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Best Buy’s Insignia Flex to be $239 to $259, source claims

Best Buy’s Insignia Flex to be $239 to $259, source claims

On Friday, Best Buy revealed the mystery product it had been releasing teases about as the Insignia Flex, a 9.7 inch tablet running Android Ice Cream Sandwich. A price wasn't provided in the announcement, however, leaving many to speculate that it would fall somewhere between $150 and $250. The speculation was close, if not a tad ambitious, with a source claiming that the Flex will be priced between $239 and $259.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 12, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 12, 2012

Welcome to Friday, folks. The weekend is here once again, and what better way to kick off the festivities than with a Windows 8 purchase? The new OS went up for pre-order today, while a number of other Windows 8-related stories were popping up all over the place. For instance, we found out that the marketing campaign for Windows 8 cost Microsoft a whopping $1.5 billion, and a collection of HP computers were spotted running Windows 8 on the show floor of one Best Buy store in Minnesota.

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Windows 8 HP PCs pop up at Best Buy stores

Windows 8 HP PCs pop up at Best Buy stores

We've heard a lot about Windows 8 today - Netflix pushed a Windows 8 update earlier today, we learned a little more about the Windows 8 marketing campaign, and - most importantly - the new OS officially went up for pre-order. With that mind, Best Buy has wasted no time putting Windows 8 PCs on display in some of its stores. WinSource reports that at least one Best Buy store is showing off a number of HP Windows 8 notebooks, ultrabooks, and all-in-one PCs to get customers excited about the release of the latest Windows installment.

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Best Buy battles “showrooming” with internet price-matching

Best Buy battles “showrooming” with internet price-matching

Best Buy will match online pricing during the holiday season, so as to reduce the impact of "showrooming" where would-be buyers play with products in-store but then order them from cheaper internet vendors. Meanwhile, free home delivery will be offered for products currently out of stock, sources speaking to the WSJ claim, though it's possible that Best Buy may exclude some items from the price matching program, which is still being worked out.

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Acer Aspire M5 Series Ultrabooks detailed with touch for Windows 8

Acer Aspire M5 Series Ultrabooks detailed with touch for Windows 8

Today is a hot day for your Acer Windows 8-bound notebook family with not just the V5 series popping up for touchscreen laptop justice, but with the Aspire M5 Series Ultrabook as well. What we've got here with the M5 Ultrabook is a unit that will be sold exclusively by Best Buy stores in the United States - so don't expect them anywhere else, basically. Here you'll have an 8-hour battery life supporting a 14-inch Aspire M5-481PT and a 15.6-inch Aspire M5-581T. They come in different colors, too!

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Best Buy founder moves ahead with $11 billion buyout plan

Best Buy founder moves ahead with $11 billion buyout plan

Electronics retailer Best Buy has been having a difficult time recently with sagging profits and other challenges. Best Buy founder Richard Schulze has been working with at least four different private equity firms to examine the books of the ailing retail giant. The reason Schulze is digging through the books is that he is leading an attempt to take Best Buy private with a possible buyout.

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Brick-And-Mortars Are In Trouble, But They Can’t (And Won’t) Die

Brick-And-Mortars Are In Trouble, But They Can’t (And Won’t) Die

For years now, the technology world has been sounding the death knell for brick-and-mortar stores. Consumers and even online retailers reason that technology customers are too knowledgeable of the deals available online and see no reason to head to the store to pick up a product. Instead, they can have it delivered to their home in no time.

For that reason, just about everyone believes that technology brick-and-mortar stores will eventually go extinct. A host of companies have tried to be successful in that market, like Circuit City, CompUSA, and others, and they have all failed. Now Best Buy, the company that helped put tons of competitors into the ground, is starting to lose its footing.

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Best Buy borrows Apple Store strategy for retail relaunch

Best Buy borrows Apple Store strategy for retail relaunch

Best Buy is borrowing some Apple-style retail polish for its "Best Buy 2.0" in-store experience, the company has confirmed, trialling a new approach to brick & mortar selling that it hopes will claw back from online sales. The test stores - described as part of the chain's "catch-up" by interim CEO Mike Mikan - feature a "Solution Central" help desk in the center, similar to Apple's Genius Bar, the WSJ reports, as well as increasing the options for paying for items in store.

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