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CLOSED (permanently) - Best Buy North York Empress Location

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CLOSED (permanently) - Best Buy North York Empress Location

Best Buy Empress location (North York) closed permanently. Also, as some of you know, Best Buy no longer gives additional 10% in price difference, if you find an item at a lower price at competitor. They just price match, without the 10% difference. It is unfortunate.

Most of my purchases from BB were done via the PM + 10% difference. Got some great deals at the Empress location. Given all these recent changes at BB, I don't know how much business I will give them. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they are restructuring. Ah well. A sign of things to come?
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Really not surprised. I was in BestBuy on Sunday and there were more employees than customers. The pricing on most items were lousy and easily beaten elsewhere. I've often wondered how this place stayed open? Even Arby's at one time was busier...
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I can imagine the rent there is expensive probably why there closing.
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Wow...what a disappointment. I always used to get deals with PMing the 10% price difference like OP at the Empress Walk Best Buy location as it was the only store in that area and right by the Subway. This is very sad news to me. :(
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I would imagine many more of their stores closing. Online shopping is taking over fewer hassles and easier to run. Amazon and companies like them are probably why. Last time I actually when into a Best Buy store was probably 4 years ago
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Without the 10% difference, I'm not sure why anyone would go through the hassle of price matching at Best Buy, when they can just buy direct from their competitor.
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After visiting Tokyo, where electronic stores are 8 floors are more and packed at all hours, walking into a Best Buy feels like a convenience store.
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This location was always a bit odd to me, it had no on site parking it was a pain to lug a Tv or major appliance out to your car if you didn't get street parking, I scored some deals there, some staff was helpful and others were clueless at times. Also with the dufferin location, BB express @ Yorkdale & Hillcrest, all less than 15 mins away there wasn't much need for so many BB's so close together. Wish all the staff the best
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If one store closes, more will follow. Pretty cut and dry. Besides, Best Buy has been slowly but quietly closing outlets for some years now.

I sure hope this isn't a trend of things to come. I mean, what happens if the only computer I have dies, and I need a new one, and there is not a single electronics outlet in St. John's to buy a new computer? Not everyone has the luxury of a tablet or SmartPhone, you know.

One other question: If a computer was in the shop being repaired in a store that had closed down, what happens to the computer? Does the owner never get his or her computer back?
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Dave510 wrote: Without the 10% difference, I'm not sure why anyone would go through the hassle of price matching at Best Buy, when they can just buy direct from their competitor.
Agreed. That was the main reason that I used BB, for. Given the disparity in prices, that 10% additional difference, made a huge difference, especially for big items. I guess if enough people did it, it eroded their profit margins, somewhat. Without the PM+10% off, I'm likely to go directly to the competitor, as well. Good times, while it lasted.
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I buy all my laptops at bestbuy. Sometimes used to get decent prices for laptops for personal use.
Wonder where to go buy if they all shutdown
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JonS51963 wrote:

One other question: If a computer was in the shop being repaired in a store that had closed down, what happens to the computer? Does the owner never get his or her computer back?
They would just move it to another location nearby.
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apnayloags wrote: I buy all my laptops at bestbuy. Sometimes used to get decent prices for laptops for personal use.
Wonder where to go buy if they all shutdown
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This store was pretty useless anyways. Basically never had stock on anything that people would actually buy.
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Yeesh one store closes and RFD predicts the end of days for BestBuy.
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jacnel wrote: Yeesh one store closes and RFD predicts the end of days for BestBuy.
It's not if Best Buy goes, it's when.

I do think it is some time off though.
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JuniorMint wrote: This store was pretty useless anyways. Basically never had stock on anything that people would actually buy.
Not to mention that if you call the store by phone, they will not answer. You could be waiting for hours on end, and the store will be closed for the night before someone gets through to you.
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JuniorMint wrote: This store was pretty useless anyways. Basically never had stock on anything that people would actually buy.
I bought my desktop computer from that location. (a little over a year ago)
For those wondering how they stay in business it's because of suckers like me that say yes to Geek squad protection.
They promise that I can cancel after a year, then I forget...I finally cancelled. (a little over a year later)

So, if they sell x amount of laptops or desktops and convince just the right amount of people that Geek Squad is important...they're making good money above and beyond computer sales.
(Geek squad membership is $30 a month applied to a credit card)
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$n00ker wrote: best buy online
A computer is not something that one should buy online. There are a lot of advantages to going to an actual store.
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