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Display

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by deconch30 on ‎08-25-2012 10:30 AM

The experience in the stores need to be improved. Dispaly the products in such a manner that they sell themselves.  I notice in one strore a big name product had its display far away from where the full line of products that were being sold. It seems that the customer could not compare pricing and quality of products.It is like you are only trying to sell the big name items and extended warranties.Thus the sales rep tend to linger around the big name displays.

 

Let the products sell themselves.Let your sales rep be an extension of the products not them trying to sell you all the hoopla.If for instant there is a hot product on the market you may have some online shoppers, who may want to order online (from compettiors) and come to view the product in your store ( a common complaint ). This to me is a plus instead of negative. The fact is you are getting them in the store.Display other products alongside the hot item which may be priced better ,better quality or both. Which the customer won't know if he/she can't interact with the product.

 

 

For example in one of your stores'  digital camera section I see a line of cameras but no kind of interaction with the camera.Not even similar shots taken by the various cameras with similar settings.The electronic industry has become so interface interchangeable that things  like comparing products is a cinch (the way I see it). Display industry standards for products.This may be a hamper to the manufacters of lesser products but this gives the customer  the feeling that you are on their side.Get people enthused about electronics and appliances after all that's your bread and butter not service warranties and extended services.

 

Get back to basics.

 

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Raido Frequency Glasses

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by frydrce on ‎08-20-2012 09:22 PM

I would like to see a pair of glasses capable of viewing rf frequncies. You would dial the glasses into a certain frequency like a radio and the rf would be converted to video to see radiating patterns which could also be displayed in various colors per the frequency.

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Web Commerce

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by IT_Guy on ‎08-20-2012 03:46 PM

I strongly suggest you begin to take the idea of web commerce seriously. Your web site needs a lot (!) of work with respect to searching. The only effective (?!) way to use the BestBuy web site is to search using Google, Dogpile, etc and then drill for the exact product within the Best Buy site. Often that fails as well. At the moment you have a web site with a bunch of stuff. You need, (badly in my opinion) some semblance of organization. I would add that once you get organized you will also need a method to stay that way. Product changes must be a challange, but whatever algorithm you are using for search is not effective.

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The search capability on BestBuy.com has been much improved, and we continue to work to make our website the very best. Thanks for the idea.
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There is a trend going around where people on various sites are ordering games now and waiting for the day of the sale,they kiow that bestbuy will adjust the price the day of the sale.This is another way stock to get ate up for online orders.

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There are people they make it thier job too purchase multiple copies of games not to give as presents but too resale for profit,bestbuy could possible limit purchases of each game thats on sale to one per customer.

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In-store pick up

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by dferreira2 on ‎08-04-2012 08:04 PM

Best Buy needs to find a way to allow second-party pick up of items at stores purchased through their web site.

 

I live in Hawaii, and my sons, and grandsons, all live in the eastern US. Like their dad/granddad all are techie/gamers. I like being able to purchase something and then tell them, "It's waiting for you at Best Buy. Go pick it up." The immediacy is great. However, many of the products I'd  most like to purchase are restricted from this convenience.

 

My middle son recently graduated from college. He had been wanting a new tablet, and I told him that I'd get him one as a graduation present. However, tablet computers are not available for pick up by second parties. The only way to purchase it and get it to him was to order on line and have it sent to his address.

 

To be blunt, as an Amazon Prime member, for on line purchases and delivery Best Buy cannot compete. When forced to purchase for delivery, I switch to Amazon, which I did for this purchase.

 

Best Buy's strength and market edge is that it's a click-and-mortar store with a physical presence. I will gladly pay a little extra for an item in order to have it available for immediate pick-up by my sons. But if I have to have it delivered, Best Buy is not my first thought.

 

My suggestion:

As a Best Buy Silver member, why not allow me to register certain people through my account, with name and address. Then,  when I make a purchase, I can designate a second-party to pick up the item from my pre-verified list. (Amazon does something similar with deliveries where I can keep a list of names and addresses of people I regularly send to and just select them as a recipient when I order an item.)

 

I fully understand the need for security when it comes to fungible items such as tablets and laptops, but there needs to be a way to fulfill the security requirement and still service the customer.

 

Cheers,

Dave

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Compact USB multiport for laptops

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by jlcheek1943 on ‎08-02-2012 02:01 PM - last edited on ‎08-02-2012 03:54 PM by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist

I recently searched for and purchased a USB multiport for my laptop but was disappointed that I could not find one that attached directly to my laptop port without a cable.  The cable allows the multliport to 'dangle', risking damage or loss.  Can you build one that is compact, has three or four ports to the outside, a single male extension on one side to 'mate' snugly with my laptop?  Adjustable clips to keep it securely fastened would be very important...even velcro attachments might work.

 

That's my idea, I hope someone can develop it!  (I have a Google Sketchup drawing but was't able to insert it.)

