Best Buy opening UK stores

Best Buy has announced plans to open its first three electronics stores in the United Kingdom, according to The Best Buy Bulletin. The first will arrive during May, in Thurrock, Essex. The next two will arrive a month later in Hedge End, Southampton and Merry Hill, West Midlands. Further on in Autumn they also plan to open another in Croydon, Surrey, estimating it will create 100 jobs.

Best Buy highlighted what is has to offer in the UK:

  • Blueshirts and Geek Squad agents don't earn commission, truly impartial advice.
  • Best Buy will set a device up for you. Buying a mobile phone, e.g. They will transfer contacts for you.
  • Book a consultation with a blueshirt or Geek Squad agent.
  • Trade in old devices to earn in-store discounts.
  • Try most products before you purchase.
  • Price match on any product with a 10% extra discount.

Terms and conditions apply.

Overall, Best Buy plan to have a nationwide chain of stores by 2021. Best Buy will face stiff competition in the UK, with successful retailers like; Comet, Currys, Argos, Maplin and Dixons all performing well. However, if Best Buy manage to keep prices low and goods of a high quality, they should start to gain ground in no time.

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Shiranui said,
Off-line shopping? I remember that....

The only reason some of us techs still go in person is most likely because we live close by a good deal or for bigger items like TVs. Also some stores like Frys have separate inventory even with the same item ###s so no online gift cards.

Get the boot from PC World? Unfortunately American Corporate Business Practice forced DSGi into working the way they do hence the bad customer service rep. Please refer to Margaret Thatcher and the 80's for more information. Quick translation = Best buy are the daddy of "Yes I can smile and tell you how mega *$%ing happy I am to see you in my sparkling blue shirt but I know !$%^ about computers!" After all it is the American way didn’t you know? lol...

Heh, funny, I saw a huge Best Buy sign (near ILVA) as I was crossing the Dartford Bridge last weekend. It looked open. Or maybe they were fitting the place.

The Thurrock Best Buy is already built just needs some stock in it before it opens its doors. But just across the road from it is a Currys Megastore that opened at Christmas it is almost twice the size of the Best Buy site. It will be intresting to see what happens. I dont think Comet and PC World will last much longer they are all next to each other.

Ahhhhh.... good old Hedge End retail park. Many's the day I walked around Sainsburys or PC World, peered into Marks and Spencers and had a delightful cola beverage at the local McDonalds all in the presence of the friendly, youthful crowd who'll pleasantly pass the time of day with you. Gotta love nostalgic memory degradation!

Digital Tonic said,

Agreed, I've heard nothing but good things about Newegg.

One of their main warehouses is a 30 minute drive (1 hour with traffic) from where I live. Them and Amazon.com are the best but in some parts UPS/FedEx drivers can be lazy not to ring in and leave the notice.

Digital Tonic said,

Agreed, I've heard nothing but good things about Newegg.

Ditto, all the recommendations Ive ever had from the US guys is Newegg.. maybe its like the UK's Ebuyer.

aarste said,
I wish Newegg would come to the UK, they're so cheap!
I feel physically sick when I go to newegg's site. Never mind the low prices compared to the competition, the website itself is helpful to system builders from the customer reviews of the products that they purchased and customer after sales is ... it's another world.

jeston said,
Hooray! Now the UK can enjoy over-priced mediocre computer parts too! Congratulations, UK!

Did you mean PC World or Maplins? We already have them unfortunately.

I used to work for PC World - they are literally bricking it. They're actually worried that Best Buy will simply buy out DSGi and take over all the stores.

But at the moment the current plan is for DSGi to build (or re-build current stores into) bigger Currys/PC World stores wherever Best Buy build theirs stores.

Best Buy already exist in the UK (They own The Carphone Warehouse), but they've yet to open stores. This could spell the end of DSGi in the UK... That is, if Best Buy are really evil about how they do business.

Lets hope so.

jamesyfx said,
I used to work for PC World - they are literally bricking it. They're actually worried that Best Buy will simply buy out DSGi and take over all the stores.

