It’s not entirely our fault. A lot of the anime companies, in particular Funimation, have been shipping in their titles late, often a week or two past the release date. In fact, my store went nearly two months without receiving a single new Funimation release, other than the latest season of DBZ. And if someone at a Best Buy told you they just don’t put out anime, because it’s not a priority, they’re just being lazy. Our standard operating procedure is to have media products on the floor within 24 hours of being received, unless it is an upcoming release, or an ad hold. But I am well aware that many Best Buys ignore their media department, and do little to enforce the rules there.
The larger Best Buys near me, that have bigger anime selections, are in horrible shape. No one “farms” the sections to alphabetize the releases, or even make sure they are in the right section. It was common place to find cases with floaters, despite the fact that these are suppose to be pulled immediately and shipped back. This is probably due to that fact that they eliminated the media department. It is now part of our “Portable Electronics” department, and is over seen by the same people who sell in car electronics and digital imaging. All the “farming” and other tasks are now handled by our Product Process and Merchandising teams.
But yes, most Best Buy’s, especially the ones that had the recent clearance sale, have cut back their anime offerings. Some stores, including mine, have scaled back up a bit, but there is no rhyme or reason as to what titles we get. We have skipped over many of Funi’s newest releases, but have received several of ADV’s and Media Blasters recent ones. I actually want to buy Romeo X Juliet, but not any stores nearby carry it, not even the larger stores. And I recently bought Those Who Hunt Elves from Right Stuf, only to find out my store was getting it later, and I could have saved some cash buying it with my discount.
But on the bright side, nearly every Best Buy got several copies of the new Elfen Lied set