Lawnchair: I've never sold phones. Tell me, am I missing something in the market? There are roughly 100mm phones sold in the US per year, best figures I can find. Besides dedicated company stores and cellular vendors, there are Best Buys, Walmart/Target, RatShacks, and on the lower-end every gas station and major dollar store chain. Oh, and phones are exceedingly easy to sell online (I think 4 of the 5 I've had over the last 14 years were bought online).Just looking at company/indies/BB/WM/TGT/RS (ignoring gas stations and dollar store prepaids), there is a cell-vendor per ~4000 people in my community. I don't think that's far off the national number (maybe?).Assuming no online sales at all, those places are averaging... 3-4 phones a day? Can this possibly be right? How do these independent stripmall stores work? Do the carriers kick back that much? Are they just drug-laundering fronts?
Robo Beat: I've wondered that myself. I wouldn't expect it to be absolutely imperative for the company-owned stores to turn a profit, because at the end of the day AT&T and Verizon are in the business of selling cell phone service, not selling the phones in and of themselves. So if their stores only turned a nominal profit or ran at a modest loss, I could see them just shrugging their shoulders and writing it off as a marketing expense incurred in the normal course of the business of selling mobile phone service.But on the other hand, there seem to be way too many of the independent guys for them all to be fronts for the local ne'er-do-wells. It is mystifying - you'd think that every other person out there was buying a new phone every four months.
Lawnchair: ...Do the carriers kick back that much?
stratagos: Subby, if you can't figure out how to uninstall the app, that's on you.
Lawnchair: Are they just drug-laundering fronts?
Poundit Hardus: stratagos: Subby, if you can't figure out how to uninstall the app, that's on you.Not subby and I've never been able to uninstall it no matter what I do. Suggestions?
jayhawk88: One of the Blockbuster's on my route to work was advertising Boost Mobile on their sign, 3-4 months before the shiat started hitting the fan for the company. At the time I figured that was a pretty good sign the end was near.
boogerwolf: There are still BB locations open? Thought they all closed.
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