retail

  • Rumor: AT&T's iPhone Displays to be Insane, Fancy, Extravagant, Large

    AT&T is getting all the hot phone love this summer, from the Curve to the iPhone. The question remains though: To which brand does the carrier’s loyalties lie? We ourselves find it hard to care. The Curve has a large AT&T marketing budget behind it, but reports are surfacing that it pales next to the inevitable onslaught of iPhone pain we’re about to experience. Boy Genius… Read More

  • Apple Offering Free Personal Shopping Service

    Perhaps you’re not the biggest Mac fan or you don’t even own an iPod. Or maybe someone’s birthday is coming up and they said they’d love an iPod but you don’t know which one is right for them. All that can now be solved thanks to Apple’s new service called Personal Shopping. It’s basically a free service where a Mac specialist will take you around… Read More

  • Wii Availability Revisited

    Since the release of the Wii, it’s been near-impossible to find one at a local or online retailer. Now during the first month or three of a console launch, that’s understandable. But it’s almost May and it’s still hard as hell to find a Nintendo Wii in a store. Why is this? Shouldn’t Nintendo have bumped up production? Freakonomics has a nice article which… Read More

  • HD-DVD Wins: $299 Player On The Way

    Wal-Mart and China have teamed up and this time it’s not to bring you cheap clothing at a reduced price. Walton & Co. have acquired 2 million HD-DVD players from the Great Wall Corporation, which is based out of — wait for it — China. The electronics come from TDK and Fuh Yuan, so at least it still holds a chance of not being a POS. But the best part out of all this news? Read More

  • eMusic Launches Subscription-Based Plans

    I always liked eMusic. Though second banana to iTMS, it still has a good amount of music worth downloading and every song is DRM-free. Now eMusic is trying to launch a subscription service without DRM that will allow users to download a set number of tracks per month. These new plans are being called “Connoisseur Plans” and involve the user paying a set price each month for a… Read More

  • Best Buy Snaps Up Speakeasy

    The only reason I know that Speakeasy is an ISP is because they offer a fantastic speed-test. Web-apps aside though, Speakeasy customers may want to keep a close eye on bills and future price changes and user agreements now that Best Buy has bought your precious ISP. The retail giant paid a reported $97 million for the company and plans on boosting small business plans and services within the… Read More

  • Gamestop's Shoddy Customer Service

    Alex over at Joystiq tells an interesting story about a Sunday-drive to Gamestop where he tried to purchase God of War II. When Alex entered the store and asked for a copy of GoW2, the employee behind the counter asked if a reservation had been made. When he replied “No”, the employee at the Gamestop walked over to the display wall, grabbed a case, opened it, and stuck a copy of… Read More

  • Best Buy And Apple Cut A Deal

    Truth be told, the last company I expected to strike a deal with Apple was Best Buy. But who am I to judge? In a statement today, Best Buy said that next Tuesday, all 822 stores will have the Apple TV available for purchase. This positions Best Buy to gain some increased sales considering that it’ll be another two weeks before other stores start selling Apple TV units. If you want… Read More

  • Retailers Give Ultimatum to Sony PSP

    Retailers have told Sony that unless the PSP sees a price drop, they will drop it from their shelves, according to 1UP. Although 1UP doesn’t name retailers and is vague on the details, the site hints that if a price drop doesn’t come, something major has to happen with the PSP soon. Vince has some details about what a redesign might entail and Matt has a post about a new PSP… Read More

  • CompUSA Officially Closing 126 Stores

    CompUSA, everyone’s favorite place to hang out while waiting for the sig. other to come out of Kohl’s, is closing 126 stores, or 50% of its current crop, to create a cash infusion of $440 million. Most of these stores are “old” which presumably means they were laid out in the 1800s and are no longer competitive in the face of Best Buy and Circuit City. The closure is… Read More

  • Gamestop Autodialing Customers

    You may want to hit up a Target for your video-gaming needs next time you go out shopping. It seems Gamestop has been targeting previous customers and their purchases via telemarketing or autodialing. Ars Technica’s Ben Kuchera had bought The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess from a Gamestop a while back. Recently, he received a call from Gamestop and a robot relayed the following… Read More

  • Colorado Apple Store Gets Jacked

    You may have a hard time scoring an iPod Nano if you live near Boulder, Colorado. Earlier this month, a small plexiglass display case was snatched from an Apple store on 29th Street. The thieves made off with 42 iPod nanos by simply grabbing the case and walking out it, as the display stand wasn’t bolted down in any way. Police say employees failed to notice any suspicious activity on… Read More

  • Discount PS3s On The Horizon (If You're OK with Refurbs)

    Remember when it was hard to find a PS3? NotifyWire says those days might well be over. Due to many miscreants set on making a quick buck flipping the consoles on eBay or Craigslist and not making the sale, many shops are starting to see returns. What’s more, after the Xmas rush we’re currently experiencing, there will likely be more. In fact, a significant percentage of the PS3s… Read More

  • Helio Makes Moves, Opens Stores, Feeds People To Fish


    Helio made a play at MVNO dominance today, opening the first of five retail stores. Its flagship Helio Store is now open on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Cali. As you can see, store was was designed, unsurprisingly, as a place for the young and hip.
    Computer terminals dot the walls amid comfortable looking furniture, where visitors can sit and check myspace, or stare blankly at… Read More

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