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Circuit City drops prices again

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Feb 2009 23:03 User comments (42)

Circuit City drops prices again According to a new email sent out yesterday, the bankrupt retailer Circuit City has dropped the price on many of their items, finally giving some good sales on items they must liquidate before March 31st.
The retailer is dropping the price of all plasma TVs by 25 percent, all LCD TVs by 20 percent, 20 percent off most digital cameras and 40 percent off "car audio" systems.

That of course does not mean that there are many good prices, with some still selling for higher prices than Amazon even with the discounts.

Some smaller sized TVs are selling for a good 20-30 percent discount compared to any online retailer, so it may finally be time to head over to your local Circuit City in search of a deal.

Part of the email sent out:

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42 user comments

11.2.2009 23:08

With a poor pricing structure, you ever wonder why they went bankrupt ?

22.2.2009 0:53

Onkyo doesn't even make car audio. I know, because I sold out of that department when I worked there. Look at the ad.
You could sue for false advertisement if they weren't already bankrupt. They still don't have an honest sale.

32.2.2009 1:28

That's funny as hell about Onkyo.

42.2.2009 1:59

Circuit city has no control over their prices it is the liquidators who run everything now. A shame their gone, now who will keep best buy in line with their prices.

52.2.2009 2:39

I have seen this way too many times & some people fall for it! Comp USA, Circuit City, Home depot, all local places that have closed stores & they are PACKED just cause there is a 10%-20% off sale! well, when that just breaks even with the online price & i loose my ability to return the item i will not buy it! If you are closing & i will NOT be able to return it i need 50% off! ok so a $100 item is now $90 so what happens in a week when it dont fit right & there is nothing really wrong with it? the MFRG cant do anything, or the $25 item that gets $2.50 off & breaks? it will cost me $5 to ship it to replace it!

62.2.2009 3:36

Originally posted by pirate4:
Circuit city has no control over their prices it is the liquidators who run everything now. A shame their gone, now who will keep best buy in line with their prices.
Best Buy was never in line with their prices, even with CC!

72.2.2009 8:20
Javan39
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Newegg.com will not keep best buy in line with prices but it will beat them 9 out of 10 times.

82.2.2009 8:41

Quote:
Originally posted by pirate4:
Circuit city has no control over their prices it is the liquidators who run everything now. A shame their gone, now who will keep best buy in line with their prices.
Best Buy was never in line with their prices, even with CC!
Sears, Wal-Mart, and regional chains such as Fry's or HH Gregg. Big Blue feels that "everyone" is competition.

92.2.2009 9:32

Meh. You've got to realize that's XX% off list price. Makes most of that stuff still more expensive than when it was on sale. And you only get the 'White Line Warranty' ("see the white line on the floor?"..."once you cross it you're screwed")...

102.2.2009 12:28

Target and the like will keep Best Buy in line. They don't focus on consumer electronics, but they have a large enough section. There is a Target right above a Best Buy in a mall near me. Before I bought my 26" LCD, I walked up and down the stairs to compare. The crappiest LCD tv at BB was $100 more expensive than it's twin in Target.

Newegg rules all. The TV I want is going for $999 with free shipping and no sales tax. That same TV was $200 more at CC and BB. CC liquidators knocked off 10% last week - still more expensive than the egg. With a 25% discount, it's just under the egg, but then you have almost $80 in sales tax. And then factor in that you can't return it if something goes wrong. You would have to get an extended warranty from the manufacturer because you would have no recourse. Give me 50% off and I may be more inclined to take a gamble.

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112.2.2009 13:09

Originally posted by olyteddy:
Meh. You've got to realize that's XX% off list price. Makes most of that stuff still more expensive than when it was on sale. And you only get the 'White Line Warranty' ("see the white line on the floor?"..."once you cross it you're screwed")...
You still get any and all manufacture's warranties. The only "white line warranty" is the return policy. That's just gone.

122.2.2009 13:16

Originally posted by emugamer:
Target and the like will keep Best Buy in line. They don't focus on consumer electronics, but they have a large enough section. There is a Target right above a Best Buy in a mall near me. Before I bought my 26" LCD, I walked up and down the stairs to compare. The crappiest LCD tv at BB was $100 more expensive than it's twin in Target.

