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#20731 Tweeg  

Posted 15 November 2018 - 06:26 AM

Best Buy is planning to drop home video all together sometime next year... and video games. Part of the utterly insane "Best Buy 2020 Transition to Sevices Industry" whack-job "strategy". This is part of why I just resigned from working their this month. Like literally someone at corporate rolled a D20, referenced the quantity of sesame seeds that fell off their Whopper bun, and then cross referenced those bits of data with a volume and page number in a encyclopedia, then hired a "800" number psychic to provide them with the interpretation of what that all meant.



#20732 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   8436 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2018 - 06:48 AM

Best Buy is planning to drop home video all together sometime next year... and video games.

not going to happen.



#20733 roger watersmelon   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2880 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 November 2018 - 12:53 PM

So will they change their name to Best Help?

#20734 Josef   Touched the dead CAGiversary!   12526 Posts   Joined 15.4 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2018 - 05:18 PM

So will they change their name to Best Help?

No they will be calling themselves H.H. Gregg.



#20735 Tweeg  

Posted 15 November 2018 - 06:21 PM

No, the new business model they're working on is literally the old K-Mart business model... and being old I'll relate what that business model was for all those who don't know what the pre-Sears Holdings merger model was.

 

K-Mart originally operated under a somewhat brilliant idea of providing the retail store and employees, and product companies and distributors would sign on to lease product space in quantity "X" store locations thereby providing the product inventory for the various departments within the stores. This was the original model K-Mart operated under until the primary book distributor who leased space in nearly all of their stores went out of business. This was the catalyst which set off the domino fall that ultimately brought K-Mart to it's proverbial knees as it lead K-Mart's corporate to make the extremely unwise decision to buyout the nationwide shopping mall bookstore chain "Walden Books". Only K-Mart was absolutely clueless as to what to do with Walden Books once they had acquired it... and this has nothing to do with the business model we were just discussing, oh wait yes it does.

 

Enter Best Buy, and their connections with K-Mart. K-Mart, Sears, and most every other major retailer in the U.S.A. are members of what was originally a bulk purchasing group called the "National Retail Federation" (or NRF). This group evolved as it were to become a self policing regulatory committee, or a trade association as they refer to themselves, with its' officials elected from the corporate offices of the member companies. Wal-Mart was kicked out in the early 1990's for member violations. Target at some point was either kicked out or dropped out, not sure which. But the point is that Best Buy is a member of the NRF, and these member groups share retail strategies amongst themselves, good and bad.

 

Best Buy is presently shooting themselves in the feet buying out "Service" related companies. Last year Best Buy purchased floundering home security technology company Vivent Technologies, which was floundering due to poor quality products and industry leading shoddy customer service. Best Buy promptly integrated "Vivent Security" departments into their major market stores, and it didn't even last a full year, with Best Buy literally firing all of the Vivent department staff at the retail locations and quietly flushing the brand and its products down the toilet. But alas, they plan to re-launch the brand next year (2019), hoping consumers will forget it had existed previously.

 

This year Best Buy purchased a California based health insurance provider, that was also floundering. And now Best Buy is a authorized medical insurance provider (creepy), and has been seriously pressuring all employees to sign up for coverage that costs more than their average non-management staff member makes in a month.

 

And they expanded the in-home Geek Squad staffing nationwide this year, now they can make double the mistakes they could before, and boy are they great at that. And next year they plan to double the number of in-store Geek Squad employees, so they can screw up twice as much with computers brought in to to be worked on. I regret to say this division is now a permanent stain on my resume, because every bad thing you've ever heard about Geek Squad services well...

 

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And Best Buy doesn't give a care, because they view all "client" interactions as positive interactions. Got a "technician" (aka ARA) who keeps physically breaking costumer laptops because he refuses to take them apart the right way? Give the customer a gift card and hope they don't complain! Technician accidentally transferred data from customer A's computer onto Customer B's new computer? Offer the customers a gift card! Customer made very specific requests concerning scope of work they wanted performed on their computer, but technicians completely disregarded those instructions? Offer to check it in with a faster turn around!

 

Point being that when there is clear fault with anyone in the department over any kind of a screw up, no one is punished, no one is fired, no one is required to retrain for whatever it was they clearly screwed up on. Tra-la-la-la-la life goes on and Best Buy doesn't give a crap because they already have the customer's money. Best Buy doesn't care about making issues like this right for their customers, they only care about covering such issues up as quickly as possible and appeasing the customers who experienced the issues by buying their silence, and even then they rarely even try to buy their silence.

