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Sk

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#13713937 Fry's Anniversary Sale 5/7-13

Posted by Sk on 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.


#13712660 Fry's Anniversary Sale 5/7-13

Posted by Sk on 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.


#13674957 Nintendo Switch in stock at some stores YMMV

Posted by Sk on 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.


#13670206 Nintendo Switch in stock at some stores YMMV

Posted by Sk on 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. .




#13667881 Nintendo Switch in stock at some stores YMMV

Posted by Sk on 21 March 2017 - 07:13 PM

Over 40 stores have dropped off since this morning.

You sir are an angel. I looked at your list this morning and my local GS wasn't on there. I just checked and it was. I called they had stock and then they told me I picked up the last one. Must have sold out in a few mins.

 

Thanks a million, I bought it and Zelda...I'm getting nothing done this week. :)




#13667579 Nintendo Switch in stock at some stores YMMV

Posted by Sk on 21 March 2017 - 03:53 PM

Those are in store pre orders that haven't been picked up.


That's what an instore rep just said on the phone. I guess they handle preorders like layaway. They're all grey units. No neons are avail so I thought it was an inventory restock.


#13664503 Nintendo Switch in stock at some stores YMMV

Posted by Sk on 17 March 2017 - 11:53 PM

I want a switch bad but you know they'll have a killer holiday bundle this bf. So torn.


#13622327 Select PS4 bundles, including Glacier White, will be $249 from 2/12-2/25

Posted by Sk on 06 February 2017 - 08:02 PM

Hope they start making the Pros like this. Not even really tempting since it's just a redesigned original 

Yup agreed...I'd love to get rid of my regular PS4 and get a white pro model. I got two PS4s at the moment...a 20th anniversary model (unopened) and my launch PS4. I really see no other reason to upgrade other than I want it to match my white XBONE. I think consoles look killer in white.




#13618413 YMMV- Gamestop and Best Buy are receiving NES Classics. UPDATED

Posted by Sk on 02 February 2017 - 03:51 PM

I go tthe Famicom classic too and it's the worst thing ive ever seen in my life. Tiny cables that are hard wired into the console. Oh well, I guess at least it has 2 controllers if you have a siamese twin

Get a long HDMI. I wanted one of those too, but those controllers are so freaking tiny. No idea why Nintendo scaled them down. They went all in on the miniaturization thing.




#13298149 $9.99 - $21 Final Fantasy and other Square PS1 games NEW at Amazon....

Posted by Sk on 20 April 2016 - 07:30 PM

Wow, what an amazing find. I just ordered Chrono Cross. I always wanted to play it but it came out in the tail end of the PS1 and I jumped on PS2 pretty quick and never looked back. I hear it's the PS1's swan song. Great graphics and amazing animations (for the time). I remember reading it was as good or better looking than a lot of PS2 launch to Year 1 games.

 

I own the rest of the games on that list either as black titles or really cheap greatest hits.




#13186491 Retron 5 @ gamestop.com $99.99 ("release date" 2/29/2016)

Posted by Sk on 03 February 2016 - 07:21 PM

Been thinking of picking one of these up, worth it?

Yes it's worth it if you're will to accept some short comings.

 

For Starts, it's an HD only console you can't use it on CRT and get an authentic 8/16 bit experience. I personally don't care about that since I only own HD tvs, but some do. Also, the contacts for the carts can be iffy at times, especially with older dirty carts or carts slightly dirty. It's kind of a problem as it's hard to come by cart cleaners these days. I think it's because the Retron has cheap contacts their not gold plated. Luckily if you'd be buying a newer revision of the hardware, the older one had less storage and would bend contacts or be hard to remove a cart. 

 

With that in mind if you're willing to put up having to put a game in the system multiple times to start or adjusting it's angle then I'd highly recommend it.  Honestly, 8 and 16 bit gaming never looked better. Now if only someone hacked it's firmware to upload roms...the current method is a bit of a head ache.