Skip to comments.Watch Out, Best Buy and Circuit City (In Walmart's Gunsights!)
Posted on 11/10/2005 8:04:58 PM PST by voletti
Wal-Mart is attacking the business model of the two largest U.S. consumer-electronics chains by offering lower-cost extended warranties. This holiday season, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT ) has made no secret that it's gunning for the nation's two largest consumer-electronics chains, Best Buy (BBY ) and Circuit City Stores (CC ). Wal-Mart has spiffed up the interiors of many of its electronics departments and added a slew of high-end products, from Sony (SNE ) liquid-crystal-display televisions and Toshiba (TOSBF ) laptops to Apple (AAPL ) iPods. It's backing the changes with an aggressive holiday marketing campaign and a big day-after-Thanksgiving sale. But here's what really has Best Buy and Circuit City worried: Wal-Mart has entered their most profitable line of business, extended warranties, and it aims to turn that business on its head.
Although they don't disclose it in their financial filings, the real earnings engine at Best Buy and Circuit City is not the sale of gadgets themselves but the sale of warranties. Those are the high-priced, multiyear protection plans on TVs, computers, and other items that are hawked by the retailers' salespeople at the close of each purchase. This fiscal year analysts estimate warranty sales will account for more than a third of Best Buy's operating profit and all of Circuit City's. On Oct. 27, Bentonville (Ark.)-based Wal-Mart attacked that profit source by launching extended warranties on TVs and computers at prices that average 50% below Best Buy's and Circuit City's, says Jane J. Thompson, head of Wal-Mart's financial services.
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I guess it can't be said enough times.
I got the idea......
Ever think of doing some independent research?
Shhhh! All those folks buying extended warranties allows me to keep purchasing my appliances at razor-thin markups.
I notice that the sales people act really bewildered when I routinely decline those warranties. ("Like, dude, what if, like an, an earthquake breaks your TV in half? You'll be sorry then!")
Inside the store, they were playing this spooky Goth music and I heard all kind of howling and screeches and screams. It was also very dark. I was in there to get some Christmas lights but there wasn't anything at all to do with Christmas in there. Well they did have a sign that said "We don't do Christmas here. We hate Christamas...Christmas sux."
All the other shoppers were witches and goblins and other sorts of freaks. They kept looking at me like I had nine heads. Then I saw somebody that looked like Hillary Clinton and I ran for my life. I don't think I'm ever going to go back to Wal-Mart again. Yeah, that's the ticket.
You actually fell for that Urban Legend?
This link should go to a page with the word "Christmas" in large letters at the top:
I clicked on a link labeled "Christmas Trees" to find it.
Or search for "Christmas cards" and get this response:
"96 items found for Christmas cards"
Now, come on. Where in the Bible does it say you can't spread false witness? Oh, wait....
I'll invest in target instead. The best retailer of the bunch for the near term.
Let me know when they hire Elvira as a greeter.
I will never waste my money on one of those again.
Get the extended warranty on a laptop.
But not on any other electronics.
WalMart hired targets marketing team.
Walmart has gone up on prices in the last year. I can beat their deals on most items very easily.
Believe it or not, we like their grocery dept., but really don't like anything else they have.
Really do like Costco and BJ's whoesale.
I will go to the one who wishes me A MERRY CHRISTMAS INSTEAD OF HAPPY HOLIDAYS
After going to the Walmart website, don't forget to scan your computer for adware and spyware.
Long ago I decided that "sales" people at these stores were useful for one thing. To give you directions to the location of the item you want.
Like much of our self serve discount economy, you have to educate yourself well before going shopping.
I go to ACE Hardware and pay 10-15% more because A) they always have the parts I need & B) Most of the sales people have been in the hardware business for a long time and know more about the products than Wally-World employees. I don't have to park at the far end of a huge parking lot, and walk through a 2 block long store, only to discover that the thing I need is either not sold there, out of stock, or moved to an unknown location in the dead of night. And most of the checkout people don't look like Carnies.
I can't speak for Wal-Marts in other cities, but here the stores are just plain annoying. Not worth the prices most of the time.
When I sold electronic equipment the warranties are what really paid us. I could converse in RMS Powers, slew rates, THD's and other specs with the best of them. It resulted in my selling loads of higher-end gear with good commissions; but the warranties paid far more.
Stereo = 4-6% commission
Warranty = 25-40% commission
Figure it out yourself. You sold on fear...what a disgusting business.
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