I still remember the first time I walked into a CompUSA – it was in Des Moines, Iowa. For the first time in my life, I felt like a store had been made just for me. Granted, I couldn’t afford anything inside (but that wasn’t the point).
Best Buy satisfied several needs at once – entertainment, computing, etc. Remember when they had an aisle full of minidiscs sitting across from the cassette tapes? Those were the good ol’ days.
Can’t say I was surprised to hear that CompUSA was closing its stores – it’s always been overpriced, and I don’t remember ever being completely keen on its brand (over all others). Mind you, I took a winter job at Best Buy once (and was almost fired from that position when I refused to sell Packard Bell machines).
I hit the Bellevue CompUSA a few weeks ago, just to see if I could snag any deals (and wound up scoring 20% off a business-class Linksys Gigabit Ethernet wireless G router which I’ve yet to install). This weekend, Ponzi and I spotted a sign for a 90% closeout sale on software still on the shelves – so we stopped by and found… nothing.
Click the image to see a larger version of the sign. Ironic?
Some pundits might argue that this turn of events was due to a market downturn, or increased competition. I’d argue that CompUSA pwnd itself. Like I said before, it was far from the cheapest option in town – and I’d only use it as a last-ditch effort, or when I needed to get something and it was convenient.