Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

MavericK

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I got every single rebate I mailed off for, even the one time where I made a mistake though that did require contacting the rebate house. Hard drive rebates? check. Mother Board rebates? Check. Ram rebate? Check. AV rebates that resulted in free software? Yes...did that at least 6-12 times. I'm not sure when the last time I paid for a license, but it was before 2007.

This was my experience as well. If I ever not got one, it was maybe once or twice ever, out of many. Sure, they did take forever to process, though.
 

pfc_m_drake

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Hmm, I don't think that is it. I will have to think on it. There was also a place in the Atlanta area that sold a good deal of stuff in their retail store and online. I bought several AMD64 CPUs from them when those first came out and they sent out t-shirts with each one - albeit all large or smaller. We bought tens of thousands of $ worth of stuff from mwave back in that time period. I don't remember ever buying anything from googlegear/zipzoomfly. Lots of good memories from that timeframe.
The place near Atlanta that you're referring to may have been Monarch Computer.
 

vegeta535

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That was my biggest pet peeve with Circuit City, just want to look at TVs, or something and you catch them out of the corner of your eye they see a potential commission and make a bee line for you and you're like "damnit I just want to look, stop trying to sell me!"
Oh God I remember buying a TV at CC long time ago. The warranty upsell was ridiculous. The sales guy basically wouldn't let me buy the TV unless I brought the warranty. I literally said fuck you and started towards the door before he gave up on the warranty.
 

nilepez

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They were but they were way way way behind everyone else. Problem is majority of the people didn't want to walk the who damn store to get somewhere. Times were changing. Microcenter didn't change much but they benefited from being smaller store but they did carry inventory to the point.

Everything they did was slow and behind time. When they didn't have the foot traffic they should have moved faster. They wasted so many man hours on mounting and cutting shit it was crazy lol.
Not me. I’d go there and walk through the store just to walk through the store. Sometimes I bought something, often I didn’t. First stop was always the ads (though I think those went away, since they didn’t seem to advertise in the paper in the past 5 or more years).

But there’s no doubt they should have shrunk the stores a long time ago. Even in 2015 the store in Garland TX had very little traffic. The one in Plano did better. I don’t recall going to the Arlington store or the one near the airport, so I have no idea what they looked like back then.

That said, the last MB combo I bought was from Microcenter. They just had a better deal and the MB was a good MB, so i didn’t have to ebay, as I did with the ECS I got with an 860 in 2010.
 

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I was excited when Frys opened stores in DFW in the late 90's, and scouting Frys ads weekly.... Bought alot of stuff (not just computer components).. After about 2007, I pretty much stopped going for PC components.. Alot of this had to do with my overclocked Q6600 being such a huge jump in performance that I was no longer upgrading every 18 months, and online / other options were really taking off and/or more appealing (than Fry's mostly ECS board combos). Every combo since the Q6600 (last combo I bought from Frys), I bought from MicroCenter. For everything else, there are tons of alternate options and of course slickdeals if you are shopping for price. Really surprised they held on as long as they did.. If they would have radically altered their business model around 2012 or so to be online only, sell off / lease their real estate holdings, they would have had a fighting chance IMHO.. but I guess they were blinded by their previous successes and the Fry brothers just got old and unwilling to change.

I remember this story too:

Fry’s Electronics executive accused of embezzling $65 million​


https://www.seattletimes.com/business/frys-electronics-executive-accused-of-embezzling-65-million/#:~:text=Ausaf Umar Siddiqui is accused,31 percent of the total
 
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TXE36

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Go to Costco and get an actually good hot dog and drink for a buck fitty fifty.
FIFY. (sorry, couldn't resist)

The first time I went into a Fry's there was a big banner "Welcome Technical Professionals". When I announced to the team I currently work for that Fry's bit the dust, my boss, a leader of over a dozen technical professionals and sharp engineer in his own right, asked "What's Fry's?" <-- Fry's marketing fail, as we are 3 miles from a Fry's store.

Anybody else miss a place in CA called Computer Geeks? Great deals on somewhat older, but useful hardware. Picked up PCI ATSC digital tuners from there for 30 bucks way back in 2006 when these were $150+ items - got 6 for $180 and they are still running in my MythTV system today. In the late 90's it was S3 based Number Nine video cards. A neat thing they did was trade-ins from retail customers with reasonable trade-in values.

Then there was this place called The Chip Merchant in CA, which was awesome for memory that was pre-WWW. I recall scoring a whopping 8MB 72 pin SIMM for $300 (memory prices in the mid 1990s were obscene) ordering over the phone.

Sad that so many of these places are gone. I too miss the classic Radio Shack, or Rat Shack as we called it.
 

