The nice thing with FS and BB is there ability to provide generous return policies; a thing the smaller stores cannot provide. For the most part, the smaller stores can usually match FS or BB price wise but if you don't like the product 2 weeks from now, it is somewhat difficult to return for your money back. They prefer to issue a store credit. I try to buy from the smaller shops when I can but typically go to FS or BB if I can't find what I want in a smaller shop.
I agree, both FS and BB play against each other on sale prices and know that you're going to buy from one or the other. Either way, they're getting your dollar.
Circuit City should drive the final nail in The Source's coffin and open up some Circuit City's in Canada to drive the competition.
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