Ah, a fellow San Antonian, I see. I've been to Altex a couple of times, but only when I needed something immediately. I don't think they're even open on Sundays. The guys who work there are pretty annoying. I really wish Fry's or Microcenter would open a store here. I've been to the Fry's up in Austin once and it was pretty amazing, at least compared to what we have here. It'd be nice to have that kind of selection available without having to order online.
See, I knew there had to be others here.
And yes they aren't even open on Sundays. Looks like they closed all but one location in Austin too, that lone Fry's captured what's left of that market. I'm the same way, I'll go to Altex if I need a cable or connector or something not worth the cost of shipping, but anything else isn't worthwhile. I just got a MSI DS200 mouse as the width fits my hand nicely... had been eyeing it at Altex for a few months, but it was literally half the price online with free shipping during BF week.
I used to like B&M stores for the demo products to find mice or keyboards but everyone is doing away with the try-before-ya-buy demos. Cases were another thing, they cost so much to ship that buying local used to be cheaper but not even that is true anymore. Fry's has even stopped stocking the largest cases, it's mostly only midtowers on down now. Practically all of my cases were bought from Altex or Fry's come to think of it, including my first case, the Antec version of JBI's Chieftec towers over a decade ago. Altex used to have a generous clearance/returns section and that's where I found it.
just brew it! wrote:
Fry's is weird. Gigantic cavernous place with lots of stuff, but not well organized and never seems to be particularly busy. Figure they'll probably be the next to go.
Huge yes, but they sell a ton of audio / TVs and appliances like BB, and formerly Sears. Couldn't agree more that the organization is a true mess... HDMI cables are located in a dozen places within the store. I found one section with HDMI and VGA, yet I had to go elsewhere in the store to find Displayport also next to more HDMI. Literally HDMI cables were in >6 different areas. Flash drives are at the opposite wall of the store from microSD cards too... go figure. They could probably shrink the store by a large margin if they didn't have a fourth of the stuff stocked in multiple locations. I'm going to assume a computer autonomously decided product layout for that store.