There aren’t many MS Stores up here in the Great White North, but I have been in the one in Yorkdale Mall in Toronto. I went in as a looky-loo just to say I had the experience. It was very quiet in there, and thus the staff we very attentive. It allowed me to feel Alcantara in person… and to decide it was something I wouldn’t want in my life even if I had the budget for an expensive MS device. I think that since there will now be nowhere to go to put hands on MS Hardware that people with an interest will have to buy them online, and then return them if they don’t meet their expectations.
They might be able to go to Best Buy for a hands on experience, but my experiences with Best Buy are all negative and I wouldn’t go in one unless I needed something desperately and I couldn’t wait to have it delivered. We used to have Future Shop stores, that Best Buy bought and then closed, but Future Shop was cleaner and had a better layout and more stock. It feels to me like Best Buy is right on the edge of failure/closing, at least here in Canada.