All U.S. Circuit City stores closing on March 8

By now, you probably know Circuit City went bankrupt, failed to find a buyer, and eventually decided to just call it quits and shutter its 567 U.S. retail stores. Well, now we know when the last stores are finally closing down: March 8.

According to a press release up on Business Wire, the four companies handling "going-out-of-business sales" at Circuit City retail locations say some stores have already shut down for good because of depleted inventory, and the remainder will close on Sunday. Liquidations have been going on since January 17, the day after Circuit City said it was going out of business.

With CompUSA gone since December 2007, the closure of the final Circuit City stores should leave Best Buy with the lion’s share of the consumer electronics retail market in the States.

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    • VILLAIN_xx
    • 11 years ago

    lol .. whoopsie dont mind me.

    • Faceless Clock
    • 12 years ago

    Went in yesterday. What a mess. There wasn’t anything of value left, just tons of iPod accessories, USB cables, and some “For Dummies” books. There were also a lot of wireless mice/keyboards that didn’t have their base stations included. They were also selling Point-Of-Sale equipment, shelving, filing cabinets, etc…there were some people buying that stuff in mass, probably for small businesses.

      • ludi
      • 12 years ago

      Grabbed a 6′ USB printer/peripheral type cable and a 6′ USB-to-mini type cable. For seven bucks including tax, I figured it will be useful to have a couple spares on hand, and besides that, I paid about what they were worth (as opposed to the $29.99 highway robbery stickers).

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 12 years ago

    There’s at least one Fry’s in the Chicago suburbs, I’ve been there once. It was easy to get what we came for and the service was good.

    • Mightyflapjack
    • 12 years ago

    I still remember my “TV Service” call from Circuit City. I had an old RGB Sony big screen that weighed a ton, its picture just went scrambled one day (no reason I could tell, it was not bumped or anything and it was not hot (only on 5 minutes or so). So I called CC to send out a ‘technician”

    The guy came in late, with a severe head-cold (every 0.75 seconds he coughed up a storm). He opened the back of the TV, and (I swear) starting BANGING on the Circuit board with a screw-driver saying “This is dusty”.

    I told him to stop, and he did (and after another coughing fit) said “This board is burned out” I said, “NO SH**, you do know this is not under warranty right?” He got big eyed and said.. “Um, we to replace the board will cost $1,000”, I kicked him out of my house and called to complain.. Had to argue with a service manger for an hour just to make them remove the $100 service fee for sending out an idiot, and they still refused to fix my TV for free.

    I laugh at Circuit City’s dead corpse.

    • Code:[M]ayhem
    • 12 years ago

    Fry’s = employees even more worthless than CC

    Never understood the fascination with Fry’s

      • MadManOriginal
      • 12 years ago

      Yeah but what enthusiast cares if they’re technically adept? They tend to have prices that compete with online at the very least and stock a wide variety of items that other B&Ms don’t.

        • SnowboardingTobi
        • 12 years ago

        A number of years back, I bought a 10GB HD from Frys only to find out the drive was defective (disk scan came back with tons of errors). When I went to exchange it then my real pain began.

        First their returns line was long (no big deal, I’ve got time to kill). Second, the returns guy says that he needs to test it first. No prob — I can understand that. So I go and watch this guy hook it up to their test PC and watch what he’s doing. He boots up from a DOS floppy and proceeds to run a scandisk. Only problem is that he’s running it against the damn floppy! I mention to the guy the problem, but he pretends to not hear me. A minute later he says there’s nothing wrong with the drive. I tell the guy to try again because he was scanning the floppy and not the HD. He tries again, but suprise!! He’s still scanning the floppy. He tells me all is fine and he can’t exchange it. I tell him he needs to find someone else to do it because it’s obvious to me he has no clue what he’s doing.

        He finds some woman to try it. She does the exact same thing of scanning the floppy. Now my patients it wearing thin. “I’d like to speak to your supervisor or your manager”. “Why sir? There’s obviously nothing wrong with your hard drive.” “Just get your supervisor here.”

        So the supervisor shows up a few mins later. “What’s the problem sir?” “I’m sorry to say, but your employees don’t know what they’re doing.” He smiles and laughs. “And you do?” “Yes, I do. I watched them perform the scan. They only scanned the floppy drive and not the hard drive.” He turns to them and asks what they did and they respond exactly as they did. “Sir, my employees have done everything right. There’s nothing wrong with your hard drive.”

        At this point I’m sure my face was showing some anger/disgust. At this point the manager of the computer repair dept of Frys walks by. He says he’ll have his guys take a look. Well lucky me, these guys actually know what they’re doing and find all sorts of errors. The first 2 employees that were helping me and their supervisor were all there to watch. I turn to them and say “I think you all owe me an apology.” At which point that supervisor says “I stand by what my employees did for you and testing. We don’t need to give any apology.”

