Thread regarding Fry's Electronics layoffs

Fry's has to close in 2019.

With the constant 20% off coupons, and bare shelves, Fry's has to be circling the drain. The number of computer and monitors has been decreased so much, that one can only wonder why. Their creditors must not be extending them credit. Maybe all of their sales now are purely a cash grab.

I really wish I was wrong about this, but the writing has to be on the walls.

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The end is not near for only frys . It’s near for a lot of you. Read Matthew 24:7,12

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Post ID: @54zch+YbiPZw8

The end is not near for only frys . It’s near for a lot of you. Read Matthew 24:7,12

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Post ID: @54hum+YbiPZw8

There's an interesting video on You Tube. Some guy in Burbank checked out his local Fry's and found it dead as expected. He heard the rumor that the Las Vegas store was fully stocked, and proceeded to fly directly there. While it looked fully stocked at first glance, checking out further there were simply more items, and actual selection was just as lacking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq2rUsUTL_0

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Post ID: @53ydz+YbiPZw8

If the rumor is true that they are holding payment from vendors until they sign the consignment paperwork, why would any vendor go that way? If they can't pay for things that they got months or years go that obvious have sold since they have no stock what makes people (vendors) think that they can pay as they sell. Right now they have nothing to sell. Selling a $5 off brand unknown HDMI cable that cost them probably $2-$3 there is no way they can pay for that and still pay "Billy", utilities etc. Wondering if they are also stiffing the CDTFA and other states since 4th qtr Sales tax is due at the end of the month. though since they haven't had anything to sell their payment should be pretty small.

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Post ID: @52ffq+YbiPZw8

Fry’s staying open? Lol
It’s like a husband that’s begging his wife to give him another chance but she’s already shagging a guy she met at the gym. It’s just like those situations when you see a married couple and you know its over but the Husband hasn’t figured it out yet.

In situations where the end is near, people always say they’re going to change but the shoe eventually drops. Merchandisers know this and that’s why Fry’s hasn’t been able to make this consignment model work yet. No one trusts them. Would you trust Fry’s if you were a merchandiser? Hell the spokesman has already lied by omitting the Duluth store closure.

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Post ID: @52xrx+YbiPZw8

Just got back to Reno after stopping by the Roseville CA store. Most of the shelves are emptier than a h–ker's Hope Chest, same as when I was there in November 2019.

Not looking too good IMHO.

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Post ID: @51ldh+YbiPZw8

Folks...relax...Fry's is selling shelves now

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Post ID: @4Zebn+YbiPZw8

Kmart...toast.
ToysRUs...toast.
Sears...toasting.
Fry's Electronics?
Burnt toast.

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Post ID: @4Wkbw+YbiPZw8

Love the optimism when your thread states HAS to, like you hope that you will finally have closure, too bad there have been threads like this since 2016 yet every year you cross those fingers and believe this is the year, lol, news flash, its 2020 better create a new one

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Post ID: @4Wjbr+YbiPZw8

Fry's is the "Black Knight" (Monty Python- Holy Grail) of retailers - you can cut off an arm or leg or all..and they'd still have teeth to bite you with ! lol They won't die

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Post ID: @4Wnuz+YbiPZw8

This site is a joke , it’s like hoping the hottest girl goes out with you , but she’s already going out with the hottest football player and you have no shot , but keep on hoping ... Sears and Kmart have actually perish . We are not on that list .

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Post ID: @4Wlnn+YbiPZw8

"And the employees are extremely tech- savvy they can get a job probably start the next Amazon" um never met a tech-savvy Fry's employee. There might have been some but the ones I ever asked questions couldn't find their way out of a paper sack.

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Post ID: @4Vnud+YbiPZw8

Why is everyone so shocked that frys is going under ? We live in the modern world . Hello wake up . Internet is clearly taking over . And the employees are extremely tech- savvy they can get a job fast probably start the next Amazon. Never underestimate someone’s potential. Frys electronics dominated 35 years . Who’s next ?

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Post ID: @4Vxxe+YbiPZw8

That’s just the dumbest move they’ve made so far. Whomever in management came up with that idea of going to a consignment model should be fired then shot!
Fry’s was famous for just about anything and everything to any Information Technology professional, from the a simple CAT-5 cable or RJ-45, to having everything you could possibly need to build a workstation, server or gaming machine and that’s just one aspect. They were THE store to go to, now they turned into a store to stay away from.