Newegg rules all. The TV I want is going for $999 with free shipping and no sales tax. That same TV was $200 more at CC and BB. CC liquidators knocked off 10% last week - still more expensive than the egg. With a 25% discount, it's just under the egg, but then you have almost $80 in sales tax. And then factor in that you can't return it if something goes wrong. You would have to get an extended warranty from the manufacturer because you would have no recourse. Give me 50% off and I may be more inclined to take a gamble.

You can still buy extended warranties through CC. They are contracted through third parties, so the will still be in effect unless those companies go out of business too.
As for Target or Wal-Mart being competition, they're not really. CC was the only national competition that BB had. Target and Wal-Mart do not usually carry the same model numbers. They are lower quality versions of what Best Buy has. While it's not the case for say a Playstation, it is for TV's, computers, Dvd players, etc.

132.2.2009 13:31

Ive been to one of the Circuit City stores in my area. However I do have to admit that despite the price drops you can find better deals, especially B&M stores like BB and HHGregg, and even some online stores have really good prices. But the key here is you have to look around, IMO.

142.2.2009 15:14

Originally posted by sgriesch:
As for Target or Wal-Mart being competition, they're not really. CC was the only national competition that BB had. Target and Wal-Mart do not usually carry the same model numbers. They are lower quality versions of what Best Buy has. While it's not the case for say a Playstation, it is for TV's, computers, Dvd players, etc.
I worked with Best Buy for almost 4 years. They even considered Dell competition to their computer business, and Dell had no B&M presence at all, maybe a kiosk in a mall 60 miles away.

Wal-Mart is a serious threat to stores like Best Buy (and others too.) They have seriously revamped their electronics department in recent years. They carry the same "grab & go" items and accessories that make BB money.

If you looked closely enough too, CC and BB may have had the same brands, but not the same item/model numbers. Many of the BB notebooks were "BB Exclusive". Wal-Mart/Sam's Club usually gets PC/printers that have an extra "wm" or similiar suffix added to the part number (ie. 1440wm instead of 1440n.)

There's usually nothing cosmetically or physically different between the items other than that part number; sometimes there may be one part changed or a lesser/greater warranty in comparison. It's all a run around these big retailers use so they can avoid price matching, or hence, losing money to or because of the competition.

As for New Egg, I love them, but there's always that "gotta have it" or "need it now" impulse that will drive consumers to the B&M store versus waiting for a shipment from the web stores.

152.2.2009 16:11

Quote:
Originally posted by sgriesch:
As for Target or Wal-Mart being competition, they're not really. CC was the only national competition that BB had. Target and Wal-Mart do not usually carry the same model numbers. They are lower quality versions of what Best Buy has. While it's not the case for say a Playstation, it is for TV's, computers, Dvd players, etc.
I worked with Best Buy for almost 4 years. They even considered Dell competition to their computer business, and Dell had no B&M presence at all, maybe a kiosk in a mall 60 miles away.

Wal-Mart is a serious threat to stores like Best Buy (and others too.) They have seriously revamped their electronics department in recent years. They carry the same "grab & go" items and accessories that make BB money.

If you looked closely enough too, CC and BB may have had the same brands, but not the same item/model numbers. Many of the BB notebooks were "BB Exclusive". Wal-Mart/Sam's Club usually gets PC/printers that have an extra "wm" or similiar suffix added to the part number (ie. 1440wm instead of 1440n.)

There's usually nothing cosmetically or physically different between the items other than that part number; sometimes there may be one part changed or a lesser/greater warranty in comparison. It's all a run around these big retailers use so they can avoid price matching, or hence, losing money to or because of the competition.

