Best Buy has died

Could it have been prevented?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Best buy is where I go to look at products before I buy them on Amazon.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      lmao this
      i don't even wait to get home, I hit buy on my Amazon cart while still at best buy

      Fry's Electronics is exactly how Best Buy is going to wind up. Just wait for the off-brand Temu slop to flood their shelves to help their margin while the good brands refuse to sell product to Best Buy because of their dwindling credit.

      frys electronics was a carefully calculated exit where the owners stripped the company of value and ran, BBY is publically traded, voting shareholders would never allow management to switch the whole store to a consignment model after every single supplier refused to send them more product due to unpaid bills, they would much rather strip the company of value and send it on a carefully managed death spiral first

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That might be the dumbest purchasing pattern ever. Unless it's like crazy discounted on amazon or some shit. Even still I'm like 99% sure BB will pricematch it.

      The whole reason I use amazon is to not get in my car and drive to best buy.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I hate Amazon so much it's unreal
        keyed
        [...]
        [...]
        locked

        Stupid Black folk. I don't make my purchase on Amazon, it's just easier than telling everyone I make an online purchase and funnier than talking about whatever niche site I find the best price point at. There's literally no pleasing you homosexuals and you contrarianist morons belong in the same unmarked mass grave as your NPC peers.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Tons of nor ies also do that.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you're supposed to do the opposite. they will price match with amazon so you can just pick shit up from there without having to worry about some moronic zoomer post deliveryman breaking your products

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i hate you

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Buy tech off Amazon
      Enjoy your Chinesium

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I've been enjoying my Chinesium for years now. The Chinese are pretty good at ripping off certain products.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Fry's Electronics is exactly how Best Buy is going to wind up. Just wait for the off-brand Temu slop to flood their shelves to help their margin while the good brands refuse to sell product to Best Buy because of their dwindling credit.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    serious question: what do they expect us to buy that would require us to go to best buy?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Internet illiterate boomers go there to buy tech. Particularly TVs.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      there used to be games and consoles. I remember buying a pair of logitech headphones like 6 years ago.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Last significant thing I bought there was a soundbar. I found it through reviews, they just happened to have it in stock nearby at the best price.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Wait I forgot about my GPU. I won't buy any expensive computer parts on scamazon but best buy is ok.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I think I bought a cheap network cable there last I think. A lot of their cable and accessory pricing seems like it's from a time before same day shipping.
      I honestly would be sad to see them go since they always seem to have decent display models out, being able to actually see and use a few OLED monitors in person was cool. They actually have a lot of display shit thinking about it now, car audio, appliances, phones, consoles etc. Probably the most of any modern retailer

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I bought a chest freezer there a couple years ago. It's a bulky enough item that delivery is a pain and it was just easier to swing by there with my truck and take it home that day. If Best Buy went out of business, Home Depot and Lowes have similar models for around the same price. It just depends on who is having a sale at the time.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They had the correct model of the phone I wanted for my custom rom at a pretty good price. I didn't trust the used ones on Amazon and didn't want to use Ebay.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      These days, stores might actually be a better option for most products. They got gutted by online retailers, but nowadays amazon is absolutely flooded with aliexpress trash. Entire categories full of the same exact product for sale under dozens of different brands with gibberish brand names that cost as much as real brands.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I recently noticed the transition into glorified-aliexpress too. Looking for hard drives recently, I noticed that most of them were "renewed" (but so far deep in the bloated title that it never showed up in search results like that) or otherwise lacking in warranty. Very cool!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      For me, anything that's storage related. I simply do not trust Amazon for that shit anymore.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I don't know wtf you guys are doing but I've never once gotten a bad storage device off Amazon.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I recently noticed the transition into glorified-aliexpress too. Looking for hard drives recently, I noticed that most of them were "renewed" (but so far deep in the bloated title that it never showed up in search results like that) or otherwise lacking in warranty. Very cool!

