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2012-04-05 10:16:26 AM  
Mediocre Buy? OK Buy? Average Buy? Adequate Buy?
 
2012-04-05 10:18:47 AM  
Go to newegg or go to Bestbuy and pay 2x the price.

You decide.
 
2012-04-05 10:18:55 AM  
People waking up to the fact that cables don't have to cost $125 is really taking a toll on that company.
 
2012-04-05 10:23:34 AM  
Bwhahahahah! Soon the only store left in existence will be Wal-Mart.
 
2012-04-05 10:24:15 AM  

justtray: Go to newegg or go to Bestbuy and pay 2x the price.

You decide.


Amazon.com is just as competitive as Newegg on electronics.

Though I've always purchased my computer parts through Newegg, because they have always been very prompt with shipping and have an excellent return policy.
 
2012-04-05 10:24:30 AM  
We can all look back to the day that article came out on how a coat hanger is just as good as a monster cable as the day BB started circling the drain.
 
2012-04-05 10:30:36 AM  

Semi-Sane: justtray: Go to newegg or go to Bestbuy and pay 2x the price.

You decide.

Amazon.com is just as competitive as Newegg on electronics.

Though I've always purchased my computer parts through Newegg, because they have always been very prompt with shipping and have an excellent return policy.


The problem I've had with Amazon vs NewEgg for electronics, especially computer parts is that it's not as easy to browse with very specific filters if you know what you want spec wise, but maybe not a specific brand or model in mid. You can try seach, but I've found that to be a crapshoot most of the time. Of course a lot of times I'll use NewEgg to find what I want, then look for it on Amazon when I have a specific brand and model name in hand to compare prices and use Amazon Prime.
 
2012-04-05 10:35:24 AM  
Yeah it's better to order that HDMI cable/battery/widget off of monoprice or some place online and pay $6 instead of $30 (I've done it about 100 times already) but we're headed for the day when you have to buy a $1500 TV sight unseen because absolutely no one has a physical presence anywhere around.

So we will all be relying on online reviews to tell us which TV/DVD (*now with x-ray technology! See Star Wars like you've never seen it before such as the last 9 times we got you to rebuy the movies*) to buy.
 
2012-04-05 10:42:25 AM  
Maybe Best Buy should have bought the extended warranty on their stock --
 
2012-04-05 10:43:04 AM  

Slaves2Darkness: Bwhahahahah! Soon the only store left in existence will be Wal-Mart.


Wal-mart wasn't the only factor in Worst Buy's death IMO. Online tech retailers were just as big of a problem.

When Best Buy changed focus from computers to consumer electronics (TV, Phones, etc) and appliances, that was when they started treading on Wal-mart's turf, but even then they were still able to keep afloat (mostly from customers who didn't know any better) and even kill off their biggest competitor (Circuit City although they have been reborn as HHGregg now).

The problem has become that more and more people are finding out about online big box stores. They couldn't compete with places like Amazon, or Buy.com/Rakuten in terms of price (because retail locations always cost more than warehouses). Also they can't move back to a tech centric position because of shops like Newegg, Mwave, Tiger Direct which are able to undercut them for the same reason that Buy.com and Amazon are able to.

I believe the only reason why places like Frys and Microcenter are able to stay afloat is because they are specialized for the most part (the same way Radio Shack use to be) and they are more regional than national. National B&M chains like CompUSA, Best Buy and Circuit City just died out because of too much competition in the field.
 
2012-04-05 10:45:20 AM  

Fizpez: Yeah it's better to order that HDMI cable/battery/widget off of monoprice or some place online and pay $6 instead of $30 (I've done it about 100 times already) but we're headed for the day when you have to buy a $1500 TV sight unseen because absolutely no one has a physical presence anywhere around.

So we will all be relying on online reviews to tell us which TV/DVD (*now with x-ray technology! See Star Wars like you've never seen it before such as the last 9 times we got you to rebuy the movies*) to buy.