As for New Egg, I love them, but there's always that "gotta have it" or "need it now" impulse that will drive consumers to the B&M store versus waiting for a shipment from the web stores.
I worked at CC for over 4 years as a commissioned associate, and also worked at BB after that. Yes, Best Buy will say that the other places are competition, but that is only for some items. There is no comparison between the selection at BB vs. Target for a TV. Wal-Mart and Target carry the lowest form of those specific brands, and I wouldn't even consider them as an option.
The model comparison is absolutely correct. Different model #'s so that they don't have to price match. Usually, the features are a little different, and the ones at Wal-Mart are usually the lower version. How many quad-core PC's does Wallyworld carry? And BB? How many HD TV's? It's not really the same.
As for Newegg, I would like to physically see the products before I buy them. It's just hard to really understand the quality of the product from a 3" by 5" picture. Good idea, but I like having a brick and mortar store to shop in. If all places went on-line, then sales would fall due to the consumer not being able to stumble across items in action. Sure, a pop-up could occur on the screen, but it's not the same as standing there experiencing the product as you would if you purchased it.

162.2.2009 16:39

I didn't like CC because they played to many rebate games with customers.

172.2.2009 23:21

Originally posted by sgriesch:
Originally posted by olyteddy:
Meh. You've got to realize that's XX% off list price. Makes most of that stuff still more expensive than when it was on sale. And you only get the 'White Line Warranty' ("see the white line on the floor?"..."once you cross it you're screwed")...
You still get any and all manufacture's warranties. The only "white line warranty" is the return policy. That's just gone.

Yeah, you own it. No thirty day stisfaction or 90 day defective return. You'll have to ship it to the manufacturer.

183.2.2009 8:34
Javan39
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Quote:
I worked at CC for over 4 years as a commissioned associate, and also worked at BB after that. Yes, Best Buy will say that the other places are competition, but that is only for some items. There is no comparison between the selection at BB vs. Target for a TV. Wal-Mart and Target carry the lowest form of those specific brands, and I wouldn't even consider them as an option.
The model comparison is absolutely correct. Different model #'s so that they don't have to price match. Usually, the features are a little different, and the ones at Wal-Mart are usually the lower version. How many quad-core PC's does Wallyworld carry? And BB? How many HD TV's? It's not really the same.
As for Newegg, I would like to physically see the products before I buy them. It's just hard to really understand the quality of the product from a 3" by 5" picture. Good idea, but I like having a brick and mortar store to shop in. If all places went on-line, then sales would fall due to the consumer not being able to stumble across items in action. Sure, a pop-up could occur on the screen, but it's not the same as standing there experiencing the product as you would if you purchased it.
Solution is look at the TV in the store, go home find it online cheaper. Not just newegg...there are others like Buy.com, Buydig.com, etc...so then you can see the TV and still save money buying it.

193.2.2009 9:21

Originally posted by Javan39:
Quote:
I worked at CC for over 4 years as a commissioned associate, and also worked at BB after that. Yes, Best Buy will say that the other places are competition, but that is only for some items. There is no comparison between the selection at BB vs. Target for a TV. Wal-Mart and Target carry the lowest form of those specific brands, and I wouldn't even consider them as an option.
The model comparison is absolutely correct. Different model #'s so that they don't have to price match. Usually, the features are a little different, and the ones at Wal-Mart are usually the lower version. How many quad-core PC's does Wallyworld carry? And BB? How many HD TV's? It's not really the same.
As for Newegg, I would like to physically see the products before I buy them. It's just hard to really understand the quality of the product from a 3" by 5" picture. Good idea, but I like having a brick and mortar store to shop in. If all places went on-line, then sales would fall due to the consumer not being able to stumble across items in action. Sure, a pop-up could occur on the screen, but it's not the same as standing there experiencing the product as you would if you purchased it.
Solution is look at the TV in the store, go home find it online cheaper. Not just newegg...there are others like Buy.com, Buydig.com, etc...so then you can see the TV and still save money buying it.

That only works if there are brick and mortar stores to go to. If no one buys from them they will go away, like CC. I would rather support my local economy by purchasing from a place that hires people in my city... unless they screw people over. Then I wouldn't care if they went away.

203.2.2009 10:01

I love the brick and mortar stores, especially Target and Walmart. I use them for my online sales. What I mean is, if I want to try an item out, I'll go to Target or Walmart and buy the item, then if I like it, I will buy it online, when my order arrives, I return the item back to Walmart. It's great! 90 days, no restocking fee. Best Buy is a little harder, need to buy an open box item, try it out, and then return with no fee.

