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Circuit City Going Out Of Style: U Shoppin'?

SoulGateSoulGate Registered User regular
edited February 2009 in Games and Technology
Has anyone been by a Circuit City lately? I went tonight to maybe find something for my wife to pick out for her birthday, but the store is almost picked clean. A sign in the window said they have 10 days left, but the majority of items are only 40% or 30% discounted.

I did pick up Mass Effect for $13 and L4D for $34, a couple of Blu-rays for $15, and some CDs for $8, so I guess it wasn't a total loss. Too bad their home surrounds and TVs, you know, the stuff worth going after, are still in the $300s.

How are the people that are still working there taking it? Stashing away any things you'd want to pick up on the last day when everything has got to be gone?

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  • BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    There have been reports of people getting 1600 point cards for $13.50 or something.

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  • FreddyDFreddyD Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    There have been reports of people getting 1600 point cards for $13.50 or something.
    There have also been reports of CC being unable to activate said cards, and all sales are final.

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  • FoodFood Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I have to go by a circuit city today anyway, I'll probably stop by to see what's on sale. Was the store crowded?

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  • SoulGateSoulGate Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Food wrote: »
    I have to go by a circuit city today anyway, I'll probably stop by to see what's on sale. Was the store crowded?

    Rather crowded at mine, but that because most of the junk was packed into a few small sections. Maybe some places will leave stuff spread out but who knows. It's at least worth a look to see if there's any hidden treasures. I mean, come on, Mass Effect for $13. It's gotta be worth that, right?

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  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    The one near me was completely picked over. Shelves were almost bare.

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  • klokklok Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    A friend of mine told me there was a news story on how CC raised the prices of some of their products right before the sale started, so the X% off of some things you see might not be accurate. Which wouldn't surprise me since they have a bad habit of overpricing most of their shit in the first place.

    I went to the one at Concord Mills in North Carolina yesterday, it wasn't too crowded but I didn't see anything that was so cheap it was a must buy.

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  • RapeasaurusRapeasaurus Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I saw a local news story on CC closings where they were interviewing people coming out with shopping carts full of shit and then they saw a guy without anything, so they asked him what was up with that and he said, "It's still cheaper at Best Buy". I laughed for a good bit.

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  • FiziksFiziks Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I saw a local news story on CC closings where they were interviewing people coming out with shopping carts full of shit and then they saw a guy without anything, so they asked him what was up with that and he said, "It's still cheaper at Best Buy". I laughed for a good bit.

    Yeah all the sale prices are based off the MSRP, not the usual deal prices you see at Best Buy.

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  • Santa ClaustrophobiaSanta Claustrophobia Ho Ho Ho Disconnecting from Xbox LIVERegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    FreddyD wrote: »
    There have been reports of people getting 1600 point cards for $13.50 or something.
    There have also been reports of CC being unable to activate said cards, and all sales are final.

    This is only a worry if the cards in question have the scrape off section to reveal the code. If it's a paper pull-tab, then they're already active.

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  • tofutofu Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    The deals are not very good.

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  • CobellCobell Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    klok wrote: »
    A friend of mine told me there was a news story on how CC raised the prices of some of their products right before the sale started, so the X% off of some things you see might not be accurate. Which wouldn't surprise me since they have a bad habit of overpricing most of their shit in the first place.

    I went to the one at Concord Mills in North Carolina yesterday, it wasn't too crowded but I didn't see anything that was so cheap it was a must buy.

    What happens when stores go out of business is a separate liquidation company handles the closing sales. What occurs then is that all prices are set by the liquidator which is very often higher than the original stores price for the same item. You may see familiar employees still in the store because the liquidators have hired them for the liquidation sale to put any previous customers at ease. Sometimes, you can peel back the current price tag and see the previously lower price underneath.

    I would warn anyone to be careful shopping at going out of business sales; prices are often worse than other retailers until you get past the 25% off deals. Even then it may be more expensive. That said, you can still find the odd good deal there before things get heavily marked off, but you definitely want to do your research first on items you may wish to buy.

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  • stranger678stranger678 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I got 2 copies of Too Human for a total of $34 + Tax,

    So I'm happy, I rented it when it came out, said I would buy it for 20, and it was cheap enough that I got mine, and one to give to a buddy for some on demand co-op

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  • lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Cobell wrote: »
    klok wrote: »
    A friend of mine told me there was a news story on how CC raised the prices of some of their products right before the sale started, so the X% off of some things you see might not be accurate. Which wouldn't surprise me since they have a bad habit of overpricing most of their shit in the first place.

