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BEST BUY IMPLODES: Misses Revenue, Firing 400, Closing 50 Stores
yahoo Finance ^ | march 29, 2012 | Eric Platt

Posted on 03/29/2012 8:06:03 AM PDT by Hojczyk

Electronics retailer Best Buy announced it would close 50 big box locations in the U.S. as it refocuses its operations around mobile.

The company said it will launch 100 new mobile locations as it retools its domestic store format. The announcement was timed with the company's fourth quarter report, where it sharply beat analyst expectations on the bottom line. Over the final quarter of 2011, revenue grew three percent to $16.6 billion while earnings per share hit $2.47.

However, analysts polled by Bloomberg had forecast top line results of $17.15 billion, some $500 million more than the company reported. The quarter also benefitted from an extra week in the company's fiscal calendar — excluding the week would mean revenue actually fell 1.1 percent. Shares were down 6 percent in the first minutes of trading.

The company saw same-store sales decline 2.3 percent during the period, highlighting its difficulties as the U.S. economy gained steam during the first few months of 2012. Best Buy saw weakness across the board, with sales suffering in gaming, notebooks, digital imaging and televisions.

Best Buy has rapidly been trying to turn its operations around as it has seen peers CompUSA and Circuit City fail. Consumers have been using its locations as a testing ground for products before making final purchases at competitors like Amazon and Walmart.

Best Buy is targeting more than $800 million in cost savings by 2015, largely expected through layoffs and the aforementioned store closings. The targets are roughly split between corporate, retail and declines in costs of goods sold. The company will layoff 400 employees within its management and support channels.

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1 posted on 03/29/2012 8:06:10 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
Just another day in the Obamanation...
2 posted on 03/29/2012 8:08:12 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Hojczyk

The AP is spinning this as good news, i.e. net 50 store gain. Although the 100 new stores are basically mall kiosks. LOL


3 posted on 03/29/2012 8:08:34 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: Hojczyk

Looks like they missed the memo that the economy is improving!


4 posted on 03/29/2012 8:08:39 AM PDT by kactus
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To: Hojczyk

They have the same problem as book stores had ...look and then go
to the internet to buy...


5 posted on 03/29/2012 8:08:45 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

This was predictable.

They have become an accessory store.

We already have Radio Shack for that.

The customers are over at the Apple Store.


6 posted on 03/29/2012 8:11:36 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Hojczyk

BB is a place that I don’t like going to, because the ambiance is annoying. Loud music (usually some post-modern garbage), flashing TVs, useless salespeople. It’s a complete package of customer repellent!

I used to avoid Home Depot for similar reasons. They used to have a PA system that always preceded an announcement with this obnoxiously loud alarm tone. It was very distracting, and they did away with it 10-15 years ago (probably due to customer complaints).


7 posted on 03/29/2012 8:12:51 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Hojczyk

No loss. I never liked it. The one in Marietta treated all exiting customers like thieves.


8 posted on 03/29/2012 8:13:00 AM PDT by Gaffer
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Looks like that strategy promoting Eid al-Adha and dissing Christmas is finally paying off.


9 posted on 03/29/2012 8:14:18 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Hojczyk
Best Buy hosed me on one too many "rebates".

Trying hard to give a damn about them... Nope - not able to at all.

10 posted on 03/29/2012 8:15:51 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Disambiguator

Yeah. Had one guy try to convince me that one 3D TV “popped out” more because it had more lines than another (720p vs. 1080p). Just smiled & nodded, refraining from speaking my mind.


11 posted on 03/29/2012 8:18:26 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Hojczyk
The company saw same-store sales decline 2.3 percent during the period, highlighting its difficulties as the U.S. economy gained steam during the first few months of 2012

Huh? Every media report on the economy reads like a verse of Oh!Susanna.

12 posted on 03/29/2012 8:18:49 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Disambiguator
BB is a place that I don’t like going to, because the ambiance is annoying. Loud music (usually some post-modern garbage), flashing TVs, useless salespeople. It’s a complete package of customer repellent!