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Post ID: @4Urqn+YbiPZw8

Try shopping at EBay and Amazon we beat them by 70% . Good luck .

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Post ID: @4Smyb+YbiPZw8

Can confirm. I saw an employee stock two candy bars and a case of bottled water. They then disappeared without helping any of the 4 customers in the entire store.

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Post ID: @4Pcvx+YbiPZw8

Fry's Facebook page posted that they had some restocking going on in the Las Vegas location. Can anyone confirm that?

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Post ID: @4Oinl+YbiPZw8

I looked at Fry's Burbank and Woodland Hills and they didn't have enough inventory to build a PC. No motherboards and they only have ONE cpu. They have ZERO gpus in stock.

I then looked at Best Buy and they had tons of components to put a computer together, including gpus and their prices were competitive with Amazon.

Oh my goodness. Fry's is so pathetic.

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Post ID: @4Nmdw+YbiPZw8

I read the Facebook post and Fry’s said they have a long way to go with their consignment model. But looking at the pictures, I assume the brown boxes are refurbished parts.

In the past I’ve seen companies say f’it and pull the plug right as they are trying something new. So if they do close on Jan 20th or whenever, I won’t be surprised.

I remember when I built my first PC 11 years ago and I was on the fence between a q9550 and the i7-920. The old Asian guy in the component department said the lga1366 platform was better for the future and boy was he right. That system is still running but now I have the w3690.

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Post ID: @4Mrao+YbiPZw8

It seems like people are just visiting frys electronics to see empty shelves . Wasting gas .

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Post ID: @4Mutq+YbiPZw8

Most of the stores are empty, it a matter of time before they close and Tigerdirect buys them (it happen to CompUSA). I was recently at the San Jose store and it was a ghost town inside; they told me the same about them restocking shelves.

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Post ID: @4Mjzp+YbiPZw8

Theres a company throughout Texas called Altex Computers & Electronics. They are better then Frys ever was. They don't carry appliances and cologne, like Frys. They carry Computers and electronic stuff only. And the employees actually have real IT knowledge. Go in to one of these stores and you'll see how retail is supposed to be done. www.altex.com

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Post ID: @4Minm+YbiPZw8

Unless Fry's has miracle up their sleeves their store stores are dead. I was at the Palo Alto, CA store before it close to see empty selves. This weekend I visited the Sacramento store to see the same thing. What a shame. Fry's is the unspoken hero, like DIGITAL, of today's computer age.

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Post ID: @4Lehu+YbiPZw8

I went to the Burbank location and saw a sign inside saying "Now Hiring".

There are no customers and they have nearly nothing in stock.

WTF?

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Post ID: @4Kshj+YbiPZw8

Fry's is sinking like the Titanic.

Microcenter and Best Buy are doing great.

It's not the tariffs or retail apocalypse.
It's horrendous management of Fry's.

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Post ID: @4Kakl+YbiPZw8

I went to the Concord, CA Fry's store to purchase a power cord on January 6, 2020. Wow was I was shocked. Bare shelves and maybe 4-6 employees working. I asked if they were closing. I was told no, they were just 'wiped out from the holidays.' I don't think so, 80% of their merchandise is gone, and what was left appeared to be marked up a bit. Very disappointed to see Fry's go. They were our go-to place for parts, and all things IT. (We own an IT company) I guess we will have to order from Amazon. Thank you, Fry's, for all your years of operations and for providing a great resource.

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Post ID: @4Jidc+YbiPZw8

“Dammit. My parents got me a $500 gift card to this place and there’s not a damn thing I can spend it on. Do you think they’ll give me cash back on this gift card??“

No you wont get cash back, but you can try ordering online which could garner access to more stores and thus more product options.

Failing that, look to see if they sell any gift cards or loadable visas to transfer it to. Could also attempt to sell it at a loss like $500 gift card for $400 cash. Just some suggestions.

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Post ID: @4Icyf+YbiPZw8

@YbiPZw8-4Gglu What you are probably seeing is the stock and signage from Palo Alto which closed on Dec 27th being moved to San Jose.

