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I grew up in Brooklyn Park, and I spent a lot of time in the Brookdale area as a kid. I recently had lunch with an old friend at the Applebees, still located in the Brookdale parking lot. As we drove around the area, it just stuns me how one business after another has closed up. The nearby Perkins is gone. The Kmart is closed. Brookdale is pretty much shut down. The area is blighted, and this news sadly continues that trend. I don't know how that can be turned around.
Hope our politicians wake up and even the playing table by taxing all internet sales. Amazon and other large internet retailers pay no local property taxes, and very little in other taxes as most are multinational and pay little if any federal taxes.Best Buy has stores in every state so their online sales must pay sales taxes.
One look at the length of a Best Buy receipt tells you what kind of company they are to do business with. Horrible. Policies galore.
The closing of the Edina store is sad. It is the only BB store I shop at. I prefer its small size and personable, knowledgeable staff. I don't like the big box BB stores. Don't know where I will shop after this store closes, probably online at a non-BB store. Good luck to all the Edina employees and thanks for all the wonderful service you have provided all of these years.
Part of this is the economy, yes brookdale is a war zone now which is too bad. And the housing crisis tanked the big screen TV market. But Best Buy brought most of this on themselves. A very poor customer experience, bait and switch advertising, insulting accessory prices, sales tax....the list goes on. You just don't need brick and mortar retail for commodity products like electronics anymore. Best buy is going bankrupt...they deserve it.
We don't buy from Amazon to save on the sales tax. We buy at Amazon as it is convenient to shop. They have everything we need and we use Prime and get two day free shipping. Best Buy prices are sky high compared to Amazon.
I like Best Buy very much. Most stores have
many great sales persons. Their prices are good,
and their credit arrangements are great. Because
of this I bought a 42" tv recently at the Best
Buy store in Richfield recently, and also bought
a 4 year, come to my home, service plan.
doots799, Policies galore? Sadly, as a former employee (sales associate, 1987-88, Burnsville) and loyal customer, even I don't shop there much anymore. Price is king in a bad economy and Amazon, et al is the only way to go for the savvy buyer these days. A brick and mortar store has MANY disadvantages compared to online stores, not the least of which is the rip-off mentality some customers have who steal, copy, pull tricks with returns...the list is huge. The "policies galore" receipt is a product of customers who find loopholes to rip-off Best Buy and make things difficult, not the other way around.
So some think that sales tax is the issue that is causing Best Buy to tank. Tell you what, pass a law that would eliminate the sales tax that I would have to pay at Best Buy, and I would STILL not shop there, but would shop at Amazon and other internet retailers where I have to pay shipping charges. Why? It is still much cheaper to do this, than to start my car and pay for the damn gas to drive the miles from our community to the big city. If you want to place the blame on someone, you can start withthe big oil company's monopoly for this.
Ah, Best Buy. First off, the world can live without the Brooklyn Center Best Buy. The sooner all retail leaves the area, the sooner the city of Brooklyn Center can redevelop the area and get some tax base back. Second, the Edina location has always been my personal favorite, because it's NOT Best Buy's newer standard huge warehouse format. Other customers have said the same on the Strib comments. Despite the customer love, that's such a prime location, I'd bet the real estate value alone was a huge factor into this location's closing (plus, Richfield is busier, and only 2 miles away).
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