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Encyclopedia > Best Buy
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Type Public (NYSEBBY)
Founded 1983 (Minnesota)
Headquarters Richfield, Minnesota, USA
Key people Brian J. Dunn, COO
Richard M. Schulze, Founder & Chairman
Brad Anderson, CEO & Vice Chairman
Industry Retailing
Products Retailing-Electronics
Revenue US$30.8 billion (2006)
Employees 140,000
Slogan "Thousands of Possibilities"
Website http://www.bestbuy.com
Best Buy is sometimes called the "big blue box" because of the prominent design on Best Buy stores. This store is located in East Palo Alto, California.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSEBBY) is a Fortune 100 company and the largest specialty retailer of consumer electronics in the United States and Canada, accounting for 17% of the market.[1] The company's subsidiaries include Geek Squad, Magnolia Audio Video, Pacific Sales, and, in Canada, Future Shop. Together these operate more than 1,150 stores in the United States, Canada and China.[2] The company's corporate headquarters are located in Richfield, Minnesota, USA (near Minneapolis). On June 26, 2007, Best Buy announced a 40% increase in its operations, with plans to operate more than 1,800 stores worldwide, including 1,400 Best Buy stores in the U.S. Best Products (also known simply as BEST) is a defunct chain of American catalog showroom retail stores, formerly headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. ... Image File history File links Best_Buy_Logo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... location in Hennepin County, Minnesota Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin Founded 1850s Incorporated 1908  - Mayor Debbie Goettel (elected 2006) Area    - City 18. ... Richard M. Dick Schulze is the Founder and Chairman of Best Buy. ... Brad Anderson is the current CEO and Vice Chairman of Best Buy. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... Look up revenue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... USD redirects here. ... This article is about work. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Typical Best Buy store at Culver Center in Culver City, California. ... Typical Best Buy store at Culver Center in Culver City, California. ... East Palo Alto (often called EPA) is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... Consumer electronics is a term used to describe the category of electronic equipment intended for everyday use by people, the consumers. ... Geek Squad logo The Geek Squad is a subsidiary of the Best Buy Company and is based in Richfield, Minnesota [1]. Originally founded in 1994 by Robert Stephens, it offers various computer-related services and accessories for residential and commercial clients. ... Magnolia Audio Video is a small electronics company based in Washington state. ... Future Shop is a Canadian electronics retailer operating a total of 122 stores across all of Canadas provinces as of May 2007. ... location in Hennepin County, Minnesota Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin Founded 1850s Incorporated 1908  - Mayor Debbie Goettel (elected 2006) Area    - City 18. ... Minneapolis redirects here. ...


Best Buy was named "Company of the Year" by Forbes magazine in 2004,[3] "Specialty Retailer of the Decade" by Discount Store News in 2001,[4] ranked in the Top 10 of "America's Most Generous Corporations" by Forbes magazine,[5] and made Fortune Magazine's List of Most Admired Companies in 2006.[6] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Fortune magazine is Americas second longest-running business magazine after Forbes magazine. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

History

1966 -- 1967 -- Sound of Music acquires Kencraft Hi-Fi Company and Bergo Company. Second and third Sound of Music stores are opened near the University of Minnesota and in downtown Minneapolis. The Sound of Music ends its first year with gross sales of $173,000. This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ...


1969 -- Sound of Music stock first traded as publicly-held company; company enacts first employee stock option plan; three stores opened in the Twin Cities area.


1970 -- Sound of Music hits the $1 million mark in annual revenues.


1979 -- Sound of Music becomes the first suppliers of video and laserdisc equipment including Panasonic, Magnavox, Sony and Sharp. Not to be confused with disk laser, a type of solid-state laser in a flat configuration. ... Panasonic is an international brand name for Japanese electric products manufacturer Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. ... Magnavox (Latin for great voice) is an electronics company founded by Edwin Pridham and Peter L. Jensen. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... Sharp Corporation ) (TYO: 6753 , LuxSE: SRP) is a Japanese electronics manufacturer, founded in 1912. ...


