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The screens are going black at Robert Paul TV

There are 57 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 24, 2010, titled The screens are going black at Robert Paul TV. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Ben Albaugh, owner of Robert Paul TV since 1987, sorts through equipment in the Roseville store s service department Saturday.

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Bo Knows

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 24, 2010
Another victim who couldn't compete with the big box retailers. All the Walmart lovers can be proud. 10 people earning a living as well as the 2 owners are now unemployed.

Since: Apr 08

Black River Falls, WI

#2 Feb 25, 2010
Bo Knows wrote:
Another victim who couldn't compete with the big box retailers. All the Walmart lovers can be proud. 10 people earning a living as well as the 2 owners are now unemployed.
You left out Best Buy, Target, Ulitmate and a host of others. Its called a business cycle.
impeachobamanow

Kenly, NC

#4 Feb 25, 2010
This is happening all over the country. This store had loyal customers and a loyal base for sales and repairs for 61 years The good owners and their good service along with the customer base carried this good business for years. It is the economy, "sales dropped off 55 percent in December"...Wal-Mart just didn't come to town in December. This is a direct result of President obummer's economic recovery plan. "hope and change"
When actual nationwide unemployment rates are around 18 percent...it hurts. Thank you obummer!
ptnoel

Summerfield, FL

#5 Feb 25, 2010
wake up america! this is going on all over the country, everywhere I travel I see closed business, that have been open for many years, we are headed for a depression! the powers to be do nothing about it but line there pockets with your tax dollars.how can you turn this economy around when they have let everything go over sea's, create jobs! ha! with what? more printed money that we don't have? Its coming so face reality! and thats all I have to say about that!
Billy Bob

Atlanta, GA

#7 Feb 25, 2010
Barrack Obama wrote:
<quoted text>
Best Buy employs over 150,000 people. WalMart employs more than 300,000. Now im sure you'll tell me about their low wages and lousy benefits, but did RobertPaul make anybody wealthy along the way?
94%of Wallyworld employees have health coverage.

Since: Jan 09

Dugway, UT

#8 Feb 25, 2010
But people will go to Best But and buy overpriced everything with the most annoying salespeople ever. I'd rather keep it local.
joseph donaldson

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Feb 25, 2010
I tried to buy a TV at RP but found the same exact model at Sams Club for 175.00 less. I asked the sales guy at RP if they would match the price like they advertise and he laughed at me and said that they don't match wholesale clubs. I asked if we could meet in the middle because I really wanted to spend my money with them and he laughed again and hung up on me. I wonder if he is laughing now? I know I am.
phil pyram

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Feb 25, 2010
Very sad news. Last year, they were the only place who would touch my 20 year-old VCR. I didn't want to part with it, and they fixed it. Thanks again, RP.
BigD

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Feb 25, 2010
This is sad news. They were very nice people to deal with and took a genuine personal interest in their customers. Not to mention their expert repair shop and also the fact that they used to be one of the few places that actually sold and rented laserdiscs.
Groan

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Feb 25, 2010
Meanwhile, Best Buy announced yesterday that it is taking action and voicing its support to help stop illustory man-made "climate change." We lose great retailers like this -- so we can spend money at idiot businesses that now have a phony social agenda? Best Buy will never see another dime from me.
Gomez

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Feb 25, 2010
joseph donaldson wrote:
I tried to buy a TV at RP but found the same exact model at Sams Club for 175.00 less. I asked the sales guy at RP if they would match the price like they advertise and he laughed at me and said that they don't match wholesale clubs. I asked if we could meet in the middle because I really wanted to spend my money with them and he laughed again and hung up on me. I wonder if he is laughing now? I know I am.
Me too. There is no reason to pay a premium to shop at a "mom and pop" operation. There is no need for "service"- if I buy something at Target that doesn't work they gladly exchange or take it back, but that happens rarely now days.
annoyed mom

Ogden, UT

#14 Feb 25, 2010
My ex. & I bought a Yamaha receiver from them a few years back; it was one that had phonograph hook-up on it, as to 33/13 and 45 rpm singles / albums.

They were VERY, very helpful though looking at it now (he paid a fair price back then) before (shit economy cared for by O-baby; created by Bush dynasty of Father / Son came into fray ...)

As to Robert Paul TV -- They may NOT have competed with the 'Big Box' wholesalers price-wise, it would have HELPED them to do so ...

I later purchased speakers after a move across country; got my 4 speakers to use with Robert Paul Yamaha receiver, at over 34 to 39% off ... saved over $600.00 that's right! SIX HUNDRED on the completed purchase at a distributor in Washington State!

