Loc: United States
CompUSA serves mostly one purpose these days - if you need something in a pinch. I've overpaid for ethernet, USB & Firewire cables, print cartridges, paper, you name it - all because I lacked the patience to wait for an order online.<br><br>Otherwise, I don't set foot in the place - but as Pogue says, there is a glaring need for a reliable local computer chain. I've heard Fry's is decent, but unfortunately they only have stores in a handful of states - mostly in TX and CA...<br><br><br>
Yes, but still it's a shame.<br>CompUSA had a lot items that you could not find elsewhere (except on the internet). <br>They sold Apple computers.<br>Their sales weren't bad. <br>I bought 25 dual-layer TDK discs for $55.00. That's a good price.<br>The internet is cheaper but there are some items you want to try hands-on. <br>I buy most of my stuff on the internet these days which makes me part of the problem.<br><br>The only computer stores I have left in my area are CircuitCity and BestBuy and an Apple store.<br><br><br>
I agree about CompUSA. The last thing I bought there was something I needed right away. Otherwise forget it. Place was always a ghost town. Same with the one in Salem, NH that use to be my local CompUSA. <br>There is a Frys in Las Vegas. It was like a CompUSA (Computer parts, periphs and an Apple section) and an Office Depot combined. And was about the size of a Target.<br><br>
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
<OL>"...but as Pogue says, there is a glaring need for a reliable local computer chain. I've heard Fry's is decent, but unfortunately they only have stores in a handful of states - mostly in TX and CA..."[/LIST]I agree, and say that the same is needed for the absolutely killer <A HREF=http://www.carvin.com>[color:TEAL]<U>Carvin guitar, bass, amps, etc</U></FONT></a>. Either that, or they need to open up some franchising to reputable dealers.<br><br>Great gear, great prices, but mail-order only unless you visit one of their 5 or 6 showrooms in California. I know very few players who like buying an expensive guitar without playing the actual unit they're buying first.<br><br>
Bought my Macbook from a CompUSA store (it's not on the closure list) which is about a 20-25 minute drive, and received very good service. I chose that over driving about 1.5 hours or more, depending on traffic, to reach either Apple store that's closest to me. It was far better service then I got the last time I was in a Apple store, where a genius became my salesperson after I let them know they had an unhappy camper on the premises, but that's another story. <br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson<br>
_________________________ Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson
Manhattan spoiled me rotten. I wish Tekserve was a chain. Their prices are no better or worse than any other reseller, or the Apple Store for that matter. But they were competitive on many items with the Best Buy right across the intersection. I paid significantly less for ink carts and inkjet photo papers there than at the Staples around the corner, and they had the largest and best authorized service facility in the 5 Boroughs.<br><br>'Course, having the store under my window, and the owner living upstairs from me didn't hurt either. <br><br>But alas, they are a one-trick pony. A single landmark. Many miles away now. *sigh*<br><br>
The CompUSA store here is not closing. In fact they moved the Apple stuff from back in the corner to right out front. I like going there to see the new models and play with them. Otherwise I don't buy much stuff from there.<br><br>
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
I hear ya about Tekserve, Steve.<br><br>There's a local family owned business—Cumberland Electronics—that I've been going to for over 40 years. They've only within the past 8-10 years opened their 2nd and 3rd stores.<br><br>They have tons of stuff in stock (nothing really Mac-specific, just gobs and gobs of parts, tools and tinkerish junk of every description), and if they can't get it, it doesn't exist!<br><br>
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