Best Buy kiosks, coming to an airport near you

Eight major U.S. airports already have the "Best Buy Express" kiosks that sell small gadgets and accessories; four more will have them by September.

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Electronics retailer Best Buy is picking up on the trend of installing vending machine-like kiosks in airports, in order to appeal to stressed travelers who left their cell phone charger at home or need a last-minute gift to appease cranky relatives.

Called Best Buy Express, the kiosks will show up at a total of 12 airports as part of a "pilot program." (Ha, ha.) They are already installed around Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Minneapolis (MSP), and San Francisco (SFO). The rest of them are expected to be in place by September 1. Best Buy hasn't said which terminals they're located in or whether you need to get past security to access them, but has said that prices are "similar" to its own in-store ones.

For obvious reasons, you won't be able to get an HDTV at Best Buy Express kiosks. Products include media players, unlocked cell phones, digital cameras, portable gaming devices, plenty of chargers, flash drives and other storage, cell phone and computer accessories, headphones (important!), and Best Buy gift cards.

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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