Sony closes 2/3 of its stores in the U.S.

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, Feb 27, 2014.

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    RichA Guest

    I didn't know they only had 31 stores there, I figured they had more.
    RichA, Feb 27, 2014
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  2. I didn't know they had stores.
    Scott Schuckert, Feb 27, 2014
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : I didn't know they only had 31 stores there, I figured they had more.

    I didn't know they had any. Nobody ever mentioned one in Boston, and we're
    surely one of the top 31 metropolitan areas.

    Robert Coe, Feb 28, 2014
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    charles Guest

    charles, Feb 28, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    exactly why they had a store in boston:
    Guest, Feb 28, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    I was fairly certain I saw 2 of them in Toronto.
    RichA, Feb 28, 2014
  7. That's because they were relatively few.

    I think they were treated more like boutiques. A place to showcase their
    products, but not a major revenue stream. The stores help build the
    brand, and help build a "mystique".

    Others have done it, I thought because Sony did it. The Apple Stores are
    like that, they aren't factory outlets, they don't replace the
    stores selling their products, but they help build the brand. When the
    store opened up downtown here, there was a big lineup, people wanting in
    on the action, helping to promote Apple by lining up.

    Disney has such stores too, though perhaps in their case they actually
    have more products that often don't get into regular streams.

    I was tempted to go down there with my Apple II, or maybe my Apple digital
    camera from about 20 years ago (ask if I can get a new battery compartment
    cover), a stunt to show off that Apple is older than Macintosh, or the
    gadgets of recent years. But then I forgot, only remembering when I just
    happened to walk past there opening day and the lineup reminded me.

    Since it's primarily advertising, it's no wonder they might close stores.
    They have to weigh the cost of the store versus the value it brings in.
    Having a fancy store in New York City and Los Angeles makes sense, having
    one in Rapid City, South Dakota doesn't.

    Michael Black, Feb 28, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Hell! We don't have one here in Paso Robles, CA, or our big city in
    this county San Luis Obispo, CA, and that has two Apple stores.
    Personally I have yet to see any dedicated Sony store, anywhere.
    Savageduck, Feb 28, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    there is one in gilroy and was one in san francisco, which closed just
    a few days ago. there are several in los angeles.

    Guest, Feb 28, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    There seem to be quite a few in the Bay Area. As for Gilroy they seem
    to have a spot at the Gilroy Outlet Stores and handle clearance and
    refurbished products.
    I usually drive straight past Gilroy on the 101 when headed to the Bay
    Area from my place.
    Savageduck, Feb 28, 2014
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    There used to be one in Melbourne. I don't know whether or not it is
    still there.
    Eric Stevens, Feb 28, 2014
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    George Kerby Guest

    Sony had stores? Like, you mean Retail?!? Who wudda known???
    George Kerby, Feb 28, 2014
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    George Kerby Guest

    Nor here in the third largest metro area in the States, AFAIK...
    George Kerby, Feb 28, 2014
  14. Well, that at least I can speak to: Apple has a policy of discontinuing
    parts availability after approximately five years. Wya back in the
    Apple Ii days, it was almost forever... but the government cam up with
    rule on how long manufacturers HAD to make parts available, so (being
    good bean counters) they cut it off.

    BTW, don't lump Apple in with the mostly-for-show "boutique" stores.
    They actually have the highest profit per square foot of any retailer
    on earth. HUGE money.
    Scott Schuckert, Feb 28, 2014
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    Bowser Guest

    There was one in the Burlington Mall, and I think there is still one
    in the Galleria in Cambridge. Either way, a waste of time.
    Bowser, Feb 28, 2014
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    Bowser Guest

    I was just in the one in Las Vegas this week, located in the Forum
    Shops at Ceaser's. Nice display, but nobody was buying anything.
    Bowser, Feb 28, 2014
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    MI Guest

    There are 2 stores in Vancouver that I know of. There may be more.


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    PAS Guest

    There's a Sony store in the Tanger Outlet in Riverhead, Long Island about
    eight miles from my house. I hope it stays open. It's a nice respite
    amongst all the clothes stores.
    PAS, Feb 28, 2014
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The stores were established as showcases. I've been told in them more
    than a few times that I would find better deals elsewhere. Also the
    staff had no deep knowledge of alpha cameras. Or any camera. If you
    asked about a particular accessory you may as well have been speaking
    Attic Greek.

    Haven't been in years other than maybe killing half an hour while her
    worshipfullness tries on another few dresses.

    There is one near here on a busy boulevard - but they also have on in a
    major mall less than a km from that. They should shut down the one on
    the blvd. It's not the most convenient to get to.
    Alan Browne, Feb 28, 2014
  20. I didn't think anyone would recognize the camera, which would have been
    the fun. All the people waiting in line for the opening, orgasming over
    their iPhones, and I show up with something from the past, likely too old
    for the workers there to know about.

    Michael Black, Feb 28, 2014
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