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Sony to close two-thirds of US stores
Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2014 2:17 PM (ET) | None

Posted on 02/27/2014 5:52:12 AM PST by DJ MacWoW

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sony Corp. says it is closing about two-thirds of its U.S. Sony Stores is part of a wide-ranging company restructuring it announced earlier this month.

It also said that 1,000 of the previously announced 5,000 job cuts would come from its Sony Electronics unit, mainly in the U.S. and Mexico. The cuts are to take place before March 2015.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; sony
The Obama economy is booming! /s
1 posted on 02/27/2014 5:52:12 AM PST by DJ MacWoW
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To: DJ MacWoW

More workers free of ‘job lock’


2 posted on 02/27/2014 5:53:09 AM PST by harwood (Ann Coulter: Future SCOTUS nominee!)
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To: DJ MacWoW

I honestly never even knew there where Sony stores, I though Sony products were sold through retailers...


3 posted on 02/27/2014 5:54:28 AM PST by apillar
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To: DJ MacWoW

Didn’t even know there was such thing as a Sony Store.


4 posted on 02/27/2014 5:54:49 AM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Free at last! Free at last! *SMIRK*

Great job, Bammy! You are doing a STELLAR job of doing what you promised and the idiot masses lapped up!


5 posted on 02/27/2014 5:59:44 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Just more of that there recovery we keep being told we’re in. More free time, less pay. Now that’s a good thing. Er, maybe not.


6 posted on 02/27/2014 6:10:07 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: harwood
More workers free of ‘job lock’

Don't forget the "liberation" of millions of square feet of retail space.

7 posted on 02/27/2014 6:10:48 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Yeah, I always wanted to pay full price for some Sony equipment. I went to one once and the prices would make Best Buy blush, and that isn't even counting Amazon.

About the only advantage they had was the equipment was actually hooked up so you could check out it's operation rather than just looking at it on the shelf. And then go buy the same thing for a lot less at another store or online.

8 posted on 02/27/2014 6:22:33 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

I haven’t bought anything with the Sony brand on it (not even movies, music or games) ever since they were busted installing root kits on people’s PC’s years back. They are the hidden empire that doesn’t get talked about much. They can burn, and I wanna watch while they do. I have a deep hatred for Sony and BMG (in case you didn’t pick up on it)


9 posted on 02/27/2014 6:31:17 AM PST by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Sony has stores? Who knew??


10 posted on 02/27/2014 6:36:24 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: FunkyZero

Yeah what does destroying the economy matter and the loss of jobs as long as you can feel good about it, right? You have that in common with Obama.


11 posted on 02/27/2014 6:38:55 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: apillar

The only Sony store in my area was about 50 miles away, and it closed several years ago.

The last thing I bought there was a refurbished Sony Walkman. Most of the stock seemed to be radio and audio equipment that was becoming obsolete.

They can easily sell such wares online.


12 posted on 02/27/2014 6:48:05 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DJ MacWoW

Sony hasn’t had a real killer product in well over a decade, who needs their store?


13 posted on 02/27/2014 6:51:49 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob
The people who are losing their jobs?

I like their their headphones.

14 posted on 02/27/2014 6:55:37 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Yes, you are correct. And I hope you feel completely superior to me now. I’ve got a few other words for you, but I value the status of my FR account, use your imagination.


15 posted on 02/27/2014 7:19:46 AM PST by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: FunkyZero
I don't take delight in people losing their jobs. That you do is sad especially since no one has forced you to use Sony products. You chose not to and that's fine. But delighting in their closing stores and ignoring the harm it will do to the economy and that people will lose their jobs is nothing to be proud of.
16 posted on 02/27/2014 7:28:37 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: DJ MacWoW; FunkyZero

I respectfully suggest you direct your ire at Sony’s management, rather than FunkyZero. The fact that Sony’s closing these stores is Capitalism 101. It’s management’s fault the company hasn’t brought more products to the market that consumers like FunkyZero will buy.


17 posted on 02/27/2014 7:37:05 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Time to chime in here.

“...But delighting in their closing stores and ignoring the harm it will do to the economy and that people will lose their jobs is nothing to be proud of.”

I do not believe anyone is delighting in others losing their jobs.

I, as others have stated, never knew that Sony had stores.

I dislike Sony products - ever try to program a Dish remote to control a TV, a DVD or Blu-ray player and/or a amp? It’s easy to do as long as the TV, DVD or Blu-ray player and/or a amp is not Sony. They do not share their codes.