Not as bad as the circuit city business model. Rap music blaring at you as you walk in the door. No thanks. How'd that work for ya?
13 posted on 03/29/2012 8:19:29 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Gaffer

I agree. I won a small claims judgement against them during the ‘90’s, their customer service is/was abominable. I noticed that Best Buy had a class action against them in the early 2000’s for the same reasons I brought my claim against them(shoddy products/service). Best Buy down the tubes, good riddance.


14 posted on 03/29/2012 8:20:01 AM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: Hojczyk
"They have the same problem as book stores had ...look and then go to the internet to buy...

Hell, I cut out the "look in the Big Box Stores' Part of the equation years ago.

Last time I was in a Big Box Store (Sam's Club) to purchase anything electronic was to Pick Up my TV I ordered online They wanted 70 bucks to deliver to my home and we go there at least once a month to stock up on bargains on food and cleaning supplies.

I've give up trying to get info in the Big Box stores. Usually when I ask someone who works their about specifics (like the resolution on a copier) I get a blank stare and then they call a Manager who seems to know less.

The good electronic online sites post just about everything you would want to know about an item and I can compare stuff quickly side by side right on my 'puter screen.

15 posted on 03/29/2012 8:21:43 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: cicero2k; Disambiguator

16 posted on 03/29/2012 8:21:43 AM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Thisis BAD news as Americans had less or little to spend they just kept on buying those electronic toys... I have said when you see sales of electronics dwindle and/or cable/satellite TV subscriptions fall then we r in deep downward fiscal times. I am sure gas is cutting into every purchase outside the pump.


17 posted on 03/29/2012 8:25:00 AM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: Mad Dawgg

Well....I agree BB was bad...but, have had great experiences with COSTCO....just took back a printer...the paper jammed so bad I couldn’t get it out....they just took it back, and replaced it for me!


18 posted on 03/29/2012 8:26:19 AM PDT by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Hojczyk

Wow. Pertty soon if you need a new computer you’ll have to buy it online.


19 posted on 03/29/2012 8:26:32 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: Hojczyk
Best Buy has rapidly been trying to turn its operations around as it has seen peers CompUSA and Circuit City fail.

Yep. Best Buy slowly goes the way of Circuit City (sad, really, since I preferred CC). brick-and-mortar is really difficult right now.
20 posted on 03/29/2012 8:27:28 AM PDT by arderkrag ("WAAHH WAAAHHH SCOTUS" is no excuse to vote for Romney. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: Hojczyk

Best Buy sucks. There stuff is always a couple dollars more than the other places, the sales punks just stand around talking to each other and over the years they have eliminated half the stuff you go there to buy. They can screw.


21 posted on 03/29/2012 8:27:57 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: All
The company said it will launch 100 new mobile locations

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22 posted on 03/29/2012 8:30:56 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Just another day in the Obamanation...

BB brought this on their own. They failed to keep up with changing consumer demand and buying habits. These brick and mortar stores are going the way of the book stores as someone else noted.

Way cheaper to buy online.

23 posted on 03/29/2012 8:31:32 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: trailhkr1

Plus when you can find somebody for help, they are completely clueless.


24 posted on 03/29/2012 8:32:37 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Hojczyk

Hmmmm. So Best Buy sees its future primarily as a purveyor of cell phones, now?


25 posted on 03/29/2012 8:33:00 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Hojczyk

I’ve actually had GREAT experiences at three BB stores in the area near my home. Informed, helpful salespeople, great tech support department that sometimes just fixed my mistakes for free, no problems with instant returns/refunds. They have been zero headache, and I haven’t found better prices at Costco or Walmart unless I was willing to brave the riots on Black Friday morning. I like doing business with them and I hope our local Washington DC stores don’t close.


26 posted on 03/29/2012 8:33:23 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Lazlo in PA

The main reason I go to Best Buy is to try out the items that I will later buy much cheaper online from someone else.