Yeah, as much as I'm not fond of Best Buy's sales staff, I don't relish the day I have to buy a new refrigerator, TV, or washing machine online. Or, god forbid, at Wal Mart. Wal-Mart sucks so bad I tried to find good gym socks there, and no matter how much I wanted to spend, they didn't have any. Every single sock, from every single brand, was thin, shiatty cotton with thin, shiatty elastic. But hey, every six pack of socks was under 5 bucks!

Careful what you wish for, people, because in a few years we're all going to be Wal-Mart or Target shoppers. Once it's only Wal-Mart and Target, there will be a battle to the death, and we'll all lose no matter who wins.
 
2012-04-05 10:45:25 AM  

justtray: Go to newegg or go to Bestbuy and pay 2x the price.

You decide.


Where am I going to get my extended warranty?
 
2012-04-05 10:47:23 AM  
12 comments in and no Curly Bill pic?
 
2012-04-05 10:55:31 AM  
I'm not a big electronics consumer but best buy has done everything to drive me away. Microwave died, Amazon wanted $220 with free 5 day delivery. Best Buy store offered to beat them with the same microwave for only $340 and free 3 day shipping except the ship date was 14 days out. They tried to convince me that because Amazon some times was late in shipping they were the better option.

Need a cable Best Buy want $35 versus Amazon at $3.47.

Seems there business model is based on screwing the ignorant who don't like shopping online.
 
2012-04-05 11:01:22 AM  

Lsherm: Fizpez: Yeah it's better to order that HDMI cable/battery/widget off of monoprice or some place online and pay $6 instead of $30 (I've done it about 100 times already) but we're headed for the day when you have to buy a $1500 TV sight unseen because absolutely no one has a physical presence anywhere around.

So we will all be relying on online reviews to tell us which TV/DVD (*now with x-ray technology! See Star Wars like you've never seen it before such as the last 9 times we got you to rebuy the movies*) to buy.

Yeah, as much as I'm not fond of Best Buy's sales staff, I don't relish the day I have to buy a new refrigerator, TV, or washing machine online. Or, god forbid, at Wal Mart. Wal-Mart sucks so bad I tried to find good gym socks there, and no matter how much I wanted to spend, they didn't have any. Every single sock, from every single brand, was thin, shiatty cotton with thin, shiatty elastic. But hey, every six pack of socks was under 5 bucks!

Careful what you wish for, people, because in a few years we're all going to be Wal-Mart or Target shoppers. Once it's only Wal-Mart and Target, there will be a battle to the death, and we'll all lose no matter who wins.


The government will bust them up for monopoly! Right!!!

Right?

Guys?
 
2012-04-05 11:09:00 AM  
No. I don't want a farking warranty.
 
2012-04-05 11:12:08 AM  

Elandriel: Lsherm: Fizpez: Yeah it's better to order that HDMI cable/battery/widget off of monoprice or some place online and pay $6 instead of $30 (I've done it about 100 times already) but we're headed for the day when you have to buy a $1500 TV sight unseen because absolutely no one has a physical presence anywhere around.

So we will all be relying on online reviews to tell us which TV/DVD (*now with x-ray technology! See Star Wars like you've never seen it before such as the last 9 times we got you to rebuy the movies*) to buy.

Yeah, as much as I'm not fond of Best Buy's sales staff, I don't relish the day I have to buy a new refrigerator, TV, or washing machine online. Or, god forbid, at Wal Mart. Wal-Mart sucks so bad I tried to find good gym socks there, and no matter how much I wanted to spend, they didn't have any. Every single sock, from every single brand, was thin, shiatty cotton with thin, shiatty elastic. But hey, every six pack of socks was under 5 bucks!

Careful what you wish for, people, because in a few years we're all going to be Wal-Mart or Target shoppers. Once it's only Wal-Mart and Target, there will be a battle to the death, and we'll all lose no matter who wins.

The government will bust them up for monopoly! Right!!!