        I only get drive from bestbuy and b&h anymore cause of crap like that on amazon and newegg

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they gotta get rid of walmart and target to survive.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    All the zoomies buy thier phones, games, consoles, and pcs from Amazon or dedicated computer stores like microcenter, so Best Buy is basically a one stop shop for boomers. Of course theyre declining, theyre priced for these late stage career homosexuals with overflowing pocket that are disappearing constantly.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Only the Illuminati could have prevented it

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ALL IN ON MICROCENTER

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Felectronics
      Fry's

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        (formerly chuck's)

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    maybe don't charge $39.95 for a 6ft hdmi cable

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like having a local place to buy electronics, even if they're a bit overpriced. I dearly miss radio shack.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      radioshack was cool because they used to have loose components. if you were working on a project, you could just take a trip there to get a pot or w/e. even if it was overpriced. and I used to ogle at the cool RC cars and shit.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I have an electronics store like that "close" to me, it's about an hour away, there used to be a couple radioshacks a short distance away.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Best Buy is there when I NEED something today. And even when I do, I usually sit and think about it for 5 minutes and realize I'll survive while prime gets it to me in 2 days.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If their prices weren't worse for regular name brand shit than amazon I would use them
    Amazon is full of dangerous failing chinese garbage
    I stopped buying any types of tools or electronic bits and bobs and went back to buying those from real hardware stores buying quality products manufactured here.

    If there was a microcenter near me all these stores would be dead.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My ten year old laptop still runs a web browser.
    Either make it harder to run or make parts explode, because I'm not buying a new one out of kindness.
    >but screen technology and usb-c
    Don't care.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    According to their ads, Best Buy is for people of color. I don't want to be labelled as a racist if I buy stuff reserved for them.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What's this Mutt obsession with brands? Oh no some company is failing who in the frick cares?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it's an economic indicator thirdie

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >m-m-m-muh i-indicators
        It's an indicator that you're a reddit tier midwit that thinks historical patterns mean anything in never before seen market conditions but sure go on embarrass yourself further Mutt.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Fricking butthole millennials will kill off all brick and mortar and I’ll be forced to wait 1-2 days for everything I would very much like to just run to the store and buy right then so I can just use it

          >it’s different this time!
          Dumb thirdie

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >high time preference
            ooof

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Go drink your onions latte millennioid

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    hmm
    you sure about that buddy?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >NEWS: Recognizable brand stock at all time low!
      >boomers buy
      >"see guys it's doing fine"

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I bought puts last year because it's obviously struggling but they managed to keep the price up and I feel like a moron.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe if they weren't a scammy shithole of a company and just sold tech at fair prices.
    Geek Squad are known hustlers and scam little old ladies out of their shekels.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I thought that place went brankrupt a decade ago

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >people wrench on cars from 50 years ago
    >most people don't troubleshoot computers from 10 years ago
    >you can find auto shops selling all kinds of crap to work on your car nowadays
    >radioshack shit the bed the day the iphone came out, computer shops are just display centers for junk that you plug in an outlet

    Couldn't have. No wonder tech hit a ceiling so fast and AI is a nothingburger and is going to get worse from here. There is nothing to excite people into tinkering with tech. These stores were obsolete the day consumer laptops could run windows vista without toasting themselves. Nothing but disintegrating and exploding off brand chinese laptops tablets and wearable crap you get from amazon from here on out.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      A car from 50 years ago can still get you to your destination today.
      A device from 10 years ago isn't even guaranteed to get you to a modern website today.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You can still browse the modern web with a 20 year old PC if you put Linux on it.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >A device from 10 years ago isn't even guaranteed to get you to a modern website today.
        Skill issue, techlet

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You can still browse the modern web with a 20 year old PC if you put Linux on it.