    I went to the one at Concord Mills in North Carolina yesterday, it wasn't too crowded but I didn't see anything that was so cheap it was a must buy.

    What happens when stores go out of business is a separate liquidation company handles the closing sales. What occurs then is that all prices are set by the liquidator which is very often higher than the original stores price for the same item. You may see familiar employees still in the store because the liquidators have hired them for the liquidation sale to put any previous customers at ease. Sometimes, you can peel back the current price tag and see the previously lower price underneath.

    I would warn anyone to be careful shopping at going out of business sales; prices are often worse than other retailers until you get past the 25% off deals. Even then it may be more expensive. That said, you can still find the odd good deal there before things get heavily marked off, but you definitely want to do your research first on items you may wish to buy.

    This is all true. Of course even non-liquidators pull the same trick of raising prices before discounting.

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  • wakkawawakkawa Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    There are 3 circuit citys where I live, and all of them are atmost %10 off anything useful.

    So if you are easily swayed by 5 or 10 dollars, then have a blast!

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  • SilvoculousSilvoculous Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    There's a Circuit City near where I work, and until now I haven't even gone inside for any supposed sales due to pure procrastination. If it's anything like when the CompUSA store in my area closed down, it's going to be a while yet before anything gets marked down heavily enough for me to purchase.

    I mean, I'm talking 50% discounts at the least.

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    the sales are on a store by store basis

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  • anoffdayanoffday To be changed whenever Anoffday gets around to it. Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    My friend called a couple weeks ago, and the lady said everything was 10% off, which sucks. You can find better deals at stores that aren't closing down. Probably won't see any super good deals until the stores final, final days.

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  • ZxerolZxerol for the smaller pieces, my shovel wouldn't do so i took off my boot and used my shoeRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    All the CCs I've been to had extraordinarily shitty prices for games. I'm talking full price for games that are a year or two old, and even stacking in discounts (of 25%) the games would be more expensive than if I bought them elsewhere. It's totally not worth it.

    I guess if I'm going to buy a super expensive item, then yeah. 25% the price of an HDTV sounds mighty good. Too bad I'm not buying anything close to that. Ah well.

    klok wrote: »
    A friend of mine told me there was a news story on how CC raised the prices of some of their products right before the sale started, so the X% off of some things you see might not be accurate. Which wouldn't surprise me since they have a bad habit of overpricing most of their shit in the first place.

    Someone I know went out to snag a copy of Left 4 Dead when they started liquidation sales, and she found it for 69.99 dollars. For the PC version. Which retails at fifty bucks.

    Dead fucking serious.

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  • Mr PinkMr Pink I got cats for youRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I picked up a PS3 80G for $300.

    A few days later, they were cleaning out the back storage and a buddy of mine (who is a manager there) was letting me stand around and watch them unload all the stuff. Most of it was various CD's, movies, and cords that just got misplaced in the warehouse.

    Then out rolled a clean, white box with the word Wii on it.

    :)

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  • lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Mr Pink wrote: »
    I picked up a PS3 80G for $300.

    A few days later, they were cleaning out the back storage and a buddy of mine (who is a manager there) was letting me stand around and watch them unload all the stuff. Most of it was various CD's, movies, and cords that just got misplaced in the warehouse.

    Then out rolled a clean, white box with the word Wii on it.

    :)
    o_O
    I think you might have just explained why CC went bankrupt.

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  • anoffdayanoffday To be changed whenever Anoffday gets around to it. Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Zxerol wrote: »
    All the CCs I've been to had extraordinarily shitty prices for games. I'm talking full price for games that are a year or two old, and even stacking in discounts (of 25%) the games would be more expensive than if I bought them elsewhere. It's totally not worth it.

    I guess if I'm going to buy a super expensive item, then yeah. 25% the price of an HDTV sounds mighty good. Too bad I'm not buying anything close to that. Ah well.

    klok wrote: »
    A friend of mine told me there was a news story on how CC raised the prices of some of their products right before the sale started, so the X% off of some things you see might not be accurate. Which wouldn't surprise me since they have a bad habit of overpricing most of their shit in the first place.

    Someone I know went out to snag a copy of Left 4 Dead when they started liquidation sales, and she found it for 69.99 dollars. For the PC version. Which retails at fifty bucks.

