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Member Since 23 Jul 2004
Offline Last Active May 17 2017 02:31 AM
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In Topic: Fry's Anniversary Sale 5/7-13

12 May 2017 - 07:12 PM

Their ex-head of purchasing embezzled tens of millions if not a hundred million plus dollars by causing them to substantially overpay for goods from various vendors, who would then give the employee kickbacks. IIRC, he also set up dummy corporations to act as middle men more or less doing the same. Literally ever since that time, their once amazing deals were reigned in, undoubtedly to make up the enormous losses.

http://www.seattleti...ing-65-million/

Here's a good summary:

https://donwycoff.wo...rchasing-fraud/


Good read for sure but a company generating 2+ billion in revenue would rebound from a 40-60 million dollar write off like that by now. They prob had to raise capital or borrow and needed larger profit margins to grow or stay in business. Places like frys and Best Buy are slowly going extinct. I still notice good savings on big ticket items, but not so much on things that get you in the door like video games, movies, and cheap gadgets.

In Topic: Fry's Anniversary Sale 5/7-13

10 May 2017 - 10:44 PM

is this the same as their "customer appreciation" sale .

I dunno what happen to frys they used to be the place that had the best deals and now its pure dog crap.


I notice if you're shopping for the truely high end or flagship products like a $3000 tv or a 2500 av receiver or speaker set then their still a great place to get those items at 40-60% off. The receiver I bought had a $2500 MSRP (still does to this day) and I paid $990 with tax. Their best deals always say name brand product...but must see the price and model in store.

In Topic: Nintendo Switch in stock at some stores YMMV

28 March 2017 - 07:47 PM

Got mine yesterday at a Walmart near me that popped up on Brickseek. I wasn't actively looking until the second wave, since I figured the first wave would be the most prone to defects. I skipped the Wii U after being disappointed with the Wii, so I'm hoping Nintendo rereleases a bunch of stuff from the prior generation. Seems like quite a few more are popping up now, so I'm sure everyone looking will get one soon.


Having owned a wii and bought a Wii U for my nephew I can say I like the switches concept better than both. It's what made both systems great in one. No complaints here and it's been a glorified $500 (w/accessories) Zelda device. That being said I can't wait till it gets netflix and YouTube. I'll stop using any other streaming devices.

In Topic: Nintendo Switch in stock at some stores YMMV

23 March 2017 - 03:29 PM

 

 

Yeah, the only systems I've ever bought at launch where "N" and Sega systems, and I never had any problems with any back in the day. I will say that the "N" of old no longer exist, at least to me, and the laundry list of NS problems pretty much backs up my own belief on the subject. But I do agree in these current times, it seems best to wait across the board, as even "N" now seems to have production issues as much as anyone else does.

Really? I think the N of old is as strong as ever (let's forget about Wii U, I think they know they screwed up). Nintendo has been the only videogame brand that's stayed true to themselves year after year. They're also the only ones willing to take a risk. As a result, I'm wiling to support them. Their existence is good for gamers, haters will always hate but it's the truth. They make the best universally liked games, people young to old can play them easily and be challenged. Also, I've experienced no issues with my switch. I think it's a lot of hype and people talking because it's the newest thing. I will say it scratches like a mofo from regular use. I already have dock scratches on the back plate (but not on the screen).

 

Personally I only think they lost their way during the N64 and Wii U areas of gaming. I skipped out on both those consoles for good reason. I can't deny the N64 had a lot of innovation, it wasn't my cup of tea...sony had the games I wanted to play. The Wii U was just a mess, At least with the switch the message is clear, you're getting a handheld that can bridge into being a console. It's good at being both, even if the tech isn't crazy powerful as a dedicated console. .


In Topic: Nintendo Switch in stock at some stores YMMV

23 March 2017 - 02:54 PM

Yeah, kinda surprised at this thread tbh. If you missed the Wii U Mario Kart and Splatoon are both phenomenal games but other than that I'm really surprised to see it sell like this.

I'm not surprised, but I do think demand will die down by late april/may. It's a great concept and what the Wii U should have been. Nintendo really explained it's selling points well (like Sony did with the PS4). If they had a console+joycon version (no dock, AC adp, or various other peripherals) for 199.99-220.00 they could have a Wii hit. I think the 299.99 price point is way too high. It should be priced a bit lower. Lets face it, the switch is not as nice or useful as iPad, not as powerful as an Xbone/PS4, and I don't know how they justify the 300 bucks. The price also singled out their handheld gamers, who are use to lower priced games and systems.

 I have to agree with Nintendo, they certainly made a product that appeals to those that are 5 to 95 yrs of age. Kids love tables, adults love consoles, and the casual gamers will fall in between. Pricing it better would be a smart idea. I really like the concept and the focus on gaming over multimedia is refreshing. While I don't think the switch will be a Wii success, it certainly will be far more successful than the Wii U. I bet it ends up being more popular than the Gamecube, but less popular than the Wii...Kind of like the N64's success.