I like the idea that Circuit City is working with on making their stores less like sprawling nightmares and more like focused technology mini-marts because I hate hate hate the big box stores. Best Buy is nearly always a nightmare of dodging the bridge and tunnel crowd from the suburbs who are there to buy the largest television imaginable and hold aloft the saliva wetted finger to see if anything else looks like a likely target for more cash drop.
Unfortunately, this plan (and it is an issue of planning) makes visits for people who don't need a salesperson riding them like a bronco full of quarters and a loaner brain in order to procure something simple less like a simple stop and grab and more like a trip to an upper level of hell or purgatory where people drift aimlessly in and out of aisles to jab their pointing fingers at the big and shiny while simultaneously holding telephone conversations that slow their pace to something a bit north of glacial. The genuinely geeky are not the most patient and we will flee like the displaced that we feel like when soccer moms and fixit dads are blocking the most logical route between us and the shit we need. It's bad chemistry for everyone but the big item buyers.
I have little faith that Circuit City will actually pull something like this off successfully or that one will ever exist outside the same hellish strip malls that typically house the mini-big-boxers but I appreciate the fact that companies are getting a little wiser about the fire hose method of merchandising. There are precious few available slots in the brain of the suburban troglodyte and possibly only one open slot for each shopping genre so CC and others like it need to find some other way to keep the doors open. When confronted by choosing between a bunch of stores that have enough floor space to land commercial aircraft in and paying a couple bucks postage, I'm ordering that shit from NewEgg. I like the idea of having electronics convenience stores where you can scoop up the crap you need without wandering around in the stupefying Valhalla of consumer electronics or feeling like you're being felt up for indoctrination in some cult like Radio Shack is so fond of shamelessly doing when you're in need of a fifteen cent part. Is this the answer that I'm looking for? Probably not but I'd love to be able to snap up some part instantly without waiting for three days.