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Is CompUSA in Madison, WI stll open?

 
 
AKT
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      12-11-2007, 08:24 PM
PeterD <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

: I think the OP must have given them money (bet it was cash) so he's
: worried!

I paid with cc, so not as worried as I would be with cash. I don't
necessarily suspect foul play: store is closing after holiday
liquidation sale, so they are hard to get hold of. But I can see how my
order could fall through the cracks. So, if ready I'd like to pick up,
else cancel for refund or charge back at the bank. I can go there, but
it is 5 hr round trip, so just want to gather as much info as possible.
 
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      12-11-2007, 08:28 PM
AKT wrote:

>clams casino <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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>: Do you not have telephone service where you live?
>
>They are not answering. I have tried the store number, manager's direct
>line he gave me, as well email.
>
>



Have you tried 1-800-compusa? or any other of their numbers?
http://www.compusa.com/help/default.asp
 
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John A. Weeks III
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      12-11-2007, 09:40 PM
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>,
John McWilliams <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> Jolly Roger wrote:
> > In article <111220071014571122%(E-Mail Removed)>,
> > nospam <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> >
> >> In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, Arny Krueger
> >> <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> >>
> >>> You mean they closed like 128 stores.
> >>>
> >>> There seem to be about 100 stores that are still open.
> >>>
> >>> Or did something more happen just lately?
> >> the rest of the stores will be closing in a month or two, and at that
> >> point, compusa will be history.

> >
> > ...and I'll break out some champagne...

>
> I wonder how the company is valued, if indeed it's being purchased by
> investors. Usually there's "Goodwill" to account for , but in this case,
> for many, there's naught but bad will.


My understanding of the deal is that the founder of a large
Mexican telecom bought CompUSA a year or two ago to try to turn
it around. At that time, they closed about 1/2 of the existing
stores. A few days ago, the Mexican guy gave up. He "sold"
CompUSA to a liquidation company by transferring CompUSA and
a boat load of money to the liquidator. The liquidator will
close all stores shortly after the holiday season, liquidate
the merchandise and fixtures, and buy out all the leases.

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      12-11-2007, 09:45 PM
On Tue, 11 Dec 2007 14:24:26 -0600, AKT <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> PeterD <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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>: I think the OP must have given them money (bet it was cash) so he's
>: worried!
>
>I paid with cc, so not as worried as I would be with cash. I don't
>necessarily suspect foul play: store is closing after holiday
>liquidation sale, so they are hard to get hold of. But I can see how my
>order could fall through the cracks. So, if ready I'd like to pick up,
>else cancel for refund or charge back at the bank. I can go there, but
>it is 5 hr round trip, so just want to gather as much info as possible.


A five hour round trip makes virtually any bargin expensive. I'd
cancel and order online. May cost a bit more up front, but no wasted
time, no wasted fuel, no hassels, just a product from a company that
(we hope) will be there in a week.
 
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Gary A. Edelstein
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      12-11-2007, 11:25 PM
On Tue, 11 Dec 2007 11:16:33 -0600, AKT <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>I'll explain the circumstances below but to summarize this request, I'd
>appreciate help of anyone near Madison, WI in determining if the
>CompUSA store at 213 Junction Road (just off Hwy 12/14) is still open?
>Here is the Google map of the location:
>
><http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...=&ttype=&q=213
>+junction+road+madison+wi&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=34.999041,65.21484
>4&ie=UTF8&ll=43.062986,-89.527165&spn=0.063084,0.127373&z=13&om=1>
>
>Now the circumstances. A few weeks ago CompUSA had advertised certain
>Mac computers which for were for store sales only. The nearest near me
>was in Madison (still 2.5 hours). I called and they said they had 2
>left and I decided to go and buy. When I got there, they couldn't find
>the machines (turns out they were being "refurbished"). The manager
>offered some extra incentive and said he'd ship it to me as soon as
>ready--- so I paid for it. Two weeks later, no computer and I read that
>CompUSA is going to close all stores soon! The manager has not
>responded to my emails and nobody is picking up the phone at the store.
>
>So, if you are in/near Madison and can help me figure out if the store
>is still open, that would be helpful.
>

I live in Madison. I called their number, 608-827-9333, and tried
ext. 8 for a real person. After 3 tries, I was able to get a real
person at the store who said they might stay open until February. He
said they will begin the process of liquidating this week.

