Sunday, January 18, 2009

Brick and Mortar Electronics Stores

As many of you have read and heard, Circuit City is soon to be gone for good. The last thing I bought at Circuit City (as run by Circuit City Stores Inc.) was last week to buy something nice for my dad's birthday. I suppose I will mosey on over there early tomorrow (technically, later today) to buy something from the liquidating company that took over. (At least that's what I think happens to a retailer that declares bankruptcy. A liquidating company takes over, right?)

So we have Best Buy. I was there a few hours ago to buy a non-dock USB cable for my little iPod Shuffle. I actually wanted the USB cable that plugs into an wall wart transformer, so I wouldn't have to use a computer to recharge my iPod. Best Buy's website has it for $19. The physical Best Buy store has that same item for $22. I went to the cashier to ask about this discrepancy, and he said that I should go to the Media Center and have a Best Buy employee price match the product with the Best Buy site before I go back to the cashier. Geez, man, talk about bad business...

I didn't want to go through this big process, as the "Media Center" had no visible employees (such is Best Buy), so I bought the $13 USB non-dock (without the wall wart). Maybe I'll find a wall wart adapter on clearance at Circuit City later today.

In any case, praise be to (for now)! I must check what MP3 album is on sale today...

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