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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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not so much...
By wetwareinterface on 1/5/2008 5:53:45 AM , Rating: 1
comp usa
limited selection on mid-range parts, no upper end parts
10-30% markup over fry's or newegg
15% restocking fees for any returns
poorly trained sales staff, cashiers, and management
bad comapny policies such as offering rebate discounts they knew would never be honored etc...

tiger direct
limited selection on mid range parts, almost no selection on upper end parts
10-15% markup over newegg and frys
returns are your responsibilty on shipping costs
poorly trained shipping staff, customer service people
bad company policies such as offering rebate discounts they knew would never be honored etc...

wow can't wait for the tiger direct "changeover" should make the shopping experience so much better now they have to add brick and morter overhead pricing and extra employees they don't know how to train either.

oh wait frys is 1/2 hour away and newegg is at www.... hmm do i get it now and pay $5 more at frys or get it slightly cheaper from newegg and wait a few days...




RE: not so much...
By Sungpooz on 1/5/2008 7:16:41 PM , Rating: 2
Tiger does have the occasional steal deal...

They're nowhere near as bad as CompUSA is!

Look at this: 6200 AGP8x from PNY

90 bucks at COMPUSA:http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?p...

55 bucks at Tiger:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTool...

There's your proof. Tiger isn't all that bad.


RE: not so much...
By frobizzle on 1/6/2008 7:00:27 PM , Rating: 2
Great example in your link!

quote:
We're sorry, the product you have searched for is no longer available for sale.


Try picking something that is not a clearance item next time. I still maintain that TigerDirect with their shady rebates on everything is a waste of time.


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