What big box retailers (not just BB, but Walmart, & Target too) have contacted major manufacturers and told them point-blank that they are tired of getting killed on wholesale to retail pricing for brick and mortar stores and serve ONLY as a showroom for consumers to “WINDOW-SHOP” and then place their orders online. Their solution is to force e-commerce sites and wholesalers to RAISE their prices too so that consumers have to pay higher prices no matter where they buy products from. If you think this is JUST going to happen in the ELECTRONICS product lines, your sadly mistaken… you will see a de-facto TAX on the wholesale to retail markup on hundreds of thousands of products across the board!!!
Nevertheless, I dont’ see why they can’t leverage online ordering as a local warehouse distribution system… Walmart’s stuck their toes in these waters from time to time and even Target’s made an effort to try it. Nevertheless, as gas prices rise this summer, there’s really no way people will even want to step foot in a store this summer let alone buy anything at sky-high prices. Leading to the chicken and the egg problem. If you jack up prices, will anybody be willing to spend $5/gallon+ on gasoline to go out & buy?!? probably not. As it is, when it’s grocery shopping day, I make a stop on my way back from work so it’s not really out of my way. I also stocked up in march, because in April - September we see massive inflation of consumer goods due to high gas prices.