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There's no denying the unfortunate reality that Best Buy is struggling financially. And with that struggle comes the urgency to change that which isn't working. For Best Buy, one of...
07-05-2012, 12:57 PM #1
Best Buy 'Cloning' Apple's Retail Look?
There's no denying the unfortunate reality that Best Buy is struggling financially. And with that struggle comes the urgency to change that which isn't working. For Best Buy, one of the first changes being tinkered with is appearance.
According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, the attempted turnaround begins by making the store's "cavernous electronics emporiums" look more like Apple's stylishly sleek retail outlets. In other words, Best Buy is striving to emulate a look that's working out really well for the Mac maker.
The heart of a test store near Best Buy's headquarters here is a Solution Central help desk, rimmed with chairs and manned by the company's black-tied Geek Squad. It strongly resembles the Genius Bar at Apple's stores.
Best Buy tells the WSJ that its sleek and more slimmed-down store "is focused less on displaying every conceivable gadget and more on connecting customers with employees who can answer questions or help program equipment." No word yet on when this new look will roll into your neighborhood. But its probably coming soon.
07-05-2012, 01:16 PM #2
The Best Buy where I live has always had a help center where anyone can go for questions. How is this new?
07-05-2012, 01:19 PM #3
07-05-2012, 01:21 PM #4
Yes, that "Solution Central" looks like an exact clone of the Genius Bar. ... not, lol. A desk two people and two chairs isnt quite a clone, but the offered service might be. I guess we'll see about that. In general, not a bad idea, granted theres isnt a 'Genius Bar" around every corner, but there are definitely plenty of Best Buy's (still).
07-05-2012, 02:06 PM #5
I agree with this article it is a clone. Not an exact but basically the same thing. That doesn't mean thats a bad thing. If its working for apple then why not give it a shot. Its like a puzzle piece and they moved a few around. The root idea is the clone.
07-05-2012, 02:13 PM #6
Best Buy is a horrible company that treats their employees like crap, and their customers like numbers. No commission, doesn't mean that the employees don't get threatened with instant final warnings, and terminations if they don't attach every useless service possible to your computer purchase. I know how that company works deep down (I won't divulge how) and I can tell you, that BBY going under would be a good thing for consumers.
07-05-2012, 02:18 PM #7
They should start by firing the people who aren't helpful, not trying to make it appear to be a more helpful place. I've had poor over the phone and in-person experiences when either asking for details and when trying to buy something. If they didn't have the cheaper price on my MBA than the local Apple reseller near me (closest Apple store to me was also too far away) I would've gotten it somewhere else.
07-05-2012, 02:51 PM #8
Anyway, I think it's cloning the Apple Store Genius Bar, but what else is new? Everyone tries to copy Apple because their products sell like hotcakes.
07-05-2012, 03:15 PM #9
07-05-2012, 04:31 PM #10
Uh oh! I smell a lawsuit coming!
07-05-2012, 05:06 PM #11
this looks nothing like an apple store or Gbar.
07-05-2012, 05:14 PM #12
07-05-2012, 05:32 PM #13
These headlines need to stop - it's to the point now where anything successful (or potentially so) having to anything remotely to do with consumer electronics is "copying/cloning" Apple.
Perhaps this wasn't the most persuasive of photos chosen, but if this is the "proof" picture, and if I had 10 thoughts about it (I don't), not ONE of them is "Man, that reminds me of an Apple Store."Reminding you all that YOU'RE ≠ YOUR
07-05-2012, 06:40 PM #14
I am not surprised that this day would come where best buy would have financial issues and might go down. In fact I'd be glad if it happens. One of the worst companies in the electronic service where I have given many chances too. They over price their products way too much and their employees I won't blame to be useless. An employee will do a job to how the company treats them. If your boss treats you like crap, why would you care for their business? When a company goes too cheap and cuts corner to take all this will happen.
07-05-2012, 08:36 PM #15
07-06-2012, 04:52 AM #16
You know Apple is the best in World. So every company want to be like Apple. Because everyone like Apple. And everyone love Apple Inc.
So I think YES ! Best Buy and also a lot of companies cloning Apple !