Right?

Guys?


Of course not. Wal-Mart grocery is going to be an entirely different store than Wal-Mart elctronics/appliances, which is entirely different from Wal-Mart Cheap-Ass Clothes! And they all compete with one another even though they sell completely different products and are owned by the same company! See? It's not a monopoly if you have different stores for different purposes. Plus, with online retailers, is having just one company own all the physical retail stores in the country really that bad? I mean, they're providing a service! Why do you hate America? Communiss!
 
2012-04-05 11:26:30 AM  
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2012-04-05 11:27:08 AM  
Dammit! I need some place I can go when I need some sort of hardware immediately! Best Buy may not be great, but at least it carries some gear and there is usually a store nearby.
 
2012-04-05 11:33:58 AM  
 
2012-04-05 11:35:59 AM  

GameSprocket: Dammit! I need some place I can go when I need some sort of hardware immediately! Best Buy may not be great, but at least it carries some gear and there is usually a store nearby.


This is why I'm glad I have a MicroCenter close enough. If I need a part that day, I can get it for often the same or just a little more than NewEgg or Amazon. They have a pretty decent selection too, especially compared to BestBuy.
 
2012-04-05 11:43:16 AM  

Semi-Sane: Though I've always purchased my computer parts through Newegg, because they have always been very prompt with shipping and have an excellent return policy.


Amazon's is better. If you tell Amazon that something doesn't work for you - and it doesn't matter if it doesn't work because you're a moron or you bought the wrong thing, as long as you say "It doesn't work.", they'll issue you a pre-paid shipping label. Newegg charges a 15% restocking fee on most returns and offers a shorter return window. They also offer absolutely no help in pursuing RMAs from sketchy Asian companies whom Newegg says have responsive RMA departments, where Amazon will take returns for pretty much everything it sells.

Newegg DOES have better filters for finding products. It also has a better selection of products in some categories (Amazon is TERRIBLE for computer chassis, for example). But Amazon is also normally within a couple dollars of Newegg's pricing for things that they both carry; it offers free ground shipping for orders over $25 and Amazon Prime has a MUCH high level of utility compared to Newegg's Premium membership service.

Newegg has kind of gone to shiat since it became publicly traded.

Best Buy, on the other hand, has never been anything BUT shiat. I'd relate the story of being threatened with trespassing charges by uniformed police for daring to help people in a Best Buy while wearing a blue polo shirt if I had more time to type, but let it suffice to say that it's not a place where anyone should be shopping and the sooner it disappears the better we are as a society.
 
2012-04-05 11:50:01 AM  

Fizpez: Yeah it's better to order that HDMI cable/battery/widget off of monoprice or some place online and pay $6 instead of $30 (I've done it about 100 times already) but we're headed for the day when you have to buy a $1500 TV sight unseen because absolutely no one has a physical presence anywhere around.

So we will all be relying on online reviews to tell us which TV/DVD (*now with x-ray technology! See Star Wars like you've never seen it before such as the last 9 times we got you to rebuy the movies*) to buy.


You know, there is something I call the best buy effect. A perfectly normal HDTV that on your wall will look great may look mediocre up next to the very very best TV's. Best buy knows this, and that's the reason they do that. Alot of the imperfections that exist in the difference between a $300 and a $1,000 tv can only be seen when you put the tvs next to each other.
 
2012-04-05 11:52:53 AM  

DanZero: [img.photobucket.com image 504x497]


That's what BB WANTS people to buy, not what they actually get. If customers were buying all the overpriced shiat they don't need, BB wouldn't be closing stores.
 
2012-04-05 12:21:19 PM  

likefunbutnot: Newegg has kind of gone to shiat since it became publicly traded.


This is a fact. I used to use Newegg for all of my electronics purchases but ever since they went from being an inexpensive place to buy computer stuff, they are now an an average place to buy computer stuff and oh also maybe some paper towels as well.
 