        Thankfully the other supervisor guy that actually helped me was understanding. “They’re all idiots” he said once the 3 left. He was able to get me a replacement drive from the cage for me.

        Ever since then, I don’t buy electronics from Frys. I go there strictly for other items like photo paper, CDs/DVDs, and computer books.

          • no51
          • 12 years ago

          At my Fry’s, I got some ram that failed memtest and got it exchanged within minutes. Same with a router.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 12 years ago

          A 10GB hard drive…what was that, 10 years ago? And it was probably still under mfg warranty. That’s a bad story but it got corrected in the end by someone in the *computer* department…Also I think their return policy is a lot more liberal now. I know some people have ‘rented’ things to return them.

          • UberGerbil
          • 12 years ago

          You might want to give them another chance now that it’s the 21st century.

      • ludi
      • 12 years ago

      Who said we’re interested in the employees?

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      You must not be shopping for anything interesting.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 12 years ago

      If you’re consulting the employees you’re doing it wrong.

        • A_Pickle
        • 12 years ago

        Quoted for truth. 😀

        • UberGerbil
        • 12 years ago

        Heh, exactly. I’ve noticed the employees in Renton shut right up as soon as you show any sign that you know what you’re talking about. I cringe sometimes when I overhear them talking to clueless customers, but they’re pretty good at quickly steering you to the best deal for things like RAM when you tell them exactly what you’re looking for (since I’m never looking for OMFGfatal1tybrandedpeacockheatsink!!!!oneone! RAM).

      • burntham77
      • 12 years ago

      Fry’s best feature is the Wall o’ Motherboards.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 12 years ago

    The worthwhile things were content if you could find something worth buying, and items that typically stick hard to a MAP – iPods and Zunes sold out fast I’m told. There were some hardware deals once it got in to the 40-50% range but by now they’re all gone I’m sure.

      • Faceless Clock
      • 12 years ago

      I snagged a Logitech G5 mouse for 30 dollars. Usually lists on Newegg for 49.99. Seems like about 2-3 weeks ago, when they were at about 50%, was the time to go.

      • Convert
      • 12 years ago

      Like their TV’s for example; demo units are STILL more expensive than retail ones from Costco.

      Music, games and movies were about the only thing worth buying and a few other things. They have kensington universal power adapters for around $15 I think which is great. They also had some of their heavy duty av cables they used internally to feed the TV’s for under $10, I had no use for them though.

    • danazar
    • 12 years ago

    Went in yesterday. They had a bunch of Toshiba portable 320GB hard drives for 50% off… of $179. They sell for $79 on Newegg, and at least there I could return it if it broke.

    The few things left in the stores are not worth picking over.

      • indeego
      • 12 years ago

      To their dying day they refuse to believe that people can comparison shopg{<.<}g

        • liquidsquid
        • 12 years ago

        It is not so much them, as the liquidators. They are infamous for doubling the street price, then marking it half-off. Their big thing is to try and trap people on the hype of “going out of business” and I am sure it works well for them.

        The probably don’t even have to sell 1/2 the stuff on the shelves to break even, and then the rest of the inventory will get liquidated for a steal somewhere else under another name.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 12 years ago

          if by “doubling the street price” you mean “return prices to MSRP”, you’re right.

    • yes
    • 12 years ago

    thinking about getting a g5 and 320gb passport for 90$.

    • stefan231
    • 12 years ago

    Hope more fry’s pop up now there section of pc parts and supplies is way beyond Best buys

    • absinthexl
    • 12 years ago

    I wnet there last Saturday to browse the aisles and aisles of unsold Hancock and Saw V DVDs.

    I found a flash drive that, at 70% off, /[

      • VILLAIN_xx
      • 12 years ago

      Yeh i don’t know why they didn’t close it already. I been there 2 days ago, just a lot of hancock like you said and some dvds, flash drives and ethernet cables. They’re even selling the loose cables they had for electrical components.

      shut the damn doors already.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    I went into a local computer store to buy a HSF and really enjoyed it. Their prices weren’t horrible either.

    • cygnus1
    • 12 years ago

    CompUSA isn’t completely dead and gone. Tiger kept a handful of stores open in FL and TX, including the two here in Jacksonville, FL.

    I would kill for a Fry’s over here though. They’d probly put both the CompUSA’s left here out of business.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 12 years ago

      Cool, good to have another Florida resident here. The one .5 miles from my office is open as well.

      • ludi
      • 12 years ago

      Fry’s hasn’t even managed to climb their way over the Rockies into Denver, and we have a substantial high-tech industry in the Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins corridor. Go figure.

        • UberGerbil
        • 12 years ago

        Fry’s is probably happy they didn’t go nuts with expansion. I’m sure people were urging them to take on some debt to open as many stores as quickly as possible.

