According to this post over at jkOnTheRun, CompUSA is closing up to half of its brick and mortar stores. While customers should be able to clean up with discounts starting around 20% off, the big question to me is why.
Personally, I think this is a natural cycle for the computer industry. The consumer base has gotten comfortable with Internet purchasing of big-ticket items like computers and HD TVs among other things. At the same time, more and more technology products have been comoditized to the point that you can find almost everything you need at Wal-Mart, Target, or K-Mart. Not to mention long-time technology chains like BestBuy and Circuit City carrying everything from laptops, to cell phones, to car stereos, to HD TVs, to refrigerators, to… you get the point.
Trying to be a computer superstore when computing products are as common as toasters is a tough business. I’m not surprised that they are reducing the number of retail outlets when you factor it all in. Of course, this is my opinion of what’s happening, and did not contact CompUSA for any information on the topic, so take it for what its worth.
Via: jkOnTheRun – CompUSA’s closing stores- good deals to be found