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I worked for Geek Squad for 3 years. Was GROSSLY underpaid(11.50ish for a job I could make 15.00 STARTING at a regular tech shop). They treated all their employees terribly. Told us things like a trained monkey could fix computers, it's not something that is hard. When I left I had the biggest smile on my face. I'm unemployed now and happier than working there.
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I say it to my friends all the time: Best Buy only survives due to the ignorance of the masses.

If you do your research, even cursory research, you'd know why they're known by smart shoppers as Worst Buy.
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This isn't news, I coulda told those investors as much and w/o a copy of the WSJournal.

Answer is simple really, between the Online market and the recession Best Buy and other retailers that carry big ticket floor items(i.e. 46" and up Screens) and keep inventory in the back room will lose money to labor costs. When Amazon.com can just post a pic and get the manufacturer to ship it direct they don't have to account for storage space, labor costs, loss prevention costs and their advertising revenue is probably half of what Best Buy's is.

Only way BB bounces back is if Fauxbama gives everyone in the country a winning lottery ticket and a guarantee that everyone will have a job until they are of retirement age.

You watch, more and more companies are going to cut their losses with floor space and increase their online footprint. Which is concerning in itself because eventually the manufacturers will figure out it's in their best interest to forgo the middleman since they end up filling the order anyway.

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I worked for Geek Squad for 3 years. Was GROSSLY underpaid(11.50ish for a job I could make 15.00 STARTING at a regular tech shop). They treated all their employees terribly. Told us things like a trained monkey could fix computers, it's not something that is hard. When I left I had the biggest smile on my face. I'm unemployed now and happier than working there.
No offense but knowing what I do know from 15 years of sales experience I would gladly take your $11.50 an hour job. Sometimes you just have to play the game until you find something better.

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When they opened in the UK, we robbed them by buying a dell mini for £180, when it was £260, by using double voucher codes.

The one in london is massive but it is right next to a currys and pc world mega store and its constantly quite.
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I hope they close soon.

Best Buy stuff is usually overpriced, and the selection is pitiful.

And Geek Squad is rubbish, of course.
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I worked for Geek Squad for 3 years. Was GROSSLY underpaid(11.50ish for a job I could make 15.00 STARTING at a regular tech shop). They treated all their employees terribly. Told us things like a trained monkey could fix computers, it's not something that is hard. When I left I had the biggest smile on my face. I'm unemployed now and happier than working there.
It's who you know when you start work at Geek Squad, and I guess it has to do with which state you're in as well. DOE, there are people who start off much higher, but they almost never tell you unless you guys are close friends.

I've been doing freelance work before I started work at BB, when I started working at BB computer sales dept. making $16.50, and this was back in 2001, I learned that I could make money on the side off customers I was helping day to day; I was banking serious cash. Geek Squad helped my freelance business even more when I charged people 50%-60% of what they charged at-home.

I just can't understand how GS or BB stays in business with the crazy prices they charge their customers. There's absolutely no humanity in genuinely helping you with your purchase, they're only there to make the maximum amount of money off you as possible.
Edited by AzO - 3/8/11 at 4:22am
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Best buy totally sucks, and their warranties are a joke along with that geek squad crap. Someone I know bought a brand new laptop there with windows 7, full warrantly and everything. The hard drive failed and they sent it in, got it back with a blank drive, tryed to get them to put windows on it. They wanted to charge 150$ just to install windows + cost of OS. Tactics like that are only going to a hurt a company in a long run, but to me is not short enough if they went out of business next week.
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If there was a store that had Neweggs prices, I would be all over it. But I fear Newegg's prices are what they are because they just need to ship from warehouses.

Microcenter and Fry's are about the closest, but those are usually just in major cities and even then, the prices are usually more and you have to pay taxes. So prices would have to be even lower to counter tax.
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If there was a store that had Neweggs prices, I would be all over it. But I fear Newegg's prices are what they are because they just need to ship from warehouses.

Microcenter and Fry's are about the closest, but those are usually just in major cities and even then, the prices are usually more and you have to pay taxes. So prices would have to be even lower to counter tax.
What are you talking about?

Frys prices and online prices are the same.

You have to pay taxes wherever you shop.
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