 

But going back to K-Mart, Best Buy's grand idea for 2020 is to have at least 90% of the products available in their stores products in spaces leased out to the manufacturers of the products being offered. They already have lots of spaces in their stores that are this way, and it all fits together in such a way that you, the consumer, are unaware. Samsung, Sony, and LG all lease massive spaces leased and dedicated exclusively to their own products in the home theater department, there is of course the Apple Department, which is not actually part of the general Computer department but being situated next to such makes it seem otherwise, companies like Dyson, Kitchen Aid, Calphalon, and so on all lease product space in the appliances department, and the list goes on and on. All of the leasing companies can opt to buy into a dedicated employee by "hiring" an expert from among the existing staff, said individual will undergo additional training from the company in question, gets branded polo shirts denoting the company for which they are a "product expert" for, and receives a subsidized pay increase compliments of that company, with additional bonus potential for achieving sales goals set for that location by the company they are now representing. Apple is the only company which is not participating in the "expert employee" program, instead staffing one of their own full-time employees inside of Best Buy... the only company choosing to do such. So in this way Best Buy is replicating the original K-Mart business concept model, and taking it up a notch with the addition of the "branded expert employee" program.

 

Word presently is that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have shown no interest in entering into this business engagement model with Best Buy for their video game divisions, which is why Best Buy abruptly ended their 'Gamer's Club Unlocked' membership discount club program. All memberships will have expired by the time the video game departments are removed from the Best Buy stores. While video games, systems, and accessories may continue to be available through Best Buy stores, it will be because they are merchandise offered through a leased space.

 

Best Buy has also decided they would prefer to not compete against Amazon.com, instead have now entered into a trial partnership with Amazon to allow consumers to be able to return products bought from Amazon.com (with Amazon as the seller, so no marketplace items) the ability to return merchandise in person at any Best Buy Customer Service Counter in the U.S.A.. This trial program has already started, and word is that Best Buy corporate and Amazon have already green lighted this partnership for customer service to expand in January, though details of what that will entail haven't yet been revealed.



#20736 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   8436 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2018 - 08:00 PM

That's great that you just learned that working at Best Buy sucks, and their workers suck.  But Best Buy isn't going to give up selling items like movies and video games as long as it remains profitable.  That was the original discussion point.  Video games don't even take up that much floor space.  Best Buy will sell just about any type of accessory that has a large profit margin.  The proof is in the two to three aisles of toys that have been added to stores within the last year or two.  TRU closed and BB looked at that as an opportunity to make money selling toys.  Shit dude, the car audio department still gets a dedicated aisle and they struggled to make a grand in revenue per day, twenty years ago.

 

Maybe one day employees will stop buying into the whole "this $50 video game actually has a cost of $45 to the store" nonsense which has been perpetuated for decades, and has also been proven false through several years of 20% GCU discounts to tens of thousands of customers.  But I sincerely doubt it. 

 

People have said that Best Buy is doing away with movies for the last 15 years.  They continue to say it.  Yet that hasn't happened.  Half of people also have been declaring that "physical media is dying!" for the better part of the last decade and that isn't true either.  It's becoming a healthy niche but it sure as shit ain't dying.  Home theater is bigger than ever at BB stores and it continues to expand every year. 

 

Best Buy is exploring the expansion of their services and trying to be forward-thinking in this day and age where B&M franchises are becoming extinct at historical rates.   They are one of the few to adapt and try to get with the times which is very smart indeed.  Yeah, they rent space out.  So what?  Just in TVs, Samsung, Sony, and LG have stronger retail presence then ever before.  People actually GO to Best Buy to look at Apple products and Samsung devices again now.  They have computer gaming and hobbyist sections again too.  Things are changing all the time.  BB is doing whatever they can to stay afloat in this economy and so far they have been among the leading examples in this survival of the fittest.  If you want someone to blame then blame half of everyone you know who does their shopping almost exclusively online.

 

You are very obviously confusing your own confounded working experience with a non-bias view of the health of the company as a whole. 

 

The money is in the service now.  It always has been. 



#20737 elessar123  

Posted 15 November 2018 - 08:39 PM

This year Best Buy purchased a California based health insurance provider, that was also floundering. And now Best Buy is a authorized medical insurance provider (creepy)

Source?

