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The three Fry brothers - John, Randy and Dave - and Kathy Kolder, founded Fry s Electronics in 1985 in Sunnyvale, Calif. It is a private company, and all of the founders are involved in the daily operation of the business. The company was founded as a Silicon Valley retail electronics store to provide one-stop-shopping for high-tech professionals. Fry's Electronics products include computers, notebooks, software, phones, cameras, telescopes, car electronics, audio and visual equipment, DVD movies, toys, appliances, and health and beauty equipment. The company sells its products online and through a network of more than 30 stores throughout the United States. It has headquarters in San Jose, Calif., with multiple locations throughout California and Texas, and stores in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Indiana and Georgia. Each store offers more than 50,000 electronic items. In 2006, Forbes listed Fry's Electronics as the 142nd-largest private company.
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Phone: (650) 496-6018

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Fry's Electronics Inc

Consumer Electronics, Major Appliances, Computer & Equipment Dealers, Sound Systems & Equipment, Television & Radio Stores
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Parking: Lot, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Hands down the very best employees around!

Hands down the very best employees around!

I called the Apple Store at Stonestown because I needed more memory for my Mac. Turns out they no longer sell it and I was told to buy it at an online site. How incredibly helpful that they don't sell the parts needed to make their machines work.

I called Best Buy at Colma to see if they sell the stuff and I was told that there are tons of options, and if I don't know exactly what model machine I have (isn't Apple G5 enough?) then they can't help me.

Desperate, my friend said we should go to Fry's, that they should have it. Already, I wasn't enjoying the thought of driving from San Francisco to San Jose, close to rush hour traffic. Well, it turned out they have a Palo Alto store, and that was good enough for me since I was desperate.

When we first walked it, we were lost. The store was huge. Since I wasn't in the mood for a tour, I asked at the Customer Service desk and was given directions on which isle. When we got there, they had an entire wall of product. God knows which one I needed, right? Well, the only information I could supply the woman at the counter was that I needed 2 - 256 MB of RAM, something like that. I'm still blurry at how the whole thing works. Thank God I took a screen shot of what memory I had then, and she ran with it. She told me to buy 2 - 1GB. ""Don't be cheap"", she said. It's only $29.99. I was shocked since last time I paid for this, I distinctly remember paying almost $500. Well, to make a long story short, she was very helpful. Totally knew her stuff, and my computer now works much better.

I was finally able to load my CS4 - yey! Thanks Fry's. It's always at Fry's!!!!!


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had to pay them to return a faulty battery‎

Be very careful while buying anything at this store. I had to pay them $25 transaction fee in order to return a faulty laptop batter which could hold charge for only 5 minutes. On top of that they only gave me the rest of the money as store credit (though I don't feel like every going back to a Fry's store). They even suggested me that I should have brought my laptop to the store so that I could test the battery before buying it.

Not a bad business model where you can make $25 for each bad product you sell. Must be better than the margin on a good product :(

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Fry's Electronics

340 Portage AvePalo AltoCA 94306

(650) 496-6000

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