Is the end of physical media upon us?

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another sad statistics for physical media..

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Physical media, what is that?
 

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It’s unfortunate but consumption has become more about quantity than quality.
You are right unfortunately.
To add, easy access.
As far as audio is concerned I think that the picture is considered more important than the sound now.
I thought AVRs were amplifying sound, player's were for picture sending a signal to the TV or screen. Has been for awhile now but AVRs now do part of the players job something has to give room wise, so the power of amplifier drop to allow for this.

Just my my 2 cents worth.

I think Neil Young was advocating for better sound as we live in a digital world cause there is no set standard.

I have heard that streaming is getting good quality I certainly hope so because I have heard a close to a $100,000 system that streams as well and not impressed.
 

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Gonna disagree. If you go back ten years and replace the Best Buy DVD section with any other item in the store, the profit per square foot would go up exponentially. TVs. DVD players. Refrigerators. Computers. AV Receivers. They all have a MUCH higher profit margin, but most people don't just pop into a store to check out the latest appliances, or even TVs. You have to be in the market for one of those. So how do you lure someone into the market for a new appliance?

DVDs. CDs.

Sell something that will bring them through the doors when they DON'T need a new dishwasher and blow their minds with bright shiny new electronics.

The square footage dedicated to physical media wasn't bringing people through the door anymore, so it wasn't worth sacrificing the real estate.
Yes, but there's no way they were devoting that much space to CD's and DVDs if they weren't making $$.

Let's be honest, these stores have become ghost towns. At least here in the Baltimore/DC area. Walk into a Best Buy and it's a skeleton, product-wise as compared to what it used to be... but there's also no one (customers) there.

Frankly, I think they're going about it all the wrong way. If they were smart, they'd turn their giant showrooms into compartmentalized experience spaces where technology could be properly demonstrated. Don't stock anything... but have regional distribution hubs that could deliver products in as little as 24 hrs.
 

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Frankly, I think they're going about it all the wrong way. If they were smart, they'd turn their giant showrooms into compartmentalized experience spaces where technology could be properly demonstrated. Don't stock anything... but have regional distribution hubs that could deliver products in as little as 24 hrs.

That’s a good idea and I think they should take a serious look at renting space to qualified dealers for select product groups. An Apple Store in select Best Buys? How about someone like @Robert Zohn of Value Electronics with an AV experience in select NY stores? A control4 installer with a space, etc., etc. Get the experience and speak with a real expert.

If you’re going to be in Retail then you must differentiate from on line shopping and value add. @Robert Zohn clearly knows this which is one reason he’s successful. And if BB is unable to hire and train the needed expertise they should consider renting space to someone who can.

Frankly, the one good thing they had going with disc sales was their help didn’t need to know anything other than how to restock shelves and work a cash register. It was right in their sweet spot.
 

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Demo room/s is were stock is shifted yes it is real estate but it helps sell gear not just AVRs & speakers but furniture and Tvs etc. The amount of times I would go to a demo room and people were hanging around while wify is looking at ovens, appliances, beds etc and the guys been attracted by the sound initially.
Look at what they bought fridge, freezer, bed & home theatre starter pack. And because they bought all that they got a slightly better deal. That shop gets a good word not only from these customers but from there friends & relations.
The best way of advertising is the word of mouth but the worst way of advertising is the same, word of mouth.
 
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