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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 2009-03-02, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Bell to acquire The Source retail chain

Bell today announced it has agreed to acquire national consumer electronics retailer The Source to further enhance the growth of Bell's wireless, digital TV, Internet and home phone services.

In addition to its lineup of consumer electronics products, The Source plans to carry the full array of Bell consumer services at its more than 750 stores across Canada, including Bell Mobility, Solo Mobile and potentially Virgin Mobile wireless products and services, Bell TV's High Definition television services, high-speed Bell Internet, and Bell Home Phone products, by January 2010.
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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 2009-03-02, 04:31 PM
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Wow. That effectively locks out Rogers (and other competitors) from a major retail chain that once exclusively sold their wireless products.

I wonder what Bell is going to do with The Source stores in certain locations (malls) that already have a Bell Store?
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post #3 of 50 (permalink) Old 2009-03-02, 04:46 PM
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That's an odd acquisition considering that most Source stores are in malls that already have dedicated Bell stores or kiosks.
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post #4 of 50 (permalink) Old 2009-03-02, 05:43 PM
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I wonder if this spells the end of what was left of "Radio Shack" in Canada.
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Might they not lock competition out of the store? maybe they are just saying they are going to add there full product lineup to the store and sell products from Rogers and telus already in there stores now?
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post #6 of 50 (permalink) Old 2009-03-02, 06:23 PM
 
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That is completely crazy. Reading other articles I found this:
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Other than the eventual exclusion of Rogers products, Bell plans to keep all other product lines on at the chain.
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I hope they keep the parts section of the store!
What's next? Rogers or Shaw buys FutureShop???
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From personal experiences, BellWorld stores have been less than helpful for our family...
Knowledge of their products was usually less than stellar, especially with BellTv, and the wait times were usually at least 5 minutes...(I know 5 minutes doesn't sound like a long time, but...)
Maybe some "competition" will force them to try and focus more on customer service...
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Well I assume the salespersons would be pushing Bell and not Star Choice
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post #10 of 50 (permalink) Old 2009-03-02, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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I suspect the source will continue to sell competing company's products if they wish to stay in business but you will now see the full line of Bell products.

I suspect this has something to do with Best Buy having a virtually monopoly on Consumer electronics in this country. Without a competitive marketplace, Bell must feel that they have to "secure" distribution by buying the Source.
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Ya right, Star Choice will be the first thing to disappear from the store.
You wait and see.
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post #12 of 50 (permalink) Old 2009-03-02, 08:09 PM
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Wow, thats so krezi. The Source CC from hereon im now calling The Source BCE.

Thats Krezi, now that means one of the biggest rogers wireless authorized stores will be owned by Bell, lol krezi krezi, someones a fawzi
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I wonder if this spells the end of what was left of "Radio Shack" in Canada.
Radio Shack in Canada has long been dead before this...

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I give it a year, 18 months tops and what's left of the former Radio Shack chain ie the Source will be gone - shuttered.

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post #15 of 50 (permalink) Old 2009-03-02, 08:48 PM
 
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Does anyone actually shop at the Source anymore?
Their accessory prices are retarded compared to the big box stores.
SC remotes they sell for $60.00, etc etc etc....

This coming from a guy who had a Radio Shack ASC dealer franchise for over 10 yrs..
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