Circuit City Was Good to Me

Started Jan 17, 2009 | Discussions
Vandyu Veteran Member • Posts: 8,891
Circuit City Was Good to Me

Like so many other familiar shopping outlets, Circuit City is disappearing from the U.S. landscape. The funeral services will begin tomorrow as the liquidators move in, the big going-out-of-business signs are slapped across the doorways, and reminders are posted that checks will not be accepted.

I hate these events. To me these corporate vultures pick the bones off the dying companies they briefly serve. It's so regimented. Like itinerant contractors, they wander from dying company to dying company. Do their jobs and disappear. They have no investment in the products or the people behind them. They certainly care nothing for the bargain hunters that rush through the doors for a few dollars of savings.

I bought my Panasonic FZ20, then my D50, D70s, and D80 at Circuit City. My HP Officejet T45 came from the big red store. So did my early computers. They took things back when I wasn't happy and were always interested in keeping me satisfied. Well, there was one store manager who was less than accommodating, but his errors in judgement were offset by his replacement who really did something magnanimous.

I had a gift certificate for Circuit City and really wanted a Sony DVD player a few years ago that only was offered at Best Buy, across the street. The manager, having the discretion to do such a gesture, went over to the blue store, bought the Sony player with money from his petty cash fund, and then sold it to me, using my gift certificate. I was in awe of him for a long time. These things just happen so rarely.

I'm sad at the Circuit City passing. It's one less supplier. It means people have one less place to shop and manufacturers have one less outlet for their products. If you think this won't affect you, think again. With fewer places to sell their models, manufacturers are likely to cut back on designs. Shelf space is more limited. Do you really think Best Buy will suddenly enlarge their store fronts?

Computer City, CompUSA, Linens & Things, HQ, The Home Store, Reading China and Glass. Add your favorite store that used to be.

So, for all of the good things that you brought to life; for all of the times you let me bring back a product that became an open box item, for the years of making Black Friday a day for rising early, I thank you Circuit City. Rest in Peace.

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cmvsm Veteran Member • Posts: 4,717
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I agree. They were the only retailer to keep Best Buy honest. Now watch for climbing prices! At least we still have Walmart to give BB a run in a small way.

However, I'm sure that I've contributed to the death of Circuit City. Amazon's pricing and delivery service is just too good to pass up. I recently saved almost $700 on my 52" Samsung LCD by buying it through Amazon instead of Best Buy or Circuit City. Amazon's delivery and return policies are also superior to any brick and mortar store in the event a return or exchange is needed. This also goes for Blu-ray movies as well. I can save 30-40% on new releases buying through Amazon instead of any local retailer.

If these guys are going to compete, they need to start looking at the Amazon's of the world and considering them a real competitor. They don't right now and they are paying. I think that Amazon had the best holiday season of any internet or brick and mortar retailer. Says alot.

QUINCYCAT Contributing Member • Posts: 665
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Touching eulogy, Vandyu. We've also had good experiences at CC.
30,000 more folks without jobs. Let's hope they all land at good places.

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EM THOMAS Regular Member • Posts: 443
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Vandyu, another chain store like circuit city going out of business is a concern. I hope this is not just the beginning of larger downward spiral.

den did Regular Member • Posts: 139
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Just today 1 hour before the closing was announced, I bought a Canon SX110IS p&s camera to have on hand when I wasn't carrying my D90. The staff was very helpful and courteous. It's a shame our economy & country has fallen so hard. Maybe one day we will only have one brand of car, one store, one bank and all run by the state. We have been the longest lasting democracy but it is obvious we are evolving into a social republic.
Whew-all this in a camera forum!!!!!

Sangs Regular Member • Posts: 314
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While I echo your sentiments about CC passing, in this day and age of the internet I'm less inclined to worry about fewer outlets for products. The net has opened up stores and shops across the globe to everyone - places none of us would have ever discovered otherwise. I hadn't shopped at CC in a long time (it was never very competitive with Amazon for my goods), but it was one of my favorite places for a while.

Really miss CompUSA for sentimental reasons. When I first jumped into computers, it was THE place to go for me. I could browse the aisles for hours.

Vandyu wrote:

I'm sad at the Circuit City passing. It's one less supplier. It means
people have one less place to shop and manufacturers have one less
outlet for their products. If you think this won't affect you, think
again. With fewer places to sell their models, manufacturers are
likely to cut back on designs. Shelf space is more limited. Do you
really think Best Buy will suddenly enlarge their store fronts?

NikonMike Senior Member • Posts: 1,188
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I really hate seeing CC go under. In the small town I live in, that's all we have in electronics stores now besides Radio Shack and a large furntiture/appliance store. Hoping Best Buy will come in now. We're getting to the point of having only one place to shop, Walmart.
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bgD300 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,552
Well, they sold stuff cheap

at least cheaper than the little local camera stores they drove out of business.
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OP Vandyu Veteran Member • Posts: 8,891
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Our cameras reflect our world. Photographers are some of the most interesting people I know. Physicians are some of the most boring.

I agree that there is a segment of our society that advocates for some version of socialism in the U.S. If China and other major investor nations were to turn off the flow of multi-billion dollar loans, how would this nation fund its "bailout" programs for banks, the automotive industry, and every corporate lobbyist who weaves a tale of need for his particular manufacturing or service base?

My question is--what is the tradeoff? What is being promised in exchange for international investment in the U.S.?

Perhaps Average Joe or Jane is best served by looking through the lens and capturing America as it is now. The landscape is surely changing.

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OP Vandyu Veteran Member • Posts: 8,891
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I realize there are web-based outlets proliferating. But, for those of us who really enjoy handling the merchandise, feeling the grip, moving the dials, the internet fails us. I will not buy a camera that I have not held. Some models are impossible to find in brick & mortar stores anymore, and I think they suffer from lack of real-life exposure.

And then, there is the hassle of returns and the cost of paying return shipping. I just went through that with a company that sent me the wrong motherboard, yet I had to pay $12 return shipping and wait for weeks to have my credit card refunded.

Another web-based company sent me a wooden sign that I ordered and the wood had a knot where I wouldn't want one. Had I been able to select it, I never would have purchased that one. Thankfully, I contacted the manager and he replaced it.

But, internet shopping for me is not a pleasure because I like to select, buy, and leave. Not select, check out, pay shipping, wait, hope it arrives as ordered, hope UPS/FedX doesn't destroy it, and hope it works.

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bgD300 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,552
The rest of the world needs to lend us money

So we can keep financing our balance of trade deficit by buying lots of foreign made goods and send the money back to them.

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