Best Buy has been decent. There's been a few times where I got something that wasn't at another place, or got a deal that somewhere else couldn't do. There's a few things that are only $1-2 more than online (though several things that are far higher), and I don't mind paying that to get my stuff faster.
But yeah, normally, this isn't the case for very expensive items
Bestbuy was much better at pricing when CompUSA was still around for competition. Now that their biggest brick and mortar competition is Radio Shack, they can overcharge on many items because they can.
Stores like best buy used to be good, but with online(Amazon, Newegg), and one day shipping, they cannot compete.
I find it hard to find anything worth browsing through in best buy. They have a very limited selection of quality electronics, games, and PC stuff. Their music and movie/TV show areas seem really good though if you want to go pick up a physical copy.
Real shame, these coming years will be their last likely, I used to love going into physical stores and browsing.
One of the major reasons for Best Buy's downfall was its training style for employees. It trained them to treat customers as prey, and BB also allowed 3rd party salesmen to dress up in BB's clothing and go after the customers, in return for some payment.
Best Buy would not stock anything but the crappy PNY laptop memory at its landmark center store in Boston, when I asked them the "Geek" squad if thay would ever stock a better brand, they said no, and they told me to go to Microcenter if I wanted better laptop memory! I had to return the PNY memory to Best Buy and went to Microcenter and got better memory, from that day onward I stopped shoping at Best Buy, Best Buy is to computer retail as Windows 8 is to the desktop/non-touch laptop computer, Crappy to the MAX! Windows 8 Metro and Best Buy will go down the crapper shortly, as they have made their final circle around the bowl!!!
It's truly a shame. This used to be a premier electronics store. Now, it's just limping by. I always loved to go in the local Best Buy and browse; giddy at all the new electronic gizmos and gadgets. I will miss this place if they go the way of so many other corporate giants. Sad.
yea Fry's Electronics is a great place to go and they can be pretty competitive when it comes to online pricing now thats not always the case but if you watch there sales they usually either meet or beat deals online. As for best buy .. if you have no other choice and your not computer savy then i guess that's the place to go .. they usually over charge and over rate products .. now i cant say the same about tv deals i got a great deal a few years ago but any more.. the stuff they carry isnt really exclusive in any way.. so its really not worth a visit.
I miss the old days when there is Compusa. circuitcity. big kmart. everything is here before 2006. sooner I m gonna to miss bestbuy and lose the excitement on a tradition blackfriday I had the last 10 years.
Not the same....TigerDirect bought the CompUSA name a few years back. They also bought Circuit City's name. Those companies used to be completely separate B&M entities back in the day. Now, its just 2 more TigerDirects.