2012-04-05 12:33:15 PM  

likefunbutnot: Semi-Sane: Though I've always purchased my computer parts through Newegg, because they have always been very prompt with shipping and have an excellent return policy.

Amazon's is better. If you tell Amazon that something doesn't work for you - and it doesn't matter if it doesn't work because you're a moron or you bought the wrong thing, as long as you say "It doesn't work.", they'll issue you a pre-paid shipping label. Newegg charges a 15% restocking fee on most returns and offers a shorter return window. They also offer absolutely no help in pursuing RMAs from sketchy Asian companies whom Newegg says have responsive RMA departments, where Amazon will take returns for pretty much everything it sells.

Newegg DOES have better filters for finding products. It also has a better selection of products in some categories (Amazon is TERRIBLE for computer chassis, for example). But Amazon is also normally within a couple dollars of Newegg's pricing for things that they both carry; it offers free ground shipping for orders over $25 and Amazon Prime has a MUCH high level of utility compared to Newegg's Premium membership service.

Newegg has kind of gone to shiat since it became publicly traded.

Best Buy, on the other hand, has never been anything BUT shiat. I'd relate the story of being threatened with trespassing charges by uniformed police for daring to help people in a Best Buy while wearing a blue polo shirt if I had more time to type, but let it suffice to say that it's not a place where anyone should be shopping and the sooner it disappears the better we are as a society.



I heartily endorse this recommendation. This is nearly verbatim everything I came in here to say, less the getting arrested part. Which sounds interesting, by the way.
 
2012-04-05 12:58:38 PM  

bsharitt: GameSprocket: Dammit! I need some place I can go when I need some sort of hardware immediately! Best Buy may not be great, but at least it carries some gear and there is usually a store nearby.

This is why I'm glad I have a MicroCenter close enough. If I need a part that day, I can get it for often the same or just a little more than NewEgg or Amazon. They have a pretty decent selection too, especially compared to BestBuy.


Yeah, but there is only one damn MicroCenter in the Twin Cities and it is not close to anything else. There used to be CompUSAs all over the place.
 
2012-04-05 01:06:16 PM  
Best Buy has no choice but to mark up prices since large stores = high overhead.
 
2012-04-05 01:12:46 PM  
This guy I work with is real good friends with Worst Buys second or third in command. Dude told her everything would be OK after they laid everyone off and closed the stores. I guess theyre also getting rid of appliances.
 
2012-04-05 01:14:25 PM  

DanZero: [img.photobucket.com image 504x497]


There's a problem with that graph. What is labeled as a black slice of the pie is really simply a shadow cast by the yellow slice of the pie. The graphmaker was too lazy to figure out how to fix this, and thus added a category in the legend to explain away the shadow.

/Helpful BB employees are a myth
 
2012-04-05 01:24:49 PM  
I'm going to miss walking around in there, looking at all the stuff I will later buy online cheaper. I actually think i will buy fewer things when that happens.
 
2012-04-05 02:07:21 PM  

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: /Helpful BB employees are a myth


OK, here's my Best Buy story:

I was in the Best By in Downer's Grove, Illinois. I had a couple hours between appointments and there is nothing to do in Downer's Grove except stand around some kind of store. Anyway, I was just wandering around the computer hardware area. I happened to be wearing jeans and a navy blue polo shirt, but not "Best Buy"-blue. Anyway, some guy walked up to me and asked me for advice about something or other (I think it was an external hard drive or maybe a printer). I told him "I'm not an employee but..." and then gave him relevant advice. As I finished talking to him, somebody else walked up and asked me another question. I answered it. More people walked up. I kept telling them I didn't work for Best Buy but I did try to answer their questions. At times people wanted me to do employee things and I told them to find an employee for those things. Eventually I observed that the floor employees were directing people to me as well.

