Best buy should have priced matched a long time ago. It is better to marginalize the competition by beating them at their own game than play catch-up. A retailer will always loose in the end.
Retailers will never be in a place of authority. Apple is special, but I consider them special because they created a new market. In a few years, it will be hard for them to continue to price tablets unreasonably. The Ipad mini proves that.
The Magnolia sales person, who told me he was on commission (Columbia, MD store) and needed to get the sale was extremely rude. I will pay a little extra for "peace of mind", but I don't think that "peace of mind" is worth a 23% markup.
Best Buy is LUCKY to get my business. Based on my first price match experience with them, I was ready to forever swear them off and never go to their stores again.
Amazon had a LG 7600 TV (sold by Amazon) for $1200 last weekend. I didn't know Amazon had only one left...I would have pulled the trigger immediately if I knew that. However, I figured I could pick it up that day so I printed out the webpage and my cart and clearly labelled everything that pointed to the TV's price to get the TV from Best Buy vs waiting 2 days to get it. Five different Best Buy managers could not find the TV on the Amazon site, and basically told me Amazon's site was hard to maneuver because they list other sellers. They decided to not honor the price match despite the fact I had the site on my IPAD's browser cache and had a printout.
I have no sympathy for Best Buy.
That said, because of this site, I did help Best Buy's bottom line. I bought a 65" VT50 because someone pointed to a Best Buy that price matched the TV. I also used East Coast TVs to get a ES800 LED. Both price matched over the phone, instead of in-person.. Because of them being a responcible retailer they went from getting a $1200 sale to zero to $4300 (because a BBY manager decided to price match).
Best Buy is on thin ice, and they should innovate or go the way of CC.