 

 

Best Buy has also decided they would prefer to not compete against Amazon.com, instead have now entered into a trial partnership with Amazon to allow consumers to be able to return products bought from Amazon.com (with Amazon as the seller, so no marketplace items) the ability to return merchandise in person at any Best Buy Customer Service Counter in the U.S.A.. This trial program has already started, and word is that Best Buy corporate and Amazon have already green lighted this partnership for customer service to expand in January, though details of what that will entail haven't yet been revealed.

Source?



#20738 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   8436 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2018 - 09:05 PM

I have also decided that my business would prefer to not compete against Amazon.com. 



#20739 intelligentidiot   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1003 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 November 2018 - 10:18 PM

Source?

 

 

Source?

Not a health insurance provider, but rather a health and safety products company, Best Buy acquired GreatCall, makers of the Jitterbug phone, this past August: https://en.wikipedia.../wiki/GreatCall



#20740 elessar123  

Posted 15 November 2018 - 10:39 PM

Not a health insurance provider, but rather a health and safety products company, Best Buy acquired GreatCall, makers of the Jitterbug phone, this past August: https://en.wikipedia.../wiki/GreatCall

Buying a company that makes medical devices makes sense for an electronics retailer.

He specifically said they bought health insurance and are offering employees insurance from said company, and professed it is as truth:

 

This year Best Buy purchased a California based health insurance provider, that was also floundering. And now Best Buy is a authorized medical insurance provider (creepy), and has been seriously pressuring all employees to sign up for coverage that costs more than their average non-management staff member makes in a month.


#20741 intelligentidiot   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1003 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 16 November 2018 - 01:15 AM

Buying a company that makes medical devices makes sense for an electronics retailer.

He specifically said they bought health insurance and are offering employees insurance from said company, and professed it is as truth:

Yeah, I couldn't find a thing in news about health insurance. For amazon and best buy partnership, i could only find a mention of smart TVs with Amazon Fire tv being sold at Best Buy.

https://corporate.be...tion-smart-tvs/

I supposr it could be more internal stuff, but one would think acquisitions and partnerships would be publicly released in some form since both companies are publicly traded. Some sort of filing or disclosure somewhere.

Always good to be critical and not take things at face value.

Back on topic, i wish Ninja Scroll would come back in stock at $5.99.

#20742 Kaiser499   Gaming Guru CAGiversary!   4088 Posts   Joined 10.2 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 03:39 AM

Ugh, I totally haven't checked this thread in quite awhile and I saw No Game No Life Zero marked to $7.99 on Amazon and now I see that it's because of BestBuy. I missed some good stuff!



#20743 Gden   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3131 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 04:44 AM

What was everyone's take on the film "Fireworks"? It comes out on blu ray next week, and I'm considering buying it.



#20744 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11797 Posts   Joined 7.1 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:10 AM

Didnt know the Anime/Manga Deals Thread became a Best Buy thread



#20745 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11797 Posts   Joined 7.1 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:11 AM

Ugh, I totally haven't checked this thread in quite awhile and I saw No Game No Life Zero marked to $7.99 on Amazon and now I see that it's because of BestBuy. I missed some good stuff!

Check Best Buy and Amazon right now. Some really good prices with a lot of historic all time lows (Aura Battler Dunbine, Golgo 13, Persona 4 The Animation, To Love Ru Complete, etc)



#20746 Tweeg  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:13 AM

Source?

 

 

Source?

The Amazon deal is very new. Apparently the Amazon customer still has to follow the normal procedure of filing with Amazon to return the product(s) and then the way we were told it works is that if Amazon's approval system notes the customer lives within a certain number of miles of a Best Buy location it will provide them with the choice of either returning the product to the nearest Best Buy store or shipping it back to Amazon. We had several people return items in this manner last week (this past Saturday was my last day working there). And for all I know our store may have been a test market location even though management claimed this was a nationwide affair.

 

Not a health insurance provider, but rather a health and safety products company, Best Buy acquired GreatCall, makers of the Jitterbug phone, this past August: https://en.wikipedia.../wiki/GreatCall

Pay close attention to that price tag of $800,000,000 (eight hundred million). GreatCall wasn't worth anything close to that, Best Buy didn't even pay a quarter of that amount to purchase Vivent. it was a bundle deal they went after to get their hands on a floundering medical insurance division that was attached and was only licensed to operate in the state of California. But Best Buy refiled for national authorization on that insurance license and apparently it was approved. That was disclosed in the quarterly meeting, and employees did receive early opt-in offers via mailed information packets that same week. I shredded mine, so no longer have it.



