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post #11 of 34
The Bristol Cribbs Causeway store (10 mins from my house) opened just few months ago and I've been there a good number of times - its always pretty much empty. Not surprised though, very poor advertising, and prices seem to be higher than PC World/Currys and Comet. Very poor stock choices as well ..

Sure, it take 2-3 days, but shoping at Dabs, Ebuyer, Scan etc are much cheaper and convenient.
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post #12 of 34
Im not surprised, Barely anyone knew we had one in the UK and theres not much of a point as everything i can get cheaper elsewhere.
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JCG: Oddly, that's the same store I found utterly disappointing. There was a guy there who knew what waterblocks were, and was disappointed they didn't stock any decent cooling stuff.
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post #14 of 34
No wonder. Best Buy in the UK is terrible. They want £100 for a 9600GT. Best card they sold was an ATI 5770.
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post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by allikat View Post
Their actual stock of stuff we'd be interested in absolutely sucks in comparison to their US stores. Check the website, their stock of sound cards is: 2, a super-cheap card, and a mid-range soundblaster. I went looking there, hoping to find one of the mega discounted X-fi titanium HD cards when they were super-discounted a few months ago, only to find out they didn't even stock it.
Woah now, don't think that we get anything special from Best Buy, either. They stock the same garbage in our stores too. Not to mention they overcharge for everything. When I went shopping for video cards a few years ago, they didn't have any of the ATI 5000 series, and they were charging 250 bucks for a 4670. It was insane.
post #16 of 34
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Woah now, don't think that we get anything special from Best Buy, either. They stock the same garbage in our stores too. Not to mention they overcharge for everything. When I went shopping for video cards a few years ago, they didn't have any of the ATI 5000 series, and they were charging 250 bucks for a 4670. It was insane.
I'm still surprised they sell PC components in store, stores like Walmart have only basic electronics but still sell fairly new video-cards, memory, motherboards, cables, etc online. If you want to buy in store you can order it online, ask for it to be brought to the store and then purchased there. Never tried it... but I was just about to get a new keyboard and thought I'd go there since it was the same price as Newegg.
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post #17 of 34
I didn't know they had any brick and mortar here, i thought they were like woolys are now and just online only.

Still if they were more expensive than maplin and stocked nothing, then its no surprise they are gone, in order to survive in business you have to actually have to try!

I feel sorry for the workforce, they will loose their jobs just because of the stupidity of management.
     
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post #18 of 34
I'm surprised they are still in business anywhere. How can you pay the rent and triple net on a 900,000 sq ft store selling TV's and Acer laptops?

What does punter mean in British English?
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post #19 of 34
Punter: a slightly derisive term for shopper.
Derived from the gambling industry.
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post #20 of 34
I am not surprised. The only big box electronics store I see thriving in the Internet age is Fry's, which has always been setup as high volume, low margin. It means their prices are not that far off what you can find online, you save shipping, and they have a generous return policy unmatched by most online retailers.

Best Buy on the other hand has always been rip off city with a limited selection and poor service. I hear they have reduced some of their margins and started offering price matching but I feel it may be too little too late.
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