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CompUSA going out of business

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:32 pm

There was an article recently in Wisconsin State Journals' business section saying that all CompUSA's are going out of business after the holidays.

When I bought a computer there this summer, the sales guy talked me into buying some sort of extended service plan for an extra $150. Prick. What happenens to my $150 now?

That place used too much of that mail-in-rebate shit to artificially deflate their advertised prices. That's one business practice I hope goes away forever.

http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/biz/ind ... 46&ntpid=3
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Re: CompUSA going out of business

Postby Maxine » Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:24 pm

Dust Mite Rodeo wrote:
When I bought a computer there this summer, the sales guy talked me into buying some sort of extended service plan for an extra $150. Prick. What happenens to my $150 now?



Contact the store immediately to ask what their plan (in writing) is to honor their extended warranties. If they're not able or unwilling to do that, demand a refund. If they are unwilling to do that call the state consumer protection and state attorney generals office to file complaints immediately, before they lock the doors for good.
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Re: CompUSA going out of business

Postby Beer Moon » Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:39 am

Dust Mite Rodeo wrote:When I bought a computer there this summer, the sales guy talked me into buying some sort of extended service plan for an extra $150. Prick. What happenens to my $150 now?


You wasted it the moment you shelled out for it. That warranty was going to expire before anything went wrong with the hardware.

Hell, you can buy a new computer for $200!!
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Postby fisticuffs » Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:01 pm

Thats sucks. It was nice to have a place where I could walk in the door and find parts and such without having to order on line. They also were one of the few places that carried Apple although now they have the Apple Store and Best Buy is getting on board so I suppose not that big of a loss. That is some pretty prime real estate though what do you suppose will go in there?
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Re: CompUSA going out of business

Postby Michael Patrick » Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:06 pm

Dust Mite Rodeo wrote:When I bought a computer there this summer, the sales guy talked me into buying some sort of extended service plan for an extra $150. Prick. What happenens to my $150 now?


Dude is out of a job. That should make you feel better.
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Re: CompUSA going out of business

Postby pulsewidth modulation » Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:26 pm

Dust Mite Rodeo wrote:What happenens to my $150 now?


Your $150.00? You handed it over to them... Nothing will happen now. You're out $150.00.

I don't understand why people fall for "extended service plans." If you read the documentation they typically exclude almost all 3rd party hardware failures from service. About the only thing retailers insure against is poor assembly; which is easy for consumers to fix anyway.

A word about PCs... If you want one; learn how to service them, or meet people who know how to service them on the cheap (like me). Otherwise, expect a money sink hole when your machine goes down.

Also. The after market PC retail market moved to the net years ago. It was only a matter of time before retailers like CompUSA bit the dust. Even Best-Buy is starting to drop a lot of their after market inventory. How can they compete with specialists like NewEgg.com? They can't...
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Postby fisticuffs » Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:30 pm

Agreed that most extended service plans are just handing over much needed profit to the retailer. The exception I've found ids the Apple Care warranty. It paid for itself when my burner went down. They serviced it right at Comp USA in a few days. Had I shipped to Apple for the repair I understand they would have buffed the scratches out of the case. I guess it depends on the investment. A $500 POS PC I wouldn't bother as like you said it doesn't cover much of anything but a $1500 Mac and a warranty that actually DOES cover the computer is a very different story.
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Re: CompUSA going out of business

Postby lordofthecockrings » Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:58 pm

pulsewidth modulation wrote:A word about PCs... If you want one; learn how to service them, or meet people who know how to service them on the cheap (like me).

Right. I want your thumbless little hands fucking around in my computer like I want an angry live rat implanted in my lower intestines.
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Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:21 pm

A laptop is a lot dicier to work on even for the very well thumb-endowed.

It's my own damn fault for caving in to the guy's high-pressure tactic. It got to be like a shouting match.

I did manage to get out of Sears with a brand new lawn mower without signing up for the service plan.

But this compUSA guy was 10X worse than a new car salesman who wants you to buy Rusty Jones brand rust protection for an extra $250.

Shopping there was unpleasant for a lot of the same reasons that shopping at Radio Shack sometimes sucks, you get this bad-breath a-hole dweebus who hovers over you and tries to maximize the amount of money that leaves your wallet.
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Postby Paco » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:12 pm

Circuit City wanted $200 to set up my moms laptop. Their security package thing was about $300, and the pc was only about 800. I passed.
I did buy one for my first pc, and it paid off because the power supply went kaput and something else went wrong and it paid for itself.
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Postby Shipley » Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:57 pm

so when do I get to go in and load up on cheap cables and desktop accessories? shame about the stores and lost jobs, but the liquidation will at least yield a benefit to myself.
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Re: CompUSA going out of business

Postby ShaneDog » Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:08 am

pulsewidth modulation wrote:A word about PCs... If you want one; learn how to service them, or meet people who know how to service them on the cheap (like me). Otherwise, expect a money sink hole when your machine goes down.

Also. The after market PC retail market moved to the net years ago. It was only a matter of time before retailers like CompUSA bit the dust. Even Best-Buy is starting to drop a lot of their after market inventory. How can they compete with specialists like NewEgg.com? They can't...
Wow. PM and I agree on something. What's next? Cats and dogs living together? The apocalypse is nigh.
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Postby dogmeat » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:57 am

Paco wrote:Circuit City wanted $200 to set up my moms laptop. Their security package thing was about $300, and the pc was only about 800. I passed.
I did buy one for my first pc, and it paid off because the power supply went kaput and something else went wrong and it paid for itself.


You can pick up a standard power supply that'll be sufficient for most computers for less than $50 and it'll take a few minutes to slap in. Working on computer hardware is not as complicated as many assume. In many ways it's less complicated than your car and certainly less dirty to work on.
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Postby TAsunder » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:01 am

Shipley wrote:so when do I get to go in and load up on cheap cables and desktop accessories? shame about the stores and lost jobs, but the liquidation will at least yield a benefit to myself.


Not cables. CrapUSA is a rip off when it comes to cables. As are just about all retail stores. Stick with monoprice.com
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Postby Shipley » Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:01 pm

are they a rip off because they're over priced or because they're not good?

Because I'm talking the whole "everything must go!" sale where I start buying stuff for less than a dollar.
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