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    We've heard this story before unfortunately. I was on RT.18 in East Brunswick and past the mall that Electronics Expo was in and is now gone. I do not know if this is a chain wide thing or just this store. The RT18 corridor is one
    of the most depressing sights I have seen in a long time. Store after store all closed up and entire malls gone. When
    I was in there last year some time they were pushing Def-Tecs almost exclusively and of course what ever their line
    up of cables, t.v.s, and a lot of htib were.

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    they were pushing Def-Tecs almost exclusively
    Hard to stay in business if you're just counting on one brand.

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    Used to be 6th Ave in that area too. Can't compete with online these days. Wondering when will BB.

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    Must be Jersey? Right! I remember a 6th Ave. on Route 10, maybe? Could be wrong there, been over 11 years since I lived there for a year!

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    Central Jersey,and about a 1/2 mile south of the E.E. was the 6th Ave store.Before I had my computer 6th Ave was where I bought
    my h/t set up.

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    Jersey had some great stereo stores. I really miss HiFi haven of New Brunswick.

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    There is still Woodbridge Stereo, and Stuarts Audio

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    There's monmouth stereo in Red Bank. Just passed by it today

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    Busy or actually selling inventory, Sal?

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    They have been there for 30 years. So they must be doing something right. That area is pretty wealthy so that helps.

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    Busy or actually selling inventory, Sal?

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    Sorry, 40 years.
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    Good on them, regardless, Charlotte is a ghost town when it comes to audio stores. We have one HE, two private [appointment only] HE shops and other than that? It's BB. Makes me want to cry.

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    2 cents - here it comes!!!

    I buy a lot of stuff online. A lot of people do. Amazon, B&H Photo, JR Music, eBay and PolkDirect are my most frequented electronics spots online. No Tax. Sometimes, no shipping. And I don't have to get off my butt. Its really easy to comparison shop, and not just price - but specs too. My state is forcing Amazon to charge tax beginning 2013. Beginning 2013, I stop buying from Amazon. But other retailers are still evading the tax. I know - technically the burden is on me to pay my sales tax. But we all know no one does. How do you enforce it?

    I bought my four LSi15s and LSiC from a store. I paid tax. I think I was willing to do so because I got some perceived amount of service for auditioning the speakers pressure free.

    If you force ALL online retailers to charge sales tax upfront, you even the playing field out SIGNIFICANTLY. There will still be online commerce, but it won't be a blatant attempt to avoid sales tax. You'd see a resurgence of businesses like Best Buy, Fry's etc.
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    I myself buy online almost 98% of the time. I only buy locally when I need the product right now and then I pay more.

    I really don't need stereo stores, I research online, I read reviews, I search for the best price and then I buy. Nowadays most online resellers offer 30 to 45 return policies if you don't like their products. It just works.

    I do like the concept of trying out gear before you buy but usually the local stereo stores don't carry the gear that I'm interested in so they really aren't any use to me.

    I think that the stereo stores that are currently making it are selling gear to people who really don't know what to buy and they buy what the local store owners sell them.
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    Sal, a store can only sell what they carry so it makes sense for them to push their inventory. They obviously can't carry everything thats available on the internet. I buy from both mainly because I like the personal attention you can get at a B&M store and some issues resolved pronto without shipping back and forth. Plus you build relationships with people.

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    I'm not sure how brick and mortar stores will survive. The overhead of running a physical store is enormous, and that cost is passed on to the consumer. Best Buy seems to be coming to terms with this, as they're matching some online retailers, but that doesn't seem to be a sustainable model.

    When I stop into a store, I'm looking for service. If someone can provide me knowledge and/or assistance, I'll pay the extra cost. Unfortunately, staffing your store with inexperienced high school kids never seems to result in the knowledge I'm looking for.
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    The only thing a brick and mortar reseller can offer is instant gratification and the ability to touch and feel the product. The problem with them going away is that we are running out of places to try before buying. Usually the sales people there are morons anyway. A place like Stuarts is still in business because of their reputation and expertise. But they are snobbish, and if they don't sell it ... it ain't any good. But i can't stand going in to a Best Buy either... So I do my own research, and get advice from knowledgeable people and save a lot of money on my purchases. And don't pay any sales tax!! :)

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    I'm getting fed up with BB also because the past 2 times I've gone in to shop and look for blu ray movies, some dickhead tv satellite salesman wants to interrogate the customers on what tv cable,dish,satellite company they are using. Sorry, I'm there to shop not be verbally accosted by the dish tv asshat.

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    Also in Red Bank is Hi-DEF.All these other Jersey stores including Audio Nexus and Audio Connection are very hi end places. Stuarts, Hi-Def are McIntosh and B&W dealers and the others I mentioned are Vandersteen,Cary and a variety of other high end brands.

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    It's ashamed about 6th ave, I bought my AVR from them, best price period
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    I like brick and mortar stores when they are run correctly.
    There are a couple in Dallas that are very good. You want the
    good stuff? They got it. But if you're low budget and they know it,
    most likely you aren't going to get a lot of attention.
    My deal- trade ins. I have gotten almost everything I have
    used. And I know a couple places that get pristine trades all the time.
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    Mikey,Your not kidding about Stuarts being snobbish. Only if you bring a brief case of $ or a check book and have them wire your
    entire house they want nothing to do w/ you.Sometimes they will have a trade in of a Klipsch pair but of course they would want
    to sell you a rack of Macs and some Diamonds to go w/ them.As for my opinion of BB, they do have variety of product but
    getting that help most people need is hard to come by. Since my relative no longer works there the discounts I was getting for a # of things has gone.

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    As a physical shop, you need to be able to offer more than the online stores. Since that may not be price, you better have great customer service, offer repairs, etc. My favorite local shop takes trades and offers used equipment which makes them very valuable IMO.

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    Customer service at BB could be better.
    Chapter 11 is on the horizon.

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    Long Island (NY) had some awesome AV stores and companies back in the day. We dont anymore. LI some how ened up with some of the highest taxes and power rates in the US.

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    Does anyone remember Atlantis Sound? I bought my first set of Monitor 5jr's there many years ago. Ironically Atlantis disappeared just like the continent

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    I remember Atlantis Sound - I bought some Superex headphones from their store in Chapel Hill. Long gone as are almost every other brick and mortar store in these parts. Still one or two open in Raleigh.
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    I remember Atlantic Stereo on route 18 in East Brunswick and on Route 9 in Freehold. That's where I bought my first Polks, CRS+'s in 1987. They carried Halfer, Adcom, I think Carver, Alpine, the Whole Polk Audio Line. I bought many things there over the years. I sure do miss those guys!



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    Does anyone remember Atlantis Sound? I bought my first set of Monitor 5jr's there many years ago. Ironically Atlantis disappeared just like the continent
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    a long time ago, there was a great little store on 206 just south of the Somerville circle. Does anyone know what happened to Mr. Lee?
    And there was another very good shop in Berkely Heights, that too must be gone.

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    That just brought back a memory.I also had a pair of Superex headphones built in Yonkers. Mine were the transparent model which was really cool to see the inards of the phones. Again a place like Stuarts where going in they have no idea what a persons personal worth is ,but still have an air that their sh-t don't stink. .All the other places were happy to set up and audition what ever I wanted to hear which was a great selling point. One on one service ,answering any questions you can throw at them and they left you alone to
    bask in your speaker/amp fantasy.

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