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I got a Nook for Christmas a couple years ago, and I bet I have only read about 3 books on it. I really don't see why I would spend $6-7 for a Nook-book when I can buy a paperback version for nearly the same price (or cheaper if I buy a used copy). Then when I am done reading the paperback I sell it on Amazon for $5, instead of being stuck with an electronic copy that I will never read again.
I hope they do not go under. The effect here in the Twin Cities would be profound. I have a couple of friends who work at the corporate location in Richfield (MN). Hell, I pass the building everyday on 494 going into work.
Babies R Us is the worst!!
I think they'll be okay...if they do go it'll be at least ten years from now.
This. I was given a Kindle and never use it for the same reason. If I want to own the book I get it from half.com or amazon or just check it out at the library.
ebook pricing makes absolutely no sense to me, retailers are pricing it like it is more of a fad and they can charge more purely on that fact, when it should be insanely cheaper. Printing a novel is super expensive, hosting a download?...cents on the dollar.
What were the actual costs of stamping out a music CD....about 25 cents ? That still didn't stop most everyone from charging $12-17 for them.
i declare my online purchases and pay sales tax on it, so buying online doesn't allow me to skip that. best buy has actually gotten on the ball, and prices are very close to online pricing. i'll be buying a big screen from BB as soon as the holidays are over...
Agree for the most part, but some things I wouldn't buy online, like laptops for example. If I'm buying a laptop, I want to mess around with it and type on it and see how it feels. Same goes for televisions. Obviously, buying DVDs and video games and music albums and other straightforward items is cheaper to find online. Many people don't like waiting for items to ship though.
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
People aren't addressing the really important question, which is how the fuck Radio Shack is still in business.
A volunteer tax. How cute.
oh, it's not volunteer, you are required by law to declare your purchases. wait until the state AG sues amazon for purchase records, then cross checks to see if you paid sales tax. this is exactly what they did concerning tobacco taxes a few years ago.
It's not just the stamping of the cd it's the raw materials, manufacturing, storage, and shipping. There are tons of costs associated compared to a digital version of a book.
The government shouldn't have to spend time passing laws that force retailers to collect taxes because so many people choose to break the law by not paying those taxes.
Volunteer... How funny. Sales tax isn't "optional". You're either following the laws of the state you live in or you aren't. Don't try to justify it by suggesting that it isn't a real tax though.
It's also the song writing, performing, recording, production, promotion, etc.
it's not like music just appears out of thin air and shows up at a CD factory somewhere, ready to be "stamped" and sold to the masses.
Same with books. They don't write, edit, format and promote themselves. The actual physical book is just a fraction of the cost involved.
Worked at Target for close to 5 years. They are very aware of the threat of Amazon. They used to carry Kindles, until maybe a year ago, then we got the message that we were no longer carrying anything Amazon, including Amazon gift cards, which people were upset about. Then about a month before I changed jobs, this summer, we got a new "roll out" of this new customer service plan. I'll save you the ridiculous corporate retail mumbo jumbo but basically it was to make sure EVERY person in the store heard us ask them "can I help you find something" and that we would make their experience "amazing". It was so over the top that everyone just laughed at it. We all took it as they are trying to kill Amazon with customer service, which as has been stated in this thread numerous times, isn't happening when we keep hiring college kids who DGAF about what happens to Target. Here's a bit about the new customer service garbage.
The staff guide to becoming an Target employee have been leaked online, packed full of corporate buzzwords and cringe-worthy customer service tips.
Why can't retailers realize the vast majority of shoppers don't want to be bothered and those that do will find an employee for help. The key is to be in sight of the shoppers who need assistance. Not like Home Depot 5 years ago when their employees seemed like they hid from customers. To HDs credit, their customer service has been much better lately.
hahaha that's great.
"screw better prices and convenience, our minimum-wage employees are going to make people feel good about themselves while buying a can of Cheese Whiz and a 6-pack of Hanes. That'll show em!"
Accountants who were in because of poor sales.
Former CEO Brian Dunn was a former Best Buy sales employeee who had risen through the ranks. But he did get a $6.6M severance package when he was forced out for an "inappropriate relationship with a 29 year old female Best Buy employee."
From the Forbes link:
“During one four-day and one five-day trip abroad during 2011, the CEO contacted the female employee by cell phone at least 224 times, including 33 phone calls, 149 text messages, and 42 picture or video messages. In one instance, several photographs were discovered on the CEO’s personal cell phone that contained messages expressing affection, one of which included the female employee’s initials,” the report states.
From the wsj link:
"The company's stores, which reaped operating income per square foot of $50.61 in 2006, saw those numbers fall to $36.38 amid the depth of the recession in 2008, then plummet to $18.52 last year, according to estimates by Craig Johnson of retail consultancy Customer Growth Partners.
By contrast, Apple's retail stores reaped $1,100 in operating income per square foot last year, Mr. Johnson said, as the maker of iPhones and iPads became the go-to store for gadgetry. "Best Buy is a very dated store experience, rooted in the 1990s, and they need someone visionary," Mr. Johnson said.
When Apple is getting $1100 per sq ft in income and Best Buy is at $18.82 there are problems."
Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigned abruptly Tuesday amid what the company described as a board probe into his personal conduct.
Best Buy report details Brian Dunn's with a 29-year-old female employee
Well, it will suck if they do go under. I always get my phones from them, because their insurance is the best and they have a good buy back program.
I like to go look at and test electronic stuff before I buy(TV, camera, etc) and if BB goes, I guess I will have go to places like Meijer, Sears(if they are still around), Wal-Mart, etc.
There's a time and a place for everything and it's called college.
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Hahahhahahha, that is funny. I'm estimating somewhere in the neighborhood of zero percent pay that tax. Thanks for the donation buddy!
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