    Dead fucking serious.
    Wow. That makes me not feel bad for them at all.

    I use to love CC. I remember they broke street date for Halo 2 PC and I picked that up. And I also got free MS points when I bought Guitar Hero 2 for the 360 there.

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  • MHYoshimitzuMHYoshimitzu Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    People don't seem to realize what has happened here.

    Circuit City doesn't exist anymore. The name and all of the products were sold to liquidators, who in turn are in charge of getting rid of all the crap in the store.

    So what they do is raise prices to the MSRP and then take discounts off of it. So, just because it says "discount" doesn't mean it's cheap.

    Blaming Circuit City for the liquidators raising prices and then saying "This is why they went out of business" is pointing the finger at the wrong person.

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  • OmeksOmeks Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I went by Circuit City yesterday. To be honest, I didn't venture around the store beyond the video game section, so I didn't see how much of what was left (though walls around the store edges seemed very barren). The big thing about this particular store is that they apparently haven't taken any effort to post the actual prices of things and still have the price tags that (I'm guessing) were put on the products before the liquidation, so the best idea of any great deals you'll get are a sign above the area saying "X% off on Y."

    Video game accessories seem to be 30% as a standard across stores. Problem is that by now, most worthwhile accessories have been picked clean. My store had very few Xbox 360 accessories (and actually had Wii accessories, controller sleeves and cheap stuff, in their place). The only Xbox 360 accessory I recall seeing was a single Xbox Live Vision Cam.

    As far as games go, there are some deals here and there, but they will be difficult to find. I went in to spend off a gift card I had, intending on buying Burnout Paradise ($20 before liquidation and at most stores). I was disappointed to see a $29.99 price tag on the game, but figured I'd go ahead and pay the extra ten just to get rid of the card. When it ran through the scanner, though, it actually rang up as $14.99, so I consider that to be a pretty good deal.

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  • eelektrikeelektrik Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I picked up a MadCatz Rock Band 2 Fender Precision Bass at 20% off MSRP. I could have gotten it for the same price online, but then would have had to pay shipping so this was still cheaper.
    Fiziks wrote: »
    I saw a local news story on CC closings where they were interviewing people coming out with shopping carts full of shit and then they saw a guy without anything, so they asked him what was up with that and he said, "It's still cheaper at Best Buy". I laughed for a good bit.

    Yeah all the sale prices are based off the MSRP, not the usual deal prices you see at Best Buy.

    This is a joke right? Best Buy is like the king of MSRP. They often advertise prices in their sale ads that actually aren't sales and are just the MSRP. They have some good sales every once in a while, but the vast majority of the time, its not worth buying something at Best Buy since you can get it cheaper elsewhere.

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  • BallmanBallman Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Well, I dunno. In recent memory I picked up a 12+1 month live card for $30 (MSRP $50) and Chrono Trigger DS for $30 (MSRP $40) at Best Buy. When Assassin's Creed was still $60, I picked it up at BB for $35. Yeah, they advertise a lot of MSRPs in their Sunday ads, but all the stores do that.

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  • SoulGateSoulGate Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I guess each store has a different close out date? When I went Friday, they had 10 days left, and all CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and games were marked down 40%. I probably could have waited till they had 3 days left and maybe picked up some games at 70% or so, but eh, when I went they had only one copy of Mass Effect, and it was already marked at $19.

    One thing that got me thinking was when I was checking out and they told me my total I said "That's not too bad." the girl said "Wow I wish more customers were like you."

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
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  • tofutofu Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    What the hell, why are people getting angry about the prices?

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    tofu wrote: »
    What the hell, why are people getting angry about the prices?

    Because in some stores, the math says you'll pay less at the normal price somewhere else.

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  • tofutofu Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Yes, but the liquidators have no obligation to sell items at lower prices.

    People are stupid.

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  • FiziksFiziks Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    eelektrik wrote: »
    I picked up a MadCatz Rock Band 2 Fender Precision Bass at 20% off MSRP. I could have gotten it for the same price online, but then would have had to pay shipping so this was still cheaper.
    Fiziks wrote: »
    I saw a local news story on CC closings where they were interviewing people coming out with shopping carts full of shit and then they saw a guy without anything, so they asked him what was up with that and he said, "It's still cheaper at Best Buy". I laughed for a good bit.

    Yeah all the sale prices are based off the MSRP, not the usual deal prices you see at Best Buy.

