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Old 12-10-2007, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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Well, a sad ending after 20 some years. CompUSA will close all of its 103 stores nationwide after the holidays.

They did have a few good deals from time to time, but nothing big and as good as they used to have in the past. From the times I was there, however, I had a feeling that I may be seeing this headline some day when I saw how inefficiently some of the stores were running.

Thankfully, in addition CC, BB, OD, and OM , Denver still has a MicroCenter as an option.

Link to the news: UPDATE 1-Gordon Brothers buys CompUSA, will close stores | Consumer Products & Retail | Reuters
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Sad day...I have been shopping at CompUSA for years...well unless I lived near a Fry's.
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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What a bummer. We don't have a Frys or a Microcenter in south Florida. CC and BB really don't cut it.
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Well, a sad ending after 20 some years. CompUSA will close all of its 103 stores nationwide after the holidays.
Wow. I haven't done hardware or software shopping at brick-and-mortar stores since the mid-1990's. Still, it's sad to see options disappear.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:40 AM
 
Location: England
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Wow, I bought a few items from CompUSA when I visited didnt think that would happen
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:12 PM
 
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I'm pretty certain in years to come brick & mortar electronics retailers are not going to be doing well at all. You can get better deals year round by ordering online and while you're at it you can read product opinions and save on sales tax.

I think one of the only ways the brick & mortar concept succeeds is when you have a super store like a Wal-mart that you can get everything you want in one outing (electronics and otherwise). Another way is when you have a specialty electronics store which can really add value through subject-matter-expert knowledge and great customer service (via well trained and well paid sales staff). You don't get those things at Best Buy nor via the other general electronics retailers today. If you go to a Best Buy (or someplace similar) it is generally because you don't want to do your shopping online, don't know how to, or you just want to physically browse the items because you haven't any idea what you want.

Just some thoughts as I do think CompUSA is just the beginning.
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:54 PM
 
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Not really surprised. They tried to expand into tv's, stereo equipment etc, their prices were high, and really the inventory never changed from 1 month to the next.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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I'm sad...but not really surprised.

I worked at one CompUSA up in Pennsylvania back in 2001. Back then they had a lot of things going; like training programs for employees and customers, a decent selection of brands of computers (including Apple) and all the stuff to go with it (like computer books, printers, supplies). Also...I saved a pretty penny using my employee discount (we got things at cost....loved buying cables -- I could get a $30 printer cable for $7 or somthing).

Anyway, I transferred to a store in FL...and I was pretty shocked. Not that I expected things to be the same, but the store was in disarray, the employees were not knowledgeable (and mostly part-time high school and college kids), and the customer service (especially in the tech department) was not great. Then I transferred to yet another CompUSA in South Florida. This time, the store was brand new....so I thought it would be an upgrade for me. Outside of the first month (where the head honchos from the corporate office) came in and there were specials and events and hooplas...it quickly started regressing. Sure the store looked better...but people still didn't have a clue. The section with the TV and audio equipment was a mystery to everyone (I can only imagine if a customer had a question about that stuff).

CompUSA made some mistakes in management and how they dealt with their resources. I think CompUSA could have adjusted to the current era of people shopping online by using the brick and mortar stores as a springboard (or teaser) for online offerings. But instead they were trying to get into everything without thinking about training the staff they were bringing in or setting up proper product marketing for all this other stuff. I see it as an opportunity lost...because the had a edge on BB and CC and those other people.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Sad day...I have been shopping at CompUSA for years...well unless I lived near a Fry's.
Fry's is hardcore; I get in trouble (well, my Visa card does ) whenever I am in one.
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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With Wal*Mart getting into the high end TV business and computers, look for alot of those type of stores to be hurt.
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