So there are PLENTY of people out there whom DO compete & offer great buys ... and FOLKS:
WHOM ARE 'NOT CLOSING THEIR DOORS' AS THEY OFFER WHAT PEOPLE WANT ...

IT COULD BE A 'WIN-WIN' DEAL for ALL IF Businesses : REDO THEIR MARKETING STRATEGY ...

But this was learned "too little, too late"

sad ...!
I hope they find a way to survive. ALL 12 + PEOPLE INVOLVED.
Gomez

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Feb 25, 2010
impeachobamanow wrote:
This is happening all over the country. This store had loyal customers and a loyal base for sales and repairs for 61 years The good owners and their good service along with the customer base carried this good business for years. It is the economy, "sales dropped off 55 percent in December"...Wal-Mart just didn't come to town in December. This is a direct result of President obummer's economic recovery plan. "hope and change"
When actual nationwide unemployment rates are around 18 percent...it hurts. Thank you obummer!
Or, the more likely scenario is that their customer base simply died.

Since: May 09

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Feb 25, 2010
Barrack Obama wrote:
<quoted text>
Best Buy employs over 150,000 people. WalMart employs more than 300,000. Now im sure you'll tell me about their low wages and lousy benefits, but did RobertPaul make anybody wealthy along the way?
Shame on you!!!!! I have several friends that work at Robert Paul. St. Paul is losing its only reputable electronics store in the Twin Cities area. My heart goes out to my friends who are losing their jobs.
StPaul TheNewDetroit

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Feb 25, 2010
Roseville could have helped by lowering property taxes and the state could have helped by cutting taxes!

NOW WE ARE IN A DEATH SPIRAL FOR BUSINESS IN THIS STATE. EVER NOTICE HOW ST PAUL LOOKS LIKE DOWNTOWN DULUTH??? REAL EMPTY!

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Desert, CA

#19 Feb 25, 2010
The face of many retail businesses change over a period of time, from the corner mom & pop grocery stores that went out of business with the growth of supermarkets 40 years ago to the electronic/appliance store businesses. As someone posted earlier, it is a cycle. It seems that the very few small businesses that are still thriving are for example the neighborhood hardware stores and bakeries. I always try to give our Hardware Hank store in Eagan as much business as I can, but even they do not try to compete with the Home Depot's of the world. They have their niche and I hope they can continue to do so.

Finally, to put a political spin on this story is purely asine.
Daily Grind

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Feb 25, 2010
StPaul TheNewDetroit wrote:
Roseville could have helped by lowering property taxes and the state could have helped by cutting taxes!
NOW WE ARE IN A DEATH SPIRAL FOR BUSINESS IN THIS STATE. EVER NOTICE HOW ST PAUL LOOKS LIKE DOWNTOWN DULUTH??? REAL EMPTY!
Its been that way for the past 16 years.
travrosty

Des Moines, IA

#21 Feb 25, 2010
when you can get the same tv for 20 percent less at walmart, you would have to be nuts to buy it at robert paul. its the way things work, unless you are into charity. giving them the extra 20 percent in order to support that store is charity on your part, and thats okay, but a lot of people need to maximize their dollars. its the free enterprise capitalist system. they have to make up for it in service. the public has spoken.

Since: May 09

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Feb 25, 2010
Da Crusher_RIP wrote:
The face of many retail businesses change over a period of time, from the corner mom & pop grocery stores that went out of business with the growth of supermarkets 40 years ago to the electronic/appliance store businesses. As someone posted earlier, it is a cycle. It seems that the very few small businesses that are still thriving are for example the neighborhood hardware stores and bakeries. I always try to give our Hardware Hank store in Eagan as much business as I can, but even they do not try to compete with the Home Depot's of the world. They have their niche and I hope they can continue to do so.
Finally, to put a political spin on this story is purely asine.
I like to do business at Hardware Hank as well. I like the personal touch.
Danno

AOL

#23 Feb 25, 2010
Bob Dylan said it best: The Times They Are a-Changin'. We prefer large stores over small, and why not? I prefer Costco since they have a large selection, the TV is in stock, the price is right, the warranty can't be beat (90 days to bring it back if you change your mind. Try that with a small retailer), Costco pays their employees better, public has a chance to participate in ownership through stock purchases, they are open 7 days a week, no whining salesman, on and on and on. Do I like Costco? Yes I do. Do I own their stock? Nope but I wish I did.

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