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RIP CompUSA

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johnhattan

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Well mostly RIP.

The whole CompUSA saga takes me way way back to around 1989 when it was called Soft Warehouse and there was only one of 'em (that I was aware at least). It was on Marsh Lane in Dallas, and it was a thing to behold. Mind you, this was back in the day when the biggest computer retailer in your town was either the local Radio Shack or the local Big Bob's PC Clones, so the concept of a computer store that was as big as a K-Mart was something mythical.

Of course, I lived in College Station (Texas A&M) at the time, so Dallas was a good 3.5 hour drive. That didn't stop me (and Bryan IIRC) from making the trek a couple of times, usually returning with some obscure piece of software that couldn't be had anywhere else (this was pre-internet, mind you).

A couple of years later the chain grew and changed its name to "CompUSA" to reflect the fact that they didn't JUST sell software. And the Marsh Lane location moved across the street to an even larger building.

But now the Marsh store is closed, as well as pretty-much all of the stores in the D/FW area. In fact, the only stores left in north Texas are in Plano and Frisco (far northeast Dallas), so I don't think I'll be making the trek anymore even though Southlake-Frisco is quite a bit closer than College Station-Dallas.

Yeah they're geeky memories, but they're memories just the same. I'll miss 'em.
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I won't miss CompUSA. They had terrible service and selection, and their Canadian outlet ("Computer City") oscillated between malicious and incompetent when it came to Macintosh sales and support.

Be careful of buying anything at a CompUSA closeout sale -- they are not honouring rebates or warranties on any of it, so the low prices you see there (and they're not even that low -- like 5-10% off) can't actually be achieved.

Consumerist has been carrying stories for weeks about how shifty this whole "going out of business" sale is.

However, it's not like Best Buy is any better -- looks like Best Buy's floor staff have been trained to pull up a "secret" Best Buy webpage that looks otherwise identical, but has different prices on it, so when a customer comes in and wants the "web price," the floor staff can claim "no, look, the intartrons really say this price".

You know it's bad when Wal-mart is starting to look ethical compared to your business.

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That's funny; when I heard about the closings it gave me a melancholy feeling also remembering those road trips we used to do. Great minds morn alike!

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A CompUSSR closed near me the other month. 3 weeks after they started their big big going out of business sale, I wandered in, expecting to find nearly bare shelves. What I found instead was a store with most things 30-60% off and nearly fully stocked (with the exception of mac stuff). This was fairly exciting, until I realized that even with the huge price cuts, that only began to bring the majority of the items down to prices close to what NewEgg sells for. I was sad and left without purchasing anything.

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I remember back in the day bugging my parents to drive me to the nearest CompUSA (about an hour away) because they had machines set up with a ton of games installed on them, so you could try one before you bought it. I would play Mech Warrior 2 for hours...

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I won't miss CompUSA. They had terrible service and selection, and their Canadian outlet ("Computer City") oscillated between malicious and incompetent when it came to Macintosh sales and support.

Be careful of buying anything at a CompUSA closeout sale -- they are not honouring rebates or warranties on any of it, so the low prices you see there (and they're not even that low -- like 5-10% off) can't actually be achieved.


Computer City was Radio Shack's answer to CompUSA here in the states. CompUSA bought out the chain a few years ago, closing about half of 'em and converting the rest to CompUSA's.

And yeah, I ain't buying squat from the closeout sale. I've seen that liquidator do its magic before, and you're pretty-much guaranteed not to get any deals worth mention.

I might show up when it's down to 60% off in a few weeks. By then it'll be pretty picked through and will be nothing but weird crap, but it'll be CHEAP weird crap :)

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Can't say I'm too surprised.


I haven't seen anything that wasn't overpriced by at least 50% in CompUSA since 1999, when I discovered online computer stores.


I hated when they bought out Computer City, the only decent computer store I've ever seen, and replaced it with their expensive selection of junk.


Though, they weren't completely useless. CompUSA was good for the last minute "oh shit I need this part NOW" emergencies that come up every once in a while.

Sigh.

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