Best Buy Gives Employees Reason to Quit

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michaelzehr

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Should be: Best Buy had a loss of 13 cents per share during the third quarter, well down from the same period in 2007 which saw a profit of 53 cents per share.

If their shares saw a 13 cent loss in the third quarter that would be pretty awesome given what the market as a whole has done.

Cynical aside: "We recognize that the timing on this stinks [...] we want to give you some choice ..." but not so much choice as to extend the decision date into a time period when companies might be hiring so you could actually judge your chance of getting a job elsewhere. I think it would be pretty hard to make much progress on a job hunt between now and Jan 5. On the other hand, that is a pretty generous severance they're offering.
 

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Sounds like this is for coprorate employees only, accountants, advertising execs, etc... I can't imagine they have greater than 7-months turn-around for their cashiers or stockers, or their virgin-squad. Remember, when companies down-size, they get rid of the laborers first. If a manager has to cut X-dollars from their overhead, it's easier for them to fire two subordinates than to quit themselves. There will be massive layoffs and store closures, this is simply a trim-down of their coprorate overhead.
 

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Honestly they need to give consumers a reason to go to Best Buy and quite honestly at this time there's no such reason. Either they must start providing a hot product that can't be found elsewhere or they need to slash their prices make make up the profits in sales. But we all know they are incapable of doing the first and will never be willing to do the second.
 

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Am I the only one that though Before the Battle of Yavin, when I saw BBY?

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Honestly they need to give consumers a reason to go to Best Buy and quite honestly at this time there's no such reason. Either they must start providing a hot product that can't be found elsewhere or they need to slash their prices make make up the profits in sales. But we all know they are incapable of doing the first and will never be willing to do the second.[/citation]
I agree and disagree.

I buy the majority of my products online now a days, the prices are usually better, I have a large selection, and it saves me gas.

However, there are times when I need things immediately, or I don't feel like waiting, in which case I don't mind paying a bit more to go into a brick and mortar. I usually go to Best Buy because they'll have what I want more than not, and usually at the lowest price I can find offline. I also will occasionally browse through Best Buy, maybe meet some random people playing Rock Band.
 

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yeah, I would never buy a monitor or tv online
I want to see it in person, pick it up myself and have a specific person I can take it back to if there is a problem

but video games, computer parts, music players ?
sure, I buy those online
 

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Gah,

Misleading article for people who immediately think, "Oh wow, some DUDE who just stands around can get 7 months pay for quitting? Frick'n cool, Ima go apply for a job, lOL!"

They're talking about their employees who make good money, and even more important, have a lot of their funds tied up in insurance. It's cheaper to pay them off to leave than to watch them get fired, file work comp, possibly sue, and of course, send waves of poop through their ranks as people tend to flock together. You know where most of the 'theft' occurs? From employees. Fire a few, and watch your stock disappear real quick. Money gone, fast. Cheaper and safer to friendly-fire them by giving them money and saying "don't come back, kthx."

Best buy sucks. They're not as crap as Circuit City, but they still suck. While they whine about economy and hard times, ask them how much they profit from unclaimed gift cards. It's in the millions. Total effing scam work that is.

Cheers,
 

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Best Buy has employees??

Oh you mean the ones that hide from customers and only "work" there so they get discounts?

Yeah yeah, I know if BestBuy actually hire people that knew WTF they were talking about, they wouldn't be working at BestBuy.
 

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Maybe if they fired Brad Anderson their CEO the would instantly cut their losses by a few million! STFU Buy More.. I mean Best Buy. If you really want to cut your losses fire your friggin lame ars VP staff that is the biggest drain on the company. This packages is intended for salaried workers ... obviously but even at that I must admit it is a lucrative package if you look at it. A severance is not something companies don't have to offer. My company lays off workers once a quarter on a Thur or Fri and no severance packages will be offered to them starting in 09. oo.. unless your like a CEO, VP or somethin like that then you got the "golden parachute". Which means you can drive the company in the dirt and screw the employees out of their pension/401 and but you get full benefits for # years and full pay for up two years. Why don't we hear about them in the media??


TSM
 

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yeah, I would never buy a monitor or tv online
I want to see it in person
Do what I do. Shop at Best Buy to find that TV you really like. Then right down the model number and shop around. Including online. I did that and I saved $256 for a 40" HD sony LCD from Amazon with free shipping compared to Best Buy. Something to consider.
 

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Frenchy: That would work, but I think the point jamesl was making was buy it at a local store so he could return it if/when it breaks down within the warranty period. This also gives you a chance to have them fire up the EXACT DISPLAY you are going to bring home and see any dead pixels before you pay for the item.

True, you pay a premium to buy at an actual local store but when buying online you generally have to pay for the shipping costs on a return and sometimes have to pay shipping costs again on the replacement... not to mention you are without your product for up to 12 weeks while they process paperwork.
 
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