YMMV from store to store, region to region... apparently the NY metro market isn't exactly jumping all overitself to be competitive. B&M seem consigned to cede market share to etail which has historically chosen to close up shop rather than offer equal or lower prices than etail. In times past (alternative phrase to "back in the day"), the way to fight the mail-order catalogues was to order "MORE PRODUCT" to squeeze the competitors so that they had no significant price advantage-- however a couple of main issues conspire to make this strategy fall apart.
- consumer consumption has become very fickle with the sour economy so you can't order lots of stuff in certain items with a guarantee that they will sell before a significant price change and b&m are risk averse these days
- sales tax in many states are moving into the cost of shipping quite comparatively so that if prices are equal than consumers would rather ship inter-state than pay their local state's sales tax plus the cost of getting to the store (gas an't cheap these days)
- many b&m stores have put into place price PREMIUMS/SURCHARGES based upon how high seasonal fuel prices go. they claim that they do this to offset higher delivery costs... however it's common knowlege that even in these times etailers margin between b&m and etail expands widely during this season so they're padding these differences to justify higher profit margins (empty excuse to get you to pay more).
If your best-buy and/or walmart is doing right by you.. then good.. for me, the local stores have much animosity with consumers these days. They'd rather lose the sale than shave profits for one or more customers. The customer isn't gong to lose, they'll get their price-- just have it shipped to their door. I don't care if it's MicroCenter, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart.. I treat them the same. Bad Price=Shop elsewhere. In the past year I've also commented that stores have even had lower prices on their website that they would NOT honor in the store.. and we're talking about the same company! Hah!. Best Buy (usa) got in a bit of hot water over this in about 2 years ago.
How about this as an example.. about 4-5 years ago big box etailers such as Walmart & Kmart.. heck maybe even target had Sealed Lead Acid batteries (the kind used in alarm systems, ups backups & even the FIOS ONT terminals). So I made the rounds.. I even went to Hope Depot and guess what? NONE OF THEM HAD IT! So, thoroughtly pissed I went home & ordered it online. It'll be here in about a week.
In summary.. the NY stores would rather close up shop & limit the price competitiveness and selection than serve the customer's needs. Around here, I think "LOOKING" like one another is a ticket to disaster, IMO. The Best Buy here ain't nothing too pretty.. just a Mecca of high prices, IMO :a