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Archive for the 'big box retail' Category

“Why Best Buy Is Going Out Of Business…Gradually”

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“To discover the real reasons behind the company’s decline, just take this simple test. Walk into one of the company’s retail locations or shop online. And try, really try, not to lose your temper.” Why Best Buy Is Going Out Of Business…Gradually

“Best Buy Cuts Outlook; ‘most difficult climate ever seen’”

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

In the same week that Circuit City declares chapter 11, Best Buy gives a gloomy forecast. These two companies are largely responsible for the devaluation of prerecorded music. Their ridiculous expansion rates and loss-leader CD and appliance pricing led to the closing of hundreds of competing record stores and smaller electronics retailers. This, in turn, [...]

In Addition to Bad, Overpriced Coffee and Clueless Overexpansion

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

…Starbucks wastes water. [thanks to Maryam for the link].

Could You Learn To Tie Your Own Shoes (If It Comes To That)?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

CNN asks the questions you need answered.

Overexpansion -> Contraction

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

I learned about this essential law of retail physics during my tenure at Tower Records.

Speakeasy is Sucking

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

I’ve been using Speakeasy for DSL, email and various other things since 1999. Last year they were bought by Best Buy. I shuddered, and braced for Speakeasy to begin sucking. At work we use them for T1 and hosting our website. All our employees depend on Speakeasy for email. Tonight at 5:15 my email client [...]

Sometimes, Folks, The Jokes Just Write Themselves

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Smashing Pumpkins Sue Virgin Over Artistic Integrity

Best Buy’s Geek Squad: Privacy-Invading Sleazeabaggery Reported

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

“Bloggers Catch The Tech Service Pilfering Porn“

I Can’t Wait…

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

…not to shop there.

Kaua’i Votes To Limit Big Box Stores to 75,000 Sq. Ft.

Friday, May 25th, 2007

My favorite place, the island of Kaua’i, has a population of nearly 60,000. It’s also visited by nearly 20,000 tourists each day. It currently hosts a Costco, Wal-Mart and Home Depot, as well. Yesterday its county council voted to restrict new ‘big box’ stores to 75,000 square feet in most non-rural areas. That loophole could [...]