Try before you buy.

213.2.2009 10:25

Originally posted by wdtv:
I love the brick and mortar stores, especially Target and Walmart. I use them for my online sales. What I mean is, if I want to try an item out, I'll go to Target or Walmart and buy the item, then if I like it, I will buy it online, when my order arrives, I return the item back to Walmart. It's great! 90 days, no restocking fee. Best Buy is a little harder, need to buy an open box item, try it out, and then return with no fee.

Try before you buy.
Well, I don't go that far. That pretty much screws people over. But I always go to Best Buy to look at items up close before I newegg them. I'll find the TV I want online, and then I'll find the exact model at BB. I've scratched off many items from my wishlist after seeing them up close. But I still have not purchased any large items from a B&M store in many years (except for my PS3). I'm all for supporting the local economy, but it has to be reasonable. $200-$300 more in retail costs for major items is too much. B&M stores need to reevaluate their business model to make their prices a little more competitive with online vendors. I don't care what goes on back-end that causes the price differential. The fact that it exists deters me from ever buying stuff from B&M stores.

223.2.2009 10:46
Javan39
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Quote:
That only works if there are brick and mortar stores to go to. If no one buys from them they will go away, like CC. I would rather support my local economy by purchasing from a place that hires people in my city... unless they screw people over. Then I wouldn't care if they went away.
So you would pay 2600 for this plus tax so like 2750 at bestbuy
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?...d=1202649424157

instead of paying 2000 no tax and free shipping from newegg on the exact same TV

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889102201

Just to support your local economy?

233.2.2009 10:49
Javan39
Inactive

Originally posted by Javan39:
Quote:
That only works if there are brick and mortar stores to go to. If no one buys from them they will go away, like CC. I would rather support my local economy by purchasing from a place that hires people in my city... unless they screw people over. Then I wouldn't care if they went away.
So you would pay 2600 for this plus tax so like 2750 at bestbuy
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?...d=1202649424157

instead of paying 2000 no tax and free shipping from newegg on the exact same TV
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889102201

Just to support your local economy?
Sorry read price wrong its actually 2700 from best buy plus tax means like 2850 or more.

243.2.2009 11:15

Or if you really wanted that 52" Samsung you should have purchased it last week at Best Buy when it was on sale for 1899.99 with free install and three years no interest.

253.2.2009 12:09

Originally posted by play2wyn:
Or if you really wanted that 52" Samsung you should have purchased it last week at Best Buy when it was on sale for 1899.99 with free install and three years no interest.
meh...sales are fluke. You have to be looking at the right place at the right time. And have money available in that window of time. And they suck you in with financing. I personally don't want to finance a TV for 3 years. The prices online are more stable and reliabe.

263.2.2009 12:24

Online buying is the Best way for any electronics. I laugh when I go into a best buy and see people spending money on items. I mean kmon people, online is SO much cheaper. Especially Tvs. Even the 'sale' items can't compete with newegg, tigerdirect, etc.

273.2.2009 12:29

That is true you even if sometimes they are more and sometimes they are less at least you know what you are paying no matter if you buy it on Saturday or Sunday not like a retail stores that change their pricing weekly.

283.2.2009 13:06

Originally posted by play2wyn:
Or if you really wanted that 52" Samsung you should have purchased it last week at Best Buy when it was on sale for 1899.99 with free install and three years no interest.
Yes, this is exactly what I do. I know what I want and wait for it to drop. Almost never fails. Keep in mind I worked at Best Buy for a while. I know what I'm doing here. Also, it helps if you know people who work there. When you buy as much as I have, they'll work with you.
That's another point though, who do you know at Newegg? Exactly. What most individuals do not understand is that if there is no store to go to, then the discovery of new items is harder for the general public to experience. What Javan does is the worst possible thing to do for a local store. Not only do you not purchase it, you use the store for the experience. It costs money to have the B&M store, so it's going to add to the cost of the product. You probably just wasted the guys time too, which costs them money. Shop where you like, but on-line is not the best way for me.
WDTV takes it a step further by buying the product and returning it. He ruins the capability to sell that item for full price. That's why stores do the restocking fee.

