The Richfield, Minn.-based electronics retailer said it has pulledall remaining analog television products from store shelves and willonly sell digital video tuners.
Best Buy said it is the first retailer to exit theanalog television business. Last month, the retailer released a surveyit conducted that showed that almost 90 percent of Americans don'tunderstand HDTVs. The retailer then launched a campaign to educateconsumers about the high definition/digital products.
Business-wise, and in every other way, really, this makes sense. With the 2009 date rapidly approaching, moves like this will a) inform consumers, b) force them into digital purchases.
yea that sad thing is if best buy is educating the consumers than they'll be in worse shape than they are now. Good to see someone moving in the right direction though. Could also have a positive impact on prices too. hopefully
"f*** y'all analog ______, we be digital" -RZA
WHat's wrong with Best Buy you ask. Have you actually tried to talk to anyone in Best Buy. I laughed at the guy in the computer section that didn't know what a DVI connector was. Or maybe it's the ridiculous prices. The only thing I do at best buy is go look at a product in person and than go home and order it on the net. Here's a good test for you. Go into best buy and ask the guy in the TV section what the difference between 1080i and 1080p is. If your lucky he'll know what the i and p stand for but have know idea what the actual diffference between progressive scan and interlacing is. Nor we'll he know that interlacing provides about 30 FPS verses progressive scan which can put out about 60. Than ask him how you know what you need to buy. whether it's 720p, 1080i or 1080p. I gaurantee he won't say anything about the size of the tv and how far away you are from viewing it. He'll automatically say you have to get 1080p, why cause that's marketing for you. Oh here's another good question to ask them that will stump them. How do you know which TV is best for the room you are putting it in. LCD, plasma or DLP. It's not all about the size of you wallet either. I bet they couldn't even tell you the pros and cons of the 3 technologies.
Since I buy alot of my PC games and movies there, I might actually try what you suggested next time I go in... just for laughs of course!!!
I've gone to Microcenter a few times just to look at hardware and was floored by how little anyone there knew about PCs. Even in the BYOB dep. they didn't really know squat IMO. It was so bad that the 2 guys there didn't even understand why I wanted to buy a new case to improve cooling... what a joke!
No your point is well taken and I am by no means saying that every person that works at best buy is clueless. I do however think the majority of them are. I have been in several stores and have had many many instances where the salesperson was clueless though. I guess the real problem lies with the customer though not the salesperson because most people don't take the time to research before they buy. Spending a couple thousand on any product should make you want to understand what you are spending your money on but alot of people are just plain lazey and guess it's their own fault. But not everyone is lazey(had to clarify that). I am speaking in general terms here and pretty much from my personal experience. Hopefully I didn't offend anyone with my post I have just had some very frustrating visits to best buy.
By no stretch of the imagination was I offended buddy....
TBH a lot of it is on management of BBY stores if anything -- too many go to the "salesperson first, knowledge second" approach. In turn you get an employee that knows how to talk but maybe not the knowledge base to back it up. Again I will admit SOME employees may not know their stuff but I think conversely a majority do..
Again I value your opinion -- everyone's entitled :)
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