In partnership with CBSSports.com
Online Now 501
Online now 512 Record: 10351 (3/11/2012)
The largest and most active MSU Spartans board on the web
The place to ask questions to SpartanTailgate's recruiting experts
"The Duff" is dedicated to Michigan State football recruiting discussion
"The Bres" is dedicated to Michigan State basketball recruiting discussion
This is your pulpit to preach to the masses about everything from politics to religion
The place to buy, trade or sell Michigan State tickets
For fantasy football and other fantasy sports discussion
You have no favorite boards.
The most viewed topics.
The most replied to topics.
The most up-voted topics.
The most down-voted topics.
The most up-voted posters.
The most down-voted posters.
The most followed posters.
Most of the posters here would be shocked at how many people can't figure out how to read directions for flat screens, and setting up a wireless network.
Now I can understand how a person with little or no tech savy might struggle with installing a router or wireless router for Netflix but setting up a flat screen at home isn't that tough. Yet Best Buy gets $150 minimum for a home visit. Then they do the mumbo jumbo "fine tuning" with the bifurcated framalator thingy bob for another $100 and folks gladly pay it.
We're are talking take out of box, set up stand, put flat screen in stand, connect cable to TV and turn on power, follow directions.
The problem with Best Buy is that essentially it is a brick and mortar testing zone for online shopping. People use it as a way to "research" products that they will ultimately go online and purchase on Amazon.
I needed a quick fix on a laptop that seemed to have a virus that prevented using most programs, including Office and various internet browsers. Since I was out of town, and needed access to work files on the laptop, I went to Geek Squad to see if they could clean the computer for me (or at least access the files and copy them to a flash drive).
Geek Squad told me it would take $200 and 10 to 14 days to get my computer back, with no guarantee of success. I was like, "WTF?", what's the damn point?
I then used someone else's computer, found out that there was a common virus that caused my problems, and used the free advice found on an internet forum to resolve the issue in about 15 minutes.
I'd say it's the opposite. I do all my research online checking forums and reviews and then if its something that's competitively priced at best buy or I don't want to chance it being shipped or something I'll get it at a store.
Seems like their mobile phone department is doing well. But yeah, I don't know how many times I've gone to Best Buy to check an item out and then ordered it from Amazon for 30% less. Seems like they are real competitive on some things and not even close on others.
Yeah, fuck Best Buy. I never even got a call back when I applied there back in the day.
Guess they saw through my attempt to work there as little as possible until I got my employee discount then buy some stuff & book it.
Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance
My biggest issue with best buy is that I have to do some much of my own research anyway because the 15 yr old kid working there has no clue what he's talking about and is just trying to sell the most expensive shit that I might as well just buy on amazon. The only issue is I live in the fucking hood and I don't like having expensive shit delivered to my porch. I don't love best buy but I need a place to buy TV's and stuff so I kinda home they don't totally die.
That said I MUCH MUCH prefer Amazon and other online retailers, even with potential hassle of returns, etc.
They suck. Well unless you like getting charged twice for things you can't even get because the store is sold out.
This country was built by people who worked hard then went home and had just a few too many every night. Then went back to work.
They're gonna be gone in a few years, but I'm not sure there's much they could have done to avoid it. The fact of the matter is that for like 90% of the stuff they sold 10 or even 5 years ago, there's pretty much no reason anyone with a brain needs to buy it from a retail location.
With their current business model all of their stores could be about half their current size. They don't need a giant store to sell cellphones.
MONSTER CABLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! morans
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
Isn't that shit awesome. I about slapped a friend who asked me to hook up a bunch of his stuff at his home when he told me he bought all the high end cables at Best Buy because that's what they recommended. Instead of me doing it for free next time, I suggested he give me all the money he spent on that shit then I'll go to monoprice and use the 95% of the money that's still left to get our party on.
Best Buy markup aside, how is Monster even still in business? They must have the best advertising and marketing department in the world.
No, there are just a lot of people who have been trained to think that big, professional-looking companies can't possibly be complete scams, and that more expensive automatically = better quality.
Liquor companies have made an artform out of this.
Monster makes good cables and gets a premium price because they spend a lot of money on the outer coatings, colors and packaging.
Before HDMI the quality of cables and the quality of the connectors could make a difference but there are numerous makes out there whose stuff had all the same stuff Monster had except it wasn't as pretty.
They really are a horrible, disgusting company. They are reaping what they have sown.
Weren't they sued a few years back for having a separate internal search/stock page, so when you complained about price differences in the store versus ads they would pull up a fake site that showed a fake price and look at you like you were crazy? I remember hearing something like that. Regardless, they have too many indiscretions for a reasonable company to survive through. Kick em to the curb.
Monster is all marketing... Youre paying for the cost of being on a retail shelf versus a monoprice or bluejeans who are direct ship, just in time manufacturing, etc.
Their stuff will work just fine, but it isnt premium. You're just as well to buy the best buy dynex generic shit.
Monster Cable is their biggest problem in the end. the more people that know about monoprice.com the fewer customers places like Best Buy that prey on ignorance will have. good riddance.
This post was edited by StylesGShmooth 2 years ago
The problem with Best Buy is that they've got a bunch of douche-bag kids who should be bagging groceries at Kroger working there.
Back in the day I was a pretty frequent shopper at Best Buy. I used to spend way too much money on CD's and DVD's. Now that I don't buy CD's and DVD's anymore I very rarely visit the store. On top of that they screwed me out of a warranty on a DVD player I bought. I did go there about 6 months ago and it's clear to see they are moving towards the high pressure sales format of a place like ABC Warehouse. With all of the great websites out there for TV's, video games, camera's, etc there just isn't any reason to visit the store unless you want to actually see the product before purchasing it on Amazon. I just don't think there is a need for big box tech stores anymore and people that want to buy things can get the same products for better or the same prices at Walmart, Target and Sam's Club if they actually want to see/touch a product.
You guys haven't brought it up so I will though it will be unpopular. Walmart has had as much to do with Best Buy's decline as anything else. Their in-store selections isn't as big as Best Buy's but what they do have they eat Best Buy's lunch on in price.
They screwed me out of a car stereo warranty. The stereo had a short in it and after 3 times of me taking it out myself and to the store, they finally said they fixed the short. Well, they didn't and took it back again. Couldn't fix it and wouldn't honor the warranty. Now, when the cashier asks if I want to buy a warranty. I tell them I wouldn't take it the warranty if they gave it to me for FREE! I try to stay clear of that store now.
lol...and they call them the Geek Squad.What a joke.
This post was edited by bigwali 2 years ago
Unfortunately, that trend is everywhere in electronics departments.
I pretty much don't ask questions at Best Buy or other stores any more because I know most of the time, the answer given to me is wrong or uninformative.
247Sports In partnership with CBS Sports