This could likely be posted in Industry News. And, it might have been and I missed it. But, my son and I use to enjoy the 45-60 minute drive to Fry's Electronics on a weekend afternoon. WOW! What a huge letdown! Previously, we could spend hours browsing the products, comparing prices and notes, and they even had a little coffee shop in the middle of the store. Not any longer!!! There were very few cars in the parking lot our last trip. And, even fewer shelves with stock to browse. What is going on? Are they going out of business? Well, not yet...at least according to Fry's. What they are doing is changing their business model. That is, they are going "consignment" only. If this needs explanation, the simple one is: Unless companies send products to them at no cost to Fry's, they won't be getting any new stock. Fry's only has to pay for the product if it sells. And, if it doesn't sell, it can be sent back to the manufacturer. It is my understanding that Best Buy and Staples works on this business model...as does Wal-Mart. At any rate, as for my son and myself, that 45-60 minute drive can be spent going elsewhere now. It just isn't worth the time and effort to see the sad state of affairs going on at one of our previously favorite electronics stores in the throes of death.