by Mike Masnick

Best Buy Selling Their Own Computers

from the tried-and-failed-before dept

Best Buy has quietly started to follow a strategy that many of its competitors have tried without any hint of success before: they're selling their own brand of computers. There are a number of problems with this idea, but Best Buy doesn't seem to care. I think they're being incredibly stupid in trying to launch an entirely new "brand" for the computers called "vpr Matrix". If they just labeled them as Best Buy computers they wouldn't have such an branding problem. But, now, no one knows what a vpr Matrix computer is - and are willing to spend more on a known brand. They also risk pissing off companies like HP, Compaq and Sony who all sell through Best Buy.

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    John Cepelak, 19 Jun 2008 @ 1:48pm

    VPR Matrix 175B4

    I've had this machine for about three years and when I added a Roxio DVD player to it the screen suddenly started to go blank just after booting up and there is no display. Has anybody else had that problem? The machine always seemed a bit slow otherwise. (I just have the basic 512K RAM that came with it). Would a memory upgrade help?
    I took it to Best Buy, they ran a bunch of tests for about $300 and now want me to find disk restore disks for this machine (I don't have the ones that were meant to go with it), and they keep hedging about giving me my machine back before I find those disks. I've looked on the net and the disks are impossible to find for sale.
    I'd appreciate any advice or help that you folks out there might have.

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