I’m : a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast.

Last March, the wise men who run Circuit City came up with the brilliant idea of laying off their more senior salespeople, who get $14-$15 an hour, and replacing them with new hires who get around $9 an hour. It turns out that this move was not very good for business. One of the reasons that people go to a store like Circuit City, rather than buying things on the Internet, is that they want to be able to talk to a knowledgeable salesperson. Since Circuit City had laid off their knowledgeable salespeople, there was little reason to shop there.

Circuit City executives ran the company into the ground and are getting rewarded handsomely (thanks, John). Retail is awful for many reasons, but this is one of the biggest.