Why? Beats the crap out of me. I buy any equipment that is NOT Sony. Why should I? They make my TV/movie/music experience more difficult and less easy than other manufactures.

I spend my dollars elsewhere.

Sony stores are closing due to the lack of customer demand. They obviously had a poor business model and they are reaping the ‘non-benefit’ of their business model.

Apple is expanding their stores, Sony is closing their stores. This is wholly because of customer demand.

I used to love Sony products for years, alas the bloom went off the Sony rose for me about 10 years ago.

Let ‘em rot.


18 posted on 02/27/2014 7:46:48 AM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: Night Hides Not; FunkyZero
My problem with the poster stems from the lack of sympathy for the now unemployed. Also from alarm at the businesses that are failing because of Obama. It is nothing to delight in.
19 posted on 02/27/2014 7:47:26 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: BBB333

See 19.


20 posted on 02/27/2014 7:49:08 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: apillar

I’d never seen a Sony store either.
Article says a total of 20, most in California.

I remember when Sony was the class of the field in electronics.
I have a 42 in Sony flatscreen about 5 yrs old that has been a troublefree performer.


21 posted on 02/27/2014 7:50:37 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Fair enough, but IMHO the blame lies with Sony's management, not Obama (ok...I'll give him a fair share out of general principle...lol).

Other electronics retailers have done well over the past several years.

22 posted on 02/27/2014 7:52:06 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Night Hides Not; BBB333
Well............

APPLE IS THE NEW MICROSOFT: Barclays Downgrades Apple, Says It's Doomed To Be Range-Bound

23 posted on 02/27/2014 7:57:45 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: DJ MacWoW; FunkyZero

FuunkyZero wrote:

“I haven’t bought anything with the Sony brand on it (not even movies, music or games) ever since they were busted installing root kits on people’s PC’s years back. They are the hidden empire that doesn’t get talked about much. They can burn, and I wanna watch while they do. I have a deep hatred for Sony and BMG (in case you didn’t pick up on it)”

“Yes, you are correct. And I hope you feel completely superior to me now. I’ve got a few other words for you, but I value the status of my FR account, use your imagination.”


I think you are a complete moron for chastising FunkyZero.

FunkyZero is no more happy at people losing their jobs then I am. It’s business. Sony screwed up - and it’s NOT Obama’s fault - it’s Sony’s.

FunkyZero hates Sony like I hate unions (I’m a former ILWU). Good for him. Good for me.

You need to read with comprehension and grow up.


24 posted on 02/27/2014 8:04:24 AM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: BBB333; FunkyZero
I think FunkyZero is a big boy and can take care of himself. He didn't look like a slacker to me, why does he to you?

You have a nice day with your downgraded Apple.

25 posted on 02/27/2014 8:12:43 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: DJ MacWoW

I wasn’t aware that sony had stores.


26 posted on 02/27/2014 9:50:30 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: BBB333
I used to buy a lot of Sony stuff, still have some of it actually. I* always considered it higher quality than most mid-range electronics.

But, when I found they had secretly installed a remote control app/root kit on my PC, I was furious. They thought they needed to monitor me to see if I was stealing their music... even though the malware was installed off the music CD that I PAID FOR... my sin was simply sticking it in my PC CDROM drive to play the album... autorun did the rest without me knowing any different. That's a serious breech of trust for me, and I'll never forget or forgive them for it... I most certainly will not reward them by giving them even more of my money. That bridge is a smoking crater and will stay that way.

======================

As far as the attacks... I've found that with these types, it is best to just not engage. It goes nowhere and devolves into name-calling and insults. You can see that even though I didn't allow myself to be drawn into it, attempts to humiliate me, etc happened anyway. Assumptions are made, it goes on and on... in the end, you never change the minds of certain people because quite simply, your opinion is not credible to them and they have a need to feel superior. I find it's best to do like my wife... she just lets me think I'm in charge and everyone stays happy this way.

27 posted on 02/27/2014 10:37:45 AM PST by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: FunkyZero

You seem like a quality FReeper so I wanted to throw my support towards one who seems sane (subtle hint, eh DJ MacWoW?).

I can remember my family laying out BIG money for a 27” Trinitron when the biggest TV was only 25”.

Sony used to be good.

I know of what you write about BMI and Sony - and I agree with you completely.

Have a great day.


28 posted on 02/27/2014 11:33:33 AM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
But was it unexpected ?
29 posted on 02/27/2014 4:05:07 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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