To hell with Best Buy.

Battery life on my Android phone has always been an issue.

Not too long ago (I think slightly more than a year) I bought a 1750 mAh hour battery from Best Buy. That worked okay for a while, but over the past few days, it has become clear that battery is dying.

“No problem,” I thought. “I’ll get another one from Best Buy.”

Went to Best Buy. Looked for batteries. Couldn’t find any. Got a clerk’s attention.

Best Buy no longer carries any cell phone batteries. At all. They’ve got car chargers. They’ve got cases out the wazoo. But no batteries for any cell phones, even the ones they currently sell.

The clerk told me “go to Batteries Plus”.

(Batteries Plus wanted $43 for a standard capacity Evo 4G battery, and didn’t have any 1750 mAh batteries. Screw that. I can get two 2000 mAh batteries from Newegg for $11.29. And I still have my original Evo 4G battery, plus a 3500 mAh battery that I paid $4.99 for a while back. I haven’t been using the 3500 mAh one because it is a physically larger battery that requires putting a custom back on the phone (included with the original purchase), which would in turn require removing the case I have on the phone. But it is there if I need it while I wait for the Newegg ones to come in.)

(Yes, I know it was CompUSA, not Best Buy, but this is still obligatory.)

2 Responses to “To hell with Best Buy.”

  1. Joe D says:

    Note #2 on the list.

    Also note #5, but I’m not quite sure I agree with that one. Or maybe I’m just deluding myself.

  2. stainles says:

    Thanks, Joe. I’ve been aware of Best Buy’s troubles for a while now (the standard joke is that Amazon should purchase Best Buy, so they have a catalog showroom for their products). What set me off was the whole:
    1. We’ve stopped selling a basic accessory for products that we do sell, and
    2. The whole “Go to Batteries Plus. I don’t care.” attitude.

    As for #5, I’m going to refrain from commenting on that particular company for now.