293.2.2009 13:08
Javan39
Inactive

Originally posted by play2wyn:
Or if you really wanted that 52" Samsung you should have purchased it last week at Best Buy when it was on sale for 1899.99 with free install and three years no interest.
Well that is a good price but you still pay taxes so its still slightly more than online and I wouldn't trust Bestbuy to install it. They are almost as bad as the geek squad morons. But yeah so you either wait and pray you find a good deal and get to the store on time before the TVs get sold out....or you can buy it any day of the week online.

303.2.2009 13:25
Javan39
Inactive

Originally posted by sgriesch:
Originally posted by play2wyn:
Or if you really wanted that 52" Samsung you should have purchased it last week at Best Buy when it was on sale for 1899.99 with free install and three years no interest.
Yes, this is exactly what I do. I know what I want and wait for it to drop. Almost never fails. Keep in mind I worked at Best Buy for a while. I know what I'm doing here. Also, it helps if you know people who work there. When you buy as much as I have, they'll work with you.
That's another point though, who do you know at Newegg? Exactly. What most individuals do not understand is that if there is no store to go to, then the discovery of new items is harder for the general public to experience. What Javan does is the worst possible thing to do for a local store. Not only do you not purchase it, you use the store for the experience. It costs money to have the B&M store, so it's going to add to the cost of the product. You probably just wasted the guys time too, which costs them money. Shop where you like, but on-line is not the best way for me.
WDTV takes it a step further by buying the product and returning it. He ruins the capability to sell that item for full price. That's why stores do the restocking fee.
Just to clarify I didn't say I go to stores and see the product and then buy it online. I suggested to sgriesch that if he wants to see a product before he buys it he is not required to see it in a store and buy it there. He can see it if he likes it go to other stores and check online and take the best deal.

I personally like to look online and read reviews to see what the best products are then shop around online and in stores for the best price. I don't even care if I see it in person.

313.2.2009 16:44

Originally posted by emugamer:
Originally posted by play2wyn:
Or if you really wanted that 52" Samsung you should have purchased it last week at Best Buy when it was on sale for 1899.99 with free install and three years no interest.
meh...sales are fluke. You have to be looking at the right place at the right time. And have money available in that window of time. And they suck you in with financing. I personally don't want to finance a TV for 3 years. The prices online are more stable and reliabe.
Financing = "If you pay it off in 3 years, then you don't pay interest"

It's the same as if you had the money in your pocket. Not a bad deal at all, it's the same as a loan, only a smaller loan. Who buys a car with cash? Unless it's a junk or you're rich! LOL.

Seriously, BB and others aren't bad, but you have to be a keen shopper. Remember, they're there to make money. Sales do exist. Sometimes I used to scratch my head when customers would come in and specifically ask for a clearance model that was sold out in the entire region! That's going too far. Besides, how do they know this stuff?

324.2.2009 8:14

Originally posted by SProdigy:
Originally posted by emugamer:
Originally posted by play2wyn:
Or if you really wanted that 52" Samsung you should have purchased it last week at Best Buy when it was on sale for 1899.99 with free install and three years no interest.
meh...sales are fluke. You have to be looking at the right place at the right time. And have money available in that window of time. And they suck you in with financing. I personally don't want to finance a TV for 3 years. The prices online are more stable and reliabe.
Financing = "If you pay it off in 3 years, then you don't pay interest"

It's the same as if you had the money in your pocket. Not a bad deal at all, it's the same as a loan, only a smaller loan. Who buys a car with cash? Unless it's a junk or you're rich! LOL.