        • Scrotos
        • 12 years ago

        We have MicroCenter, what more do you want? Though I’d have thought the shopping malls would have removed the CompUSA signs by now, but they are still up at the Aurora mall and at I-25 and Colorado (the Dave and Busters/IMAX/BestBuy/closing Circuit City area). Every time I pass the Aurora mall I’m like, “this is one of the locations that’s still in business?!?” and then I realize, no, it’s not.

          • ludi
          • 12 years ago

          Learn something new every day!

          Pretty far south but I’ll have to check it out sometime.

          • paulWTAMU
          • 12 years ago

          THat mall was 50% dead when I lived near Denver…it’s still around? Holy crap.

          • A_Pickle
          • 12 years ago

          I’m in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The only computer store we had here was Circuit City. It is now dead. While I laugh, I’m also saddened that the best computers here are served by Wal-Mart or Radio Shack. Or SAM’s Club, which actually has good computers. And Radio Shack isn’t bad. But death to Wal-Mart.

            • StuG
            • 12 years ago

            CompUSA is dead
            entirely dead
            they kept zero stores
            the stores you see as “CompUSA” is in fact tigerdirect
            they kept the name to not get people confused about what the store was
            just to throw that one out there.

            • UberGerbil
            • 12 years ago

            Internet shopping was invented for places like Wyoming

            It’s too bad you don’t have a Costco as an alternative to Walmart.

    • herothezero
    • 12 years ago

    Will not miss CC at all. Their prices sucked, their sales staff sucked, their store layout sucked, their selection sucked…they just sucked like vacuum cleaner all around.

    Across the river from my home is a MicroCenter…it’s pretty damn handy.

      • moose17145
      • 12 years ago

      Yea there is a Microcenter around here too… but I have to take malfunction junction 494 to get to it, so i don’t go there very often. Plus the fact I havce to drive past Best Buy national headquarters to get there doesn’t help the scenery either. Assuming you are a Twin Cities resident we may be talking about the same Microcenter even.

        • Veerappan
        • 12 years ago

        Might be, might not. The Cambridge, MA location for Microcenter is right on the edge of the Charles River. It’s a nice several mile bike ride from work, along the river, to Microcenter… filled with dreams of megabytes and pixel dust.

        • torquer
        • 12 years ago

        Ah, another Minnesotan!

        Thankfully I only have to take 394 about 4 miles east to 100 South to get to Microcenter. They make a HELL of an effort to keep prices competitive with Newegg and other online retailers. Their store is straight out of the 70s and conveniently located next to Burlington Coat Factory for out of style fashions, but damned if they aren’t super convenient as well as competitive. They are selling Core i7 920s for $229 and have for some time now. Recently picked up a Q9400 for $179 and a 1TB Samsung drive for $94. Sure, you pay tax, but instant gratification is the sweetest of the siren songs

    • Convert
    • 12 years ago

    Can’t say I will miss them all that much. The prices sucked, which is all that I cared about. The only thing I will miss is that they were located by a movie theater so I could always peruse the shelves to pass the time for a showing if I needed.

    We are left with a Staples and Office Depot, I wish BB or Fry’s would come into town though.

    The going out of sale prices aren’t so hot, even with stuff supposedly +40% off the only thing that is below retail seems to be the games.

    They were down to 50% off on games earlier this week.

      • flip-mode
      • 12 years ago

      BB sucks. Pray for a Fry’s.

    • paulWTAMU
    • 12 years ago

    I want my Fry’s damnit. I really wish they’d expand some…I didn’t even know what I was missing until last time I visited family in Houston. Holy crap. It’s like newegg and walmart had a lovechild. They’re not perfect but they beat the piss out of the alternatives.

      • moshpit
      • 12 years ago

      Yeah, totally agreed. Fry’s eats Best Buy for breakfast when it comes to stocked PC components. I’m like a kid in a candy store everytime I go there. We have one about 5 minutes away from my house. It’s my favorite store :p

    • PRIME1
    • 12 years ago

    CC had great sales on games.

    However, their stores were a mess. The layout and organization made shopping there almost painful.

    Hence I only went in to grab whatever game they had on sale and then split. While Best Buy I actually don’t mind browsing a bit.

    If only Fry’s would fill the gap here.

      • moshpit
      • 12 years ago

      Fry’s would do more then fill the gap, they’d outright take over if they ever expanded. I don’t expect them to do so anytime soon though. Not in this economy.

        • CapnBiggles
        • 12 years ago

        Not to diss on Fry’s because they are cool, but I live in a Microcenter town and I’m glad for it.

          • PRIME1
          • 12 years ago

          A few more Microcenters would be fine as well.