I stood there for maybe an hour or perhaps 80 minutes. Eventually I was approached by an entourage that included store security, someone in a tie and pressed shirt (manager-type?) and two Downer's Grove police officers. I was told that I needed to leave immediately because I was creating a public nuisance and that if I attempted to return I would be charged with trespassing. There was no direct communication between me and anyone who worked for the store prior to that, so I can only assume that Best Buy in general does not look on helpful pre-sales advice in any kind of positive fashion.
 
2012-04-05 02:13:32 PM  
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geeeez you guys are getting lazy
 
2012-04-05 02:32:51 PM  
I like to browse. I like to go into a store, maybe with something generally in mind or maybe not, and buy something smallish. Going into BBuy stores became an unpleasant experience--not because of supposedly ignorant employees (I can say "no thanks" without getting upset that I was asked) or prices (meh, anything can be found cheaper if you're willing to look long enough)--but because every time I went into the store, the layout had changed from the last time I was there. Also, there was really loud music (I know, get off my lawn) that didn't enhance my shopping experience. Add to that the slowly diminishing variety of inventory, and I just lost interest. I did recently go in to a store for a specific small appliance and actually would have made a purchase then and there, but they only had the floor model, no new-in-box. I did ultimately order it online from them for in-store pickup at another location, so I guess they won that round anyway.
 
2012-04-05 02:34:23 PM  
Are we going to run this exact same story ever day on Fark now?
 
2012-04-05 03:02:05 PM  
we're headed for the day when you have to buy a $1500 TV sight unseen because absolutely no one has a physical presence anywhere around.

ever heard of a store called Costco?
2-year warranties and best return policy in the bizness
 
2012-04-05 03:25:28 PM  

likefunbutnot: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: /Helpful BB employees are a myth

OK, here's my Best Buy story:

I was in the Best By in Downer's Grove, Illinois. I had a couple hours between appointments and there is nothing to do in Downer's Grove except stand around some kind of store. Anyway, I was just wandering around the computer hardware area. I happened to be wearing jeans and a navy blue polo shirt, but not "Best Buy"-blue. Anyway, some guy walked up to me and asked me for advice about something or other (I think it was an external hard drive or maybe a printer). I told him "I'm not an employee but..." and then gave him relevant advice. As I finished talking to him, somebody else walked up and asked me another question. I answered it. More people walked up. I kept telling them I didn't work for Best Buy but I did try to answer their questions. At times people wanted me to do employee things and I told them to find an employee for those things. Eventually I observed that the floor employees were directing people to me as well.

I stood there for maybe an hour or perhaps 80 minutes. Eventually I was approached by an entourage that included store security, someone in a tie and pressed shirt (manager-type?) and two Downer's Grove police officers. I was told that I needed to leave immediately because I was creating a public nuisance and that if I attempted to return I would be charged with trespassing. There was no direct communication between me and anyone who worked for the store prior to that, so I can only assume that Best Buy in general does not look on helpful pre-sales advice in any kind of positive fashion.


Would it have been near the time of this event?

http://improveverywhere.com/2006/04/23/best-buy/
 
2012-04-05 03:49:16 PM  

MrEricSir: Are we going to run this exact same story ever day on Fark now?


Best Buy is going the way of Circuit City, which was a slow, agonizing death with interesting twists and turns that amuse all of us unfortunate enough to deal with Best Buy's shiatty service and leadership. This played out drama is our own little schadenfreude, especially since Best Buy deserves to die this way for the sins they've committed.
 
2012-04-05 03:49:21 PM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: we're headed for the day when you have to buy a $1500 TV sight unseen because absolutely no one has a physical presence anywhere around.

ever heard of a store called Costco?


So I should pay an annual subscription fee to a place with horrendous shopping queues and large boxes of goods that do not fit in my apartment simply for the luxury of saving money every 6 years when I upgrade my tv? There has to be a better alternative.

Dell stores come to mind. Their MO was "try it out, go online and buy it." I wouldn't mind something like that, but I too will miss the tactile shopping experience that BB provides.
 
