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CompUSA closing all its stores


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For all you folks in the US (and has heard of them), I just heard that CompUSA was bought out and all the stores will be closed (for good). Apparently it's all happening pretty quickly.

-- I have one near me but hardly ever go there anymore (and when I do I rarely buy anyhing worth mentioning). I'm sure I'm not alone in that so I guess it was inevitable.

It sounds like they might liquidate their inventory after the holiday sales.

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CompUSA was an anchor store at the local shopping plaza where I lived in New Jersey. What I remember from going there over the years from 1998-2005:

- WE OPEN AT 9AM. NOT 8:57AM. 9AM. (this was on a brutal cold Saturday morning)

- Their gaming section was decrepit and neglected. I mean dirty, old torn boxes, etc. It was disgusting.

- Any demo input devices (keyboards, mice, controllers) were usually broken and horribly outdated

- They never got any latest title sooner than a month after it came out

- Typical clueless sales staff

- They sold like two Lian-Li cases. Every other case, and every other accessory, was no-name generic stuff

- They had dirt cheap and reliable CompUSA branded blank CDs. I think I still have some somewhere.

When Best Buy opened midway between this CompUSA and another a few miles down the road, it pretty much destroyed all of their business.

For anyone who has never been to a Fry's, you want to make an effort when visiting anywhere that has one to check it out. They are CompUSA on steroids. You can buy a computer, a stereo, a refrigerator, a stove, and Transformers toys all at one place. Oh and the one by me has a cafe in the middle, so I can do all this AND get a bite to eat, without leaving the store.

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CompUSA died, at least in my opinion, due to the fact that they couldn't really appeal to the "general public" who know nothing about computers - partly because the staff knew less than the customers in most cases, and partly because they never had anything new or really gotta-have-it in the store, and when they did, it was more expensive than CC and BestBuy. And, most self-respecting geeks buy most everything online, shopping at chains like that for the basics (blank CDs/floppies, emergency supplies, etc) - that isn't gonna make you money, ever.

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I only went there when they had free media after rebate :) They did have some aggressive sales if you didn't mind dealing with rebates.

I hear Fry's is the best alternative to CompUSA but I've never been to one.

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there's a few compusa's by my area here in Miami. I'll pass by one of them to see if I get a crapload of CD's for dirt cheap...other than that. I think the only i've EVER bought there was an HP digital 5mp camera for 100 bucks! and that was 2 years ago!!!

maybe i'll find a wireless router for the girlfriend so she can be mobile with her laptop at home!

sorry to see you go compusa

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i went to the compusa today...so far it's just 10-15 off stuff...10% of routers, cases, etc. various items with various discounts. nothing too crazy. it might be too soon to buy stuff. a 60 buck wireless G router for 60 bucks - 10% is not much of a discount for me when they have a 'going out of business sale'. i'll pass by again in two weeks to see if there are better deals.

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