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Best Buy recently announced that it will be cutting 2,400 jobs

It's no secret that Best Buy is sinking under the weight of its competitors. With online retailers like Amazon flourishing with competitive prices, the brick-and-mortar electronics store is having trouble keeping up, and it's starting to show more and more as the company continues cutting jobs.

Best Buy recently announced that it would be cutting 2,400 jobs, which is about 1.4 percent of its total workforce of 167,000. About 600 of these cuts will come from the Geek Squad service while the other 1,800 will come from store staff.

This announcement comes after the company's decision to close 50 of its big-box stores in March of this year. It also cut 400 corporate and support jobs.

"These changes were previously announced as part of the leadership team's ongoing turnaround plan," said Best Buy in a statement.

The company aims to cut costs by $800 million by 2015.

In addition to increased competition with the likes of Amazon, Walmart and Apple, Best Buy has had internal issues with management. Former Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn recently quit after the board investigated his personal relationship with a female employee. Also, Best Buy chairman and founder Richard Schulze resigned from his position in June, which was one year earlier than expected.

Source: Market Watch

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Just get rid of geek squad completely!
By maven81 on 7/9/2012 6:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
I have no sympathy for these dishonest jokers. A girl I know walked in and said her laptop was acting up. (Virus). They told her her hard drive was about to fail and that they'd install a new one for $150. I check it out... aside from the virus there was nothing wrong with the drive and it's working fine 6 months later.

RE: Just get rid of geek squad completely!
By DiscoWade on 7/9/2012 7:14:56 PM , Rating: 2
The Geek Squad is not dishonest (any more than the general population at large), just not competent. If a person is good and knows how to work on computers, they will be working for a company that appreciates them or for themselves. Best Buy is unwilling to pay for competent computer repair people.

RE: Just get rid of geek squad completely!
By christojojo on 7/10/2012 5:22:44 AM , Rating: 2
Either way the result is bad service at high prices

By Kurz on 7/10/2012 10:17:47 AM , Rating: 2
When I worked there, I was one of the few people who did anything right. I didn't sell much, but I knew how to fix computers. They let me go because I wasn't pushing products out of my ass, when there was a cheaper more sensible solution.

By Dr of crap on 7/10/2012 8:52:10 AM , Rating: 2
And why the over priced services?? I mean really. If you want to GET MORE customers, cut the price of some of the more used services to get MORE people in the door.

I'd NEVER use Geek squad - it's WAY over priced. Had a bad virus a few years ago, couldn't boot up correctly, couldn't get it myself, shopped around and got a better deal than Geek squad.
Now since the local Best Buy is about 2 miles away, if the Geek Squad was COMPETITIVELY priced, I might have used them. But we all know its overpriced driving your customers away!! HINT, HINT!

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