          Most people are techlets, and even the technically skilled aren't reasonably able to bypass locked down bootloaders that would lend the device to having (an updateable) Linux installed.
          Computers are more than just x86 desktops. If your mobile device was out of vendor support for the 2019 GPS rollover, there's not much you can do about it.
          An old car just needs pieces that fit together that Joe Everyman can probably make in a machine shop, not solving effectively impossible math problems to break encryption to dump firmware from custom silicon to decompile obfuscated machine code to reverse engineer from a bespoke chipset with no publically available datasheet to get updated. Older cars also just have different qualities that aren't readily available today while still being more or less equal in the objectives of modern cars, getting you from A to B. Digital hardware is effectively all ewaste since most new releases just solve the same problems objectively better, and there's not qualitative differences in the technology. While there are tons of USB form factors, other than compatibility, there's no reason to WANT anything predating USB3. There are some exceptions, like display technology (ex: CRT vs LCD), or vendors artificially restricting features in newer models, but the nature of the industry really does just make older products pointless to maintain in almost every situation.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Any moron can shove a boot disk in a PC and reinstall the OS. Phones sure but PCs aren't like that.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You make a good point of ewaste and computer hardware like the USB3 thing. I do wonder if we hit a point where older hardware actually makes a comeback? Maybe semi conductor industry cracking from lack of new talent? Also to add the joe everyman fixing up and running an old car has a lot less overhead and headaches. Compared to simply running linux on an old machine when you have corporations trying to break things on purpose or just people fricking with shit that runs in your linux. You don't see ford or general motors trying to make joe everymans work on a rustbucket hard on purpose or a few thousand people trying to interrupt you fixing an old car.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            tl;dr anon is a massive homosexual triggered over being called a bumbling techlet

            What's the point in getting mad? It's not like it isn't any less apparent if no one calls you out on your homosexualry. If you are an idiot, you cannot hide it if you do not remain quiet and silent. Full stop.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Interesting theory.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        reading this post on a 14 y/o laptop so lol
        i get what you're saying, but I think the problem comes from lack of investment. the average person tinkers with old cars mostly because they can show them off, if you showed off your refurbished Thinkpad from 2009 in public you'd probably get maced

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >lack of investment
          I think that's fair to say of anything, really. If you wanted to pay specialized consultants millions of dollars you can reverse engineer anything you want, really. I think the more salient thing is WHY there's a lack of investment: as you note, old cars have a quality (style) that is still valuable today. Old devices by and large do not have any particular qualities that are of value today; pretty much everything they do is the same that modern devices do faster and cheaper. And even if they did, they'd still be lacking in terms of power, compatibility, etc. That old car, while looking nice, still can drive you around pretty much the same as any other car today.

          Any moron can shove a boot disk in a PC and reinstall the OS. Phones sure but PCs aren't like that.

          Which is why I specifically said "Computers are more than just x86 desktops". Despite that, 50 years ago analog computers were still around pretty commonly in large data centers. You're not going to just "shove a boot disk" in them. Even a 40 year old computer could require sourcing something like a SASI drive that just aren't made anymore and you wouldn't be able to install modern Linux on it. This is exactly what I mean when I said most people are techlets.

          You make a good point of ewaste and computer hardware like the USB3 thing. I do wonder if we hit a point where older hardware actually makes a comeback? Maybe semi conductor industry cracking from lack of new talent? Also to add the joe everyman fixing up and running an old car has a lot less overhead and headaches. Compared to simply running linux on an old machine when you have corporations trying to break things on purpose or just people fricking with shit that runs in your linux. You don't see ford or general motors trying to make joe everymans work on a rustbucket hard on purpose or a few thousand people trying to interrupt you fixing an old car.

          >where older hardware actually makes a comeback?
          IMHO I think component producers anticipated this decades back and have already ensured it won't happen through forced interface upgrades, deals with software vendors, etc. Windows driver support, cell phone carrier turning off radio bands, planned obsolescence on critical/irreplaceable components... Desktops and Linux are relatively immune, but there's never going to be a particularly good reason to seek out older hardware when it'll work just the same on newer stuff.
          >You don't see ford or general motors trying to make joe everymans work on a rustbucket hard on purpose
          Only because they can't go back in time. Modern cars have ECUs that are also effectively irrepairable and require a couple hundred to replace when they go.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Which is why I specifically said "Computers are more than just x86 desktops".
            Eh. No. There are televisions and appliances but they don't sell non-x86 computers in Best Buy right now other than maybe MacBooks.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I'm not sure what your reply was supposed to mean.

