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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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RE: Nice tradeoff...
By johnbuk on 1/4/2008 12:47:02 PM , Rating: 3
Never had any problems with TigerDirect or NewEgg. Like with any other retailer, you have to research both products and prices to get a good deal.

I actually prefer TigerDirect over NewEgg only because TigerDirect has a distribution center not too far from where I live and most orders from them arrive overnight even when I only pay for cheap shipping.

I agree that TigerDirect's rebates suck, but my experience with getting rebates out of them hasn't been any different than getting rebates out of many other retailers. I generally avoid rebated purchases except in rare cases because I hate jumping through all the hoops it takes to get them.


RE: Nice tradeoff...
By Ringold on 1/4/2008 3:05:10 PM , Rating: 2
That's actually a problem for me, TigerDirect's locations. They've got whatever presence in Florida that is necessary for me to have to pay sales tax (they have had it for years, I've always had to pay it with TD); that gives NewEgg an instant 7% price advantage. That can be hard to overcome.

Add in the rebate messes and inferior (in my experience, your mileage may vary) customer support, and NewEgg is my default place to look first for all tech goods.


RE: Nice tradeoff...
By johnbuk on 1/4/2008 5:03:01 PM , Rating: 2
The sales tax would be a deal breaker, but "not too far away" for me is just across the state line, thus no sales tax and quick shipping.

I've heard enough negative about TigerDirect to be cautious, but I guess I've been fortunate in that everything I've ordered from them has arrived well packaged, intact, and within 2 days.


RE: Nice tradeoff...
By mindless1 on 1/4/2008 11:06:01 PM , Rating: 2
Newegg has 3 day shipping on most items, IMO one day difference is the least of the reasons to pick one or the other.


RE: Nice tradeoff...
By christojojo on 1/8/2008 8:43:49 PM , Rating: 2
So far in my own experience both companies (Egg n Tigers (lol sounds like a new restaurant)) have treated me very well. I have bought some nice refurbished PC from Tigers w/o a hitch and no sales tax to boot. Egg has sold me an MP3 player an 3 sticks of ddr 400 ram of which 2 out of three have died within months of purchase. I have exchanged one w/o problem (took less than a week from notice to delivery) One I have not tried yet (lost packaging).

As far as rebates go I always treat them as crap shoots since most re and e tailers are notoriously bad at rebates. I have had problems with JC ponies, Ksmears, Wally World, CompUsa, Adequate Buy, and several others. ( After a while it's "wake me up when you're done honey.")

The points of concern for me about TigersUSA deal are
1 Sales taxes (at 8.75 % yuck)
2 Prices for B&M's are always terrible here in the land of the loosing teams (Buffalo for you slow witted readers).

P.s.. Yes I have tried to move out of here but they keep sending me back.


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