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CompUSA is closing over half it's stores. They are closing 126 stores leaving only 103. Looking online at their site it only shows the 103 remaining stores. In my area, Maryland, they only have 2. There were at least 5 that I have been in, and maybe more.

 

http://www.compusa.com/about/news.asp

 

See the 02/27 news release (word doc).

 

Going to mean I am in their stores even less now as the one store is too far away, and I don't particularly like the other store.

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I guess BestBuy is hurting them as they open even more stores.

There's one CompUSA in my town and was 2 but I doubt it'll stay open. I can't seem to find info on what stores are closing. Never been a big fan as getting help was almost impossible but when they have a sale, it's usually worth the trouble.

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I guess BestBuy is hurting them as they open even more stores.

There's one CompUSA in my town and was 2 but I doubt it'll stay open. I can't seem to find info on what stores are closing. Never been a big fan as getting help was almost impossible but when they have a sale, it's usually worth the trouble.

 

Just go to the CompUSA site and look at the store locations. The only ones listed now are the 103 that will remain open. I just looked at Northern Virginia. None of them are staying open. Only 3 in the state will remain.

As fara as shopping, I do most of my expensive shopping over the internet, but used CompUSA and to a lesser degree, Best Buy for those items that I needed in a hurry, or really wanted to look at before I buy.

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Oddly enough, the one in my area is listed so I guess it isn't closing. I'm surprised.

Thanks for the info.

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Looks like the closest one to me is 239 miles away. So the ones here must all be closing. Oh well, I never spent much time there anyway, unless I happen to see a very good deal on something I was interested in.

 

Just saw the link on their locater page for the stores closing in the next 60 - 90 days. All four by me are on the list.

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I read a similar article in our local newspaper several days ago too. In the southern California area, as I remember reading, there was going to be 26 of their stores closing. I rarely go into their stores for anything. For one thing they are way higher than most other places even if they have that "we will match anyone elses price for the same item" slogan. This past weekend, they even had a guy standing on a corner about 1/2 mile from the store location tweerling a sign advertising 20 to 50% off on every item in the store. So I stopped by as I needed a 40 pin--80 wire ribbon cable for a rebuild I'm doing for a friend and they wanted almost $10 for a single cable. :o:angry::angry: Not my kind of deal at all :angry2:

 

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I went into my CompUSA a few days ago and heard about this. I swear, my "NOOOOO!" probably echoed in there for an hour. I nearly cried. I LOVE CompUSA. They had everything there. You could actually get PARTS there, instead of just the ready-made, plug and play stuff that worst buy has. I swear, that place is like the Wal-Mart of the electronics industry, only without the low prices. They come in, and just steam-role everybody. I seriously want to slash the tires on all those little beatles. Time after time I have to go clean up the MESS they make, I get clients tell me that they brought their machine in with a malware infection, and without any notification or data backup, they just wiped the whole drive and reloaded Windows. And yet, they STILL get all the business because they've got the name, and they've got a billion bucks to spend on ads.

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I just found out awhile back that Best Buy is opening a store in my town and a Circuit City , too. And I live in the middle of rural TN. Will be interesting to see if it will make it here.

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I just found out awhile back that Best Buy is opening a store in my town and a Circuit City , too. And I live in the middle of rural TN. Will be interesting to see if it will make it here.
I'm sure they'll do just fine as ling as they can lure you into the store Gary. ;)

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I just found out awhile back that Best Buy is opening a store in my town and a Circuit City , too. And I live in the middle of rural TN. Will be interesting to see if it will make it here.

They are both fine if you want to buy whole systems or things like CD/DVD drives etc. Unfortunately if you need items like cases, cables, video cards, power supplies, sound cards, and that sort of thing, they are very limited. Circuit City much more so than Best Buy. More often than not, if I needed something I would skip those two and head straight for CompUSA. I will say, for me it was a sad day when CompUSA bought the Computer City stores Radio Shack used to run. They beat CompUSA for variety, by a long shot. Now here in the past few years, CompUSA seems to want to become a Best BUY or Circuit City with the selection of TVs, phones, and other non-computer merchandise.

