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Old 10-16-23, 01:10 PM
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

If appliances/services are really where the money is, how dumb was Sears leadership to basically go under (merge with kmart, same thing) instead of pivot and corner a market they were already dominant in?
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Old 10-16-23, 01:12 PM
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
Who knows what else they might decide to stop selling later? Besides, they’re not really a great electronics store on their own. Aside from ones that have the “Magnolia” sections (and last one of those I checked out was practically empty) they aren’t really geared towards enthusiasts.

The last big thing I bought at Best Buy was an NVidia Shield, which ironically has given me less need to go into a Best Buy ever again. If I were Best Buy I would question whether selling these were good for our business, though now dropping movies that’s less of a concern now.
I would imagine they won't decide to stop selling things which create profits. Clearly, physical media is no longer doing that between shelf space, warehouse space, shipping cost, and manpower to pack/ship individual discs.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Originally Posted by morriscroy
It might go back to independent audio/video hardware shops, which were common in the 1970s and early 1980s.
My local hardware shop WAS Magnolia until Best Buy bought the brand.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Originally Posted by Meathead
Since when has Best Buy been geared to those who can afford items in the Magnolia section? It's a mainstream electronics store for the masses. My one remaining store that was remodeled last year is now 85% mobile, computers/networking, tvs and appliances. I don't see the masses not wanting any of these items in the foreseeable future.
I think Best Buy has probably resigned itself to the fact they are a showcase for new product which will then be purchased elsewhere on-line for cheaper. The Best Buy near me has sub-leased most of its central floor space to mobile phone companies much like department stores sub-leasing their prime space to cosmetic companies.

It's sad but the on-line marketplace is essentially using the expensive floor space of its competitors, such as Best Buy, to showcase and test the items (at no cost to them) and then undercuts them on the price while giving the over-the-moon happy on-line customer an amazing deal.

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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Originally Posted by Noonan
I would imagine they won't decide to stop selling things which create profits.
Progressive technology created the profits and further progressive technology removed those profits. Wash, spin, rinse...

The profits of DVDs were shared with studios, writers, actors, directors, replication plants, trucking/warehouse industry, retail stores/rental outlets and clerks. The streaming model is, if the studios get their way, now just for the benefit of the studios and a handful and its direct employees.

...on the positive side, you get to watch whatever you want for $12.95 a month plus tax!

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Originally Posted by Spiderbite
We have a multi-media right down the street that is called 2nd & Charles
I am lucky enough to have one of those on my street as well, awesome store.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

There was a 2nd & Charles in the Naperville shopping district for a few years but it actually closed down. I rarely ever found anything that was at a decent price, and there's also a Disc Replay and a Half Price Books in the area that did it better, so I guess that's why they closed.
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Can't say I have ever bought a movie from there, I go for the graphic novels.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

2nd and Charles prices their used DVDs and BDs a little out of touch with market realities. Then they have to clearance them out at cutthroat prices when they don't sell.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger
2nd and Charles prices their used DVDs and BDs a little out of touch with market realities. Then they have to clearance them out at cutthroat prices when they don't sell.
That sounds like what Hastings used to do.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger
2nd and Charles prices their used DVDs and BDs a little out of touch with market realities. Then they have to clearance them out at cutthroat prices when they don't sell.
Shopping there is like a flea market to me. Sometimes you just get lucky and find a rarity at a great price. Most of the time you usually just see junk priced higher than what it is worth. But I have found some kickass deals before.

It is all about luck and timing.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Originally Posted by Spiderbite
Shopping there is like a flea market to me. Sometimes you just get lucky and find a rarity at a great price. Most of the time you usually just see junk priced higher than what it is worth. But I have found some kickass deals before.

It is all about luck and timing.
No doubt, there are deals to be had there. Usually I believe when their employees mistake one similar item for another and price them at the more common item's pricing.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Since this seems to be the current Best Buy sucks thread, I was looking at laptops on their website, and it seems like 90% of the options are either "refurbished," "open box," or "previously owned."

Is Best Buy turning into a sleazy flea market like Amazon?
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
Since this seems to be the current Best Buy sucks thread, I was looking at laptops on their website, and it seems like 90% of the options are either "refurbished," "open box," or "previously owned."

Is Best Buy turning into a sleazy flea market like Amazon?
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
Since this seems to be the current Best Buy sucks thread, I was looking at laptops on their website, and it seems like 90% of the options are either "refurbished," "open box," or "previously owned."
I didn't see that when browsing their website. When I went to the Windows laptops section, and filtered by Pickup today at my local store, there were 142 options for new products. Many of them had open-box options when you add it to cart, but it's not the default option. The open-box stock being shown is sometimes only available for shipping, which means it's not just local stock, but also online order returns.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Just saw a posting from them on Facebook promoting TOYS- Hot Wheels and stuff like that. Yeah, THAT’S what I want.
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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
Just saw a posting from them on Facebook promoting TOYS- Hot Wheels and stuff like that. Yeah, THAT’S what I want.
I mean it is Christmas.
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There’s a Toys R Us right next to our Best Buy- oh wait, that went out of business and can’t blame Best Buy on that.

Heard Best Buy is selling patio furniture also. For sitting outside and watching digital movies on your phone, I guess.
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Best Buy has had toys and stuff for a while now, if you had actually been in a physical store you would have seen them

They even sell Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon cards.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Uh yeah people actually go to Best Buy to buy other things except movies. Movies and video games aren't going to pay the employees and keep the lights on.
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They’re still an electronics store. Why would anyone even think to go there for patio furniture?
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
They’re still an electronics store. Why would anyone even think to go there for patio furniture?
I've bought home videos at Barnes & Noble and Toys R Us. I bet you did too.
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Re: Best Buy Finished w/ Physical Media?

A new Barnes and Noble opened not far from me (actually moved from a smaller location), and it's literally the only place that I can browse physical media.
The movie selection isn't too robust, but it's not bad, with titles Target and Walmart would never stock, and they do have a ton of Criterions (and they just had their 50% off Criterion sale as well). And they have a ton vinyl to flip through - and I appreciate that it's all new vinyl - I feel gross flipping through used vinyl, which are way overpriced these days anyway. They're pretty much the only game in town.

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