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03-29-2012, 10:01 PM #41
And they say the economy is recovering, RIGHT!
03-29-2012, 10:03 PM #42
03-29-2012, 10:40 PM #43
I have a guy on a local car forum that works at the BB Mobile counter in his town. He swears up and down that the $120 Monster HDMI cable shows blacker blacks and more saturated colors compared to the $2.50 monoprice HDMI cable. WAT?? I give the guy credit for trying, but lets face it. These arent analog cables anymore. Both cables send the same 0s and 1s. You can get a nice gauged, gold plated connector HDMI cable from Monoprice, and save $117.50 compared to the Monster cable.
Hell, I just bought a TV at HHGregg and I overheard a guy peddling their $80 cables saying that they are needed and no other cable would work. REALLY? Its things like this that really kill electronic sales people all over. I was honest with my sales guy and told him exactly what I was doing, and he agreed that I was getting the best bang for buck by NOT going with their mounts and cables. That guy was awesome, and Ill go back just because of him if I ever need to make another HH Gregg purchase.
I think some of the services that BB offers really are out of line, in my opinion. IIRC they charge $30 to set up a kindle, $120 to hook up your PS3 (2 cables. LOL), and they even started doing car washes. Wow.
Also mr. BB guy, true of false (I already know the answer. ). You do NOT get commission for selling the product, but you DO get commission for selling the warranty. Which is why employees peddle them like they are going out of style.
03-29-2012, 10:55 PM #44
03-30-2012, 01:34 AM #45
03-30-2012, 06:34 AM #46
03-30-2012, 06:41 AM #47
• their employee's get paid $5 and don't give a ****.
• they have to many stores
• they promote pushy up selling
worst thing is, when these slimy, disgusting executives (which covers most corporations to be fair, in the US) finally get found out; i would still pay good money to punch them in the face, so there will always be business opportunities.My iPhone 4 Mod Flickr Stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/54754025@N07/
03-30-2012, 07:24 AM #48
Best Buy is crazy-expensive. You'll rarely find deals there, and you rarely find the items you're looking for. The selection is just awful. Basically it seems like they're trying to buy the cheapest quality items that they can make the most profit from, rather than stocking their stores with merchandise that people are actually looking for. This is a huge problem for brick & mortar stores during a recession because people do research on the internet before they buy anything nowadays. Stores like BB are only good if you need something NOW and can't wait for it to be shipped.
03-30-2012, 07:50 AM #49
I have always had great customer service at bestbuy, way better then circuit city which closed thank god they really sucked balls. When I go to bestbuy I go get the things I want and buy them because I refuse to wait for something to be shipped to me. I do my research online then go buy it but I will buy it somewhere else locally if it is cheaper except at Walmart I refuse to buy any electronics at Walmart. Most of my electronics are purchased at bestbuy because where I live they are the only decent electronics store near me. And like I said I have always gotten really good customer service from them.
03-30-2012, 08:58 AM #50
If you think ANY store not just Best Buy but also Office Depot and all the others make a decent profit off not just the iPad but also computers you are horribly mistaken. The Desktops and laptops they put on sale are just a way to get you into the store. Those things used to be profitable but online and Dell pretty much killed it. The price competition on most hardware is so insane that there is only a few bucks profit made on that few hundred dollar machine. The profit on the accessories for $50 is way way more than the machines. The reason the sales people at some places are commissioned on accessories and warranties is because that is the only thing the store really profits on. (why do people hate commission anyway? do you expect someone that sells you stuff to be a volunteer so you know they arent trying to upsell you. dumbest argument ever...)
I like stores, and I like window shopping and checking stuff out. I know about all the deals online but I still prefer to buy stuff from the store because I understand the physical item in front of me on display and the instant gratification has value. Am I going to spend double the price, no. But I do have a percentage that I consider fair to pay for the experience and availability. If everyone looked at stores and just bought online, no stores would exist. I also think the stores help people that dont know what accessories go with something. Do you think a doctor gives a crap about saving 50 bucks by purchasing his cable online if he knows nothing about TVs or electronics, probably not. He walks into a store and says I need that sweet TV, what will make it work. end of story. he pays his bill and if everything works hes happy to pay what it took.
If you dont like a store, its sales people, or the "greedy corporations" then dont buy from the store. We arent forced to buy from any store. If you dont like it, dont go. Guess what, as long as youre not some ridiculous jerk and have a lot of people that agree with you the store and "greedy corporations" that run it will close down. end of story. There is no trickery in the price, its an advertised price. You open a business to make money. You dont sneak the price on there or force people to do it. If you cant handle a pushy salesman thats your problem, if you were offered a crack pipe from some pushy crackhead would you light up with him? cmon.. People open businesses to make money, spend more time learning about businesses and how you can make millions then crying about it and collecting your food stamps.
03-30-2012, 09:39 AM #51
Worse article I think this site has ever produced. Yeah, it's the iPads fault.....How iTinted is your reality??
You failed to mention that Best Buy plan on closing 50 Large Stores, but OPENING 100 smaller new Stores. They are moving away from large stores and large items like TV's, that usually have to be delivered anywho, to smaller stores selling smaller (better selling) items like smart phones, laptops, tablets. Large items will still be available on Best Buys online store.
To read the actual news story please see:
Best Buy is closing 50 stores after losing money
03-30-2012, 09:44 AM #52
Actually, there are several issues with Best Buy and none of them have to do with the iPad. I personally refuse to shop there as long as they require me to allow them to enter my ID information into their computer system, even when returning something that I paid cash for and have the receipt.
I did predict that something like this would happen when they started requiring IDs for all returns. I maintained it when their systems were hacked the first time and the ID information was stolen, then when it happened a second time, I was shocked that there were still people that would be willing to buy anything at Best Buy.
In addition, I have found their prices to be very high compared to Amazon and their customer service extremely lacking.
I think the days of big box electronics stores are coming to an end for the most part. I do think that Fry's will stick around a little while longer than Best Buy, but overall they too will start closing up shop.
03-30-2012, 10:53 AM #53
03-30-2012, 11:00 AM #54
Amazon is to blame! Who needs bestbuy?
03-30-2012, 11:23 AM #55
Best Buy.... lol. Enough said.
03-30-2012, 11:42 AM #56
03-30-2012, 11:51 AM #57
While doing some brief reading, I came upon an interesting take on Best Buy practices at this site. It is worthwhile to note that the inner structure of Best Buy is as chauvinistic as possible. Having worked there in my mid-twenties, they were more inclined to promote substandard male employees over more qualified female employees. While I offer no postulate on their decline having to do with iPads, I can offer other information that makes the general public not care if they shut down every Best Buy. They use a demographic practice which preys on the poor, middle-class, and the wealthy. Special products and services are not offered to stores located in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, whereas they supply Magnolia and other high-end services to stores within close proximity to the wealthy. African-American stores have substandard MP3 players, a larger CD collection, and cater to car audio, as an example. Management drills the sales staff on how to "speak" to the different classes. The classes are given names; Barry is the title of an elite store. Lastly, the checking of your receipt is a violation of the 4th Amendment. As Best Buy does not own the grounds on which said stores occupies, they have no authority to check your bags and or receipt, let alone detain you. I could go on but you're already bored. I'll crack open a cold one the day they go "Circuit City."
Last edited by Tony1979; 03-30-2012 at 12:27 PM.
03-30-2012, 02:28 PM #58
Can't recall the last time I bought something from Best Buy. There is a better price about any where else you go.
03-30-2012, 02:41 PM #59
03-30-2012, 03:35 PM #60
Look closely. The answer is right there in the picture, just above the "Open" sign. These stores have closed down because Batman said so.