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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:58 PM
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Sign of the times: Circuit City
Circuit City's flagship store less than a quarter mile away from corporate headquarters outside Richmond, Virginia. This is the concept store that all other Circuit City stores were modeled after.




Circuit City's corporate headquarters:










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Stevenmarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:05 PM
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1. They started their downward spiral
when they fired their most experienced workers to save a few bucks.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:08 PM
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3. And "clearance" prices are surely tied to the MSRP, not the typical street price
which is, of course, lower. (In essence, that 20% off each DVD has a net savings of $0.00 as it's the same $39.99 elsewhere.)

There are sporadic, genuine deals, but they are more the exception... :(
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:18 PM
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4. AFTER they were taken over by a hedge fund.
Just like Home Depot. Same recipie, same disaster.

I believe Chrysler is now owned by a hedge fund. Wonder how that's going to work out.
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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:00 PM
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10. Both are publicly trade not owned by hedge fund
CCTYQ = Circuit City (use to be CC before it was delisted)
HD = Home Depot
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Still Sensible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:38 PM
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19. Just because a compny is publicly traded
doesn't mean it is not substantially or literally controlled by a hedge fund.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:32 PM
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8. that's when I stopped shopping there
I wonder how many did? I had bought two laptops from them in the past, among other things, mostly because the staff was so helpful. Since they laid sr staff off I never went back.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:08 PM
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2. They cut their own throat.
Their screw the customer attitude was their downfall.
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:21 PM
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5. I bought a desktop there. CC truly sucks....but there were no other stores in my area,
No Best Buy, No Office Depot. If you need a computer for your business..where do you get it?

Consumers are no longer in the drivers seat.

There would seem to be a great void out there for a computer company with an interest in customer service.
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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:02 PM
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11. I got mine at CompUSA
Another one that has already gone down the tubes.
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:22 PM
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6. I'm sure Verizon must really be thrilled ...



... about having a large banner saying "GOING OUT OF BUSINESS" over their name.


:rofl: :rofl:

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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:28 PM
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7. yep - I was thinking it was one of their stores next to a CC
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obiwan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:33 PM
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9. "Going Out Of Business"
30% off -of WHAT- big deal!
Time to go to Fry's.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:12 PM
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12. Yeah - we have a Fry's two miles from my office. I hate shopping there, lol,
they have ZERO customer service, but I needed a flat scanner today because the scanner function on my p/s/c went out, and guess what? I got a brand new p/s/c (Canon) for $70 on sale. :wow: And it's got the stacking sheet feed for scanning or copying multiple pages at once which will come in handy when I scan to my hard drive 10 boxes of old business documents I am tired of paying $88/mo to store.
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GentryDixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:14 PM
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13. The Circuit City I shopped closed a year ago.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:21 PM
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14. Two words: New Egg.
If those words don't work: Tiger Direct.

And a bit of advice to go with those words: befriend a techie. Buy them dinner and ask them to put together a new machine from parts ordered. They love to do stuff like this. You'll save hundreds of dollars and make a friend.
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:25 PM
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15. Or better yet, learn to do your own. It's fun and even some thrills! nt
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Shardik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:32 PM
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17. Damn you, YOY! :)
Yes, we do love this sort of thing...

But what happens later is the calls of "I can't get this to work... or that to work."

And many of us techies make a living out of this sort of thing and many of those problems take many hours to fix.

I have one friend who always pays me dinner for driving 60 miles to fix his computer problems and actually, it gets old fast.

f people want a techie, offer to pay them what they usually charge. Chances are, if you are a friend, a dinner will suffice.

:)
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:36 PM
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18. I'm pretty competent (can put memory in and OS/BIOS problems). My techie is my best work buddy.
She knows I'll do just about anything in the world to help her or her partner if it's in my power. She also loves to give advice. When I call, it's a real problem. I only have called her once in the past year for advice on picking up a new SATA drive.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:26 PM
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16. Nothing that those GOP lovers didn't deserve
not the workers, but the repugs at the top. I hope that a decent, well run chain springs up to take it's place.
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:41 PM
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20. Sign of a perrenially shitty company.
CC have always sucked. They've always had the most expensive prices, and seemingly attempted to offset that with the worst service.

They will not be missed.
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