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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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Best Buy Galaxy S III leak results in lawsuit

Best Buy Galaxy S III leak results in lawsuit

So we all know the typical life of the rumor mill that surrounds a new electronic device, right? Before the product is announced, tips and leaks come from overseas manufacturing plants, but once the device becomes a known quantity, everyone turns to one channel for unannounced product info - the retail channel. But Best Buy wants to put an end to that side of the cycle.

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Best Buy considers in-store competitor price streaming

Best Buy considers in-store competitor price streaming

If you hear an analyst talk about the state of Best Buy these days, you'll no doubt hear stories about how consumers now walk into the store with the sole purpose of scanning items with their phone to see what the price is at places like Amazon or Walmart. A lot of people like to talk about the phenomenon of customers using Best Buy as nothing more than a "showroom." Some experts will tell you this phenomenon is blown way out of proportion, and Best Buy could have its own way of fixing that.

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Best Buy founder and major shareholder Richard Schulze resigns

Best Buy founder and major shareholder Richard Schulze resigns

Best Buy has been facing some serious problems over the last year. It lost CEO Brian Dunn this year and it has been closing stores in an effort to shore up operations and return the profits it once enjoyed. Best Buy and other major electronics retailers are having a hard time with stiff competition from online retailers and other physical retailers such as Walmart who have stepped into the electronics segment in force.

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MacBook Pro 2012 model release tipped by price drop

MacBook Pro 2012 model release tipped by price drop

Over at Best Buy this week you'll find that the new MacBook Pro 2012 model has been tipped by one of the more obvious events that always happens before a new Apple product: a price reduction int he current model. This blowout and replace tactic has been in place for several years now, all the way back to when iPods were given away for free to students when the newest model was on the way in the early 2000s - and beyond. Here we've got Best Buy specifically taking a few bucks off Apple's otherwise tight and solid price scheme with several price cuts starting at $100 USD.

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HTC EVO 4G LTE shipping date now May 24

HTC EVO 4G LTE shipping date now May 24

In what's quickly becoming one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones on its carrier of choice, the HTC EVO 4G LTE's release situation has just turned back to positive with a May 24th ship date on the books. The HTC EVO 4G LTE was recently the subject of an investigation / check sort of event at the US border while HTC's shipment (which also included HTC One X) units were held up on account of their supposed patent-infringing software. Since we first heard that news, HTC's newest relative of the HTC One series has been cleared - or is about to be cleared, at least, as its carrier suggests the late May shipping date as a reality for pre-order customers.

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HTC EVO 4G LTE postponed indefinitely once more

HTC EVO 4G LTE postponed indefinitely once more

It appears that once again the HTC EVO 4G LTE has hit a wall when it comes to being delivered to the USA for sale, so says customers receiving the note that their pre-orders were once again stopped here at the end of the week. In the epic battle that has become HTC's this summer in bringing their new line of hero smartphones into the USA, the HTC EVO 4G LTE has once again suffered a bit of a loss as Best Buy takes back what it'd reported earlier this week with a new announcement of delay. Though the press already does have its hands on review units of this device, it seems that that's as far as HTC was allowed to go with getting said hardware into the states before patent infringement via Apple reared its head.

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