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Only about 40 percent of Best Buy shoppers leave the store with a purchase in hand, but the retailer wants to bump this percentage up a bit this holiday season

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been battling with online stores for years, but Best Buy is looking to reclaim a place in shoppers' hearts (and wallets) this holiday season with online price matching and free home delivery.

Best Buy announced that it will match the prices of online competitors like Amazon in order to attract more customers. This is huge for Best Buy, considering it has lost a significant amount of business to Amazon alone. With e-tailers like Amazon, customers can shop from the comfort at home, receive lower prices and quick delivery.

But Best Buy isn't betting on price matching alone. It's heating up the competition with free home delivery of products that are out-of-stock as well.

Right now, only about 40 percent of Best Buy shoppers leave the store with a purchase in hand, but the retailer wants to bump this percentage up a bit this holiday season.

"We have a tremendous opportunity to increase that close rate," said Matthew Furman, Best Buy spokesman.

Best Buy isn't alone in its holiday efforts to beat Amazon. Wal-Mart is currently testing a same-day delivery service for customers that who buy popular items off of the Wal-Mart website during the holidays. Toys "R" Us is another brick-and-mortar that is working to speed up delivery and offer price matching -- however, its price matching will not include Amazon, only brick-and-mortar competitors.

An interesting aspect of the holiday season is that a growing number of shoppers have started using brick-and-mortars for showrooms -- or checking out products in person -- then going home to buy the products online.

While this is another hurdle that brick-and-mortars must overcome, strangely, they're embracing this model.

"Let's be the best showroom," said Mike Duke, Wal-Mart CEO. "Let's be the best place where customers want to go and get the experience."

According to the brick-and-mortar stores, they can still offer things that Amazon can't. For instance, human customer service and options for purchase like online and brick-and-mortar stores. They added that Amazon now must collect sales tax in many U.S. states, so prices are not quite as low on the site as before.

To further hinder Amazon's sales, Wal-Mart and Target have stopped selling the e-tailer's Kindle Fire tablet.

Source: The Wall Street Journal



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By inperfectdarkness on 10/13/2012 5:13:42 AM , Rating: 0
...is brought to you by the USPS and it's stupid bulls**t policy of banning all forms of lithium-ion batteries from being shipped overseas.

It's such a warm and comforting feeling to know that the people who are defending the country by dodging bullets in asscrackistan--and who are trying to conduct personal studies/etc. in their spare time--via electronics--are esentially being given a giant FU by the government they work for.

I myself am fortunate enough not to be in a location completely devoid of tech stores, but for those poor sorry SOB's down-range, if your laptop craps out, you're SOL.




RE: The only reason I have to buy tech in person....
By Basilisk on 10/13/2012 12:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
There's something about your situation or the institution you're kept in that you haven't explained. I've received around a dozen Li-Ion batteries for keyboards, cameras, cellphones and laptops. The smallest ones were delivered USPS -- whether legally or not I can't say -- and some were sent by other carriers. I can assure you many were from HongKong or other Asian sources as they seem to own the battery biz'.


RE: The only reason I have to buy tech in person....
By JSwaid on 10/13/2012 7:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
APO/FPO/DPO's (and Pouch) have a restriction on Li-Ion batteries. It is possible to use the global UPS/FedEx/DHL shipping method assuming they don't have their own restrictions on air shipments for Li-Ion. But it all depends on where that person is stationed/posted.


By inperfectdarkness on 10/14/2012 2:56:32 AM , Rating: 2
precisely. and for some people, there is no UPS/FED-EX/DHL option.


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