Seriously, BB and others aren't bad, but you have to be a keen shopper. Remember, they're there to make money. Sales do exist. Sometimes I used to scratch my head when customers would come in and specifically ask for a clearance model that was sold out in the entire region! That's going too far. Besides, how do they know this stuff?
lol...yes, I understand the concept. It's still a bill that I have to make payments on every month. Interest or not. Not saying there is something wrong with that. That may be a great deal for some. But to have a bill for three years.....other than a car loan....well, I just wouldn't want something that bad. Maybe a year. Something like that, they count on you screwing up and forgetting a payment (which the odds are higher the longer the loan is). Even if it's $10/month. I don't trust myself. Not all banks have the option of automatic monthly checking account deductions. And then you get slapped with fees and accrued interest. Not to diminish it's value to others. I've done some zany things to finance things and pay no interest.

Anyway, off topic...this is not about how people finance things.

Back on topic though....how many people really care about having a salesperson to talk to? It's a foreign concept to me. My parents or grandparents might, but electronic sales seems like a dying art. Bottom line is, most sales people don't have the expertise or knowledge on a product. Not to knock any of you who worked at BB or CC. There are always exceptions. Time and time again, I've never been able to get my questions answered. I avoid sales people at all costs at any store. I find that unless they can point me in the right direction or tell me the price of an item, they would just waste my time. I only go to the store when I know what I want anyway. I don't window shop or impulse buy. Am I a product of a different generation? Over the years, we've all seen businesses streamlined and loss in experience and expertise. Are my views narrow? Should I get out more? Just responding to sgriesch's comment on "who do you know at Newegg?" My answer to that is that I don't care. Who do I know at Best Buy. Who did I know at Circuit City? Nobody. I'm satisfied with the customer service by stranger on the phone from who knows where, as long as I get what I need for the right price. Again, am I a product of a streamlined business model that has taken the personality out of shopping altogether?
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335.2.2009 4:31

I've been to at least 4 circuit city stores in the last month and there's nothing but crap left or t.v.s that are still more expensive than online stores!


No time for Leap frog!!!

345.2.2009 9:35

Originally posted by Javan39:

I personally like to look online and read reviews to see what the best products are then shop around online and in stores for the best price. I don't even care if I see it in person.
It's good to use the internet to get educated on the product. I still like to physically see it.

355.2.2009 9:45

Originally posted by JOHNSTARR:
I've been to at least 4 circuit city stores in the last month and there's nothing but crap left or t.v.s that are still more expensive than online stores!
I'm heading over to one during my lunch break today. I'm in the market for a 20" 720p TV. I'll see how low they've gone, if they have any left. Right now, I have one online for about $250.

365.2.2009 9:45

Originally posted by SProdigy
Financing = "If you pay it off in 3 years, then you don't pay interest"

It's the same as if you had the money in your pocket. Not a bad deal at all, it's the same as a loan, only a smaller loan. Who buys a car with cash? Unless it's a junk or you're rich! LOL.

Seriously, BB and others aren't bad, but you have to be a keen shopper. Remember, they're there to make money. Sales do exist. Sometimes I used to scratch my head when customers would come in and specifically ask for a clearance model that was sold out in the entire region! That's going too far. Besides, how do they know this stuff?[/quote:


That's true. Keep the money in an interest bearing account. Use their money, while you make money.
As for the sales, you just have to know what to look for in the ad. There are sales out there, but if everyone shops at Newegg, then there won't be as many places around to compete with, and Newegg will begin to raise their prices.

375.2.2009 10:03

emugamer,

You are right about the "automatic" online bill payments. Best Buy is the WORST of them in this category.

HSBC runs their financing, and is notorious for making due dates fall on weekends, when you CANNOT schedule them for payment, even a day in advance, like Friday. Instead they want you to "express pay" which has a $15 additional charge, or you can take a late fee hit for paying a day late (ie. earliest day you can schedule) and in my case, the late charge is almost double my minimum payment, for my lowly account.

NOTE: this is related to the article, because HSBC also ran the CC credit cards and considering that aspect, is one reason I steered clear of CC's financing.

385.2.2009 18:31

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Viera-TH...3876321&sr=8-1#

This TV is $899 from Amazon with free shipping. At Circuit City today, it was reduced to a whopping $979.99. And that is with the 20% discount. I did end up buying something though. Guitar Hero World Tour for $40 and two Les Paul black controllers for $30 each. I think video games and accessories are the best deal at this kind of sale. They will only go lower, and new video games almost never get reduced by this much.

