Best Buy may reverse its reversal in China

  • Article by: SUSAN FEYDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 23, 2011 - 9:00 PM

Best Buy closed its branded stores in China in February. Now it might reopen one.

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stuckincheesSep. 23, 11 9:51 PM

If they don't start being more customer friendly with their policies. they will have to start closing stores here. I haven't shope there this year maybe longer. I do not care for how they do business.

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NoDiggity247Sep. 23, 11 9:59 PM

I will be the first to rejoice if that place were to ever go under. . worst store ever

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openeye11Sep. 23, 1110:16 PM

The first thing that jumped out at me in that picture was the insane stairway that you would have to take just to get in that store. Wow! Tell me again how that is better than purchasing online? :)

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videocatSep. 23, 1110:46 PM

Maybe Best Buy could reopen the store as a sweat shop and become profitable, again.

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london23Sep. 23, 1111:15 PM

Clowns

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swmnguySep. 24, 1110:39 AM

openeye11: I've actually been to that Best Buy in Shanghai. It's right around the corner from a hotel a client of mine uses for some meetings I coordinate.

The photo doesn't do the staircase justice. It's actually really cool. The streets in that area are about 6 lanes in each direction, bumper to bumper 24 hours a day. The staircases are almost like a skyway system. There are escalators and elevators, and a lot of shops on the second level. A pedestrian wouldn't stand a chance crossing at the surface.

At the really huge traffic circles, they have a giant ring-shaped elevated sidewalk, with stairs and escalators and elevators at every streetcorner. They connect up to the subway system as well.

Some of the major intersections have underground "cross-unders" as well; also full of shops and people, some of which also connect to the subway. The store has street-level entrances too; it's just more convenient for most people to enter via the elevated sidewalk.

Getting into the store isn't Best Buy's problem. I think it has more to do with their business model. You have to be pretty savvy to sell electronics to the Chinese. They're not likely to spend the extra 20% on the service contract for the thing they just made themselves, 5 miles down the road.

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