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I just found out awhile back that Best Buy is opening a store in my town and a Circuit City , too. And I live in the middle of rural TN. Will be interesting to see if it will make it here.

BestBuy, Circuit City and CompUSA are all less than 2 miles from each other. Circuit City and CompUSA are almost across the street from each other and I'm told Circuit City is hurting and it's not because of CompUSA. The only thing keeping them busy in my area is new HD TV's and the fact that so many people are still just now getting to refurnish their losses due the hurricane. They expect this for about 2 more years and then CC may have to make some decisions. BestBuy's parking lot is ALWAYS full but they are also benefiting from the storm.

I'd have to agree that CompUSA does have many things the others do not and that you need to get mail order. Sometimes, you just can't wait for UPS.

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They are both fine if you want to buy whole systems or things like CD/DVD drives etc. Unfortunately if you need items like cases, cables, video cards, power supplies, sound cards, and that sort of thing, they are very limited. Circuit City much more so than Best Buy.

 

Marlin,

my Best Buy sells ATI, Antec, Creative, and every HD on the market! I wait for a great buy and pick a extra up. I have bought video cards and sound cards $40 to $60 cheaper than newegg, HD and power supplys $10 to $20 cheaper than newegg, no shipping cost and a 30 day in store return policy. Now CD DVD Drives, I don't see many places on a whole cheaper than newegg!

 

My state shows no CompUSA stores, and some of you think you live in the sticks!

 

cd

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.....CompUSA seems to want to become a Best BUY or Circuit City with the selection of TVs, phones, and other non-computer merchandise.
Well, not just CompUSA. Even Office Depot is now selling TVs. Guess there must be a huge profit on those right now. :) Looks like the CompUSA near me (35mi) is staying open. Must admit though that CompUSA is about the only place locally that carries 'parts' like case and CPU fans. There are few mom & pop stores, but the prices are much higher. I'm not much for ordering online because shipping adds to the cost and a PIA to return stuff if needed.

 

 

...and some of you think you live in the sticks!
I may live in the sticks, but I don't live in the middle no where. :)

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Marlin,

my Best Buy sells ATI, Antec, Creative, and every HD on the market! I wait for a great buy and pick a extra up. I have bought video cards and sound cards $40 to $60 cheaper than newegg, HD and power supplys $10 to $20 cheaper than newegg, no shipping cost and a 30 day in store return policy. Now CD DVD Drives, I don't see many places on a whole cheaper than newegg!

 

My state shows no CompUSA stores, and some of you think you live in the sticks!

 

cd

 

The BBs near me all some some sound and video cards, but only the bottom end ones. They do have a good selection of CD/DVD and HDD, but I never seem to be able to find the stuff I really want there, and as for some components, all they carry is Dynex, which as far as I can see is crappy quality. At least for the stuff I have tried. That and I get so tired of the "Geek Squad" ad labels they put on everything.

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I don't live in the middle no where.

 

The sticks comment was not intended to offend anyone! Only to show that my state has no CompUSA.

 

Is that some sort of a geographical put down?

 

And what is your idea of where "in the middle no where" is?

 

cd

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The sticks comment was not intended to offend anyone! Only to show that my state has no CompUSA.

 

Is that some sort of a geographical put down?

 

And what is your idea of where "in the middle no where" is?

 

cd

 

Well, when I moved to where I am now 24 years ago, it was the sticks, aka middle of nowhere. Unfortunately a lot of people followed me.

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The sticks comment was not intended to offend anyone! Only to show that my state has no CompUSA.

 

Is that some sort of a geographical put down?

 

And what is your idea of where "in the middle no where" is?

 

cd

 

Where I live is the sticks and is in the middle of no where. LOL! But, I do live on a lake. :)

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I wish many times that I lived in the sticks. My home is so close to my neighbors we could exchange clothes thru the window. :lol: It was the sticks in the 60's but just as marlinsinger said, they followed each other before they closed the gates to newcomers.

