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    I have had the cable guy approach me once inside of a Best Buy. Except it wasn't for the reason of trying to get me to switch to Comcast. He and I actually went to school together, which I thought was pretty cool. They generally get the idea when I look straight past them when I walk into the store.

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    So today I learned that Blockbuster and Best Buy near me is closing. Which sucks because I used Blockbuster's Game Pass and the Best Buy store has workers that are friendly. I hate having to go back to Gamefly and now I'll have to rely on Amazon more than ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLouMan20 View Post
    So today I learned that Blockbuster and Best Buy near me is closing. Which sucks because I used Blockbuster's Game Pass and the Best Buy store has workers that are friendly. I hate having to go back to Gamefly and now I'll have to rely on Amazon more than ever.
    Three Blockbusters in my state closed recently. Two of them I lived too far away from for it to be sensible to rent from them, but I lived about 25 minutes from one of them. With so many Blockbusters closing, it makes me wonder just how long the company has. I also wonder if they'd be gone completely, or would they still offer their online rental service. I'll admit I'm more of a Netflix guy, but it's good to have other options.

    I've also noticed that there are no longer any active Blockbuster stores in the county where I live. The closest one to me is about an 11-minute drive, and it's in a city other than the one in which I live. That city happens to have just two standing, including the one I mentioned. The other one is about 24 minutes from me. Those two Blockbusters are the closest ones to me. There was actually a time when I was only a 3-minute drive away from the aforementioned one.

    Believe it or not, where I currently live, there was a Blockbuster that was just a couple of blocks away form me that I could WALK to. That one went down in 2010. Anyway, if the Blockbuster closest to me closes, then their stores are no longer an option unless I should get a job working near one that's further from me or something. Then I'd have a reason to be near there on a regular basis. Even though there's still that one that's about a 24-minute drive away, I'm not sure I'd want to drive that far just to rent a video only to have to take it back by the following day.
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    The thing with Best Buy is they got lazy. The customer service was excellent compared to Circuit City, and they actually had knowledgable salespeople at in each department (at least the ones I used) for movies, games, electronics, etc. Unlike Circuit City, they didn't disappear or go to lunch while looking up something for you, and they were always organized.

    Well, things have changed. The problem can kinda be blamed on the economy, but at some point they started slacking in knowledge and customer service. They don't price compare, they don't have any dvd's on the shelf, they don't know what's coming out unless they look it up, they simply have fell in quality.

    For movies and music I really miss Tower Records the most of any place. I have never been in any store with the kind of customer service they had. The employees KNEW movies and music and would tell you instantly if something was out of print or something had a defect. I remember this one guy knew about the Back to the Future dvd's defect and told me there was a recall on them for improper framing. They knew things like that. The only other place I knew like that was the Virgin store in NYC probably about over fifteen years ago and they KNEW music.

    Right now those kinda employees are few and far between in some stores. I do know one guy at a Walmart in the movie section who KNOWS his stuff. He even hints me on upcoming sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storm Eagle View Post
    Three Blockbusters in my state closed recently. Two of them I lived too far away from for it to be sensible to rent from them, but I lived about 25 minutes from one of them. With so many Blockbusters closing, it makes me wonder just how long the company has. I also wonder if they'd be gone completely, or would they still offer their online rental service. I'll admit I'm more of a Netflix guy, but it's good to have other options.

    I've also noticed that there are no longer any active Blockbuster stores in the county where I live. The closest one to me is about an 11-minute drive, and it's in a city other than the one in which I live. That city happens to have just two standing, including the one I mentioned. The other one is about 24 minutes from me. Those two Blockbusters are the closest ones to me. There was actually a time when I was only a 3-minute drive away from the aforementioned one.

    Believe it or not, where I currently live, there was a Blockbuster that was just a couple of blocks away form me that I could WALK to. That one went down in 2010. Anyway, if the Blockbuster closest to me closes, then their stores are no longer an option unless I should get a job working near one that's further from me or something. Then I'd have a reason to be near there on a regular basis. Even though there's still that one that's about a 24-minute drive away, I'm not sure I'd want to drive that far just to rent a video only to have to take it back by the following day.
    I believe that Blockbuster (or at least the brick-and-mortar version) is being phased out by its corporate parent Dish Network. I don't think that DN has any intention of saving Blockbuster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macattack View Post
    I believe that Blockbuster (or at least the brick-and-mortar version) is being phased out by its corporate parent Dish Network. I don't think that DN has any intention of saving Blockbuster.
    What makes you think that? There are still plenty of Blockbusters around, even if not much as before.

    Also, this FYE store near me had closed a long time ago, and it's now a pizza restaurant.
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    I spotted on Google Street View, a Radio Shack store at the intersection of Broadway, St. Nicholas Avenue and 169th Street who was in operation in June 2011 when the picture was taken. Here in Canada, Canadian Radio Shack stores had been buyed by another group who rebranded them as The Source. And the more recent news about them isn't rosy. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-...24-713631.html

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    It begins. A Best Buy near me is already re-branding, I assume to a smaller store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Classic Speedy View Post
    It begins. A Best Buy near me is already re-branding, I assume to a smaller store.
    You called it.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-b...233900637.html
    Guh, this is the wrong approach, WRONG. The most common complaint I read about Best Buy is that their employees won't stop selling them things, so naturally, the solution is to do even more of that than before....

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    My Best Buy has started the remodeling process. Should be interesting to see when it's done.

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