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Wikipedia IP addresses and leaked memos indicate TigerDirect has some big moves for 2008

CompUSA and TigerDirect have always been unusual bedfellows.  Both faced serious inquiry by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and respective Better Business Bureaus over botched rebate promotions.  Just months later, in 2006, CompUSA outlined its plan to reduce some of its brick-and-mortar presence.  Just one year later, the chain announced it would close 126 of its stores.

After this first set of closures, TigerDirect began purchasing select CompUSA locations, mostly across Chicago.  Local Chicago rival CDW also capitalized on CompUSA's uncertain future, building new retail locations just blocks away from marked CompUSAs. 

Gordon Brothers Group, the liquidation firm handling the closure of KB Toys stores, acquired the remaining 103 CompUSA locations on December 7, 2007.  The next day, the company announced it would close its doors for good in 2008, just after the holiday buying season.

Immediately after, sources close to TigerDirect and CompUSA relayed a flurry of memos between the two companies and a third company, DJM Realty, discussing terms for large-scale purchases of CompUSA property.  DJM Reality, as it turns out, is owned by Gordon Brothers Group and handles the firm's real estate liquidations.

Neither company seems bashful about discussing the new retail locations.  On January 3, 2008, the IP address 198.22.121.110 added the following entry to Wikipedia under TigerDirect.
In late December of 2007, Tiger Direct bought out a select number of CompUSA's stores near their Miami location. CompUSA's Deerfield Beach store has been confirmed as one of those locations.
At the time of publication, 198.22.121.110 resolved to chaos.compusa.com, an IP address that routes through Addison, Texas.  CompUSA's headquarters resides in Addison, Texas.  Wikipedia recognizes this address as the proxy server for CompUSA. 

Before the Gordon Brothers acquisition on December 7, 2007, the same IP made various entries in Wikipedia regarding the impending closure of its stores.  Two days later, some of these entries were verified by Gordon Brothers.

Is TigerDirect poised to take over the remaining CompUSA stores?  It seems all but official that Tiger will acquire at least some of the CompUSA brick-and-mortar stores, as it did in the past.  The only question at this point remains, "How many?"


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I can just imagine it now...
By kileil on 1/4/2008 11:40:49 AM , Rating: 3
You walk to the checkout lane with your purchase. At the counter they suddenly snatch the item from your hands and tell you to pick up "your item" 30 minutes away at the UPS depot.

But its only open from 8pm-8:30pm. You cancel dinner plans to get there, and you're handed something entirely different that what you paid for. Also, its obviously been used. And of course they won't handle returns at the store, you have to call 1-800-lol-tigr and wait 30 minutes to be accosted by someone with an unintelligible accent who you suspect just insulted your mother in their garbled speak.

At least the experience will be comfortably familiar...




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