27 posted on 03/29/2012 8:33:37 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Hugin

What is a computer? Those things people used to put under or on their desks?

(Kidding -kind of)


28 posted on 03/29/2012 8:34:43 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Hojczyk

I guess it’s a function of being old, but for some things, I just want to go touch and see them before I buy them. I do shop online, but there are problems with online purchases. Most returns require repackaging, and paying shipping.

I bought my main TV from BB a year ago. Nice TV, only problem was the post sale attempts to add on junk I don’t need. $175 to come to my house and setup the color on my TV?! GTFO!

Recently I bought an LED TV for my son. They couldn’t have been less helpful. I asked where the stock was, a kid pointed to it, and walked away. Another kid just stood there looking at me, I said, well, I’ll need some sort of cart, he sighed and went to get one. I met him half way and said, I don’t want to disturb you. His reply was, it’s ok, I have to be here anyway.

BB sucks, but it’s the best brick and mortar electronics store near me. HHGreg is even worse. Sears sucks rotten eggs. I hear Frye’s is moving into the area, but no sign of them yet.


29 posted on 03/29/2012 8:36:24 AM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: Hojczyk

Best Buy is where people go to see products and write down the model numbers.

When they get home, they find the best price online, then purchase.


30 posted on 03/29/2012 8:37:06 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Hojczyk

They’re their own worst enemy.

They bait and switch, they lie and they patronize otherwise informed customers.

They lost a sale to us because;
a. they intentionally mislocated the price tags and then claimed they “had no control if “someone” moved them”, and

b. they wouldn’t sell us a notebook that hadn’t already been “optimized” by their Geek Squad at an additional cost of $99. If we wanted it “de-optimized”, it would cost us $99.

Eff em. I won’t be going back.


31 posted on 03/29/2012 8:37:37 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: trailhkr1
Way cheaper to buy online.

Which is why the government is so anxious to impose internet taxes.

32 posted on 03/29/2012 8:38:27 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Hojczyk
My gf just brought a DVD compilation. BB was $38.99 + tax (7%)

Amazon was $31.00, free shipping and no sales tax.

33 posted on 03/29/2012 8:39:15 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Disambiguator

“BB is a place that I don’t like going to, because the ambiance is annoying. Loud music (usually some post-modern garbage), flashing TVs, useless salespeople. It’s a complete package of customer repellent!”

EXACTLY! It’s horrible just BEING in one of their stores for 15 minutes because of the racket.


34 posted on 03/29/2012 8:41:26 AM PDT by Pravious
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To: Hojczyk

best buy does not back what it sells.. you do not even have to hit the front door, once you have a reciept, you are on your own.... what? product is broken or defective? replacement? NO, but we will be happy to send it out for service, if you pay shipping..... screw them


35 posted on 03/29/2012 8:41:43 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Republic Rocker
"I am sure gas is cutting into every purchase outside the pump."

I've a friend who drives 86 miles to work one way. His car gets around 26 miles to the gallon. He uses 6.6 gallons a day. When gas increases 30 cents a gallon he has $1.98 less in his pocket for the day. 6 day work week means $11.88 less each week to spend on food, housing, and all the other stuff one needs. That is over 600 bucks a year.

Factor in that when Obama was elected gas was around a buck ninety nationwide and now it is averaging just under four dollars.

I know we now have a fuel surcharge of 50 bucks mandated by the delivery companies on every special order we make for our business (Carpeting) use to be we could special order a 12 by 12 room of carpet and have it in your home in 2 days at a fair price. Now with the fuel surcharges it raises the price of 12' x 12' carpet installed with pad over 15%.

But hey I hear there is no inflation worries... [/s]

36 posted on 03/29/2012 8:42:46 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Hojczyk

Their customer service is a big part of their problem. Went in there to buy a laptop and left after 30 minutes, headed to Staples where I bought it.

My wife had the same experience when she went to buy an e-reader.


