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Best Buy says its opening weekend was best ever

by Scott Bicheno on 6 May 2010, 10:40

Tags: Best Buy (NYSE:BBY)

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The scale of interest in the UK's first new tech retail offering in living memory has been revealed as Best Buy is claiming more sales from its first UK store in Thurrock than it has ever experienced during an opening weekend.

"I'm delighted to announce that the first three days of our opening weekend in Thurrock have been confirmed as the biggest ever opening weekend for a Best Buy store anywhere in the world by volume of sales," said Paul Antoniadis, CEO of Best Buy Branded Operations.

On one level this isn't too surprising as there will probably never have been such a novelty value when it opened a store in the US, but it does serve as confirmation of the demand for something new in the UK tech retail scene.

Here are some of the top selling items from the opening weekend. Note, the price promotions ended last Monday.

  • Televisions: Toshiba 32" LCD TV HD Ready (32AV615) (Best Buy price £179.99, non-sale price £329.99) and Samsung 32" LED Full HD TV (1080P) (Best Buy price £399.99, non-sale price £699.99)
  • Games: Wii Black with wireless remote, nunchuk, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort(Best Buy price £99.99, non-sale price £179.99)
  • Entertainment: Avatar Blu-ray and DVD combi pack (Best Buy price £9.99)
  • Computing: Iomega Prestige 1TB Desktop Hard Drive (Best Buy price £49.99, non-sale price £89.99)
  • Mobile: Blackberry Curve 8250 Black & Lilac (Best Buy price £99.99 Pay as You Go, non-sale price £199.99)
  • GreenTech and electric vehicles: Xero Tech eScooter Classic (Best Buy price £999.99, non-sale price £1,499.99) and Freeloader Solar Charger (Best Buy price £14.99, non-sale price £32.99)
  • Camera: Fujifilm J25 Digital Camera (Best Buy price £49.99, non-sale price £99.99).

You can see our analysis of the Best Buy offering here and a video tour of the new store here.


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So, have any hexus forum dwellers been to this store then?
Mike Fishcake;1919001
So, have any hexus forum dwellers been to this store then?
I've just been and was seriously underwhelmed.

It's like a big PcWorld/Currys with more staff that appear to know what they're talking about.

Good range of Laptops on display, but no better than PcWorld…if not a bit better organised.
Prices on peripherals won't be worrying the likes of ebuyer e.g. 4gb USB stick for Ā£17.

Probably a good place for you to look and feel things but not to buy…..

If there is a choice between local Best Buy and PcWorld I think I'd choose Best Buy….but then I wouldn't normally be choosing either anyway :-)