1981 -- A tornado hits the Roseville, Minnesota store on June 14. Sound of Music responds with a "Tornado Sale," and it becomes an annual event. Roseville (also known as Hoesville) is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, just north of Saint Paul and east of Minneapolis. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


1983 -- Sound of Music’s board of directors approves a new corporate name: Best Buy Co., Inc.; opens first superstore in Burnsville, Minnesota, featuring expanded selling space, a wide assortment of discounted brand-name goods, central service, and warehouse distribution; stores begin selling appliances and videocassette recorders. Burnsville is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... The videocassette recorder (or VCR, more commonly known in the UK and Ireland as the video recorder), is a type of video tape recorder that uses removable videotape cassettes containing magnetic tape to record audio and video from a television broadcast so it can be played back later. ...


1987 -- Best Buy (symbol BBY) debuts on the New York Stock Exchange with an offering of 8.3 million shares. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ...


1989 -- Best Buy unveils a new “grab-and-go” store format. Best Buy’s brand logo changes to the familiar yellow tag. For other uses, see Logo (disambiguation). ...


1995 -- Best Buy develops and implements the Standard Operating Platform (SOP) to support and manage every aspect of the company’s business; the Answer Center kiosk is nominated for the Computerworld Smithsonian Award. The Computerworld Smithsonian Award is given out annually to individuals who have used technology to produce beneficial changes for society. ...


1997 -- Best Buy becomes the first national retailer to sell DVD hardware and software. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


1998 -- Best Buy sells its 1-millionth DVD, a year after the DVD’s debut. The company also begins selling high-definition television. High-definition television (HDTV) is a digital television broadcasting system with greater resolution than traditional television systems (NTSC, SECAM, PAL). ...


2000 -- Best Buy enters the online retailing business by launching Bestbuy.com; Best Buy acquires Magnolia Hi-Fi (renamed Magnolia Audio Video in 2003), a retailer of high-end consumer electronics; music Compact Cassettes are removed from most stores. Magnolia Audio Video is a small electronics company based in Washington state. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ...

Future Shop store in Halifax
Future Shop store in Halifax

2001 -- Best Buy acquires the Canada-based electronics-chain Future Shop Ltd. and marks the company's entrance to the international marketplace; Best Buy acquires Musicland, a mall -based retailer for music and entertainment software; Best Buy launches Redline Entertainment, an independent music label and action-sports video distributor. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 470 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,756 × 1,032 pixels, file size: 309 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 470 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,756 × 1,032 pixels, file size: 309 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Future Shop is a Canadian electronics retailer operating a total of 122 stores across all of Canadas provinces as of May 2007. ... Musicland is an entertainment company which runs Sam Goody and Suncoast Motion Picture Company and ran the former Media Play Superstore Chain. ...


2002 -- Brad Anderson succeeds Schulze as Best Buy's CEO; the company acquires Geek Squad®, a 24-hour computer support taskforce; first Canadian Best Buy store opens in Mississauga, Ontario west of Toronto. Brad Anderson is the current CEO and Vice Chairman of Best Buy. ... “Chief executive” redirects here. ... Geek Squad logo The Geek Squad is a subsidiary of the Best Buy Company and is based in Richfield, Minnesota [1]. Originally founded in 1994 by Robert Stephens, it offers various computer-related services and accessories for residential and commercial clients. ... Motto: Pride in our past, Faith in our future Area: 288. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area...


2003 -- U.S. Best Buy stores surpass the 600 mark; the company opens its first global sourcing office in Shanghai; Fortune magazine ranks Best Buy #4 on its list of most admired U.S. companies in the specialty retailers industry; the corporate offices are consolidated in one headquarters campus; Best Buy divests itself of Musicland; the company begins to segment their stores, which is considered a major part of the company's "customer centricity" transformation; the Reward Zone loyalty program and the Sweet Tracks Christmas music series are both introduced in the U.S. For other uses, see Shanghai (disambiguation). ... For the defunct chain of catalog showrooms see: Best Products. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sweet Tracks is a series of Christmas music albums issued by Best Buy in the United States, originally on CD from 2003 to 2005, but changed to digital downloads in 2006. ...