37 posted on 03/29/2012 8:42:51 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: Vision
Not as bad as the circuit city business model. Rap music blaring at you as you walk in the door. No thanks. How'd that work for ya?

That, and CC fired their most productive workers. It caused a big stink around here when the news came out.

38 posted on 03/29/2012 8:46:31 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Looks like that strategy promoting Eid al-Adha and dissing Christmas is finally paying off.

I see I'm not the only one that remembers that. I sent them an email after seeing their Eid al-Adha sale advertisements and asked where their Christmas ads were. The best they could do was of course "Happy Holidays"...unless you were Muslim. Now they'll just be pimpin' cell phones in the parking lot.
39 posted on 03/29/2012 8:48:51 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: Hojczyk

Best Buy is making the right move, but they are a few years too late. The electronics market has changed quite a bit, but they were too fat and happy relying on profits from extended warranties and financing.


40 posted on 03/29/2012 8:51:21 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Hojczyk

Zackly right. I used to go to BB for CDs, but now we just download. With large HDDs and flash drives, nobody needs disposable media like CDR and floppies, and you can buy ink and paper at the drugstore. So what do you need an electronics big box for? So you can touch and feel alternatives before you go online and shop for the best deal that UPS or FedEx will then deliver right to your door, often for free, and usually without paying sales tax.

Sorry Best Buy, but I colored you gone a couple of years ago....


41 posted on 03/29/2012 8:52:26 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Hojczyk

Best place to buy a TV or electronics is Costco. They have a 90 day return policy so if the price goes down during that time period, you can get the difference back. They also have a 2-year warranty and you can bump that up to five years for a very small fee.

Not the largest selection in the stores, but you can get more options online; and without the sales tax.


42 posted on 03/29/2012 8:54:43 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: cicero2k

The Apple and the Microsoft stores are great. The people who work there actually know what they are talking about.


43 posted on 03/29/2012 8:54:50 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: cicero2k
The customers are over at the Apple Store.

You better believe it. Any given time of day, the local Apple store has more customers inside than the big box Best Buy does. The Apple store is so busy that they could open a drive-thru window.

44 posted on 03/29/2012 8:56:40 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: dfwgator
Plus when you can find somebody for help, they are completely clueless.

Back when Sales Associates were still on commission, Circuit City did NOT have this problem. A commission-based sales guy who didn't know his stuff didn't last long.

45 posted on 03/29/2012 8:57:52 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: Gaffer
The one in Marietta treated all exiting customers like thieves.

The one local to me in NC did the same.

I chose to no longer patronize them because of it. Sam's Club, too.

46 posted on 03/29/2012 9:05:28 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Hojczyk

Best Buy has numerous problems. First why the heck does a supposed electronic retailer sell vacuum cleaners and refrigerators? Customer service at Best Buy was hit and miss in my experience. Lastly the audio CD is nearly obsolete so why devote a considerable amount of retail space to selling them? Much smarter would be to sell music downloads through a computer kiosk. Best Buy also has increased price competition from online retailers and discount stores like Sam’s Club and Costco particularly on bigger ticket items like TVs.


47 posted on 03/29/2012 9:13:02 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: The KG9 Kid
The customers are over at the Apple Store.

You better believe it. Any given time of day, the local Apple store has more customers inside than the big box Best Buy does. The Apple store is so busy that they could open a drive-thru window.

Apple stuff just plain works. This from a PC sysmgr since the 6502 and Z80 microprocessor days.

48 posted on 03/29/2012 9:16:43 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Hojczyk

Posasibly, if Best Buy had immediately following a lackluster Christmas season, fired 400 and closed 50 stores, shedding some costs and possibly lowering some prices as a result, their costs-vs-revenue situation would have quit depreciating by now. The signals were undeniably there months ago. They didn’t need another 90 days to tell them what to do.


49 posted on 03/29/2012 9:17:37 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Hojczyk

I’ve hated Best Buy for years and have not shopped there since I was charged a “restocking fee” several years ago.


50 posted on 03/29/2012 9:17:50 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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