Hi all. Long time viewer, first time poster.
Couple thoughts about king frog's poor experiences with BB. While I am not a shareholder or anything like that, I am a part time employee of BB for about a year on the weekends, aside from a full-time job during the week.
All I can speak for is what happens at my store, and that is all.
BB doesn't always practice the sales attack tactics that you seem to experience in my opinion, although I agree it does happen way more than it should.
BB, to me, isn't a complete loss though. A perfect example: the Xbox 360 launch. A simple scan of various stores would show that almost every chain store was "forcing" bundles of 360's with additional accessories onto the unit.
CC forced rediculous bundles in the excess of $500 (game, controller, etc), online and in their B&Ms
EVEN MICRO CENTER packaged bundles that customers told me amounted to over $600!
And Costco shared the same practice too, with a clam-shell type package including a controller and game to my knowledge.
In the end, BB was one of the ONLY places that people could stand a chance to get a 360 on lauch day (and now weeks to follow), WITHOUT any additional accessories, period.
Surely some of you heard about some stores forcing 360 bundles, but I assure you our store didn't, period. Later we were told that ANY employees caught or reported forcing bundles could be subject to termination. If that's not a move in the right direction I don't know what is. Corporate even sent investigators to stores to ascertain who did force bundles on the 360.
I'm not a stockholder, and I won't always work for BB I'm sure, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt; just want you to know that when people come to my store, they get an honest graduate-level educated opinion about whatever it is they need. My head likes to hit the pillow knowing I didn't fleece anybody.
And I ALWAYS educate about WIDESCREEN