2004 -- Forbes magazine names Best Buy “Company of the Year.” Geek Squad precincts are opened in every Best Buy store nationwide, offering in-store service during store business hours; Best Buy offers Learning Place, its post-purchase, online customer service center. Best Buy customers purchase secure access to interactive product user-manuals, live text/voice chat service and a discussion forum to use, fix and extend the products they buy. Geek Squad logo The Geek Squad is a subsidiary of the Best Buy Company and is based in Richfield, Minnesota [1]. Originally founded in 1994 by Robert Stephens, it offers various computer-related services and accessories for residential and commercial clients. ...


2005 -- Sound & Vision magazine awards Best Buy its first ever "Retailer Innovation Award" for its Magnolia store within a store concept and other retail innovations.[[1]]


2006 -- Best Buy acquires a majority interest in the retail chain Jiangsu Five Star Appliance Co., Ltd. China’s fourth-largest appliance and consumer electronics retailer. On November 17th, the company signs a 10 year lease to open a 4-floor store later in 2007 at the former Virgin Megastore on trendy and upscale Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts. In late December, Best Buy soft-opens its first Best Buy-branded store in Shanghai; an 80,000 square foot location (the largest in the company).[7][8] Best Buy opens its 800th store in Chicago, Illinois. A mix of architectural styles along Newbury Street near the Boston Public Garden. ... Boston redirects here. ...

Best Buy Store located in Shanghai, China

2007 -- On January 26, 2007 the first Best Buy in China had its grand opening - touted as the largest Best Buy in existence James Wheeler spoke for 45 mins for the grand opening. In March, Best Buy announced plans to purchase Seattle, WA based Speakeasy, Inc., a broadband and VOIP services provider.[9] Best Buy becomes the first major retailer to exit the analog television market, carrying only digital products that will be mandatory in February 2009 by the FCC..[10] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 124 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Best Buy Store in Shanghai, China Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 124 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Best Buy Store in Shanghai, China Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License... Alternate meanings: See Shanghai (disambiguation) Shanghai (Chinese: 上海; pinyin: shàng hǎi; Shanghainese IPA: /zɑ̃ hɛ/) is Chinas largest city and is situated on the banks of the Chang Jiang delta. ... Speakeasy, Inc. ... Broadband in telecommunications is a term that refers to a signaling method that includes or handles a relatively wide range of frequencies, which may be divided into channels or frequency bins. ... IP Telephony, also called Internet telephony, is the technology that makes it possible to have a telephone conversation over the Internet or a dedicated Internet Protocol (IP) network instead of dedicated voice transmission lines. ...

Business model

Best Buy Store in Edmonton, Alberta.

Best Buy sells consumer electronics as well as a wide variety of related merchandise such as computers, computer software, Video games, music, DVDs, mobile phones, digital and video cameras, as well as home appliances (washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators), in a non-commissioned sales environment. Each store also includes a department for A/V equipment for automobiles, offering on-site installation services, as well as a Geek Squad "precinct" for computer repair and warranty service and accidental service plans. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3072x2304, 3960 KB) Summary Myke Waddy, Photo take of Best Buy, near wem, Edmonton, alberta. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3072x2304, 3960 KB) Summary Myke Waddy, Photo take of Best Buy, near wem, Edmonton, alberta. ... For other places with the same name, see Edmonton (disambiguation). ... Consumer electronics is a term used to describe the category of electronic equipment intended for everyday use by people, the consumers. ... This article is about the machine. ... Software redirects here. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Look up digital camera in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Video cameras are used primarily in two modes. ... Home appliances are electrical/mechanical appliances which accomplish some household functions, such as cooking or cleaning. ... Front-loading washing machine. ... An electric clothes dryer A clothes dryer or tumble dryer is a household appliance that is used to remove the residual moisture from a load of clothing and other textiles, generally shortly after they are cleaned in a washing machine. ... Fridge redirects here. ... The payment of commission as remuneration for services rendered or products sold is a common way to reward sales people. ... “Car” and “Cars” redirect here. ... Geek Squad logo The Geek Squad is a subsidiary of the Best Buy Company and is based in Richfield, Minnesota [1]. Originally founded in 1994 by Robert Stephens, it offers various computer-related services and accessories for residential and commercial clients. ...

