Sony Closing All Its Stores in Canada

Sony will sell and support its products through authorized retailers.

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Sony is shutting down all its stores in Canada, the company has announced.

Sony confirmed the news to the CBC News, saying that it will close all its stores in the next six to eight weeks, and that it will redirect all of its business through its national network of Sony retailers, its online stores, and the "Sony-trained Telesales team," which handle sales by phone.

“Our network of Sony authorized retailers offer a full range of Sony products and will be supported by our in-store Merchandisers and Product Trainers on an ongoing basis in order to ensure that our past customers have continued access to knowledgeable Sales consultants who can support their ongoing Sony electronics needs,“ the company said in a statement.

Sony announced the news on the same day that Target announced its shutting down all its stores in Canada as well, two years and more than $1 billion after it first opened in the country. Target said it was "unable to find a realistic scenario that would get Target Canada to profitability until at least 2021."

The PlayStation 4 was the most sold console of 2014 in the US and globally, selling 18.5 million units in the 14 months since its launch, but Sony has had issues with its other divisions. In February 2014 it announced that it's selling off its VAIO PC brand and restructuring its TV business.

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Sony is retreating in Canada because the purchasing power of an average Canadian is abysmal. Why waste resources in a country where people do not spend ? Don't let their seat on the G8 fool you. Truth be told the gap between the haves and have-nots is epically out of proportions here in the North East. Canada spends too much on medical care (which is a good thing!) and we are too down to earth to give a care but only on things that are considered necessities.

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Trust me, Canadians. Sony is doing you a favor. Sorry about the Target though.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm a Canadian, and I only visited a Target store near my house once, and it was terrible.

My family in the states tells me that their fantastic down there, so who knows why there was such a difference.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> What was so bad about it?

I've been to a K-Mart that had a noticeably messy toy department, but that was just one experience; as far as I remember, the rest (and maybe even that same one later on) have been much better. My point is that not all stores from the same chain are going to be the same.

I'm not trying to argue with you; I really am curious about what you found unpleasant about that Target store.

Target is a nice store in the U.S., but there's not really anything unique about it, so unless you don't have any other department stores that sell groceries, toys, video games, movies, music, pet supplies, bath stuff, and computers in limited varieties, you're not really missing out on anything.

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They REALLY need to restructure their electronics divisions. Sony still thinks they are the most premium brand on the market, with the best products, and therefore demands a premium price-tag for everything.

Samsung & LG & even Vizio have been blowin Sony's doors off. They sell more feature-rich products for hundreds less. Sony Electronics needs to wake up and realize it's not 1990 anymore and get with the program.

And they wonder why they're bleeding money? They gotta get those old-school Japanese execs out because they're living in the past and dragging the whole company down with them.

I'm not talking about the PS4. I'm talking about the division that makes their TV's, Blu-Ray players ect...

Sony just rekindled the Walkman again and decided it required a price tag of $1,200!!! That's the type of $hit I'm talking about. Top of the line Smartphones, that offer more functionality than just a media player, cost HALF that at full retail price.

They need restructuring, but it's the guys at the top that need to be restructured.

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Closing these stores will help the company bigtime. Those things were pointless.

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Not surprised at all. I've seen 1 sony store in the last 5 years here in the states. There is just no point when all your products are being bought online or at best buy.

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Sony must really be in Trouble

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Dont believe anything these dumb ponies tell you...YES THEY ARE. They even posted their fiscal report to show they are in trouble. These fools only think of Playstation when they think about Sony and Sony is bigger than that. All their other stuff is not selling well.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I wouldn't necessarily think so. I'm sure their rump hurts though. It's hard to establish an Apple'ish cult.

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I understand SONY leaving Canada. Though it was a coincidence that it came immediately after Target and several other retailer announcements. Anyway kinda sad, though they never really had good prices on their products (17k$ tv for example).

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Lol doesn't work that way. Maybe a mini-recession, but that's the most!

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Good move, cutting losses and investing in what matters and what sells.


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MS is great at everything except video games, and Sony sucks at everything except video games.

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Too bad.... i liked target :(

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Shop at Best Buy Canada it's a good store

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I do, best buy is cool, but its not target... Target has that cozy feel to it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No, No I didn't really like it. Thought they could screw over Canadians. Good for them losing billions of dollars, maybe they'll do more market research in the NEXT market they enter, and not end up cost 11,000 jobs!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No more than Walmart will screw Canadians now that stupid Canadians have handed Walmart a virtual retail monopoly again.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nah, they where dead awful. Thought they could screw over Canadians, good for them! Losing billions of dollars may help offset the 11,000 jobs that will be lost! They didn't do their research, and it cost them dearly!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Shop at Best Buy Canada it's a good store

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah me to, I would rather go there because it didn't have the weird vibe of walmart. "people at Walmart"

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Do you live in Canada?

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Sony desperately grasping for air....

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<< LINK REMOVED >>

T-r-o-l-ling desperately

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Target doing the same but you mention Sony, hello Xbox One fanboy Lmao.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Target grasping for air? Target Canada NOT United States you dummy. You dumb ponies always miss the point. Sony is having issues with computers and TV's as well so what are you talking about? WHY DONT YOU READ DUMBASS

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> This article is about Sony stores in CANADA not United States as well. :P

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I knew Sony would be the focal point bit Target doing the same as well. Must have more to do with Canada if another major retailer closing all it's stores as well.

Target announced its shutting down all its stores in Canada as well, two years and more than $1 billion after it first opened in the country. Target said it was "unable to find a realistic scenario that would get Target Canada to profitability until at 2021.

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Oh damn.

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Fanboys still breeding here.

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So Sony fanboys are spinning this as Sony returning to global dominance, Xbox fanboys are visualizing a personified Sony taking a bullet to the head and falling backwards into its own casket, while most of us are like 'meh, can it play games?'

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I am Canadian, I can tell you that no one goes into a Sony store anymore. The prices are marked up much higher than "Best Buy or Future Shop"... There is no need for Sony to have retail brick & mortar any longer.


Good move by Sony, sell your products through other retailers.

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So what about Target ?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Walmart rules all here. Target had no chance.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Well when your store is worse than Zellers was what do you expect?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Think someone is taking things a bit too serious. My comment was completely harmless. You're an idìot.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Think someone is taking things a bit too serious. My comment was completely harmless. You're an idìot.

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@spyro_beyond Walmart rules every where lol.

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Not in the UK

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Walmart is called ASDA in the UK, and yes, it is popular.

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@NorwgianWinter But it doesn't "rule" in the UK. The guy said Walmart RULES EVERYWHERE. Tesco is far more popular. And by the way, Brits don't see it as Walmart, just ASDA. Or as it's lovingly referred to; Chavsda.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I don't care what he said, I am reply independent of him, obviously, and I said it's popular, and it is. It doesn't matter how the British choose to perceive it--or your assumed consensus of opinion--that's irrelevant; it is Walmart's subsidiary in the UK and it is successful.

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@NorwegianWinter ......................****íng hell you are sad.................

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If stating facts and dismissing your irrelevant hearsay bullshit is "sad", then sure.

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