#20747 zulux21   It's all good. CAGiversary!   1560 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:14 AM

sentai has launched their black friday sale. I'm looking through it but seems like good prices.

Made in Abyss regular blu ray is already down to $25.

Azumanga Daioh Complete  (dvd) is $5



#20748 Josef   Touched the dead CAGiversary!   12526 Posts   Joined 15.4 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:15 AM

Yeah, I couldn't find a thing in news about health insurance. For amazon and best buy partnership, i could only find a mention of smart TVs with Amazon Fire tv being sold at Best Buy.

https://corporate.be...tion-smart-tvs/

I supposr it could be more internal stuff, but one would think acquisitions and partnerships would be publicly released in some form since both companies are publicly traded. Some sort of filing or disclosure somewhere.

Always good to be critical and not take things at face value.

Back on topic, i wish Ninja Scroll would come back in stock at $5.99.

I thought it was a little odd that I bought a Toshiba Amazon Fire TV from Amazon on Prime Day and it was completely fulfilled by Best Buy.  It kind of makes sense now.



#20749 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11797 Posts   Joined 7.1 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:18 AM

sentai has launched their black friday sale. I'm looking through it but seems like good prices.

Made in Abyss regular blu ray is already down to $25.

Azumanga Daioh Complete  (dvd) is $5

Both are solid. 

 

Made in Abyss is great. 



#20750 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   8436 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:33 AM

Black Friday sale started at Sentai and the prices are INSANE on the standard editions. 



#20751 zulux21   It's all good. CAGiversary!   1560 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:40 AM

Black Friday sale started at Sentai and the prices are INSANE on the standard editions. 

yeah I might have to figure out what I'm missing. 

I bought up most of the sentai library when they were clearing out the dvds lol.



#20752 whoknows   Time and Eternity for all of time and eternity CAGiversary!   40095 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:42 AM

Those Sentai prices are crazy. 

 

Taking what I bought from Best Buy back tomorrow.



#20753 whoknows   Time and Eternity for all of time and eternity CAGiversary!   40095 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:47 AM

What was everyone's take on the film "Fireworks"? It comes out on blu ray next week, and I'm considering buying it.

A lot of people seemed to hate it. I liked it though.



#20754 zulux21   It's all good. CAGiversary!   1560 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:47 AM

Those Sentai prices are crazy. 

 

Taking what I bought from Best Buy back tomorrow.

only one I bought that was cheaper now is food wars season 2.

scums wish, no game no life zero and grimore premium were cheaper or the same at best buy I think. either way I'm to lazy to return them lol.



#20755 whoknows   Time and Eternity for all of time and eternity CAGiversary!   40095 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:53 AM

only one I bought that was cheaper now is food wars season 2.

scums wish, no game no life zero and grimore premium were cheaper or the same at best buy I think. either way I'm to lazy to return them lol.

I remember staring at Chihayafuru and now I'm so glad I didn't' buy them from Best Buy. I only got a few things from Best Buy, but they were all $18 and now $10 on Sentai.



#20756 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11797 Posts   Joined 7.1 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 07:00 AM

I can easily drop a few hundred on this sale



#20757 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   8436 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 07:48 AM

I can easily drop a few hundred on this sale

Yeah, I'm in the process of crossing stuff off to get below $200. 

 

I had about 8-10 of these LE's bookmarked but I can't justify buying those when the SE's are like ten dollars.  I think I'm going to order just the Sword Oratoria LE and then get standard editions of Gate, Chihayafuru, Chivalry, Sakamoto, and Food Wars 1 & 2. 



#20758 neoz   I Know Kung Fu CAGiversary!   1641 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 08:20 AM

Black Friday sale started at Sentai and the prices are INSANE on the standard editions. 

Oh God...so much stuff.

First order $298.75
Second order $165.83

Third order - $ 337.57

Think I'm good lol



#20759 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11797 Posts   Joined 7.1 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 08:24 AM

I don't think Rightstuf or Funimation can match these prices



#20760 neoz   I Know Kung Fu CAGiversary!   1641 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 16 November 2018 - 08:26 AM

I don't think Rightstuf or Funimation can match these prices

Don't think they will either. I know for a fact Funi won't. I bet their stuff will be around the $35 range maybe a little lower but not to much more.