Friday, January 23, 2009

Best Buy's "Buy" of the Week

I stopped by Best Buy yesterday to pick up some door prizes for a work event. Shockingly they didn't have a single iPod Touch in *any* of the Cincinnati area stores. But Best Buy's consistent inability to keep items in stock is a another story for another day...

While I was there, I thought I would pick up some Ethernet cables. I was shocked (and disgusted) to see that the cheapest 7 foot Ethernet cable in the store was a $20.99 Dynex! This is a microcosm of what's wrong in the world today. If businesses don't stop ripping people off, there is going to be nothing left standing but Wal-Mart! Where, by the way, I found a perfectly good Belkin cable that was twice as long for HALF the price.

I have written about how Best Buy and other consumer electronic chains rip people off on audio/ visual cables but it looks like the rip off has extended to just about all accessories. Go to Wal-Mart or better yet go to Monoprice.com for your cables and accessories and don't get scammed!

I'm afraid if Best Buy (and others) don't start offering their customers better value, they will soon go the way of the dinosaurs... and Circuit City.

2 comments:

Angry Basler said...

Time for a Philibuster. Best Buy is not ripping you off. Sure, you can get a network cable cheaper somewhere on the internet, but those places don't have nearly the same overhead cost that a Best Buy store has: the rent in a mall area; the bright, shiny displays; the electricity bills; etc. If you're looking to find tons of tech stuff in one place where you can browse, go to Best Buy. They make low markups on some very pricey high-tech stuff, and they try to pad their bottom line with some high-markup stuff like a Dynex cable. If you don't like their prices, don't shop there.

On a related note, I don't hear anyone offering to prop up the big oil companies now that gas prices have plummeted. They want Exxon to tough through the bad times on their own but pay "windfall" profits taxes when they're doing well.

Dolf said...

You are wrong... Wal-mart has the same lights and shiny displays. So does Target...

Have you been in a Wal-mart lately? Have you seen the walls of flat panel TVs and giant video game displays? Best Buy needs to watch out...

My point is that Best Buy is going to go out of business (just like Circuit City and others) if they don't offer more options and better value. The only types of stores that are going to be left are the Wal-Mart-ian ones.

And maybe I *will* stop shopping there... I can get my electronics *and* my groceries at Wal-Mart.

And even with the drop in gas prices, the oil companies are still making billion dollar profits. And they *are* being propped up by billions of dollars in tax breaks thanks to ex-President Moron.