Circuit City's Liquidation: Deal or No Deal?
For anybody who thought Circuit City's liquidation sale wouldn't be good, think again. Over the weekend I went into one of the bankrupt company's stores to compare their sale prices with Best Buy's prices. My conclusion: Circuit City has some good deals compared to its rival and some online sites. The bad news is, you may be driving to several Circuit City stores to find the best brands and models because much of the good stuff has already been picked over. At least that was the case at a packed Circuit City store in Falls Church.
But if you're not that particular about brands and models and you just want a good deal on a television or a camera, Circuit City may be a good choice while it stays open. Before the company announced it would liquidate its inventory, many of its prices matched Best Buy. But Circuit City is now trying to unload its stuff with 10 to 60 percent discounts.
For example, a 50-inch Panasonic plasma TV was $1,499.99 at Circuit City, a $500 discount from its previous price and Best Buy's current price on the same model. A 46-inch Samsung LCD TV was on sale at Circuit City for $1,279.99, lower than Best Buy's price of $1,499.99. A 40-inch Sony LCD was $1,039.99 at Circuit City, also lower than Best Buy's price of $1,299.99. The same 52-inch Sony LCD TV model at both stores was $200 cheaper at Circuit City. I saw similar price differences on cameras and computer printers.
But buyer beware: You can't return or exchange any of your purchases. And shop around before you plunk down your money at Circuit City. Most of its liquidation prices were competitive but a few were cheaper elsewhere. Best Buy had an 8-megapixel Olympus camera for a few dollars less than Circuit City's sale price of $143.99.
Have you shopped Circuit City's liquidation sale? What did you buy? What good deals did you see?
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