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1269 clicks; posted to Business » on 26 Jun 2020 at 11:01 AM (11 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-06-26 10:07:16 AM  
Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?
 
2020-06-26 10:29:11 AM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


Surprisingly, yes.
 
2020-06-26 10:35:27 AM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


Yeah. There are typically some kids at the Xbox demo station, and a couple other customers just in the store.

/Granted, I haven't been by in like a year.
 
2020-06-26 10:52:01 AM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


Yeah. I've gone into them a few times too. I was looking at a Surface Pad, ended up getting a MacBook but it was a really nice experience and the staff was great.
 
2020-06-26 11:18:45 AM  
What a Microsoft retail employee might have looked like.

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2020-06-26 11:19:20 AM  
I am surprised it took this long. There were always more clerks in there than customers.
 
2020-06-26 11:20:59 AM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


Yup, there were people in the one near me - indoor mall location in an upscale area - on the infrequent times I would shop there.  It was nice to be able to check out their PC hardware.

I guess they're gonna double down on their displays at Best Buy.
 
2020-06-26 11:24:23 AM  
They had brick/mortar retail stores?
 
2020-06-26 11:26:16 AM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


The small handful of times I stopped in at one near me it was usually busy.
 
2020-06-26 11:38:49 AM  

valkore: Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?

Yup, there were people in the one near me - indoor mall location in an upscale area - on the infrequent times I would shop there.  It was nice to be able to check out their PC hardware.

I guess they're gonna double down on their displays at Best Buy.


Microsoft doesn't make hardware
 
2020-06-26 11:40:22 AM  
Since Covid shut my local mall in March it's lost Nordstrom's, Ruby Tuesday, Brisco's and now the Microsoft store. And that's on top of Sears closing in Feb. It will be interesting to see what's left when it finally reopens.
 
2020-06-26 11:41:48 AM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


I've heard of - and I've seen - Apple Stores, but I've never even heard of a Microsoft store.
 
2020-06-26 11:48:35 AM  

damageddude: Since Covid shut my local mall in March it's lost Nordstrom's, Ruby Tuesday, Brisco's and now the Microsoft store. And that's on top of Sears closing in Feb. It will be interesting to see what's left when it finally reopens.


With both anchor stores gone there's a good chance it never reopens
 
2020-06-26 11:50:29 AM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


They hilariously opened one in the mall literally right around the bend, on the same level, as the Apple store. It generally had a handful of people in it, but mostly just some teenagers/young adults playing XBox with an employee, and a few other people who appeared to be in there more for curiosity than anything else. (Or, who wandered into it instead of the Apple store by mistake, and had to figure out why it wasn't what they expected.) Most of the employees just kinda hung out chatting with each other and looking bored. I always felt sorry for them.
 
2020-06-26 11:53:29 AM  
Saw it coming. If you're a Microsoft Alumni member, you saw it coming, too.
 
2020-06-26 11:53:34 AM  
Who needs brick and mortar when they're selling these?

WFGWX-34G12-4BECD-9A23M-18DGV

/That'll be $49.95 please.
//Per month.
 
2020-06-26 11:57:51 AM  
On the flip side of this. The constantly crowded Apple Store. How can so many people spend so much time in a store with, like, 10 products at any time?
Is it cool to hangout in there or something? Kids these days
 
2020-06-26 12:06:04 PM  
So Surface clearance sale or does the limited physical stock get shipped back to central warehouse?
 
2020-06-26 12:09:05 PM  

chitownmike: valkore: Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?

Yup, there were people in the one near me - indoor mall location in an upscale area - on the infrequent times I would shop there.  It was nice to be able to check out their PC hardware.

I guess they're gonna double down on their displays at Best Buy.

Microsoft doesn't make hardware


Um.. you never heard of the Surface line?
 
2020-06-26 12:09:13 PM  

PainInTheASP: Who needs brick and mortar when they're selling these?

WFGWX-34G12-4BECD-9A23M-18DGV

/That'll be $49.95 please.
//Per month.


Was it really easier to post the SKU than the product name?
 
2020-06-26 12:11:53 PM  

chitownmike: PainInTheASP: Who needs brick and mortar when they're selling these?

WFGWX-34G12-4BECD-9A23M-18DGV

/That'll be $49.95 please.
//Per month.

Was it really easier to post the SKU than the product name?


That's an activation key, not a SKU
 
2020-06-26 12:17:14 PM  
I always wanted to go full-Karen in one of those stores and demand to speak to Bill Gates
 
2020-06-26 12:25:23 PM  
You can't go to those places.  Bill Gates will jump out of a backroom and chip ya like the dog  you are.
 
2020-06-26 12:28:54 PM  

GardenWeasel: chitownmike: valkore: Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?

Yup, there were people in the one near me - indoor mall location in an upscale area - on the infrequent times I would shop there.  It was nice to be able to check out their PC hardware.

I guess they're gonna double down on their displays at Best Buy.

Microsoft doesn't make hardware

Um.. you never heard of the Surface line?


Uh, yeah, but I've ignored it
 
2020-06-26 12:33:09 PM  
I'm a little bummed because I've used my local store for service on Surfaces and accessories that I have purchased. I had a Surface Pro 4 that need replacing after it died under warranty and a Surface Pen that just stopped working. It was nice to be able to get same-day walk-in service like the Apple Store offers.
 
2020-06-26 12:35:33 PM  

chitownmike: GardenWeasel: chitownmike: valkore: Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?