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Post ID: @4Hvhy+YbiPZw8

It's the only big store that used to sell components. If its inventory goes down, that affects a lot of people. If you dont like people gossiping about your store in their free time, get a hobby. You can say the same thing to me but what else am I gunna do between building computers and breeding competitive pokemon? Call my mom every 20 minutes? Let's be real here.

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Post ID: @4Guut+YbiPZw8

Dammit. My parents got me a $500 gift card to this place and there’s not a damn thing I can spend it on. Do you think they’ll give me cash back on this gift card??

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Post ID: @4Gwus+YbiPZw8

Fry's Brokaw Saturday 4th January. Inventory trickling in, batteries and quite a few blue tooth speakers. New digital signage by speakers and headphone sections. I came, I saw, I left with my bargain storage case.

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Post ID: @4Gglu+YbiPZw8

Thoughtless speech is like the stabs of a sword . But the tongue of the wise is healing . Proverbs 12:18 . Strive to be meek.

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Post ID: @4Gvyw+YbiPZw8

Who is commenting here ? A bunch of people with no life’s . Go visit your mom ask how she’s doing buy her groceries. Do something productive. I guess frys electronics is more important. I get it .

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Post ID: @4Gfng+YbiPZw8

The fact that your commenting on this site says a lot about you. And frys is a c—roach it’s not going to perish . Sorry

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Post ID: @4Gmph+YbiPZw8

Okay, so Fry's near you put up a "store closing sign". Where is this store? Without the facts, your post is meaningless and useless. 58

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Post ID: @4Eofu+YbiPZw8

Fry's Electronics near me just put up a STORE CLOSING sign.

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Post ID: @4Equc+YbiPZw8

I'm headed to fry's to return an item that I bought during the holidays. I'm glad there isn't any long lines anymore!

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Post ID: @4Ekoj+YbiPZw8

Writing a 7 page resume is extremely ignorant advice. Thats about 5 pages no one would bother to read, and only shows you don't know how to concise your history, your bloating your work history on purpose, or your a job jumper and have just that many jobs.

If your going to defend your company at least give realistic advice in your passive aggressive post. 99% of all posters are obviously actual disappointed customers so your post makes no sense as well targeting current/past employees.

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Post ID: @4Djdd+YbiPZw8

Who has time to write 7 paragraphs? Isn’t your time your most valuable asset ? You should be writing a 7 page resume .

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Post ID: @4Cllu+YbiPZw8

I went in the Campbell, CA store the first week of Nov. There were no other customers visible. The first quadrant of the store was filled with random junk, probably junk they picked up from a liquidator. There was an entire aisle (both sides) of portable evaporative air conditioners....same model. Not really a big seller in November. The next aisle had a bunch of "as seen on TV" garbage that had nothing to do with electronics. Another aisle had some other random garbage. Then there was aisle after aisle of emptiness. The signage above the aisles was a mere ghost of what used to grace the shelves. I finally had to ask where to find an HDMI cable. I was sent to an aisle whose sign made no reference to anything even close to cables. Every cord, cable, adapter, fitting, outlet, for every possible application was condensed to a 10 ft long patch of mostly empty pegboard hangers. What I saw used to cover a few aisles. I was puzzled why they would have centered the remnants of merchandise in the aisle, causing me to walk past 50 ft of nothingness on both sides. I thought it would be less obvious and more convenient if they'd stocked it near the front of the aisle. They had 1 option for an HDMI cord (I think Walgreens has more than that). I headed toward Impulse Buy Alley (the queue) and got to the registers without having to pause for anybody ahead of me because I was the only customer in the whole store at 6pm on a weeknight. I walked straight up to the completely empty counter, looking for a cashier, and there were none. I looked at my watch to see if the store had closed while I was there for 8 minutes, but I missed the announcement. I called out for help and a woman who clearly didn't want to be there schlumped her way to the register, never looking up at me once. I tried to make small talk, but was being ignored. She didn't even tell me my total. I ran my credit card, and she hand me my receipt without looking up. I thanked her and wished her a good evening....crickets. I got to my car and opened the package for the cable box I had just picked up at Comcast and realized there was already an HDMI cord in it. (There wasn't supposed to be, but the guy hooked me up). I was tempted to walk back into Frys to get my $8 back, but just couldn't be bothered.

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