    This is a joke right? Best Buy is like the king of MSRP. They often advertise prices in their sale ads that actually aren't sales and are just the MSRP. They have some good sales every once in a while, but the vast majority of the time, its not worth buying something at Best Buy since you can get it cheaper elsewhere.

    Uhh yeah, I guess some people could consider sarcasm a joke.

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  • ZackSchillingZackSchilling Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I bought a 360 Les Paul for $20 at Circuit City a few weeks ago. I went back for the liquidation and it was $35.

    This was not an isolated incident. Looking around the store, all of the clearance deals had giant signs declaring how they were "30% OFF!" yet somehow priced significantly higher than before the clearance. I guess the MSRP explains it, but still really lame.

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  • eelektrikeelektrik Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Fiziks wrote: »
    eelektrik wrote: »
    I picked up a MadCatz Rock Band 2 Fender Precision Bass at 20% off MSRP. I could have gotten it for the same price online, but then would have had to pay shipping so this was still cheaper.
    Fiziks wrote: »
    I saw a local news story on CC closings where they were interviewing people coming out with shopping carts full of shit and then they saw a guy without anything, so they asked him what was up with that and he said, "It's still cheaper at Best Buy". I laughed for a good bit.

    Yeah all the sale prices are based off the MSRP, not the usual deal prices you see at Best Buy.

    This is a joke right? Best Buy is like the king of MSRP. They often advertise prices in their sale ads that actually aren't sales and are just the MSRP. They have some good sales every once in a while, but the vast majority of the time, its not worth buying something at Best Buy since you can get it cheaper elsewhere.

    Uhh yeah, I guess some people could consider sarcasm a joke.

    Sarcasm doesn't always come across very well over the internet.

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  • DirtyDirty Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I got my XBox 360 Arcade there for $179.99+tax. Sure, it was only 10% of MSRP, but everywhere else is 0% off MSRP. I went back a week or so later to see if the discounts dropped, and though they hadn't they had these refurbished 360 20GB HDD/ wireless controller bundles for $27.99. They didn't have them last time I was there, so I was pretty pissed that I had already spent $30 for just the HDD online. I still bought three bundles, kept one controller, and sold the rest to a game store for a small profit.

    Yeah, I'm kind of an asshole. But I'm an asshole who made a quick $20 and got a free wireless controller.

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I might get a Ps3 soon. I'll look in Circuit City for extra controllers and things.

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  • Mr PinkMr Pink I got cats for youRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Cantido wrote: »
    I might get a Ps3 soon. I'll look in Circuit City for extra controllers and things.

    You might want to go today, depending on the location of your store. Mine was sold out a week ago of everything but HDMI cords and a charging station.

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  • Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2009
    tofu wrote: »
    Yes, but the liquidators have no obligation to sell items at lower prices.

    People are stupid.

    People are stupid yes, but let's not pretend the liquidators aren't being manipulative and opportunistic here. There is clearly a deliberate and desceptive motive involved in marking your products up to full price, and then marking everything down to 90% so you can claim everything is on sale.

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  • MadpandaMadpanda suburbs west of chicagoRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I saw my local one hit the 50% mark, going to brave it today.


    edit - no spectacular deals, they had a few copies of too human which rung up as 27.99 after the discount, about $10 more than i want to spend for it.

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  • LawndartLawndart Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Omeks wrote: »
    As far as games go, there are some deals here and there, but they will be difficult to find. I went in to spend off a gift card I had, intending on buying Burnout Paradise ($20 before liquidation and at most stores). I was disappointed to see a $29.99 price tag on the game, but figured I'd go ahead and pay the extra ten just to get rid of the card. When it ran through the scanner, though, it actually rang up as $14.99, so I consider that to be a pretty good deal.

    Yeah, the CC near my office had the GH version of Burnout Paradise for $19.99, not including the 25% discount, which was really a no-brainer for me. I'm sure I could have hunted down a slightly better deal for it online, but there's something to be said for instant gratification and no other game store in the area, indie or chain, tends to sell new games for much less than MSRP.

    Now that their discount on videogames and Blu-Rays is 20% or more, there are some actual deals to be had.

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    tofu wrote: »
    Yes, but the liquidators have no obligation to sell items at lower prices.

    People are stupid.

    People are stupid yes, but let's not pretend the liquidators aren't being manipulative and opportunistic here. There is clearly a deliberate and desceptive motive involved in marking your products up HIGHER THAN full price, and then marking everything down to 90% so you can claim everything is on sale.

    Fixed.

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