            [...]
            You mean x64, surely. 32-bit windows computers aren't still being sold.

            Surely you mean x86_64, so named because it was an evolution of the x86 instruction set and carries many compatabilities, including the ability to run native x86 software.
            >no, I mean amd64 because they named it first
            Semantics, it's all effectively x86.

            Really come to think of it it just comes down to application of the technology. Cars we can rig up and get to move, we don't expect much of it just want a ride from it. Same with big infrastructure we just want it to do a job and hell we don't even care if it goes bust. Meanwhile we keep expecting things out of the computer so we just throw away an old iteration as soon as possible. Doesn't help the software the computer runs is so open to develop where anyone can be thrown at it to make software exc versus a bridge or a car that needs a practical quality control . I'm guessing this will keep going until we hit a hard limit in CPU compute speed or computer memory development fails to build larger capacity RAM chips. Until then computers and software economics will keep cheating realities.

            Pretty much my point, yes. Conversely, in the corporate world, infrastructure is based around specific hardware, and certain sectors pay a huge amount to keep 40 year old computers running, because there's huge value in NOT changing things because it does its job well enough and there's negative value in upgrading (the cost of migration). For consumers, there's little incentive to NOT upgrade.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Which is why I specifically said "Computers are more than just x86 desktops".
            Eh. No. There are televisions and appliances but they don't sell non-x86 computers in Best Buy right now other than maybe MacBooks.

            You mean x64, surely. 32-bit windows computers aren't still being sold.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Really come to think of it it just comes down to application of the technology. Cars we can rig up and get to move, we don't expect much of it just want a ride from it. Same with big infrastructure we just want it to do a job and hell we don't even care if it goes bust. Meanwhile we keep expecting things out of the computer so we just throw away an old iteration as soon as possible. Doesn't help the software the computer runs is so open to develop where anyone can be thrown at it to make software exc versus a bridge or a car that needs a practical quality control . I'm guessing this will keep going until we hit a hard limit in CPU compute speed or computer memory development fails to build larger capacity RAM chips. Until then computers and software economics will keep cheating realities.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >software that prevents you from owning anything
    >anything you can buy, you can get online as easily

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They got rid of physical movies

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Could it have been prevented?
      same story around the world: overpriced, retailers facing markets heading into recessions (or on the brink of) and rising inflation. people can't afford shit.

      easiest thing to cut and least profitable for them

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >people can't afford shit

        Make sure to mothball or trash your perfectly functioning computer to "upgrade" to windows 11, anon.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I go to Best Buy because:
    1) I hate Amazon so much it's unreal (and Best Buy is sometimes the only other provider of a specific item).
    2) I like being able to see things in person before I buy them, especially if they're remotely expensive like electronics. I've been burned too many times by getting things online that were immediately apparently not what I wanted once I finally opened them, let alone ones that were outright misrepresented online. The thought of buying multiple options at once and returning all but the one I like most strikes me as repulsively wasteful in terms of my time and shipping/packaging.
    3) My local mail fricks up routinely and I'm sick of shipped items being "delivered" and then showing up days later instead, or occasionally not at all. Bonus points for fragile things like monitors breaking in transit and wasting my time even more.
    4) Returns are easier than many online stores since I can just drop by in person instead of dealing with email support hell begging me to reinstall drivers or some shit.
    5) It's a lot easier for me to browse a physical store than a shitty website if I don't have a clear idea of what I'm looking for.

    I like Micro Center too, but it's 40 minutes away instead of 10. I wish there was more competition. What a disgusting time to be alive where I'm glad Best Buy of all things is around because it's one of the last places where I could possibly browse/get these things locally.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I hate Amazon so much it's unreal
      keyed

      Best buy is where I go to look at products before I buy them on Amazon.

      lmao this
      i don't even wait to get home, I hit buy on my amazon cart while still at best buy

      [...]
      frys electronics was a carefully calculated exit where the owners stripped the company of value and ran, BBY is publically traded, voting shareholders would never allow management to switch the whole store to a consignment model after every single supplier refused to send them more product due to unpaid bills, they would much rather strip the company of value and send it on a carefully managed death spiral first

      locked

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Agreed.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's okay. They can temporarily halt corporate growth and lower prices to re-gain customers. I mean, they will w-won't they?