Best Buy Store in Ontario, Ohio.

Best Buy building exteriors are usually light brown in color with the entrance in an area designed to look like a blue box emerging from the rest of the structure. Older stores have a more utilitarian brick building without the blue structure. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... For other uses, see Brown (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ...


In April 2005, the company was the first major retailer to announce the elimination of all mail-in rebates. [11] Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see rebate (disambiguation). ...


As of November 21, 2007, the company operates 917 Best Buy Stores, 13 Magnolia Audio Video Stores (specializing in high-end electronics), 7 stand-alone Geek Squad stores, 3 AudioVisions Stores, and 17 Pacific Sales Stores (in Southern California), all through its U.S. retail subsidiary. They also operate 50 Best Buy and 128 Future Shop stores throughout Canada.[12] In 2003, the company opened its first international global procurement office in Shanghai, and also operates sourcing offices in Beijing and Shenzhen, primarily to reduce costs and increase the speed to market by purchasing products directly from manufacturers. As of 2007, Best Buy operates one "branded" store in Shanghai, as well as 151 Five Star Appliance Stores in China. is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Magnolia Audio Video is a small electronics company based in Washington state. ... Geek Squad logo The Geek Squad is a subsidiary of the Best Buy Company and is based in Richfield, Minnesota [1]. Originally founded in 1994 by Robert Stephens, it offers various computer-related services and accessories for residential and commercial clients. ... Future Shop is a Canadian electronics retailer operating a total of 122 stores across all of Canadas provinces as of May 2007. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Shanghai (disambiguation). ... Peking redirects here. ... Shenzhen is a sub-provincial city of Guangdong province in southern China. ...


Best Buy also operates 181 Best Buy Mobile stores within the U.S. (7 stand-alone, 174 in-store). Best Buy Mobile locations offer customers a wider variety of cell phones than its other locations, most of which are "non-branded" phones that can be used on any network. Most of the Best Buy Mobile stores are located in or around the Northeast region of the U.S., but the company plans to expand these locations by about 300 within the next 18 months.


With the acquisition of Seattle based Speakeasy, Inc., Best Buy will be able to offer broadband and VOIP services to small businesses through their Best Buy for Business unit.[13] Speakeasy, Inc. ... Broadband in telecommunications is a term that refers to a signaling method that includes or handles a relatively wide range of frequencies, which may be divided into channels or frequency bins. ... IP Telephony, also called Internet telephony, is the technology that makes it possible to have a telephone conversation over the Internet or a dedicated Internet Protocol (IP) network instead of dedicated voice transmission lines. ...


Demographics

Customer Centricity is the name of a business movement centered on catering to specific customer needs and behaviors.[1] Best Buy's concept of customer centricity means configuring its stores to serve the needs of the particular customer segments that predominate in the area of that store. Some of the ways that the Best Buy company transforms its stores for a customer segmentation, is using different types of store signage, fixtures, lighting and even uniforms. One of the things the company has done for some segments is to create a personal shopping assistant, so that a customer can call and make an appointment for their shopping trip.[1]


The company has created "lab stores" (separate from regular segmented stores) to test the area's acceptance to the theme and segment products and services. While the renovation of its stores is expensive, sometimes nearing $1 million per store, CEO & Vice Chairman Brad Anderson claims that stores that have already been transformed have doubled their growth rate versus stores that have yet to be transformed. In 2006, Best Buy continued to expand on the customer centricity operating model by opening or converting 233 U.S. Best Buy stores to the customer centricity operating model. During that same year, Best Buy operated 300 segmented stores, or 40% of the U.S. Best Buy stores. Brad Anderson is the current CEO and Vice Chairman of Best Buy. ...


