When Tech Stores Close Up Shop

AT&T Store used for a sample sale. i i

A sample sale in New York City's East Village. masck/Flickr hide caption

itoggle caption masck/Flickr
AT&T Store used for a sample sale.

A sample sale in New York City's East Village.


This week we're borrowing a photo from NPR's Planet Money Flickr Pool. They collect photos that show the state of the economy. Submitted back in July, this photo shows a shop that once sold AT&T mobile services but is now a sample-sale site.

But not all tech outposts are closing up shop. Microsoft is busy opening its retail outlets in Scottsdale, AZ, and Mission Viejo, CA. The tech giant is even hiring people to be its answer to the Apple Store "geniuses."

Small-gadget stores (for instance, those selling cellphones) might have an easier time with what NPR's Eyder Peralta sees as the "we'll happily mail it to you" problem. Earlier this month, Eyder wrote about the unsatisfying experience of shopping at big box stores that don't carry the product in-store but instead direct you online for purchase.

Be sure to submit your own tech photos to the All Tech Flickr Pool to be considered for our periodic posts of more user photos right here on the All Tech blog.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.