Big box tech retail had its time but for certain types of technology I am convinced there is a better way to sell. I am convinced this is the case because big box retail simply offers too much choice. The real opportunity ahead is to provide better curation of that choice.
I am an avid and highly competitive tennis player. When I buy tennis equipment I buy the good stuff. More often than not the equipment I need is not found in a big box sports retailer. Rather it is found in specialty stores where the store owner is highly curating what products are carried in the store and more importantly highly knowledgable of all the goods. This is just one of example of many advantages of more specialty retail outlets and in every case it is generally the same–better products and better service.