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I would miss Fry's though if they went out of business because
other electronics stores are usually VERY LAME.
Ain't that the troof. Over the years we have seen dozens
of big box electronics stores come and go - Federated, Cal
Stereo, Pacific Stereo, Silo, Circuit City rtc.
What we are left with really is Best Buy (Which they
aren't). I stay away from them usually. Yesterday I went into one
because I needed a Aux > Car radio FM modulator. The experience
was pretty familiar. Clueless employees, small selection despite
thousands of square feet of display space, and more effort on
preventing theft than helping customers.
I chose Best Buy because besides Fry's they are pretty
much all that is left in Electronics stores, the independants
were killed decades ago. The independants were killed by the
pricing of manufacturers, they gave large price breaks to the big
box schlock shops so the mom and pops couldn't compete on price.
The irony being that the big box schlock shops tended to
go broke owing millions to the manufacturers.
I had a $50 Best Buy gift card that has been in my wallet
for two years.
"Bankers are greedy, they've been greedy for the last hundreds of years.
- Nouriel Roubini, 7 July 2012