September 8, 2010

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Why do I bother with Best Buy?

When I was younger, Best Buy was THE place I could and would go for new releases. Apparently, this changed at some point, though I don’t know when; I must have missed the memo.

Recently, I wanted to get Survival of the Dead on Blu-Ray (yes, I am a Zombiphile, why do you think we have a Zombie Apocalypse category?); I wasn’t even aware it was available for home consumption, until I saw it advertised in Best Buy’s flier, you know, the one that is waiting for you when you enter the store.

I assumed based on its presence within said advertisement that I would be able to procure said goods at the store. But lo, not so!

During my last 3 trips to Best Buy, (the most recent occurring last Sunday), they haven’t had Survival of the Dead in stock. Each and every time (after spending a few minutes looking on my own), I went hunting for an employee and asked if they had it in stock, just in case it was displayed somewhere special and I couldn’t find it. Each time I was told it was not.

This was a bit frustrating to me and not the first time I have had this experience. The time before this, it was Crank 2. Best Buy’s flier showed both it and Crank 1 for a very excellent price and I thought to myself, “self, you don’t have these movies… yet!” I then stalked the aisles looking in vain for these titles, and again, an employee informed me that the titles were not in stock.

In the end, I guess I find myself in a similar position to the ones Jon has described, twice before, in his articles Hard to buy books via Brick & Mortar and Why bother buying local?

Oh well, at least I know I can always depend on Amazon.