Yup, there were people in the one near me - indoor mall location in an upscale area - on the infrequent times I would shop there.  It was nice to be able to check out their PC hardware.

I guess they're gonna double down on their displays at Best Buy.

Microsoft doesn't make hardware

Um.. you never heard of the Surface line?

Uh, yeah, but I've ignored it


"Things that I ignore don't exist."

Try that with a bill collector or court summons and let me know how that goes.
 
2020-06-26 12:49:41 PM  
If they were open:

Odds of getting COVID in the MSFT store: 0.5%
Odds of getting COVID in the Apple store: 99.5%
 
2020-06-26 1:16:08 PM  
My family went to Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale last week. It was a few weeks after the looting happened. The Apple store had been hit along with a bunch of other stores. I had to point out that no one was interested in looting the Microsoft store.
 
2020-06-26 1:16:39 PM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


The one at the Pru (Prudential Center) in Boston was "ok". But it never had nearly the volume of customers as the Apple Store across the street. What I mostly noticed were kids playing the XBoxes or people on the laptops
 
2020-06-26 1:35:27 PM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


MIcrosoft has stores?
 
2020-06-26 2:21:33 PM  

valkore: chitownmike: GardenWeasel: chitownmike: valkore: Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?

Yup, there were people in the one near me - indoor mall location in an upscale area - on the infrequent times I would shop there.  It was nice to be able to check out their PC hardware.

I guess they're gonna double down on their displays at Best Buy.

Microsoft doesn't make hardware

Um.. you never heard of the Surface line?

Uh, yeah, but I've ignored it

"Things that I ignore don't exist."

Try that with a bill collector or court summons and let me know how that goes.


It works for Covid-19, right?
 
2020-06-26 2:26:52 PM  
The store was more of a giant advertising campaign for Microsoft products, less of an actual store. It did a good job at getting kids to play with the XBOX or people to look at the Surface. It also had some decent training and community outreach, including summer workshops for kids.

I never thought it would last 5 years, it lasted a little more than that.
 
2020-06-26 3:00:51 PM  

Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?


When windows phones were still a thing, yes. God i loved that Nokia 1520 WP
 
2020-06-26 3:14:59 PM  

chitownmike: With both anchor stores gone there's a good chance it never reopens


Nah, it still has Macy's, JC Pennys and Lord & Taylor plus a ton of chain stores in an upper middle class area. And Sears second floor was already a Primark. They'll be back.
 
2020-06-26 3:22:03 PM  
Small nitpick, subby: you can come back from a BSoD.  This is an RRoD.
 
2020-06-26 4:05:00 PM  

Joe USer: The store was more of a giant advertising campaign for Microsoft products, less of an actual store. It did a good job at getting kids to play with the XBOX or people to look at the Surface. It also had some decent training and community outreach, including summer workshops for kids.

I never thought it would last 5 years, it lasted a little more than that.


Yeah, it was mainly for corporate show n tell. Best Buy store n store concepts are pretty equivalent, except for Surface Hub / PixelSense / HoloLens coolness.
 
2020-06-26 4:50:26 PM  
It's kinda too bad. It was a great place to try out some of the better laptops when I was looking last year. Best Buy generally only has big, clunky 2-in-1s or "gaming" laptops, Costco is limited as are the local shops, Fry's has been reduced to selling refurbs, and WalMart and Target are of course a joke.
 
2020-06-26 5:31:39 PM  
I'm prey annoyed by this.  When I've either busted my surface's screen or needed something, I would drive the 5+ hours to Denver and get the machine swapped out in a few hours instead of up to 2 weeks.

I will miss the stores
 
2020-06-26 6:45:35 PM  

chitownmike: valkore: Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?

Yup, there were people in the one near me - indoor mall location in an upscale area - on the infrequent times I would shop there.  It was nice to be able to check out their PC hardware.

I guess they're gonna double down on their displays at Best Buy.

Microsoft doesn't make hardware


What was the Surface and the Zune?
 
2020-06-26 8:03:56 PM  

gilatrout: I'm prey annoyed by this.  When I've either busted my surface's screen or needed something, I would drive the 5+ hours to Denver and get the machine swapped out in a few hours instead of up to 2 weeks.

I will miss the stores


This, I had one 15 mins from my house. It was pretty nice for grabbing a surface upgrade for one of my workers when their laptop went down, and when my wife dropped her surface pro a few years ago and cracked the screen it was a simple 5 minute swap out. I just brought the PC in and they literally opened a new box in front of me and just handed me the new unit after grabbing the serial number to record the covered swap. Never seen such a seamless swap before for something covered.
 
2020-06-26 8:04:47 PM  

gar1013: chitownmike: valkore: Katerchen: Those of you who have one in the area : have you ever seen customers inside?

Yup, there were people in the one near me - indoor mall location in an upscale area - on the infrequent times I would shop there.  It was nice to be able to check out their PC hardware.

I guess they're gonna double down on their displays at Best Buy.

Microsoft doesn't make hardware

What was the Surface and the Zune?


A brilliant lineup of computers and a terrible attempt to make an iPod.
 
2020-06-26 8:55:57 PM  
"It will instead focus on its online store at Microsoft.com, where customers can go for support, sales, training and more."

Support and training were the main reasons people went to the store.
I guess that is good news for Best Buy, but their staff is not nearly as attentive as Microsoft.
I do not recommend anyone try Geek Squad without an appointment.
 
2020-06-27 4:33:10 PM  
It's news to me they had retail stores.
 
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