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Windows 7: Best Buy to close stores and cut jobs.

05 Apr 2012   #41
Sardonicus

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Radio Shack.......I enjoyed looking through their free catalogs before they discontinued them, but that was ages ago. They came out with a commercial calling themselves "The Shack", I guess in an effort to create a catch phrase, but most people I'm sure, will still just call them Radio Shack. The last time I was in there, they were doing quite well selling cell phones. It was more like a cell phone store, instead of an electronics store.

I too, think they'll be around for a while. I think it helps, that they have their stores in and around malls, to attract youngsters interested in mobile phones. As a chain, they're probably doing quite well, but quietly.


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05 Apr 2012   #42
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sardonicus View Post
Radio Shack.......I enjoyed looking through their free catalogs before they discontinued them, but that was ages ago. They came out with a commercial calling themselves "The Shack", I guess in an effort to create a catch phrase, but most people I'm sure, will still just call them Radio Shack. The last time I was in there, they were doing quite well selling cell phones. It was more like a cell phone store, instead of an electronics store.

I too, think they'll be around for a while. I think it helps, that they have their stores in and around malls, to attract youngsters interested in mobile phones. As a chain, they're probably doing quite well, but quietly.

The cell phones and cool home phones my mom bought a cordless phone package i guess there good for something lol

I can say they still have a large selection of small components and screws but the last time i was there was about 3 years ago
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05 Apr 2012   #43
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I for one don't find that Best Buy prices are really that outrageous. Obviously, some things are going to cost more than some random fly by night company you may find on the Internet. And they may cost a little more than an Amazon.com on certain items, especially if Amazon is running a sale and Best Buy is not. Like any retail chain, they are going to get you on things like cabling and such...but the same is exactly true for any retail store (CompUSA, Staples, OfficeMax, etc).

For example, Best Buy is running the Denon AVR-1912 Home Theater receiver right now for $399
Denon - 875W 7.1-Ch. 3D Pass Through A/V Home Theater Receiver - AVR1912

Typically, the receiver does indeed sell for the $549, and that's true at most retail stores. I've seen that receiver for around $529 on Amazon from time to time. Amazon too has it for sale right now at $399.


Another example
1TB Caviar Black from Best Buy is $139: This is retail box, with packaging, cables, screws, etc.
Western Digital - Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops - WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN

NewEgg.com is $139.99 for the same hard drive OEM bare drive only
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Tiger direct is $134.99 for the OEM drive
Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 RPM, 32MB, SATA-300 at TigerDirect.com

This random company has it for $116.99
WD WD1001FALS Black 1TB 7200RPM SATAII 32MB HDD Caviar [WD071001FALS] - $116.86 : Wholesale Computer Parts Electronics and PC Components Parts 423-650-4286

So, really Best Buy isn't that over the top here. For only $5 more than Tiger Direct, I can have it 15 minutes from now if I drive over to Best Buy and pick it up. And it's the retail packaging version which might include a few extra pieces/parts that I could take advantage of.
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06 Apr 2012   #44
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Agree for the most part with pparks1. For the big ticket items they seem to compare well with the others, other than the fact they've got the sales clerks pushing those extended warranties. They don't seem to be as pushy as they used to be. Say "no" once and you may get asked one more time, whereupon you say "no" again. Circuit City clerks I remember pushing till you put your credit card away and were walking out the door...

Hard drives there also seem priced well, as well as lower than any of the three computer parts stores I frequent. Heck their used drives are as expensive as Best Buy's new drives.

But if I need a cable (sata/usb/whatever), it's gonna be at least 3 to 4 times more expensive as the little parts shops. Always go straight to the parts store for those. Two reasons I don't even bother with Best Buy on those items: 100% of the time it'll be more expensive and only 5% of the time they'll actually carry it. Plus the variety available is much better at the parts stores.

And Radio Shack, over the years, has had its problems. It is a wonder they're still around. I've probably purchased 10 items from them over the last 10 years. All small items. And I too, loved those catalogs. I would always pick up two or three as soon as they had them in the store.

I hate to see any of these stores shut down....
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06 Apr 2012   #45
chris1neji

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

I watched all 3 part of youtube video!!! So much time went away xD.
I found it interesting learning about the culture of the chinese and why Best Buy way of sales probably did not work in China.

I like best buy it's a nice "showroom" and when it comes to buying things right there and then! Sadly today's products are much more advance, that it would be way too expensive to train them on every new product being release so they know a little bit about everything. So when you ask them a specific question and tell them to compare A to B... they cant tell you anything.

However that is not just Best Buy, its all stores.

Who knows what will happen to them.
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06 Apr 2012   #46
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Oh and reports out paint the economy as getting much better. Really !
There's a second set of foreclosure nightmares on the horizon, this time it will hit the middle class much harder, and everything EVERYTHING is still propped up by the artificial interest bubble created by the federal reserve.

This tiny bit of goodness may not even last until the elections like I think the current president is hoping they will.
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06 Apr 2012   #47
XxBRADxX

windows home premium 64 bit
 
 

Very well put. I agree 100%.
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06 Apr 2012   #48
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I like to go to Bestbuy just to use the computers there. At the Bestbuy near me, they have the computers running in the administrator account all of the time. I will go into the bioses of the computers there, sometimes. I also defrag the hard drives and run disk cleanup. I even saw a computer that the "geeks" hadn't set up with their special Archie software, so I set it up
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06 Apr 2012   #49
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
I like to go to Bestbuy just to use the computers there. At the Bestbuy near me, they have the computers running in the administrator account all of the time. I will go into the bioses of the computers there, sometimes. I also defrag the hard drives and run disk cleanup. I even saw a computer that the "geeks" hadn't set up with their special Archie software, so I set it up


I bet GEEK SQUAD started taking notes lmao probally Youtubed you too
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06 Apr 2012   #50
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
I like to go to Bestbuy just to use the computers there. At the Bestbuy near me, they have the computers running in the administrator account all of the time. I will go into the bioses of the computers there, sometimes. I also defrag the hard drives and run disk cleanup. I even saw a computer that the "geeks" hadn't set up with their special Archie software, so I set it up


I bet GEEK SQUAD started taking notes lmao probally Youtubed you too
Ha! I can imagine them huddled around the screen hooked up to the camera that was watching me do the entire setup, lol.
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