I read another customer's grievance for the shrink in media selection. I've always felt the same way. Also felt that it was hard to look around because everything on the shelves were packed so close together. On one occasion when I was shopping at the Roseville Best Buy store in the media section, this idea came to me:
If space-issue resulted in the shrink in media selection and space, perhaps Best Buy could set-up a "media central station". It would be set-up like the Genius Bar in Apple stores with computers on the counters and customers would be able to sit down on stools. They could peruse on the computers through a customized browser interface that displays all physical media (Blu-ray, Xbox-360, CD, etc.) currently available in-stock at that Best Buy location (or to see other nearby locations if the customer chooses to). The computer should also be locked down to have it only be able to use this application. The interface would also display other things such as: synopsis, director, actors, rating, etc. When the customer sees the title(s) they want, they can call up an associate (who may be behind the counter if this station is set-up at Soution Central) or press a "need assistance" button on the browser at which time an Associate would be alerted to go and help out the customer. The Associate would then go to the backroom to retrieve the media for the customer. At this time, the Associate may ask the customer if they need anything else.
In the future, this customized interface/workstation could be expanded to other departments. If a customer can't find that perfect earbud, they can hop on one of these terminals, sit comfortably, and find that perfect earbud on Bestbuy.com. If a customer uses this terminal while they're still in the store and makes a purchase, then this prevents the customer from going home and making an earbud purchase through another online competitor.