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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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CompUSA near me
By fic2 on 1/4/2008 4:14:18 PM , Rating: 2
There is a CompUSA on the way to/from work and I have stopped by there occasionally during their going out of business "sale". It has been 10-30% off since the beginning and idiots are actually buying stuff. I think that the prices were jacked up the day before the sale. I couldn't find anything at a better price than I could find it online.




RE: CompUSA near me
By Joz on 1/4/2008 5:27:20 PM , Rating: 1
Thats the point of brick and motor, they have to already charge more for overhead, but when its the same price as online, something new happens.

1. You dont have to pay shipping.
2. You get it Right then and there without waiting.

Example: Newegg is selling a eVGA 7900GS for $109, and CompUSA going out of buisness has a BFG 7900GS for $115, which one would you buy?

The CompUSA one, since shipping on newegg will bring it up above that, and you get it right then and there.
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But if Tiger does buy CompUSA...Fuck...I dont have any near me anymore, they all went under last year T_T and new stores are already in most of them.

NewEgg for life.


RE: CompUSA near me
By TomZ on 1/4/2008 5:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
1. Very rarely does the local price come close to prices I can find online

2. The sales tax is almost always more than shipping costs, at least for items where comparison shopping makes sense, e.g., $100 and above (most of the time shipping is included for free anyway)

3. The local selection is only a small fraction of what can be easily ordered online

Therefore, I buy practically nothing locally, and instead, I order nearly everything online, at least in terms of tech purchases.


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