I also got a hold of a regular sales person at their 800 number who
said the store was open for now but will likely close in January.

I'd say keep trying by phone to check on your order status or to
cancel the order. Given you paid by credit card should provide some
level of protection.

There was a media announcement that the company was sold and the
remaining stores are closing after the holidays. That's different
than the earlier announcement about some of the stores closing. The
store in Milwaukee closed as part of the first round, but the Madison
store didn't. Here's the latest announcement:

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2231399,00.asp

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      12-12-2007, 12:26 AM
"John A. Weeks III" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> My understanding of the deal is that the founder of a
> large Mexican telecom bought CompUSA a year or two ago to
> try to turn it around. At that time, they closed about
> 1/2 of the existing stores. A few days ago, the Mexican
> guy gave up. He "sold" CompUSA to a liquidation company
> by transferring CompUSA and
> a boat load of money to the liquidator. The liquidator
> will close all stores shortly after the holiday season,
> liquidate the merchandise and fixtures, and buy out all
> the leases.



This article confirms the Mexican sale, but shows a vastly different date:

http://www.crn.com/it-channel/18833230

11:42 AM EST Mon. Jan. 24, 2000 From the January 24, 2000 issue of CRN

"CompUSA Inc. agreed to be sold to Mexico-based retailer Grupo Sanborns SA
de CV in a tender offer worth $10.10 per share, both companies said.
"Grupo Sanborns indirectly owns about 14.8 percent of CompUSA shares and
will buy all outstanding shares, said Grupo Sanborns Chairman Carlos Slim
Domit.

"Telefonos de Mexico, Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) Corp. and SBC Communications
Inc. will be minority investors in the company, according to Grupo Sanborns.



The new owner of CompUSA does liquidations, but they also do recoveries.
They have indicted that the tech support and mail order businesses are
healthy and will be continued.


 
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      12-12-2007, 12:58 AM
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> CompUSA has gone out of business. They're kaput.


They will not close all of their stores until after Christmas.


 
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      12-12-2007, 02:35 AM
Gary A. Edelstein <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> I live in Madison. I called their number, 608-827-9333, and tried
> ext. 8 for a real person. After 3 tries, I was able to get a real
> person at the store who said they might stay open until February. He
> said they will begin the process of liquidating this week.
>
> I also got a hold of a regular sales person at their 800 number who
> said the store was open for now but will likely close in January.
>
> I'd say keep trying by phone to check on your order status or to
> cancel the order. Given you paid by credit card should provide some
> level of protection.
> ..


Thank you. I appreciate the info. I too finally got through to a live
person. He said the manager from 2 weeks ago no longer works there. He
took down my info. So, in a day or so, I should have it resolved,
either computer or refund.
 
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Michelle Steiner
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      12-12-2007, 05:56 AM
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>,
"Arny Krueger" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> > My error; the remaining 103 stores will stay open through the
> > holiday season, and then close.

>
> Thanks for correcting yourself so nicely, Michelle.


Well, it was better than writing, "Michelle, you moron; more than one
hundred stores will stay open, you blithering idiot!"

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Jeffrey Goldberg
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      12-12-2007, 09:25 PM
In <(E-Mail Removed)>, Arny Krueger wrote:

>> CompUSA has gone out of business. They're kaput.


> There seem to be about 100 stores that are still open.


The article that I saw in the New York Times was that they would be
closing the remaining 103 stores after the holidays.

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