Best Buy details its 50 big box store shutdowns in the US

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by shakirmoledina, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. shakirmoledina
    OP

    Member shakirmoledina Legend

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2004
    Messages:
    6,611
    Location:
    Dar es Salaam
    Country:
    Tanzania
    [​IMG]

    Stores closing down, time to change the business model it seems.

    Source
     


  2. The Milkman

    Member The Milkman GBATemp's Official Asshat Milkman

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,471
    Location:
    Throwing milk at the bitches!
    Country:
    United States
    More like broken economy starting to hit the big guys again :glare:
     
  3. kirbymaster101

    Member kirbymaster101 GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,048
    Country:
    Canada
    so canada too or no?
     
  4. freaksloan

    Member freaksloan GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2012
    Messages:
    123
    Location:
    Toledo, OH
    Country:
    United States
    I stopped going to Best Buy years ago. Prices are 20 to 30% higher than I can get elsewhere. The staff is not very knowlegable and they don't leave you alone, they stalk you and try to sell you stuff you don't want. Then when you find something in their ad you want for a price you are willing to pay, they don't have it.

    Amazon is the only way to go.
     
    3 people like this.
  5. FAST6191

    Reporter FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    21,748
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Although I am still immensely amused at their UK venture (and hasty retreat at the end of it all) I did have the dubious pleasure of appearing in a couple of their US stores when I was there last year.... although I would sooner appear there than a lot of UK high street shops I still have to say good riddance to bad rubbish. I would have said they were a nice place to look at things before you went and got them online but that would be a lie as well (different models a lot of the time and TVs calibrated so badly* I had to work to figure out which was better).

    Sadly I did not get the chance to bait the staff there or gain any classic cons/stupidity to add to the list as I filtered them out.

    *this despite sending some spotty oik to properly calibrate one that was purchased from there who by all accounts did a half decent job.

    Online only or not I will leave to debate (not every business is happy to have reception have parcels delivered to it and many more do not have a job capable of it) but I still reckon a pile it high and sell it cheap enough to compete approach would be good.
     
  6. Midna

    Banned Midna Banned

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2008
    Messages:
    3,336
    Country:
    Albania
    They have BestBuy locations up here, in addition to at least as many FutureShop stores. Same place, different colour scheme.
     
  7. Zetta_x

    Member Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,844
    Country:
    United States
    This is exactly why I stopped shopping at BestBuy. I swear, they take advantage of people who don't have knowledge of electronics.
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. Guild McCommunist

    Member Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    Joined:
    May 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,151
    Location:
    The Danger Zone
    Country:
    United States
    I wonder if any are closing near me, maybe I can pick up some sweet store clearance swag.

    But I can't say I enjoy Best Buy at all or really see the point. That's the same with most stores. I spend most of my money on video games anyway and I can get them all pretty much cheaper on Amazon. Maybe it's because I can't go out to the stores whenever I feel like it but Amazon also just has better prices, better selection, and it's easier to use.
     
  9. Zetta_x

    Member Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,844
    Country:
    United States
    I don't think it's so much of the economy, BestBuy's competition have them beat. In a world of emerging innovation, Bestbuy nearly lacks every way. The only time I go to best buy is for an extremely small selection of products and that's when I need them fast. When you see $50 HDMI cables and some prices 1.5 times as much as online purchases; the only people who actually buy these items are being exploited.
     
  10. Gahars

    Member Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2011
    Messages:
    10,254
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Country:
    United States
    I can't say that Best Buy is great or anything, but I've gotten some great deals there before. It would certainly hate to see the local one go down.

    I don't know, I just feel bad for the stockholders. I guess it wasn't the best buy after all.
     
  11. chartube12

    Member chartube12 GBAtemp Addict

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Messages:
    2,729
    Country:
    United States
    Best Buy started going down hill after they bought circuit city out. good company absorbs bad company and slowly changes into the bad company themselves.
     
  12. Dr Eggman

    Member Dr Eggman I am THE Eggman.

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2008
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    Eggmanland! (Toronto IRL)
    Country:
    Canada
    When was BestBuy ever a good company? Lol

    But seriously, Canada really sucks when it comes to electronics. If we buy in store, gotta pay tax (13% here :() on top of the markup, and if we buy online, Canada Post is so expensive, and we sometimes still have to pay tax.

    The only thing that feels ok is when I realize UK VAT is 20%... You guys got it harsh :O
     
    1 person likes this.
  13. The Milkman

    Member The Milkman GBATemp's Official Asshat Milkman

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,471
    Location:
    Throwing milk at the bitches!
    Country:
    United States
    Hmm, you got a point there guy, they may just be going the way of circuit city.
     
    1 person likes this.
  14. DigitalDeviant

    Member DigitalDeviant GBAtemp Addict

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2010
    Messages:
    2,002
    Location:
    Solar Federation
    Country:
    United States
    I've only bought 2 maybe 3 items from bestbuy, everything else(electronic) has either been gamestop or online store.
     
  15. Rydian

    Member Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2010
    Messages:
    27,883
    Location:
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Country:
    United States
    Actually best buy's closing because it sucks. As a company. Thus having to close it's stores because it can't support them.
     
  16. Snailface

    Member Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    Messages:
    4,324
    Location:
    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    Country:
    Antarctica
    I dread going in their stores because of the pushy salesmen at every arms length. Ugh, it's worse than ScamStop.
    Still, it's sad seeing businesses going under and real lives being effected.

    However, no stores nearby my residence are being shuttered so I guess that's good for me. :toot:
    (in the rare event they actually have an incentive for me to endure their wretched sales shtick)
     
  17. emugirl1994

    Newcomer emugirl1994 Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2010
    Messages:
    80
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Country:
    United States
    It's not totally bad that Best Buy is closing down 50 of its stores in their chain. In the same Engadget article, it's stated that "and despite the impending closures, the company says it'll try to re-position them within the company or offer up severance packages". Not as bad as a lay-off if Best Buy decides to restructure their company and just shift employees around or give them the severance package.
     
  18. chartube12

    Member chartube12 GBAtemp Addict

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Messages:
    2,729
    Country:
    United States
    About 10 years ago
     
  19. Guild McCommunist

    Member Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    Joined:
    May 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,151
    Location:
    The Danger Zone
    Country:
    United States
    I forgot to mention that their Geek Squad deserves to burn in hell. What a bunch of fucking jokes.

    A long time ago we brought in one of our computers for a virus issue. I wasn't too computer savvy at the time so that's my excuse for letting this happen. They charge us like $150 for a virus removal. Then they put on their fucking bloatware antivirus that we still have to pay for yearly.

    I guess as a testament to how shit their antivirus was, we got another virus later on. By then, I'd learned my share about computers. I was able to deal with it by myself. For free. Kicked off that shit antivirus and started using Microsoft Security Essentials. Which was better. And was free.

    The Geek Squad is the largest group of rip offs I've seen. They just nickel and dime old ladies who don't know anything about computers. They're professional scam artists but people can't do shit about them.
     
  20. TwinRetro

    Global Moderator TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    6,181
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Country:
    United States
    Every time I see a Geek Squad car in a place that's not Best Buy, I key it. True story.
     
    1 person likes this.

Share This Page