The consumer electronics retailer has had problems filling some Internet orders dating as far back as Black Friday.
"Due to overwhelming demand of hot product offerings on BestBuy.com during the November and December time period, we have encountered a situation that has affected redemption of some of our customers' online orders," reads the chain's email statement to its local FOX 9 television station. "We are very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused and we have notified the affected customers."
Shoppers are fuming on forums about backordered items and deals that have been outright cancelled by the retailer.
Best Buy has had a rough year. It's about to get worse.
Just as Scrooge was warned by the ghost of a former business partner that he would be visited by three more spirits -- giving him a final shot at redemption -- Best Buy is in a similar fate.
The Ghost of Christmas Past is Circuit City. The rival superstore concept had little choice but to liquidate two years ago. It was similar enough to Best Buy that its demise found shareholders naively applauding the move. With one less direct competitor, Best Buy would cash in on the incremental traffic.
It's a pity. Best Buy didn't realize that it was showing the same symptoms that did Circuit City in, namely enlightened consumers that can turn to the Internet for easy price comparisons and better deals, and the migration to digital media that would make Best Buy's rows of CDs, DVDs, video games, and books harder to sell in the quarters to come.
Maybe it could have aped hhgregg's
The Ghost of Christmas Present is Amazon.com
Best Buy could've been a bigger player in cyberspace, but good luck winning back online shoppers next Black Friday with deals that were ultimately too good to be true. Really, Best Buy? You had four weeks to get it right!
The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come? Dude. It's Circuit City again. Wait. What? Ohhhh. I get it now.
Thank you -- and my apologies to -- Charles Dickens.
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