 

Thank you, John L. {removed per forum guidelines}

 

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Realign to target market sectors

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by mr2stig on ‎07-27-2012 06:08 PM

Easy solution to Best Buy's retail problems:

  1. Remove 90% of inventory from store and move to local warehouse
  2. Identify and analyze market sectors. Example for: car entertainment: ghetto blaster, audio-on-a-budget, video entertainment, toys for tech wiz kids, etc..
  3. Identify best of breed solutions in each market sector
  4. Set up store to ONLY demonstrate the best of breed solutions; BUT also have online access (in-store of course) to full inventory. All Inventory should be aligned to the relevant market sectors and presentation should be tuned to allow instant comparison of features, costs, extras etc.. Don't stock ANY product that cannot be categorized in this way - that's for some other sucker to take care of!
  5. Allow customer to buy best of breed solution at a special discount price, but also to order ANY component from the warehouse (next day in-store delivery or at-home for an extra cost). 

 

These 5 steps are the ONLY solution to the online challenge from people like Amazon etc..

 

However you also need to drop products that have no added value (see point 4 above). I wander the store and see many on-shelf products that are frankly cheesy and which make me doubt the quality of product I am buying at Best Buy. This dilutes the brand value each time I encounter such products!

 

You also need to drop your Geek Service division. It is a waste of time and again it's a question of Brand Dilution. It makes you look cheesy. Truth is that 99% of problems are better prevented than solved. Sell quality solutions, proper backup of software and solutions that allow just about anyone to manage and recover their systems, effect simple repairs, or simply return under warranty. The Geek Services leave a sour taste even though in execution they are entirely reasonable and honest (and indeed offer a good service).

 

You need to be very brave and you need someone who understands both customers, customer fashion, and who knows how to execute this plan. You don't have much time - two years at most. So good luck to you.

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Returns

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by kate1234 on ‎07-25-2012 09:31 AM

If the product works the exact way it was supposed to, why should it matter If someone were to return it in 30 days?

I think the product should be tested and then you can see if you can return it or not.

 

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Weekly New Releases for pre-ordering???

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by pnut4evr on ‎06-25-2012 09:54 PM

I am a weekly buyer (silver premier) for movies/tv stuff (blu-ray/dvd), music, and video games for all of the various gaming systems (yes, I know it's overkill).  Ever since the website has been updated to it's current "Weekly Deals" listing, I am continuously missing out on the discounted pricing on new release music & movies!!!  I don't have time to go to movie theaters or go shopping during "normal" hours. 

 

Am I the only person who is completely frustrated with the lack of info regarding that week's new releases?  There's less of an issue once the new releases have happened but customer's end up missing out on some of the best buy exclusive/pre-order content due to selling out too quickly.

 

The only thing that I splurge on for myself is my music, my movies, & my gaming!  I have been forced to use alternative shopping methods to get what I want but it is becoming a pain in the badupey trying to make sure I don't miss out on deals...especially when it comes to music and movies.  Being able to pre-order that week's releases & having the option to have it mailed for free or pick it up in the store is a HUGE help for me.

 

Isn't there an easy link somebody can write into the website to locate new releases upcoming?  Just a helpful suggestion.

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Battlefield 3 Premium?

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by GameFeaR on ‎06-25-2012 06:38 PM

So I was doing some scavenging around the site and found premium for the Xbox360 and PS3 versions, but I was surprised it wasn't available for PC (Windows). Other DLCs are offered for the PC so why not premium? With Battlefield being one of the biggest selling and most popular franchises for PC gaming, why not offer the premium DLC?

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It is completely possible that the Premium version of Battlefield 3 is not available for PC via DLC because the maker of the game didn't provide us this option. Thanks for sharing your insight on this.
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A couple favicons, a quick change to the header, and all of a sudden you wouldn't need the Best Buy app installed on PCs. People can just pin bestbuy.com to their taskbar and quickly be engaged by the ad, daily deals, rewardzone, etc.

 

Talk to your web gurus, this could be implemented in a day.

 

Thanks!

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BB still has some advantages

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by bbsrover on ‎06-20-2012 08:21 AM

One of the most important reasons that amazon is expanding dramatically is its low prices of almost everything. Why amazon can sell many goods with nearly zero profit? Because there are thousands of vendors who pay 10-20% commission in its marketplace. Newegg, one of the largest online electronics vendors, just opened its marketplace to individual sellers. Give more choices to customers and they will spend more time in your store, no matter it's online or physical. Please contact me if you are interested in more discussions. Thank you.

 

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Being that I work for Best Buy I can't really speak to why a competitor might have a lower price on a product, but I can say that we have also opened up our website to outside vendors. Products on BestBuy.com that are being sold by a separate vendor are listed as Marketplace items. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Shipping Weight

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by kemaru on ‎06-12-2012 11:09 AM

Best Buy have the dimensions and weight listed; however it would be most helpful if the shipping weight of the complete package was also included in product speficfication.