Private label brands

As with most retailers, Best Buy owns some of the brands it sells. Best Buy currently has five private labels which include Insignia, Dynex, Init, Geek Squad, and Rocketfish. Insignia focuses on electronic equipment, including televisions, monitors, car stereos, home theater systems, and portable video and audio players.[14] VPR Matrix (discontinued) focused on personal computers and accessories including desktops, notebooks and computer monitors. Dynex focuses on a wide variety of economically priced computer and entertainment accessories such as storage media, data and power cables, webcams, and office supplies, with recent forays into basic electronics such as tube televisions. Init focuses on storage products such as media storage, equipment bags, totes and furniture for home theaters. The Geek Squad brand can be found on the company's high end computer accessories and cables. Rocketfish focuses on high end cables primarily used with home theater installation and setup as well as on computer accessories. Rocketfish is promoted as a brand that focuses on consumer input to develop its products. Swedish grocery store where private label products (under the brands Hemköp and Eldorado, Axfood) are placed along with other brands such as Knorr (Unilever) and Blå band (Campbell Soup). ... Geek Squad logo The Geek Squad is a subsidiary of the Best Buy Company and is based in Richfield, Minnesota [1]. Originally founded in 1994 by Robert Stephens, it offers various computer-related services and accessories for residential and commercial clients. ... A web camera (or webcam) is a real time camera whose images can be accessed using the World Wide Web, instant messaging, or a PC video calling application. ...


Corporate sponsorships

Best Buy is the primary sponsor for NASCAR team Haas CNC Racing and their driver Jeremy Mayfield. The company started sponsoring Haas CNC Racing in 2005 as an associate sponsor with their driver Mike Bliss. In 2008, Best Buy will be the primary sponsor of the #19 Dodge Avenger driven by Elliott Sadler for a limited number of races. This car is owned by Evenham Gillette Motorsports. Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Haas CNC Racing is a NASCAR racing team based in Kannapolis, North Carolina which runs Chevrolets. ... Jeremy Allen Mayfield (born May 27, 1969 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a driver in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series who drives the #36 Toyota Camry for Bill Davis Racing. ... Haas CNC Racing is a NASCAR racing team based in Kannapolis, North Carolina which runs Chevrolets. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mike Bliss (born April 5, 1965, in Milwaukie, Oregon) is a NASCAR driver. ...


Criticism & controversy

Florida "Extended Warranty" Lawsuit

In 2000, two Florida consumers brought a lawsuit against Best Buy, alleging that the company engaged in fraudulent business practices related to the sale of extended warranties (or, more accurately, service plans). The suit claimed that Best Buy employees had misrepresented the manufacturer's warranty in order to sell the chain's own Product Service/Replacement Plan and that Best Buy had "entered into a corporate wide scheme to institute high-pressure sales techniques involving the extended warranties" and that the retailer used "artificial barriers to discourage consumers who purchased the 'complete extended warranties' from making legitimate claims."[15] Best Buy ultimately settled for $200,000, but admitted no wrongdoing.[16] On the back of Best Buy's warranty brochures, in small print at the bottom, it states that Best Buy holds the right to edit or change any warranty at any time. An extended warranty, sometimes called a service agreement or a maintenance agreement, is a prolonged warranty offered to consumers. ... A service plan is a contract offered to purchasers of products for an additional fee. ... In commercial and consumer transactions, a warranty is an obligation that an article or service sold is as factually stated or legally implied by the seller, and that often provides for a specific remedy such as repair or replacement in the event the article or service fails to meet the...