2012-04-05 03:59:05 PM  

likefunbutnot: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: /Helpful BB employees are a myth

OK, here's my Best Buy story:

I was in the Best By in Downer's Grove, Illinois. I had a couple hours between appointments and there is nothing to do in Downer's Grove except stand around some kind of store. Anyway, I was just wandering around the computer hardware area. I happened to be wearing jeans and a navy blue polo shirt, but not "Best Buy"-blue. Anyway, some guy walked up to me and asked me for advice about something or other (I think it was an external hard drive or maybe a printer). I told him "I'm not an employee but..." and then gave him relevant advice. As I finished talking to him, somebody else walked up and asked me another question. I answered it. More people walked up. I kept telling them I didn't work for Best Buy but I did try to answer their questions. At times people wanted me to do employee things and I told them to find an employee for those things. Eventually I observed that the floor employees were directing people to me as well.

I stood there for maybe an hour or perhaps 80 minutes. Eventually I was approached by an entourage that included store security, someone in a tie and pressed shirt (manager-type?) and two Downer's Grove police officers. I was told that I needed to leave immediately because I was creating a public nuisance and that if I attempted to return I would be charged with trespassing. There was no direct communication between me and anyone who worked for the store prior to that, so I can only assume that Best Buy in general does not look on helpful pre-sales advice in any kind of positive fashion.


I know that store pretty well... been there at least a dozen times. Absolutely hideously bad store, even for BB.

Notice there's a brand new HH Gregg store 100 yards away now? Funny, that.

/posting from Hillside
//where the dead outnumber the living, 3 to 1
 
2012-04-05 04:04:02 PM  
It's the Blockbuster rule: When your primary way of trying to make money is intentionally screwing over your customers, you will eventually fail when competition is easily accessible.

I've always thought that fixing Best Buy couldn't be that; hard: Give up on trying to sell $80 HDMI cables, revamp/retire the Geek Squad, stop people from having to say "No, Thank You" 4 times before leaving the store, and focus on hiring people who have a clue. And for the love of gimmicks, stop trying to shove 3DTVs down people's throats. No one wants them.

But they don't want to do any of this. They seem content to follow Circuit City into the abyss.
 
2012-04-05 04:04:59 PM  

likefunbutnot: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: /Helpful BB employees are a myth

OK, here's my Best Buy story:

I was in the Best By in Downer's Grove, Illinois. I had a couple hours between appointments and there is nothing to do in Downer's Grove except stand around some kind of store. Anyway, I was just wandering around the computer hardware area. I happened to be wearing jeans and a navy blue polo shirt, but not "Best Buy"-blue. Anyway, some guy walked up to me and asked me for advice about something or other (I think it was an external hard drive or maybe a printer). I told him "I'm not an employee but..." and then gave him relevant advice. As I finished talking to him, somebody else walked up and asked me another question. I answered it. More people walked up. I kept telling them I didn't work for Best Buy but I did try to answer their questions. At times people wanted me to do employee things and I told them to find an employee for those things. Eventually I observed that the floor employees were directing people to me as well.

I stood there for maybe an hour or perhaps 80 minutes. Eventually I was approached by an entourage that included store security, someone in a tie and pressed shirt (manager-type?) and two Downer's Grove police officers. I was told that I needed to leave immediately because I was creating a public nuisance and that if I attempted to return I would be charged with trespassing. There was no direct communication between me and anyone who worked for the store prior to that, so I can only assume that Best Buy in general does not look on helpful pre-sales advice in any kind of positive fashion.


Sounds like you accidentally discovered a great idea for a flash mob or Yes Man style protest. Bring in a bunch of people who know what they fark they are doing, fill Best Buy and start feeding good advice to customers. When people see the difference and the jack booted response of the company, the Internet will come alive with the sound of millions of people awakening to the fact that there are better ways than Best Buy.
 
2012-04-05 04:16:54 PM  

csi_yellowknife: It's the Blockbuster rule: When your primary way of trying to make money is intentionally screwing over your customers, you will eventually fail when competition is easily accessible.

