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Weekly RoundUp 10-9-2012


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#101 of 108 Ashly Yeo

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Posted October 13 2012 - 01:18 PM

The reorganization threw me off guard big time. I had thought they had dropped Blu-rays from their stores until I realized they did. Like many here, my infrequent visits to Best Buy stores just got down to almost never. Whatever happened to usability feedback studies from real world customers?

#102 of 108 Mike Frezon

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Posted October 13 2012 - 02:57 PM

I was all set to buy up to five Blu-rays when I went in yesterday...but after searching the entire department, all I could find worth buying was Prometheus (which I specifically went for) and Fargo (which fell into the category of an inexpensive upgrade--$4.99!).


There were some Criterions there I might have been interested in...but not at those prices.  Everything else I either had already or I wasn't interested in.

Slim pickins'.


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#103 of 108 ManW_TheUncool

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Posted October 13 2012 - 05:09 PM

My local BB hasn't reorg-ed their BD section (yet?), but they did merge the counters for Geek Squad w/ their regular Customer Service area, so it took a good deal longer to do my U&S today than usual -- I almost gave up waiting on line thinking I could probably do almost as well later w/out this deal for what I was buying, if I just wait some more. Think I'm gonna have to pick a much less busy time to do these U&S deals going forward -- of course, the recent opening of the Barclay Center right across the street doesn't help either. FWIW, I also recently started shopping GoHastings.com for used titles of interest that I've been holding out for bargain bin prices, but haven't found them for <=$10 new anywhere. If you don't mind buying used/previously viewed titles at bargain prices, they periodically run some excellent sales -- though you usually need to shop fast for the good ones or things go out-of-stock on you. They're currently running a Facebook coupon sale (code 250k) that's 25%-off used/PVed titles w/ free shipping, and I ordered a ton of titles that way (mostly for $2-5 each shipped, except a couple more recent titles like Tower Heist and Hunger Games that were $8-10 each). The main drawback w/ the PVed stuff, which is most of the lower priced items, is the label they put around the inner ring of the disc that can be a bit of a pain to remove plus their use of DVD case (instead of BD case) on rare occasion (though they do include the original cover art). _Man_
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#104 of 108 ManW_TheUncool

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Posted October 13 2012 - 05:44 PM

Actually, come to think of it, my local BB already did the reorg some months ago that Mike's now seeing at his BB -- well, they did also do some bit more a month or two ago. And yeah, it's been a pain locating all the release week items w/ the way they have it now. I always end up missing checking one of the extra freestanding displays for something I want on my shortlist and waste an extra 15-30min looking all over for stuff -- and still often have to ask someone for something that may or may not actually be missing for the various displays. Their general customer service seems improved in recent months, except for their new merging of the Geek Squad area w/ regular CS, but yeah, not too crazy about their BD organization although it does (in theory) help them keep the new release and weekly advertised items more visible (for both the customers and their stocking staff). There are pros and cons to this me thinks... _Man_
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#105 of 108 Moe Dickstein

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Posted October 13 2012 - 08:20 PM

But honestly, I don't know which is better -- a lot of categories, or one simple A-to-Z sort for the whole shebang. I just know Best Buy's current shenanigans in this respect are pretty bad.  Talk about fixing something that isn't broken.  How about fixing the stuff that is?

I hate categories more than mixing DVD and BD, but I hate that too. Is As Good As It Gets a comedy or a drama? Categories are dumb for stores.
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#106 of 108 Charles Smith

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Posted October 14 2012 - 01:30 AM

Originally Posted by Mike Frezon 

I was all set to buy up to five Blu-rays when I went in yesterday...but after searching the entire department, all I could find worth buying was Prometheus (which I specifically went for) and Fargo (which fell into the category of an inexpensive upgrade--$4.99!).


There were some Criterions there I might have been interested in...but not at those prices.  Everything else I either had already or I wasn't interested in.

Slim pickins'.


My usual situation exactly!  Which is why I browse first, to make sure I don't give them more DVDs than there are Blu-rays on the rack that I will take on that same visit.



#107 of 108 Malcolm R

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Posted October 14 2012 - 01:54 PM

I hate categories more than mixing DVD and BD, but I hate that too. Is As Good As It Gets a comedy or a drama? Categories are dumb for stores.

I like having the mixed DVD and Blu-ray, so I can see what formats are available without needing to go to a different aisle to check. But I agree that the genres are kind of ridiculous. Who gets to decide what film is in what genre? The last BB I was at had reorganized and I saw a number of what I would consider "horror" titles mixed in with the "drama" section. And Sci-Fi and Horror seem like naturals for the same section. I don't know why Sci-Fi is now considered part of Action. That basically means if you're looking for a horror title, and it's not found in the horror section, you also need to check drama and action/sci-fi to see if they've decided it belongs elsewhere.
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#108 of 108 Moe Dickstein

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Posted October 14 2012 - 02:12 PM

If I'm shopping at BB it's not for DVDs. The only things I get that aren't BD are Criterions that aren't upgraded yet.
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