Blu rays were down by 30% also. I still need to wait until they go down a little more. I would buy one for 50% off. They are almost all $30+.

396.2.2009 10:48

Quote:
Originally posted by play2wyn:
Or if you really wanted that 52" Samsung you should have purchased it last week at Best Buy when it was on sale for 1899.99 with free install and three years no interest.
Well that is a good price but you still pay taxes so its still slightly more than online and I wouldn't trust Bestbuy to install it. They are almost as bad as the geek squad morons. But yeah so you either wait and pray you find a good deal and get to the store on time before the TVs get sold out....or you can buy it any day of the week online.
BEST BUY is THE GEEK SQUAD MORONS. I wouldn't let those idiots hook up my washer much less my TV or network. Best Buy has internally stated that they target "customer w/ little knowledge". So, there is the issue: You go to buy a PC and Johnny Dumb**** doesn't know the difference between a 9800GT, 9800GTX (it's not the "X"), and a radeon 4850. Johnny's making $10.00 / hour, and the customer typiclly goes home with an overpriced HP filled with bloatware. It works, if you nothing about what you are purchasing.

406.2.2009 14:45

Originally posted by emugamer:
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Viera-TH-42PZ80U-1080p-Plasma/dp/B00142MUDS/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1233876321&sr=8-1#

This TV is $899 from Amazon with free shipping. At Circuit City today, it was reduced to a whopping $979.99. And that is with the 20% discount. I did end up buying something though. Guitar Hero World Tour for $40 and two Les Paul black controllers for $30 each. I think video games and accessories are the best deal at this kind of sale. They will only go lower, and new video games almost never get reduced by this much.

Blu rays were down by 30% also. I still need to wait until they go down a little more. I would buy one for 50% off. They are almost all $30+.

Yep, the accessories are what is marked up the most. Those $100 Monster Cables are really only about $20 at the old employee discount. They still made money on those controllers you bought. If you can get it for cheaper than you normally would, then you did alright.

416.2.2009 14:49

Originally posted by SProdigy:
emugamer,

You are right about the "automatic" online bill payments. Best Buy is the WORST of them in this category.

HSBC runs their financing, and is notorious for making due dates fall on weekends, when you CANNOT schedule them for payment, even a day in advance, like Friday. Instead they want you to "express pay" which has a $15 additional charge, or you can take a late fee hit for paying a day late (ie. earliest day you can schedule) and in my case, the late charge is almost double my minimum payment, for my lowly account.

NOTE: this is related to the article, because HSBC also ran the CC credit cards and considering that aspect, is one reason I steered clear of CC's financing.
My CC credit card runs through Chase Bank. But I guess it isn't going to get run through anymore :-)

426.2.2009 15:24

Quote:
Originally posted by emugamer:
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Viera-TH-42PZ80U-1080p-Plasma/dp/B00142MUDS/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1233876321&sr=8-1#

This TV is $899 from Amazon with free shipping. At Circuit City today, it was reduced to a whopping $979.99. And that is with the 20% discount. I did end up buying something though. Guitar Hero World Tour for $40 and two Les Paul black controllers for $30 each. I think video games and accessories are the best deal at this kind of sale. They will only go lower, and new video games almost never get reduced by this much.

Blu rays were down by 30% also. I still need to wait until they go down a little more. I would buy one for 50% off. They are almost all $30+.

Yep, the accessories are what is marked up the most. Those $100 Monster Cables are really only about $20 at the old employee discount. They still made money on those controllers you bought. If you can get it for cheaper than you normally would, then you did alright.
I did get it cheaper. Those controllers retail for $59.99 each. I essentially got them for half off - or buy 1 get one free, if you will. I don't care if they made money or not. Something like that I wouldn't buy used (who knows what other people do with their controllers) so I'm happy paying only $30 for each new controller. As for the game, I could have gotten it used off Amazon for $35 including shipping. But for $5 more, I'm happy to buy it new. I'm not sure how much they were selling the game/guitar bundle for, but I wasn't intereseted. I've read that the official guitar is slightly larger and has issues.

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-3-Paul...33951301&sr=8-2

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