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  • You can have good customer service or good prices, but not both. Best Buy frequently has great prices, and is rather convenient, as the monstrous blue and yellow warehouses are just about everywhere. But they are universally understaffed in most categories except for idiots, where they have a distinct surplus.

    I figure it this way: I'm sacrificing customer service for price. As long as I'm comfortable with the notion that the 5-10% lower price comes out of customer service, I can keep going to Best Buy

  • everytime I go somewhere to buy stuff it just reminds me why I buy everything at amazon (except for computer parts which I buy online from a (almost) local shop, go figure).


    -- ask bjoern hansen [], !try; do();

  • Can't you just use the built in speakers in the TV as a centre speaker?

    IIRC the centre speaker's only there to provide a focal point for the sound so that things like dialog seems to be coming from the voice of the person onscreen and not horribly dipslaced left and right.

  • I tend to count to 100, then walk out, usually leaving a mess of non-purchases at the "Please pay here" point. That said, I know that there's a perfectly good shop selling the exact same goods for the exact same price next door, so this isn't quite the terrible strategy it might appear.

  • Your experience is typical of mine in all such large stores where service is required.

    I bought a stereo last winter at Cambridge SoundWorks. Five satellite speakers (front/rear left/right, and center) and a subwoofer, and a DD/DTS receiver/amp. Our TV room is small, and the speakers work very well. It's so sweet to watch Gladiator in DTS 5.1 ...