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Best Buy will be the only game in town for many customers. Circuit City was second to Best Buy in the retail consumer electronics market.  (Source: AdRants)
Best Buy shall rule the land when it comes to retail electronics in the U.S.

It’s been a tough road for Circuit City. The retail electronics giant has been pummeled over the years by the likes of Best Buy and Walmart, and has been unable to turn its operations around due to the current state of the economy.

In early November, the company announced plans to close 155 stores in the United States. The stores combined accounted for $1.4 billion USD in sales for fiscal year 2008.

Just a week later, Circuit City filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection -- the filing showed that the company has $2.2 billion USD in debt and $3.4 billion USD in assets. The news got even bleaker today as Circuit City's CEO announced that the company failed to find a buyer and that it could not refinance its debt.

As a result, Circuit City will liquidate all of its remaining stores. The liquidators lined up to sell off the merchandise from the remaining 567 stores include Great American Group, Hudson Capital, SB Capital Group and Tiger Capital.

"We are extremely disappointed by this outcome," said Circuit City CEO James A Marcum "Regrettably for the more than 30,000 employees of Circuit City and our loyal customers, we were unable to reach an agreement with our creditors and lenders to structure a going-concern transaction in the limited timeframe available, and so this is the only possible path for our company."

In early July, Blockbuster rejected a deal to purchase Circuit City.

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RE: The competition
By Ratinator on 1/16/2009 1:30:31 PM , Rating: 2
You are forgetting that at some places the price in the paper or online is higher than the price they will sell it to you and not to mention shipping something as big as a big screen tv won't be cheap. Go to the dealer and see what price they are willing to give it to you for.

When all is said and done there will be little difference in price and at least you have a local store you can take it back to for problems as opposed to having to ship at your own expense back to the dealer or manufacturer.

Now there are "some" cases where online is cheaper, but not "always" as you are indicating.

RE: The competition
By chick0n on 1/16/09, Rating: 0
RE: The competition
By FITCamaro on 1/16/2009 3:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yes lets just get rid of all brick and mortar stores and buy everything online, all the time, never leaving our homes.

Get a grip. The convenience of going to the store and having it (and being able to take it back immediately if there's a problem) is worth the few extra bucks on some items. Sure I buy computer components and such online. But for big ticket items, I want to get it somewhere local.

RE: The competition
By Netscorer on 1/16/2009 10:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah,

there's nothing like an instant gratification when buying a big ticket item. And silly me, I thought convenience is defined in Webster as sitting in your PJs in front of the warm glow of the monitor, not freezing your nuts in a cold car going over icy roads and beating the crowds where some store jerk wants nothing to do with you even if you practically beg him to allow you to run your test DVD to see if that latest Sony LCD TV is really up to it's reputation.

RE: The competition
By Reclaimer77 on 1/17/2009 7:43:29 AM , Rating: 1
I agree.

Plus the shipping fee's on big items almost always negate the online savings. You never see free shipping offered on a 150lb TV or kitchen appliance lol.

RE: The competition
By sticks435 on 1/18/2009 10:58:23 PM , Rating: 2
Actully, Newegg has free shipping on a bunch of Tv's in prep for the SuperBowl.

RE: The competition
By Denithor on 1/16/2009 3:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
The one advantage of B&M stores is being able to look at certain items, such as monitors & big-screen TVs. There's no replacement yet for being able to actually see how black the blacks are or how quickly the picture refreshes.

If for no other reason than this I certainly hope BB doesn't follow in the footsteps of CompUSA & CC anytime soon. But I do think, if they want to avoid that fate, they will need to wake up to the fact that online competition is here to stay and get used to lower margins.

RE: The competition
By phazers on 1/16/2009 4:46:02 PM , Rating: 3
I personally have run into the "Best Buy" pricing scam several times. The online price for my Sony TV was about $300 lower than the store price. When I mentioned this to the salesclerk, he went "online" to check and lo and behold, the "online" price was the same as the store price. When I told him to actually go to the Internet and not just the store server which is designed to mimic, then he found the real price and of course matched it. I believe several state attorney generals have filed suits against Best Buy for this shoddy scam.

Now I always take a printout of the actual online price with me, but generally I avoid Best Buy as much as possible.

RE: The competition
By exanimas on 1/16/2009 9:36:50 PM , Rating: 2
Some people are just idiots/scumbags. If I were you I would've told a manager about it (hopefully they aren't the ones telling people to do this) and reported it to their corporate office.

On topic: I've heard from a few people that the people who are handling CC's liquidation are notorious for pricing things way the hell up. So be cautious if you're planning on taking advantage of them going out of business.

RE: The competition
By Nfarce on 1/17/2009 10:41:25 AM , Rating: 2
FYI, there is nothing illegal about posting a higher price in the store than online. Try shopping Fry's online (via and getting one of those stores to match the online price. You will fail.

For the record, I found a great online price at CC for a Samsung upscaling DVD player/recorder. I went to the store to pick it up, and guess what? It was priced $20 more. I had to get a rep at the counter to adjust the price.

This is nothing new. An informed shopper - an aggressive shopper - wins every time. How many out there know that you can actually bargain a price on furniture, large appliances, cars, homes, .......

RE: The competition
By Nfarce on 1/17/2009 10:30:27 AM , Rating: 1
And I'll bet you are probably one of those aholes who whines about US unemployment numbers from your mother's basement and blames Bush for store closings.

RE: The competition
By TomZ on 1/16/2009 2:46:32 PM , Rating: 4
Now there are "some" cases where online is cheaper, but not "always" as you are indicating.
I'm an avid comparison shopper - especially on price - and I'd say that 99% of the time I can find a better deal online. Very, very rarely do I come across a lower price at retail.

RE: The competition
By g35fan on 1/16/2009 7:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing BB is good for is going to physically look at items that you want to purchase online. I too am a savy shopper - and not because I'm cheap but because I refuse to pad BB's pockets with an extra $10 here and an extra $200 there.

95% of the products they sell are rip off prices. They have "some" decent clearance items from time to time - like the 10" netbook for $199 recently...but besides that anyone who shops there thinking they are getting good deals is an idiot/sucker.

The funniest thing to me is that BB doesn't even want people like me (savvy electronics shoppers) in the store. They KNOW Americans as a whole are stupid and brainwashed by advertising and will come rush into BB to buy the newest tech fads from 17yr old female CSRs who don't know anything - about anything.

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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