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Of course their overheads, and therefore prices, are going to be higher:

  • BB have to rent much more expensive retail space, Amazon just needs a few warehouses in lower rent areas.
  • BB have to employ a lot of floor staff. Even if they were on minimum wage it would still cost a lot per store. Amazon need some pickers / packers and other warehouse staff.
  • BB need to get people through the door to make a sale, Amazon is available to everyone with an internet connection.

Those are just a few reasons, I'm sure there are many more.

The one thing I prefer about B&M stores is that you can actually go and play with the item before you buy it. For example, how many people have ordered a new mouse only to find out that it does not fit their hands? If you were to go into a store you could have found that out before you bought it. I'm glad I got to go into NCIX and see a bunch of cases, it made it easier to choose them than just looking at pictures.
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I like to go into Best Buy and wander around the laptop section, which is within hearing distance of the Mac stand.

From this vantage point, I get to listen to the gibberish that these people use in order to sell machines, that they themselves don't know anything about.

I have yet to get the courage to walk over and begin correcting all of their ridiculous logic fallacies and hardware related postulations... but one day I will.

For now, I consider this akin to walking into a free comedy club... just they don't serve me alcohol.
 
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Tech store with much worse prices and bad service closes. I can honestly say that brick n mortar is going to be gone eventually. with the exception of clothes, food, hardware, radioshack, paint, and megastores. Women's stores might stay open too since shopping is an event/social for them but this is the trend. I went to Bestbuy maybe once and the service was horrible so I never went again.

Its way more convenient to open ur browser, look at several websites prices for an item, and buy the one which is cheapest (including shipping). If you go to a store they may not even have the item and you have to spend so much time to go to the store and back. You have all the info on the item which you can get through several sources/reviews rather than trying to learn anything from some tattooed freak with an attitude who is taking pottery classes at junior college. The comments on newegg are a goldmine of tech experts and mostly intelligent people posting useful information, even if I don't buy from newegg I check their comments.

The only advantage to brick n mortar would be speed in case you need it now, but with amazon prime you get two day free shipping on almost anything or 4.99$ for one day. What items do you really need asap. Im sure there are lots of situations but the bulk of business is not that.
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when things are within reason I buy them aylt best buy / compusa. why?? cause I hate pay I for something online and having to wait 3 or 4 days to use it. I could care less about spending $99 on a mouse instead of on sale for $89 online. I wants it naaooowww!!! lol


tho there tablet/ computer section staff is a joke. it took a BB employee 20min to get this girl to buy an I pad.......and when he stepped away to go get it.....all I needed was 20seconds and totally flipped her onto the transformer prime. and she loves it to this day!!



I got her number too lol wink.gif
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I love to ask their employees questions and laugh at there answers ( to myself ). It's funny because I remember applying there a few years ago, even dressing up and bringing in a printed out resume, and I could not get anyone to talk to me. I always got "just apply online and thats all you can do". Sad thing is I know more about games and computers than 99% of these fools, and I do it for a hobby with out being paid for it, yet they wouldn't hire me because I didn't have retail exp in recent years. Their terrible employees and hiring process is part of the reason they are such a joke.


Of course I'm not talking about all of their employees, but a large amount of them.
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Best Buy Y U NO HAVE 680GTX?

haha with their price i bet it would be 600 dollar instead of 500. I have seen 560 ti for 300 dollar there before and a 550ti for 200 dollar.
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It's funny because I remember applying there a few years ago, even dressing up and bringing in a printed out resume, and I could not get anyone to talk to me. I always got "just apply online and thats all you can do".

Actually that is pretty much standard for large companies. On one hand it is impersonal, on the other hand would you really want to hand your Resume to a BB floor person?

Best thing you can do - apply online then follow up with a phone call a few days later. It can take a bit of wrangling to get through to HR sometimes, but it can pay off.

Sorry for the OT...
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Shame, I'll miss CompUSA. You don't get many big-named hardware/component vendors anymore, but hopefully TigerDirect will be there to bandage it all up... wait a minute, Bestbuy?
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Nebraska Furniture Mart > Best Buy, definitely.. biggrin.gif

And that's sad, really...

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Originally Posted by neonlazer View Post

Very good article pertaining to this. http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrydownes/2012/01/02/why-best-buy-is-going-out-of-business-gradually/

+Rep

Exactly, when economic times get tough, companies like this will buckle up, bad... (like Circuit City did)

Eventually I think Electronic Stores will eventually become almost non-existent...

MicroCenter is one exception, they are a specialty store, a Computer Store that is, and many people shop there hourly, they are almost never dead, like Best Buy is a lot of the time..

I don't see MicroCenter failing any time soon because their prices are competitive, indeed they completely destroy Best Buy's prices, definitely...

I think part of Best Buy's reason for failure is they invested too heavy in Media (music CDs / DVDs, etc), not realizing that we live in a new age and the Online World has transformed business dramatically...

That's a big fail on their part..
Edited by _GTech - 3/29/12 at 9:07am
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