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Oh God I remember buying a TV at CC long time ago. The warranty upsell was ridiculous. The sales guy basically wouldn't let me buy the TV unless I brought the warranty. I literally said fuck you and started towards the door before he gave up on the warranty.
I had nearly the same thing happen with my fridge. Only difference is the con worked because even with the warranty, they beat everybody else out on price. I recall thinking how can this business make money this way -- a few years later they were gone.

A funnier story is I bought a display model Sony VCR and asked if it came with a remote. The sales guy just grabbed one that didn't look like it belonged, but I tested it and it worked, sealed the deal, and paid. As I was walking out of the store another salesman was going nuts yelling "you can't give him that remote!!!" Ah, commission sales...

I recall buying a SoundBlaster and an 8800 GTS from there as well over the years. Sure, I'd go to CC for price, but never particularly enjoyed the experience. Had a friend that worked there for a time and his stories were all about management trying to screw sales out of commissions.
 

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Last time i drove halfway across dallas to go to fry's, it's this massive giant store, with nothing in it. Completely empty. This has been coming for 2 years.
The one in Austin is just a few miles from me, but same thing. I can't remember when the last time I actually bought something there was, but it had to be at least a couple of years ago.

Such a bummer - Fry's was great. :(
 

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Sadly never saw a CompUSA, most in the Chi-town region had closed by the time I came stateside and the one in Anaheim closed a few months before I moved to Cali...wasted a lot of money I absolutely didn't have at Circuit City though, I used to think of BB as the lesser of the two for some reason. Now here we are almost 2 decades later, how would I have gotten my precious 3090 FE without BB :)
 

nilepez

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This was my experience as well. If I ever not got one, it was maybe once or twice ever, out of many. Sure, they did take forever to process, though.
It took a bit of time, but generally within the period that they said it’d take. I did, however, always take photos of everything i sent in, including the addressed envelope, so that if there was a problem, i had documents of everything.

I think the only rebate I didn’t get was something from Newegg, but I can’t remember what it was...probably Nero Burning Rom....fortunately that’s a piece of software I will never need to replace, but still occasionally use.
 

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I had nearly the same thing happen with my fridge. Only difference is the con worked because even with the warranty, they beat everybody else out on price. I recall thinking how can this business make money this way -- a few years later they were gone.

A funnier story is I bought a display model Sony VCR and asked if it came with a remote. The sales guy just grabbed one that didn't look like it belonged, but I tested it and it worked, sealed the deal, and paid. As I was walking out of the store another salesman was going nuts yelling "you can't give him that remote!!!" Ah, commission sales...

I recall buying a SoundBlaster and an 8800 GTS from there as well over the years. Sure, I'd go to CC for price, but never particularly enjoyed the experience. Had a friend that worked there for a time and his stories were all about management trying to screw sales out of commissions.
I still have the SoundBlaster external I bought from them yrs ago. I should probably sell it...lol.
Long ago I was a commissioned car salesman, and it was terrible when I worked for Cal Worthington....scumbag! Toyota was a cool job as a commissioned salesman though.
 

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Long ago I was a commissioned car salesman, and it was terrible when I worked for Cal Worthington....scumbag! Toyota was a cool job as a commissioned salesman though.
Would love to hear stories about Cal; I grew up watching commercials with him and his dog, Spot.
 

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Oh God I remember buying a TV at CC long time ago. The warranty upsell was ridiculous. The sales guy basically wouldn't let me buy the TV unless I brought the warranty. I literally said fuck you and started towards the door before he gave up on the warranty.
Yeah I was looking at a 53" rear projection, man those were fun to have back in the day before flat screen LCDs came out, and it was the floor model so was heavily marked down, and I could see why there was a fat scratch across the front. Guy saw his commission in his sights and came at me, and I was like "yeah but there's a fat scratch in it!" this was before Google was really a thing, because in hindsight the outer screen probably could have been replaced for fairly cheap, guy said "Warranty?" and I was like "Will warranty cover this considering this is the 'original' condition I'm buying the TV at?" and he paused for just too long, like he was wondering if a straight up lie would work or not but it gave me a moment to realize that he was about to lie to me, and I was gone.

Ironically I went to Fry's for that same TV, and man two guys were bumbling over each other right in front of me talking about how to split the commission, and I'm like "I don't care about your commission I want the TV" the deal breaker was a $50 delivery fee though, so out I was of another store. I think I got that TV at Sears too, which had free delivery which is really what was needed because of how big and heavy those were and it had to go up a flight of stairs.
 

Bassman99

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Would love to hear stories about Cal; I grew up watching commercials with him and his dog, Spot.
I only met him once.
His daughter was the finance manaager there though.
She had a pot belly pig in her office.
I think her name was Courtney... I cant remember for sure, but she was hot though
 
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