Big News From The World Of Best Buy!
Best Buy, one of the biggest technology retailers in the World has been telling employees that Android tablets are “dead”. Employees have now been instructed to only sell iPads, iPad Mini’s, and the new Windows 8 RT tablets. Shipments of Android tablets to Best Buy has been cut down significantly. As of November 1st, 2012, Best Buy will only be stocking Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ Android Tablets & Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1″ Android Tablets. Best Buy will not longer be stocking Asus Android tablet such as the Prime, or Acer tablets like the Iconia.
But wait, there’s plenty more news…..
Employees have been instructed to “talk customers out of android”, pitch the iPad mini instead of the current 7″ Android based tablet offerings like the Kindle Fire HD & the Galaxy Tab 7″. As for customers who wants 10″ tablets, the Windows 8 tablet offering as well as the iPad (3rd & the new 4th Generation offerings) are the tablets the employees are being pushed to sell.
Employees are being pressured to lead people away from Android towards Apple & Microsoft products. Is this some sort of good faith to Apple in exchange for cheaper bulk purchases? What is Best Buy’s end game for cutting out Google and labeling their OS “dead”. Only time will tell.
On the mobile device front as well at Best Buy, mobile device employees are being pressured to sell the iPhone (4S & 5) as much as possible and cut down on their Android phone sales. The amount of Android phones being stocked in Best Buy stores will decline greatly before the end of the month. Rumors say that Best Buy will stock only lower-end Android phones to increase the demand for the iPhone 5, claiming the iPhone 5 is better than these under-powered devices.
Have you seen any radical changes at your local Best Buy? What do you think of what Best Buy is doing? Let us know in the comments.
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