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BEST BUY - you likely have the "best" business name & domain name in existence. The name says it all. Except it's not true. (i know you price match, etc. etc. ad nauseum) --- the stock figures & store sales do not lie. USE THE BUSINESS TO ITS "BEST" ADVANTAGE -- EXPLOIT, EXPLOIT, EXPLOIT!!!!!

 

Do not continue to sell what you currently try to sell. Change. morph. evolve. With the business name "BEST BUY", you can experiment & enter any number of retail item classifications. Sell milk. Sell tons of office supplies.. Sell sporting goods. You have the capital.. Now, Just Do it!!!!!!!

 

 

Respectfully,

 

 

DD

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I'm not sure if we will end up no longer selling Consumer Electronics, but I could see us adding to our assortment. I have to say I agree completely that any company needs to change with the marketplace.
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Information Sharing

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by BeauGregg on ‎06-01-2012 01:27 PM

Knowing that Best buy's credit card is serviced and proivided by Capital One, i believe the information from these forums would be valuable in servicing the credit card portfolio as it would give a glimpse of the customer's experiences, opinions, thoughts, etc. to Capital One so that Capital One and Best Buy can work to do the right thing and provide excellent products to the customer.

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Improving customer experience

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by Budgie_Blevins on ‎05-30-2012 04:48 PM

 

 

As Best Buy works toward expanding and maintaining its customer base, I would like to suggest a way to help.  Why not use technology to create a more informative and enjoyable customer experience?  Since most people carry smart phones, technology should be used that would allow customers to immediately access information about items they are shopping for.  Say, for example, a television set is being considered.  A shopper could shoot the "smart tags" (see Microsoft Tag) to access information about the televsion.  Best Buy could go a couple of steps further and devise a system that would allow customers to see available inventory of nearby stores, return rates for the object considered, related customers reviews, comparable products, a tech glossary, etc.  Also, smartphones could be used to access trailers to movies and samples to songs before purchasing a compact disc.  Best Buy should empower shoppers to make the best decisions.  This will set the company apart from big box stores, as well as online sites.  The emphasis must be on the "best" when shoppers think about Best Buy.

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Our Smartphone app should do much of what you are asking for. Thanks for the idea.
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There is an ongoing discussion on the warranties board started by a former employee whose protection plan is essentially worthless now that he is no longer employed with the company. The problem is that the plan only covers up to the original purchase price, and now that he no longer gets an employee discount... that amount is not enough to cover a full replacement of the defective product.

 

Similarly, customers who buy a protection plan on sale items are going to face the same problem... a voucher or credit for the sale price will rarely be enough to replace the defective item with an identical or comparable replacement.

 

Long story short, it is impossible for the current protection plan (which is based on "purchase price") to make customers whole on sale items.

 

Why not just assess the cost of purchasing the BTPP based on the regular pricing of that item?

 

 

 

 

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Company wide CPR/BLS training

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by CLB on ‎05-16-2012 11:56 PM

I am a paramedic/AHA instructor by trade in Louisville, KY.  In addition to that job I am part of the product process team at #440 in Bowling Green, KY.  After several conversations and unofficial polling, I have learned that as a company we have failed to give our employees the training to recognize and handle medical emergencies.  While I would never expect a Best Buy employee to know how to handle every emergency, it is both alarming and disheartening to know that there is no opportunity for employees to be trained at even the most basic levels of medical response.

 

My idea is simple.  As it stands, the American Heart Association offers a computer based training program for CPR and basic life support.  This program is not timed and can be completely at your own pace.  The best part of this this training is that upon its completion, the only requirements to complete it is a hands-on skills check off that can be completed any time as long as an AHA instructor is present to grade you.  The skills portion only takes 30 minutes and can be done anywhere.

 

To implement this idea, Best Buy would only need to offer the on-line course via learning lounges.  The training costs $65 but in the event that bulk licenses are purchased, a discount is given.  Employees would only need to log in as usual and then complete the course at their leisure.  Upon its completion the skills portion would be scheduled and when done, the employee would be trained in CPR and BLS.

 

This program would give our employees an added tool to not only use should the need arise but also would give them the ability to be able to save a life of someone they know or love.  Even if Best Buy did not officially sanction this training to be offered while at work, simply buying the licenses for employees to use on their own time would do wonders.

 

My goal beyond this project is to make Best Buy a leader as a corporation and have AED's in every store.  There are very few places outside of many malls that have an AED and by making them a common sight, hopefully others would follow suit and deploy them as well.

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opem new store

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by russc57 on ‎05-10-2012 05:39 PM

Open a new store in Hanover, PA, we are close to the MD border, closest Best Buy is 26 miles northeast... We need something better than Walmart, Sears, Target for electronics.... Please.... !

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