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Only two remaining CompUSA in Houston area one at the Galleria shopping center (upscale) and one in an even more upscale neighborhood. That means that the one about 2 miles from me will close.

 

I'm not sure what I'll do that with only Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Depot (2) and FRY's left within that 2 mile distance. :unsure:

 

Thank goodness for the Internet. B)

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Only two remaining CompUSA in Houston area one at the Galleria shopping center (upscale) and one in an even more upscale neighborhood. That means that the one about 2 miles from me will close.

 

I'm not sure what I'll do that with only Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Depot (2) and FRY's left within that 2 mile distance. :unsure:

 

Thank goodness for the Internet. B)

Curious Steve--by upscale, does that mean the same items cost more there than the other store? :P

I wish we had a Fry's but I don't see that happening especially now that in the city limits, much of the population ran off. We had Office Depot buy 1 Office Max property and push them out leaving 3 Office Depots within about 4 miles from each other (1 every 4 miles apart). Go figure.

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Curious Steve--by upscale, does that mean the same items cost more there than the other store? :P

I wish we had a Fry's but I don't see that happening especially now that in the city limits, much of the population ran off. We had Office Depot buy 1 Office Max property and push them out leaving 3 Office Depots within about 4 miles from each other (1 every 4 miles apart). Go figure.

I think just a little higher cost; but the sales people all drive BMW's, so there are few discounts. They won't allow me to park in their lot with my three year old Miata. ;)

 

So now you have two reasons for coming to Houston - Fry's and Specs Liquor with their beer selection.

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I think just a little higher cost; but the sales people all drive BMW's, so there are few discounts. They won't allow me to park in their lot with my three year old Miata. ;)

 

So now you have two reasons for coming to Houston - Fry's and Specs Liquor with their beer selection.

Are you just trying to get me to pay for the party! I'd be glad to. Better be careful what you ask for as 1 day I just might show up at your doorstep, grab you and ml and head out to the cheapest restaurant and might even treat. For desert, we can go to Fry's.

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Are you just trying to get me to pay for the party! I'd be glad to. Better be careful what you ask for as 1 day I just might show up at your doorstep, grab you and ml and head out to the cheapest restaurant and might even treat. For desert, we can go to Fry's.

c'on down. B)

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I'm not sure what I'll do that with only Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Depot (2) and FRY's left within that 2 mile distance. :unsure:

 

A Fry's Electronics within 2 miles of your house? Now I'm jealous.

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Marlin,

my Best Buy sells ATI, Antec, Creative, and every HD on the market! I wait for a great buy and pick a extra up. I have bought video cards and sound cards $40 to $60 cheaper than newegg, HD and power supplys $10 to $20 cheaper than newegg, no shipping cost and a 30 day in store return policy. Now CD DVD Drives, I don't see many places on a whole cheaper than newegg!

 

My state shows no CompUSA stores, and some of you think you live in the sticks!

 

cd

 

Worst Buy sells Graphics & Sound cards, but if you need special cables, cases, processors, motherboards, or other special parts, you're out of luck.

 

Not to mention the fact that all of Worst Buy's sales all revolve around pain in the neck mail-in rebates. You know why companies love those so much? Because

 

a. most people don't go through with them,

 

and

 

b. even if they do, there's a fairly good chance they will screw up.

 

The bottome line is, they know that there's a much better chance that they will be able to sell those items at full price. What really pisses me off is that half the time, when I do those things from Worst Buy, I send in EVERYTHING, word for word, and then I get a notice saying that I did NOT send something in, and they will send me my money when I submit the missing parts. Of course, then you're stuck, because you can't send them something you ALREADY sent them, and it's just your word against theirs.

 

 

You know what I miss? Software stores. You remember when they had places like Software, Etc., and Electonics Boutique and Babages, before they all merged into one mediocre video game place? You would go in, and they would have applications, and computer games, and hardware, and you'd walk in, and look around to see if anyone was watching you play the demo of Leisure Suit Larry, hoping to see pixelated cleavage?

 

 

 

 

You know you did it.

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