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Modeling-clay iPads foisted on unwary Canucks

Canadian scammers are buying iPad 2s, replacing them in their original packaging with ZipLoc bags filled with modeling clay, "professionally shrink-wrapping" the boxes, then returning them for refunds, absconding with the precious fondleslabs. The precisely weighted, shrinkwrapped packages containing the clay-filled bags are …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jan 2012
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Best Buy fires parting shot at Dixons with closing down sale

Best Buy may be retreating to its homeland with a bloody nose, but it could yet ruin Dixons Retail's margins this Christmas before it turns off the lights. The American electronics retailer's costly flirtation with UK consumers is coming to an end and the firm admitted last month that one of the reasons why its entry had not …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2011
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Best Buy UK spent £200m on failed megastores

Best Buy's efforts to win over UK consumers were an expensive failure, costing some £200m to set up just 11 big box stores. The stakeholders of the joint venture US retailer Best Buy and the UK's Carphone Warehouse (CPW) yesterday pulled the plug on the business, as investing more capital in the roll-out of another 90 stores …
Paul Kunert, 8 Nov 2011
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Best Buy to shutter all UK megastores

Best Buy's big box experiment in Europe is over: the US retailer is set to close its megastores and retreat into Carphone Warehouse (CPW) shops. In a joint venture with CPW launched last year, Best Buy opened 11 giant outlets in the UK, employing some 1,100 staff, all of which will be shuttered. The battered retail sector …
Paul Kunert, 7 Nov 2011
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Piles of unshiftable HP fondle-slabs choke Best Buy

Crates of HP fondleslabs are mounting up stateside at Best Buy as it emerged the retailer has shifted less than one-tenth of its 270,000 strong unit order. Evidence is mounting that HP's shiny slate, dubbed the OuchPad in the US, is failing to capture the attention of shoppers on both sides of the Atlantic, as indicated by …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011
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Best Buy gives big boxes the boot

Best Buy has put its "big box" strategy under review worldwide, with management braced for considerable shrinkage. The US retailer set up shop in the UK last year - it has ten megastores with another on the way in Enfield - but has shelved plans to set up another 80 as hard-pressed shoppers spend cash on food and utility bills …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2011
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Carphone Warehouse considers retailing future

Despite good results from its US expansion, and turning a French loss into a profit, annual figures from Carphone Warehouse show its ambitious plan to change European retailing is consuming a good deal more cash than anticipated. Losses from joint operation Best Buy UK topped £62m in the last 12 months, more than three times …
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2011
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Best Buy slams brakes on UK stores amid spending freeze

A slowdown in consumer spending looks set to derail Best Buy's expansion plans in the UK with the launch of 80 new megastores to be put on the back burner. The US retailer opened the doors to its first UK flagship store in Essex towards the end of April 2010 and has since cut the ribbon on another nine including branches in …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jun 2011
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Carphone Warehouse to chuck in free Kindle with phone buys

Carphone Warehouse has begun selling Amazon's Kindle. Ditto CW's joint venture with the Yanks, Best Buy UK. You can buy the popular e-book reader, paying for £111 for the Wi-Fi only model and £152 for the version with bundled 3G connectivity. Amazon Kindle 3 That's what Amazon charges - and other Kindle sellers, such as …
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2011
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Carphone Warehouse wins Moto Xoom exclusive

Carphone Warehouse has the UK exclusive on Motorola's Xoom tablet. And that's all the mobile phone retailer said - there was no word on price, or availability. Motorola Xoom Best Buy, the US superstore giant with whom CW has a joint venture over here in the UK, has priced up the 10.1in Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet at $800, …
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2011
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Nexus One resuscitated as 'Pure Google Nexus S'

Rumors of a Google Nexus One resurrection refuse to die. On Thursday, as noticed by Phandroid, US electronics retailer Best Buy published a page to its website indicating it will soon offer a "Pure Google" phone known as the "Nexus S." The thought of Pure Googleness gives us the willies. But some people find it very comforting …
Cade Metz, 11 Nov 2010
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Carphone shares jump on Best Buy news

Carphone Warehouse shares are up almost nine per cent in early trading on news that the mobe reseller is raising targets after a strong first six months trading. CPW said smartphones and interest in the "Connected World" helped increase sales in the first six months. The company expects earnings per share of between 13.5 and …
John Oates, 5 Nov 2010
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Best Buy opens UK online store

You read the headline and that's about it, really. Except that online doors open at bestbuy.co.uk tomorrow, 4 November- and we are sure Best Buy will salt the site with plenty of launch promos. Best Buy is America's biggest electronics retailer and arrived in the UK this year, opening six mega stores so far, including Derby …
Hard Reg, 3 Nov 2010
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Death of laptops greatly exaggerated, Best Buy boss insists

Best Buy's boss has downplayed reports that iPads are eating half of all laptop sales. Brian Dunn was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying that internal estimates revealed iPad sales "had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50%". In a statement last week Dunn referred to Mark Twain's comment on hearing that …
John Oates, 21 Sep 2010
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The iPad is killing laptop sales

iPad sales are slashing laptop sales by as much as 50 per cent, according to the boss of US retailer Best Buy. Announcing sales of $11.3bn and profits of $254m for the second quarter Best Buy's chief executive Brian Dunn said internal research showed half of potential laptop buyers had chosen an iPad instead of a traditional …
John Oates, 17 Sep 2010
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iPhone 4 fever takes hold. Again

The first pre-ordered iPhone 4s are shipping, ahead of the launch on Thursday which will see O2 holding back stock for customers while Best Buy pitches pre-sales to the queue. The first devices are being shipped to those who managed to pre-order the iPhone 4, to be in their sweaty palms by Thursday's launch. Best Buy's plans …
Bill Ray, 21 Jun 2010
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Best Buy opens first UK store tomorrow

Best Buy is opening its first store in Thurrock, Essex tomorrow morning, but it will not have a working ecommerce site until autumn. The Essex shop is one of four due to open this year. It promises 50,000 square feet of floor space. But Best Buy will not have a functioning website ready until the autumn - a spokeswoman said …
John Oates, 29 Apr 2010
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Carphone Warehouse fills up in Q4

CarphoneWarehouse shares hit a year high this morning after it posted strong growth for the fourth quarter. Like-for-like revenue for Carphone Warehouse Europe was up three per cent, though it did give an actual figure, despite a 2.9 per cent fall in connections. By contrast Best Buy Mobile US connections were up 34.2 per cent …
John Oates, 26 Apr 2010

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