          I imagine once the economy does improve (2062?) those 2 stores could easily fill the gap left by CC and Compusa.

          • Veerappan
          • 12 years ago

          Agreed. I’ve not been to a Fry’s, but if it’s as good as Microcenter (got one a few miles from work here in MA), I’d welcome them to any area.

            • Scrotos
            • 12 years ago

            MicroCenter used to stink back in the mid to late 90’s. They had a decent local selection but the prices weren’t great. They’ve gotten better in the 2000’s. I used to frequent the MicroCenter in northern Virginia and now that I’m in Denver, there’s one in the Denver area too.

            They also had issues with their staffing from time to time. There was a time that due to internal theft they started requiring all their new hires to have college degrees because it was the highschoolers who were stealing. I lost track of whether or not that was a VA regional thing or if they ever kept to that policy.

            I have been to a Fry’s in Texas and it’s like a mix between Costco and MicroCenter. I recall it being a huge warehouse rather than a huge store and it had other electronics like refridgerators and other appliances whereas MicroCenter keeps to software, computer hardware, and TVs. And they used to sell lots of books, but that seems to have gone down a bit to make room for the console gaming area. But the Fry’s was to me kind of disorganized and that put me off, though the sheer size and volume did impress me.

            • dstrbd
            • 12 years ago

            I have a Fry’s, Microcenter, BB and CC all within 6 miles of each other. I think Fry’s has a decent selection if you have time to wander through it but MC is my favorite with a better selection for the enthusiast and better deals. Just last week they were selling Q9400’s for 179.99 in store and the egg has it for 229.99

            • MadManOriginal
            • 12 years ago

            Retail electronics shopping nirvana!

    • liquidsquid
    • 12 years ago

    Too bad there is a lot of weak big-box stores out there relying on people’s willingness to buy on credit.

    I hope this is a turn-around back to the small-store market, which promotes better and more diverse products. (Though they will cost more in most cases). And choice! I am so tired of the same stores with the same-looking avenue in every city. I get confused because I can barely tell them apart…

    Die big-box stores, DIE!

    These big-box stores force the market’s, such as dictating camera specifications and TV specifications to the manufacturer in order to maximize profit for the big-box. We can see how well that is working for them. Force the market, and nobody wants your garbage and will shop elsewhere.

    -Mark

      • bthylafh
      • 12 years ago

      In the meantime, cities have all these vacant big-box sores taking up room and not generating tax revenue. Demolishing them is probably not feasible. My hometown had a bb store go in, shut down after a year, and it took almost ten years for something else to go in there.

        • liquidsquid
        • 12 years ago

        Massive amounts of room for a nice splat-ball course 😉 Perhaps we can turn that space into something useful, like soup kitchens , ammo stores, and free pitchfork sharpening!

        Really though, I would bet these stores were not generating much tax revenue as you may think. Most big-box stores around here leverage large tax breaks for a few years when they move in to attract them in the first place.

        Out near me is a town (Henrietta) loaded with deserted big-box stores. Rather than a big-box renovating a old building, they build a new one. It is wasteful and stupid, but it stems back to the strong-arm tactics of big box stores. “Give me a tax break and a new building or I will look elsewhere”. It is cheaper to build a new box than to renovate an old one.

        -Mark

    • NeronetFi
    • 12 years ago

    They sales people havent recieved commision for anything since late 2003. After the commision ended they just told the employees either you get your numbers up on selling the ext. warrenty or good bye.

    Edit: was suppose to be a replay to #2

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 12 years ago

    Good riddance. I have stopped my CC many a time and have yet to buy anything from them. 1) their prices are/were too high – and they still are even going out of business and 2) their salespeople turn me off. One time I was this close to buying a laptop from them and the salesperson insist 3 times that I get the extended warranty. I know, they need the commission and all that, but 3x? Well, the rest is history, but I dropped them like a bag of hot coal and went online.

    • indeego
    • 12 years ago

    Circuit City is just the beginning. The weak will perish this downturn. pitchforks, gold, ammo and weaponry will fly off shelvesg{

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 12 years ago

      Including the weak people?

        • indeego
        • 12 years ago

        No they stay on the shelvesg{<.<}g

          • tay
          • 12 years ago

          you’re such an idiot hahahaha

            • indeego
            • 12 years ago

            Thank you Circuit City Salesperson that sold me the 3 year warranty for the CD-ROMg{

      • MadManOriginal
      • 12 years ago

      Sir! Step away from the Limbaugh!

        • indeego
        • 12 years ago

        Nothing to do with politics, my “friend.” Get ready to fight for that foodg{

          • MadManOriginal
          • 12 years ago

          I’m sure that’s the first thing on his mind.

          • Krogoth
          • 12 years ago

          More like work for it.

          For I welcome our neo-feudal lords.

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