• Best Buy intros ‘Premier Black’ Reward Zone program

    Whoa, look at me! I just got an e-mail from Best Buy telling me that I’m now part of the company’s “most elite membership level – Premier Black.” That’s probably just fancy-talk for saying that I’ve spent most of my earned income over the past 15 or so years at their stores. Aside from bonus points and whatnot, the kicker to this program appears to be… Read More

  • Radio Shack looks to Apple stores for inspirado

    Since the launch of Apple’s super-popular iPhone, competing handset manufacturers have been scrambling to produce phones that at least somewhat replicate Cupertino’s device. So it should stand to reason that the look and feel of Apple’s stores, which are quite popular with shoppers, might begin to appear in competing retailers’ stores. Case in point, it’s… Read More

  • Wii passes Xbox 360 to take top spot in U.S. sales

    Previously declared the leading next-generation console worldwide, the Nintendo Wii has now surpassed the Xbox 360 to become the leading next-generation console in the U.S. Last month, Nintendo sold over 666,000 Wii consoles versus 405,500 PS3s and 219,800 Xbox 360s, according to NPD Group, Inc. Wii games are also selling well, as NPD says that six of the ten top selling games last month were… Read More

  • Best Buy offers Bluetooth pairing for $10

    California Best Buy stores are offering $9.99 Bluetooth pairing for those too fried on cocaine and hearty Cabernet to be bothered with connecting their new iPhones to the Bluetooth. Our take? Give us a call. One of us will walk you through pairing your headset for a mere $7.99. Nicholas can do it in Portuguese, Doug and do it in a hearty Boston Southie accent, and I can do it in High… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct selling well at Best Buy

    Apparently plenty of Best Buy shoppers like Sprint’s Samsung Instinct. In a recent press release, Best Buy said that since its June 19th launch, the Instinct has become “the retailer’s best selling handset in the past two years.”  Best Buy has also been pushing a service called “Walk Out Working,” which basically entails having your phone set up for… Read More

  • Borders Books online again after 7 years; plans to take on Amazon in hearts of bibliophiles

    Borders is back online after a long hiatus, and its looking to take on Amazon for the online book buying marketplace. But its got an uphill battle, with retail giant Amazon firmly in first place. Besides being huge, Amazon has features Borders can’t match, such as the Kindle eBook reader and in-book online searching. But Borders isn’t counting on high-tech to challenge Amazon… Read More

  • Fifty photos from the new Apple Store in Boston

    From the hordes of rabid Mac fans to the cheering employees to the famous musicians and professional athletes, here are fifty photos from today’s Apple Store opening.                                            … Read More

  • Best Buy increases stake in Carphone Warehouse

    Looks like Best Buy’s got a pretty massive boner for Carphone Warehouse, as it’s just increased its ownership share from 2.9% to 50%, according to IDG News Service. Best Buy has agreed to invest an additional $2.1 billion in the European retailer, likely by the end of August. Carphone Warehouse will be opening stores here in the states this year and Best Buy is planning to open… Read More

  • Man sued by woman for sending nude pictures messages to phone she bought from him

    Working in retail is hard work, especially in the electronics field, but sometimes your interactions with people on a daily basis lead to new relationships. I worked at a big box retailer for about three years and got many dates out of it, though it wasn’t appropriate at all. The key is, though, to know when it’s OK and when it’s not OK to ask a customer on a date, and how to… Read More

  • NYT: Feel free to haggle down the price of your next HDTV

    [photopress:hagglebbcc.jpg,full,center] The economy isn’t doing so hot and Manchester United seems to be marching toward its second consecutive title. We’re all doomed, in other words. But hey, did you know that you can get $20 off a pair of speakers on Sixth Avenue? The Times has a piece today exploring the issue of haggling in the year 2008. It seems the terrible economy… Read More

  • Apple Tuesdays: Apple adds special live availability page to retail site

    Now this is interesting ineed. Due apparently to the high demand of the MacBook Air, Apple has put together a special page on its retail website where you can check your local availability without having to call or visit the Apple store. It’s not live now, but it appears as if it will be later tonight. Is Apple actually selling enough Airs to warrant this new service, or is it some… Read More

  • No more HD DVD trade-ins at GameStop

    [photopress:gshd.jpg,full,center] GameStop will stop accepting all HD DVD trade-ins later today. It’ll stop accepting the 360’s HD DVD player for trade-ins, too. Story. This past Christmas I traded in unopened HD DVDs that I had received throughout the year and traded them into Best Buy, getting some store credit in the process. Good thing I did that when I did because with the… Read More

  • MacBook Air in Apple stores today? Not so fast, Pepe

    There are reports that the MacBook Air was to go on sale at Apple stores across the country today or tomorrow. A quick trip to our local store saw no such MacBooks, and after asking a couple of acting managers when we’d be able to play with them in a retail setting, I was told at least a week. Now, this runs contrary to some rumors floating around, specifically from Boy Genius, who has it… Read More

  • Palm shutting down many airport Palm stores in light of settlement on Treos

    [photopress:i_killed_my_treo.jpg,full,center] In the last three weeks, I’ve been to seven airports. CES, Macworld, and other travels have sent me all over the place. One thing I always check out when I run across them are airport Palm stores. See, I’m a Palm believer. They started the handheld and smartphone revolutions, we owe them a lot. And I think they have a few bright products… Read More

  • Retailers cashing in on Wii shortages by forcing bundles; Reggie not amused

    I was recently at Fry’s buying, I don’t know, something. They had a stack of hard-to-find Wiis right up front, a great big pallet. I thought about grabbing one, then realized it cost $329. Knowing that the retail price of a Wii is $250, I asked what was up, and an anxious employee told me the Wiis were only available in bundles that included three additional controllers and… Read More

  • Great moments in the Amazon Suggestion System

    I see you’re buying a scanner. Would you like a USB cable or some salmon? Read More

  • No mo arigato for Samsung's consumer line in Japan

    Samsung will no longer sell TVs and other similar consumer products in Japan. That seems weird, but it’s true. It’s going to focus solely on business products now, thanks to poor profitability in the retail sector. Last year, Samsung’s retail sales accounted for less than 1% of its total sales in Japan. That’s a lot of noise for a little profit. Samsung Stops Consumer… Read More

  • Dillard's to begin testing RFID system

    Back in high school, I worked at a Banana Republic part-time. One of the most common problems was running out of a certain article of clothing and having to direct customers to other stores, which in turn lost us business, which in turn meant less hours to work. Dillard’s is looking to change all that though (or at least the whole running out of stock thing) by testing out a new RFID… Read More

  • I wanna rock (rock) your iPod

    Usually, Target is pretty lax with returning shit. You come back three days later with a slightly used toaster oven, no receipt and they’ll give you a full refund. Not the case however, for one 14-year-old girl who received an iPod as a gift. Purchased at one of the retail giant’s stores, the girl went to open her iPod, only to discover the box was filled with rocks. Yes… Read More

  • Target Going Blu-ray for the Holidays

    Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are warring factions, but despite how much I wanted things to be resolved peacefully between the two camps, it’s appearing as if Blu-ray is set to straight-up kill HD-DVD. Not only from Blockbuster’s decision to back Blu-ray as its HD format of the future, but now Target, with its 4,000,000,000 outlets, has opted to sell Blu-ray stand-alone players over HD-DVD… Read More

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