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >STORE SELLS LESS IN OFF SEASON
    >ENTIRE INDUSTRY MUST BE DYING
    Do you lack object permanence or some shit?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >tenth straight quarter of sales drop
      >i-it's just the off season!
      sell your best buy stock now

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Best Buy will price match any online price. If they have a product you need, and you need it faster than shipping time allows for, they're a great option.
    That being said, I don't see that being a profitable business model. It's nice to see the different displays next to each other, thoughbeit.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I don't see that being a profitable business model.

      It is. The problem is corporate greed never accepting a little less growth. They all want to continue growing at the same rate despite 99.9% of the population taking a hit. They won't accept the hit like the rest of us, so they will suck the blood out of us cattle. Best Buy doesn't specialize in life necessities, so anyone like them will take the first hit.
      Corporations need to learn to downsize like the rest of us. And the corporations keeping food costs high are playing the most dangerous game with the cattle.

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They filled it full of Black folk and refused to carry decent products.

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    circuit city bros...

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >welcome to circuit city where service is state of the art
      >closes its doors
      >welcome to united states of america where quality of service in general is going down the tubes

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I will miss Best Buy. I go as often as I can, they price match and I like the ability to return something within an hour if truly hate it. They used to have 2 stores within a square mile of me and I don't live in a big city, but a moderately well off suburb of a big city. The one store left is now always packed but I can tell staff are rattled, strained and untrained. They all know me by name because there aren't that many of them. I just had to battle with some old codger at a store in the city over getting my refund issued on a gift card, something they go out of their way to offer all the time, but because she was hired in September she hasn't been properly trained. It's a bad situation. I don't think I'm helping either. I take great advantage of the open box system and its discounts. So my returns are somewhat justified in that another anon will save some $ down the line, maybe. They often have shit that is brand new, wrapping untouched 20% off. For every $2K I spend, I buy and return $5K worth of crap just because there's so much to test, I'm so curious/moronic, and there's nothing stopping me except pure exhaustion or shame of the checker having to see me go in for another pickup/return every other week. It is what it is, enjoy the good bits while they last. I have used basically every piece of high end tech and used it for 1-2wks just so I know what I'm talking about and to justify my hated of 90% of shit available. Test all the crap reviewers are too moronic to notice on Best Buy's dime. I absolutely loathe buying anything on Amazon worth $100+ now, they make returns excruciatingly slow, since last summer it seems. I will be extremely reticent to buy from you if I need to hope pray to an Indian support tech for a refund within 30 days, c**ts. Had to battle for $1300 back from them after a 6 week wait last fall. But they have the scale to bully people now while Best Buy can't afford to lose an abusive customer like me.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I did a dispute with my cc and won for a refund amazon was taking way to long to process. only evidence my cc requested was the tracking number that amazon received that item, and once I won amazon didn't put up a fight to try and get it reversed.

      Also amazon's cs is filled with moronic jeets

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Ask family member how much they paid for a usb cable for their printer at best buy
    >47 dollary-doos wtf
    >go with them to return it
    >then take them to dollar store and buy the exact same cable for, well, a dollar
    yes, it could have been prevented but they got greedy.

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not really, specialty B&M in this case electronics is just a dying market.

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The world wide web was a mistake.
    BBS and the internet were ok

  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'd rather go to microcenter or online at b&h with ~~*them*~~ than bestbuy

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I thought they were on a redemption arc
    Their prices have been a lot more competitive the last few years and I buy pc components there when I need them.

  33. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How long until micropenis center suffers the same fate?

  34. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    frick
    where will i get 200 dollar 14 terabyte easily shuckable easystores now

  35. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Every time I've visited BestBuy I'm filled with despair.

    They also lost me as a customer after their totally dog shit return policies.

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