Best Buy Still Has No Future

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Best Buy just released same-store comps that declined more than 5% year over year, and investors... cheered? That's just another sad saga in the continuing decline of this once-proud electronics retailer. Eric and Jeremy discuss why Best Buy continues to look like a turnaround with no end in sight, except eventual bankruptcy. The company's model is put under more pressure than other retailers from e-commerce sales, it has compromised its store experience trying to chase opportunities, and it has few advantages over retail stores.

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  • Report this Comment On May 28, 2012, at 9:01 PM, applefan1 wrote:

    So, what PC companies have an physical store to go to should Best Buy go Bye Bye? Is the return of the computer stores? I certainly don't see department stores like Sears successfully selling and supporting computers. Microsoft still only has 20 locations up and running. Appliances like vacuum cleaners refrigerators/washers/dryers are sold through Department stores and specialty stores. Stereo equipment is sold through independent stereo stores, phones sold through phone stores, CDs/DVDs are sold on line or digital download. So what is left? WalMart isn't exactly the place I would buy a computer from. Most or all of the retail computer/electronics superstores are gone. So what's left? Amazon? A lot of people still need to see the products in person and need a sales person/support people doing hand holding. Apple has their 400 or so stores and growing, but these PC mfg don't have their respective store set up.

  • Report this Comment On May 28, 2012, at 9:04 PM, applefan1 wrote:

    $50 cables through a company like Monster don't cost Best Buy $3. The only value add Best Buy does is sell support contracts, delivery on the TVs, which is where they make money.

  • Report this Comment On May 28, 2012, at 9:55 PM, Realexpectations wrote:

    right on guys

  • Report this Comment On May 28, 2012, at 10:01 PM, TMFRhino wrote:

    Hey applefan1,

    I used to work at Best Buy which meant you got cost +5% on any item. My favorite part of the job quickly became scanning up every item I could to know what the mark-up was... I'll say, the Monster stuff still has a heady mark-up. If memory servers me right, a $30-ish cable would sell for $70 and up.

    Of course the REAL profits came from their self branded lines like Dynex... Man, those things sometimes had like a 3,000% mark-up. So... Yeah, a $30/$40 cable would literally cost a couple bucks. Its a tough racket to have disrupted... Because it is crazy lucrative.

    Thanks for watching,


  • Report this Comment On May 28, 2012, at 11:10 PM, thesmartestfool wrote:

    The market "cheered" because not everyone in the market realized that the earnings beat and increase in overall revenue were driven by an extra week in the reporting period, a lower tax rate, and a reduction in shares.

    Without that extra week, BBY would've reported a drop in overall revenue. Without the additional week, lower tax rate, and reduction in shares, I'm not sure BBY "beats" the forecast.

    These additional factors were only mentioned as afterthoughts and to date I haven't seen anyone do a hard analysis on what the numbers would have looked would be interesting to see what the numbers really were...

    Great topic for your next article maybe?

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