I've always thought that fixing Best Buy couldn't be that; hard: Give up on trying to sell $80 HDMI cables, revamp/retire the Geek Squad, stop people from having to say "No, Thank You" 4 times before leaving the store, and focus on hiring people who have a clue. And for the love of gimmicks, stop trying to shove 3DTVs down people's throats. No one wants them.

But they don't want to do any of this. They seem content to follow Circuit City into the abyss.


I was looking at a tv at best buy here in Green Bay that is 799....but at Costco, which is in Milwaukee, the same model tv with features is 499. I even asked best buy if they would match the price and they said Milwaukee isn't a local enough market. (about 2hours away) So fark you best buy.

/NERD HERD
 
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2012-04-05 04:25:38 PM  

Ed Willy: MrEricSir: Are we going to run this exact same story ever day on Fark now?

Best Buy is going the way of Circuit City, which was a slow, agonizing death with interesting twists and turns that amuse all of us unfortunate enough to deal with Best Buy's shiatty service and leadership. This played out drama is our own little schadenfreude, especially since Best Buy deserves to die this way for the sins they've committed.


QFT
 
2012-04-05 04:29:41 PM  

Ed Willy: Sounds like you accidentally discovered a great idea for a flash mob or Yes Man style protest. Bring in a bunch of people who know what they fark they are doing, fill Best Buy and start feeding good advice to customers. When people see the difference and the jack booted response of the company, the Internet will come alive...


So I can be a Fark Headline AND a Consumerist article at the same time? That could get amusing.
 
2012-04-05 04:44:40 PM  

stuhayes2010: People waking up to the fact that cables don't have to cost $125 is really taking a toll on that company.


Not only that, but cables don't really require an extended warranty, either.
 
2012-04-05 06:01:48 PM  

Ed Willy: Best Buy is going the way of Circuit City, which was a slow, agonizing death with interesting twists and turns that amuse all of us unfortunate enough to deal with Best Buy's shiatty service and leadership. This played out drama is our own little schadenfreude, especially since Best Buy deserves to die this way for the sins they've committed.


Still, this is way, way too many links that are essentially the same "news." Maybe Fark just needs a more liberal definition of what counts as a duplicate link.
 
2012-04-05 06:55:24 PM  

GameSprocket: bsharitt: GameSprocket: Dammit! I need some place I can go when I need some sort of hardware immediately! Best Buy may not be great, but at least it carries some gear and there is usually a store nearby.

This is why I'm glad I have a MicroCenter close enough. If I need a part that day, I can get it for often the same or just a little more than NewEgg or Amazon. They have a pretty decent selection too, especially compared to BestBuy.

Yeah, but there is only one damn MicroCenter in the Twin Cities and it is not close to anything else. There used to be CompUSAs all over the place.


True, but even when there was CompUSA within walking distance from my apartment, I would still drive 15 minutes to Microcenter most of the time. Microcenter's store may be an organizational disaster, but they typically have more variety and selection than either BBuy or CompUSA did.
 
2012-04-05 08:49:17 PM  

bsharitt: GameSprocket: Dammit! I need some place I can go when I need some sort of hardware immediately! Best Buy may not be great, but at least it carries some gear and there is usually a store nearby.

This is why I'm glad I have a MicroCenter close enough. If I need a part that day, I can get it for often the same or just a little more than NewEgg or Amazon. They have a pretty decent selection too, especially compared to BestBuy.


Agreed, Microcenter close by is useful. And they even challenge online prices. Like $350 for a brand new iPad 2.
 
2012-04-05 10:07:49 PM  

johnnyrocket: And they even challenge online prices.


Helpful hint: Microcenter treats Intel retail boxed CPUs as loss leaders. If you're someone who builds desktop computers, it's worth a trip to a Microcenter to get $50 or $100 off what Newegg and Amazon are charging for high-end processors.
 
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