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Credit the late Steve Jobs for creating a consumer culture in which Apple product launches have become big time spectacles highlighted by long lines. If you're hoping to be one of the first to get your mitts on an iGadget, you better pitch a tent in front of your local Best Buy or Apple Store, otherwise it could be... Read more...
It's long been rumored that Amazon has been itching to move into the traditional retail store market, but doing so is not a small endeavor. One of the biggest hurdles is simply finding available retail space, especially when it comes to wanting to get close to competitors, or appear in a one of the busier parts of... Read more...
One could argue that Apple users are accustomed to paying a premium for their mobile brand of choice, but being charged double for the luxury of using Apple Pay, the Cupterino company's new mobile payment system, is not something anybody signed up for. Yet it happened to roughly 1,000 Bank of America debit card... Read more...
Mega online retailer Amazon is reportedly prepping its first brick-and-mortar shop, which will be located in the middle of New York City and open for business in time for the busy holiday shopping season. Having toyed with same-day shipping and free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members, operating a physical store... Read more...
Seasons, even in the world of technology, come and go. Lately, Apple has been in a season of change, with quite a few executives moving around, retiring, or otherwise being replaced over the past couple of years. None of that movement has caused any negativity for the brand itself, and we don't expect the latest move... Read more...
Intel is inside many computers, but the company wants to be inside retail locations, too. The company produced a video outlining its efforts to prop up Intel Experience Stores, the first of which will open in Nolita, New York at 10am on November 23rd. The whole venture sounds intriguing, if somewhat odd. Clearly, the... Read more...
Friendly gestures evidently only get you so far, and in the cutthroat world known as technology, it appears that RadioShack and Staples are tossing a cold shoulder in the direction of Amazon. As retail locations selling consumer electronics begin to fade, same-day delivery icons like Google and Amazon are beginning to... Read more...
We hear the phrase "the future is mobile" a lot, but just what does that mean? Most of us are equipped with smartphones, and some of us tablets... just how much more mobile can we get? With devices that we don't own, but still use, of course. Case in point: an installation eBay is planning to kick-off with a major... Read more...
Google apparently isn’t going to be opening any brick and mortar stores anytime soon to compete with Apple and Microsoft on that front, and it appears as though that’s because the company isn’t interested in piddly local retail. Instead, the tech behemoth has its sights on a far greater retail prize... Read more...
Apple rumors are to be taken with their own kind of salt, but the smoke that's leading to fire here certainly seems plausible. In recent years, Apple has started to offer its products in more places than just online or in one of the few Apple Stores scattered about the globe. Everything from iPod products to MacBook products are now found... Read more...
Beginning March 3, Best Buy will extend its price-matching "Low Price Guarantee" to all local retail competitors and 19 major online outfits in all product categories on nearly all in-stock products, provided the customer requests it. That includes popular online shopping sites like Amazon.com, Newegg.com, and TigerDirect.com, to name just... Read more...
Sometimes, the world's best jobs are the hardest seats to fill. You'd have to imagine that heading up Apple's retail sectors -- one of the most successful in the world at the brick-and-mortar game -- would be something of a fun and exciting challenge. But after losing the head a few months ago due to choice, Apple has now lost another top... Read more...
While the jury is still out somewhat on how successful the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms will be, Microsoft is apparently confident enough that it’s planning to open more retail stores in 2013. Microsoft is starting off the year by opening a half-dozen new locations, in San Antonio, Miami, Beachwood... Read more...
Black Friday was kind to quite a few companies and retail outlets, Nintendo included. While the Wii U launched in earnest a few days prior to the famed shopping day, it's clear that a lot of people waited until last week to make their move. The company sold 400,000 Wii U consoles in America last week, while it moved... Read more...
Black Friday always leaves something of a black mark on Americans, and consumers in general. It's really a weird, tragic event to celebrate. We usually spend all of Thanksgiving recognizing all that we have to be thankful for, and perhaps not even 24 hours later, some consumers head to big box shops to trounce one... Read more...
Best Buy on Tuesday didn't pull any punches when reporting its fiscal third quarter 2013 earnings, calling its performance "clearly unsatisfactory." The struggling electronics chain reported a GAAP net loss of $13 million for the three-month period ended November 3, 2012, compared to net earnings of $173 million... Read more...
There's a new Apple Store in Palo Alto, California, and it's making headlines for the wrong reason. Blogger and local resident Jean-Louis Gassée, who also used to serve as president of Apple's Products Division, is a fan of the Cupertino outfit (no big shocker there) and was eager to check out the new location... Read more...
The number of brick-and-mortar electronics shops available to do-it-yourself (DIY) system builders and consumer electronics (CE) junkies has fallen dramatically in the past several years. First it was Good Guys that fell by the wayside in 2005, then CompUSA that sunk itself into financial trouble a year later before being bought out by Systemax,... Read more...
Apple has done brisk business with its retail stores, selling attractively-designed products inside of facilities that match the wares with hip individuals manning the counters. AT&T has plenty of its own retail stores around the country, but they don’t exactly have the same pizzazz as an Apple store. In an... Read more...
With the iPhone 5 launch unofficially looming just around the corner (expect an announcement in September), Apple's stock price soared to new heights earlier this week, giving the company a market capitalization of more than $624 billion, besting a record previously held by Microsoft over 12 years ago (not accounting... Read more...
Best Buy's year hasn't been "easy," you might say. The company has experienced a great deal of turmoil, shutting the doors on a number of stores while seeing its CEO head for the exits after a potentially dodgy decision in his personal life. Then, there's the proposed buyout offer from the founder, along with public... Read more...
It feels like forever ago that Circuit City bit the dust. Everything seemed to be humming along just fine, and suddenly, the wheels feel off. That left Best Buy, its main rival, in great shape. Suddenly, the world was its oyster. There really was no competition. But that's the issue: just because there was no issue on... Read more...
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