is the BB black tie warranty, you get 2 defective devices in a row and your entire purchase price is applied to a different one. And Tiger Direct does own the Circuit City name for online presence, same thing as another one of my favorite stores to go under, CompUSA.
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  9. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    Dateline 2015: Almost all shopping malls have closed or dwindled to a bare existence. Although they were extremely popular and vital in the past fifty years, online bargain-hunters have driven all the mall stores underground. That’s just the way it is.
  10. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Dateline 2016: Service economy expands due to collapse of Main Street retailing. Manufacturers face bankruptcy due to the rise of forum shilling as job category to astroturf products given that consumers can no longer properly comparison shop. Unemployed consumers fall prey to congressional lobbyists pushing for seller protection laws to replace consumer protection. Ironically, the new laws pass under the same name. As happened long ago in the HDTV and home audio industries, technical quality and technology-based innovations become a thing of the past for personal digital products.
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  11. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

  12. ajdroidx

    ajdroidx Well-Known Member

    Dateline: 2014: Apple has sued every phone manufacturer out of business and now everyone has been assimilated, the only difference between devices is the now standard 4" screen for the iPhone. The 7.9" screen for the iPad mini and iPad with retina 9.7" display. No customization, and everyone blinks in unison.

  13. Metroid Prime

    Metroid Prime Oil Can!!! Oil Can!!! VIP Member

    Plus you don't have to waste gas too. :p
  14. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    As stated earlier I don't have an the option to check out the brick and morter stores. Most are to far away from me and really its just easier to shop from home. If those stores are to compete then they will need to build their stores in the more remote places such as where I live. The consumer base that they are ignoring is what has been captured by the online stores. Over pricing is another issue that these stores will have to deal with as the local Block Buster was shutdown do to the fact that netflix and redbox made it so much cheaper to rent movies than Block Buster did. low over head is what is going to crush the B&M stores.
  15. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    Well, the company was started in 1966 and they once were a
  16. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

  17. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    When Amazon can't use retailers as their free showrooms, things will change, and it won't be better.

    I am reminded of a mail order firm called Sears, Roebuck & Company but I'm probably wrong.
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  18. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Well-Known Member Contributor

    Best Buy's biggest problem of all: Geek Squad
  19. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    That is one possibility. Perhaps we will finally have those Google Goggles and we will not need stores.

    I remember when Christmas arrived, so did the catalogs. Sears, J.C. Penny and a few others. All that cool stuff you could order by mail rather than be disappointed when you visited Sears and the thing you wanted was mail-order only.

    Just like today perhaps.
  20. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    The former CEO was just listed as one of the worst.
    Worst CEO of 2012: Best Buy

    Geek Squad does have a terrible reputation

    One of our locals also discourages helpful employees. The department head was annoyed since an employee demo'ed a microwave for us. I didn't want one that reminded you there was food in it and beeped every minute. The MW in question didn't keep beeping and we bought it. Told the idiot manager that offices usually will NOT buy MW with continuous beeps as the person who used it can't always get right back to it.
  21. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    Thing is, these are high-ticket luxury items. Part of the luxury experience is going to the boutiques, getting pampered and treated like royalty. Somewhat different to buying a budget Android tablet from Best Buy or whatever.

    Anyway I don't think anyone in his or her right mind would contemplate buying a Rolex watch from an internet vendor. :rolleyes:

    If a mall luxury store is not doing too well, could be because it's in the wrong place, people are too poor. Rolex, Tiffany, LV, Cartier, et-al always seem to do well in Beijing.
  22. cjr72

    cjr72 Well-Known Member

    For me Best Buy as a showroom has become irrelevant. Once I research online and decide exactly what model I want chances are my local Best Buy won't have it in stock.
  23. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Well-Known Member Contributor

    I only go to Best Buy because i can't stand Wal-Mart. any store smaller than Wal-Mart (and surprisingly, Best Buy here in Owensboro, KY is quite small, even smaller than Staples, using old space from an old store that used to belong to the much larger MegaMarket, now turned outlet mall) is a store i prefer to go into. i can't stand huge big box stores--i won't even shop Kroger, i only go to far out IGA stores using old Wetzel's facades from the 1970s and earlier.

    i never did like shopping online outside of app store purchases. i have to have a reason to get out of the house other than work, otherwise i'd turn sendentary really quick and that is not a life i prefer to adapt to, think Buy n Large from the film 'Wall-E' if you know what i mean.
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  24. Granite1

    Granite1 Zercron Encrusted Tweezer Moderator

    I know the people at my local bestbuy on a personal first name basis. I like going there, we talk check stuff out, its good. I've bought my last 3 phones from them, and a slew of other stuff. I buy some stuff online, some stuff there.

    Also, the price match guarantee is awesome. They honor it, no questions asked. ;)
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  25. kevincott

    kevincott Well-Known Member Contributor

    I used to be an avid Best Buy customer, remember that Amazon and other online retailers weren't always reliable.

    10 years ago or so Best Buy actually had great sales and competitive pricing then would make their profits on 'add-ons'. People lined up outside on Sundays as their first sale day of the week.

    Then I read an article about Best Buy's theory on 'Devils vs Angels'.

    They saw Angels as the early tech adaptors that will pay anything to be first on the block; we all know one of these peeps. Devils were the customers that bought the sale items and not much else. Of course they wanted to limit the 'Devils'.

    I was in the middle of the two but I saw it as hypocrosy to heavily advertise sales then not want to issue the items. Left a bad taste in me.

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