Connecticut Attorney General announces Best Buy fraud lawsuit

Connecticut State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal orders investigation into Best Buy's alleged use of an in-store website to mislead customers on item sales prices. Following a months-long denial, Best Buy admits that an internal site exists that may or may not have been used by salespeople.[17]


Civil action by Wisconsin Attorney General

In May 2005, the Wisconsin State Attorney General's office filed a civil action against Best Buy Company, Inc., over several alleged violations of Wisconsin consumer protection laws. Among the allegations: misleading representations to Wisconsin customers about rebates, service plans, supplemental magazine subscriptions, exchange policies, restocking fees, gift cards, and reward zone points. [18]


2006 Christmas controversy

Main article: Christmas controversy

In November 2006, Best Buy announced that it would not use the word "Christmas" in its 2006 advertisements, which caused public controversy. Dawn Bryant, a Best Buy spokeswoman, stated: "We are going to continue to use the term holiday because there are several holidays throughout that time period, and we certainly need to be respectful of all of them."[19] The Christian organization American Family Association criticized Bryant's statement, saying she equated saying "Merry Christmas" with showing disrespect. Furthermore, the AFA has launched a campaign against Best Buy's policy.[20] In reaction to the same policy, the Catholic League placed Best Buy on its 2006 Christmas Watch List.[21] Christmas controversy refers to publicized controversy surrounding public acknowledgment or celebration of the Christmas holiday in media, advertising, government, and various secular environments. ... For the Wikipedia policy regarding controversial issues in articles, see Wikipedia:Guidelines for controversial articles. ... The American Family Association (AFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes conservative Christian values. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


References

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  2. ^ Chris Serres "Adaptation is key for Best Buy" Star Tribune. February 08, 2007. Retrieved on February 16, 2007.
  3. ^ Tatge, Mark. "Fun & Games." Forbes. January 12, 2004. Retrieved on August 22, 2006.
  4. ^ Staff Writer. "DSN honors Best Buy with Specialty Retailer award." Discount Store News. January 22, 2001. Retrieved on August 22, 2006.
  5. ^ Moyer, Liz. "The Most Charitable Companies." Forbes. November 14, 2005. Retrieved on August 22, 2005.
  6. ^ Staff Writer. "America's Most Admired Companies 2006." CNN. Retrieved on August 22, 2006.
  7. ^ Busch, Sue; Driscoll, Jennifer. "Best Buy to Acquire Majority Interest in Jiangsu Five Star." (press release) Best Buy. May 12, 2006. Retrieved on August 22, 2006.
  8. ^ Busch, Sue. "Best Buy to Open First Store in China; Will Locate in Shanghai's Premier Shopping District." Best Buy. April 1, 2006. Retrieved on August 22, 2006.
  9. ^ Dudash, Jeff."Best Buy Acquires Speakeasy." (press release) Best Buy. March 27, 2007. Retrieved on March 27, 2007.
  10. ^ MSNBC."[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21344084/ Best Buy ends sales of analog TVs.]" (press release) MSNBC October 17, 2007. Retrieved on November 9, 2007.
  11. ^ John Vomhof Jr. "Best Buy starts to eliminate mail-in rebates." Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. January 24, 2006.
  12. ^ Staff Writer. "Fiscal Year 2005 Fact Sheet - Q4." Best Buy. February 25, 2006. Retrieved on August 22, 2006.
  13. ^ Staff Writer. "Best Buy to buy voice and data services provider.." Reuters. March 27, 2007
  14. ^ Spooner, John G. "Best Buy initiates a battle of the brands." c|net. October 4, 2004. Retrieved on November 27, 2006.
  15. ^ "Civil Justice Report 3, continued They're Making a Federal Case out of It. . . In State Court." Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Retrieved on August 12, 2007.
  16. ^ "CBC Marketplace: Extended Warranties" CBC.ca. Retrieved on August 12, 2007.
  17. ^ "Best Buy Accused of Overcharging In-Store Shoppers" CNBC May 27, 2007. Retrieved on May 27, 2007.
  18. ^ "Consumer Protection Lawsuit is Filed Against Best Buy." WI Department of Justice. Retrieved on January 01, 2007.
  19. ^ Wal-Mart Opts for 'Christmas' Marketing. Associated Press. November 15, 2006. Retrieved on January 28, 2007.
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