But at the moment the current plan is for DSGi to build (or re-build current stores into) bigger Currys/PC World stores wherever Best Buy build theirs stores.

Best Buy already exist in the UK (They own The Carphone Warehouse), but they've yet to open stores. This could spell the end of DSGi in the UK... That is, if Best Buy are really evil about how they do business.

Lets hope so.

The new combined PC World/Currys stores are really nice, even the standalone new format Currys stores are much better than they used to be, but for large/expensive electrical items (TVs etc) I'd rather go to John Lewis, M&S, Fenwick as you usually get a free 5 year gurantee.

jamesyfx said,

Best Buy already exist in the UK (They own The Carphone Warehouse), but they've yet to open stores. This could spell the end of DSGi in the UK... That is, if Best Buy are really evil about how they do business.

Actually Best Buy don't own Carphone. They wanted to enter the UK market and saw an opportunity in carphone so formed a partnership. A new company was formed with each company taking a 50% stakeholding. Then Best Buy basically paid carphone $1billion to enable the new company to leverage carphone's supply chain. Now whereas this may change in the future, best buy may opt to buy out carphone, at the moment it has given Craphone's owner a HUGE pile of money to go out and make accquisitions that could be of benefit to all the involved companys (carphone, Best Buy and lets call it Best Buy UK). Carphone almost immediatly went out and bought Tiscali so they could merge it with their TalkTalk brand.

Since then carphone have separated their telecoms business (TalkTalk etc) and retail business, and have moved the retail business to the new Best Buy UK company, which will eventually see some carphone outlets being rebranded Wireless World, a high street store that will specialise in gaming, home entertainment and connected home products.

As another result of the effective merger of Carphone and Best Buy (not accquisition or buy out of carphone by Best Buy) there are now carphone warehouse stores operating as store in stores in Best Buys US stores, also the Best Buy Geek Squad have been in carphone warehouses in the UK

Erghh... they can keep them. If anyone Europeans have ever been to a Best Buy then you will already know what I mean. Their staff make PC World staff look like computer scientists. Rude as well, in every store I have been in.

torrentthief said,
nice, maybe some high street competition in the uk for a change.

btw DSGi also owns pixmania.

I misread the above thanks to people usually butchering the word "owns" online, I though you meant "was better" at a glance (and was almost going to inform you they they own Pixmania!) lol

I've only ordered one item from Pixmania, but it was about £100 cheaper and came with an extra year warranty to what any DSGi high street store could offer, which is bizarre. But generally I'm a fan of eBuyer or Amazon.

lt8480 said,

I've only ordered one item from Pixmania, but it was about £100 cheaper and came with an extra year warranty to what any DSGi high street store could offer, which is bizarre. But generally I'm a fan of eBuyer or Amazon.

Likely a sale then, normally prices are VERY similar to PCWorld's, just different sales.

A few good deals on there though. Picked up £250 headphones for £160.

The Jambo said,

Likely a sale then, normally prices are VERY similar to PCWorld's, just different sales.

A few good deals on there though. Picked up £250 headphones for £160.

Pixmania sell at cost or below for a lot of products. Do some decent deals. Last thing I bought from them was also headphones, half the price of most other places.

08993 said,
Can't remember when I last bought any hardware offline, certainly not in the last 5 years!

Pretty much the same except for BIG money hardware. I.E. I'll buy TVs from John Lewis for the 5 year guarantee.

CapaCapa said,

Pretty much the same except for BIG money hardware. I.E. I'll buy TVs from John Lewis for the 5 year guarantee.

I just bought my HD TV from newegg.com and extremely happy with it!

still1 said,
No bestbuy stores in UK??????? welcome to the high price club!!!

Yeah, really. For some reason I enjoy walking around in a best buy store but never buying anything. Actually, I recently bought a terabyte hd for about 90 bones. So I guess it all depends.

still1 said,
No bestbuy stores in UK??????? welcome to the high price club!!!

Pretty much the case here in Canada too. Except you can get good deals on home theatre equipment, like speakers, when the opportunity arises.