Brian Ploskina

Home Depot will be rolling out “supersized” versions of its already “big box” stores, as it looks to gain shares of markets not traditionally associated with the chain, according to a story today in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. One of the first superstores will be built in Union, N.J. At 225,000 square feet, it will be nearly the size of four football fields. The superstore concept is a test, according to the AJC. Home Deport reports it’s still working out the product mix at the store, but at nearly twice the size of most Home Depots, chances are the company will add even more to its already

Brian Ploskina talks to Fred Von Lohman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the ongoing legal battles between entertainment companies and CE companies.

Dear Shopper, Despite what the salesperson says, you don’t need an Extended Warranty. Yours truly, Consumer Reports Those 17 words appeared in a full-page ad Consumer Reports purchased in USA Today in November to highlight a recent report in the magazine, which came out just before Black Friday, and the maelstrom has yet to cease. For the independent dealer, the ad hit particularly hard. This came from the same magazine that only a year ago heralded independent electronics and appliance dealers as oftentimes better places to shop than big box retailers. For the warranty companies, it was a one-sided attack on an industry that services many customers admirably, with billions

You hear it all the time: Step 1. Sell more warranties with every purchase. Step 2. Profit. But in between these two unmistakable maxims lies a laundry list of critical steps that often get missed; and not because you and your sales associates don’t know what they are, and certainly not because you’re not ready and willing to employ them. They get missed because you don’t have the right tools at your disposal to complete the warranty sale. And that’s where a company like Value Added Services (VAS) hopes to make your life a little easier. Based in Southlake, Texas, VAS offers a lot of different answers to

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