Comp USA are a bunch of &#@*......Rant.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by benlee, May 9, 2007.

  1. benlee macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    not sure if this is the right place for this so feel free to move it. I have been going to Comp USA every week now for quite some time because the one near me is going out of business and every so often they raise their percentage off. right now it is at 50-70% off everything. Now there is not much left but i just go there to try and find a deal on something. Today i was there and a 20inch apple display was marked at 50% off. you think that would mean it would cost $250....nope $350 because they had the before price marked as $700. thing is a couple weeks ago the before price was marked $600....i cant believe they get away with this. they trick people into thinking they are getting a deal.
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    did they have the price listed as the old one? if so, whats the problem? i don't see it at all.
  3. benlee thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007

    a 20 inch doesnt cost $700. never has. never will. last week it was marked at $600....when the discount increases the before price raises.
  4. jimN macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2005
    At any rate it's a good discount, stop whining and start buying (and be the envy of everyone here).
  5. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    The full price of the ACD 20" is $600, and they're offering it for $350? Is it new (not ex-display)? It sounds like a steal to me - 41.6666% off rather than 50%.

    It may be misleading, but it looks like a deal to me, whether or not it's really 50% off. If I were you, I'd swallow my pride and buy it. And print out the Apple online store page and try to get $50 off.

    Incidentally, the Dell widescreen 20" is currently $340 ($59 off list price).
  6. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    Aside from the fact that 50% of $600 is $300 and not $250, you're denying that $350 for a 20" ACD is a deal?

    Besides, this isn't something new to CompUSA or retail in general. "Compare to" prices are almost always inflated.
  7. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    Been there. I bought a 160GB LaCie desktop Firewire drive from them in March. It had a "$109.99 $99.99" sticker on it, so I thought it was a good deal. Out of curiosity, I checked the LaCie website afterwards and saw that they were selling it for $99.99 regular price. Now, however, the same one on the LaCie website is $94.99 regular price. :mad:
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Sure, it's a great deal, but it's very misleading. What's stopping CompUSA from advertising 75% off every 24" iMac while still charging the retail price $1999 because the "before" price was marked up to $2665?

    I'd talk with the manager.
  9. benlee thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007

    thats the thing its not a new one...its a display that looks ok but by the looks of everything around it, it must have taken a little beating. I'm not whining. nor buying. Just thought it was bull**** that they are tricking people
  10. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    If it was a display, it could have been purchased before the price dropped to $599. Weren't the ACDs $699 not all that long ago?

    I understand that it is misleading, but it's common practice, unfortunately, and not limited to CompUSA.
  11. macdaddy121 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2003
    Where was this located? It might have been used a little while but it is still a good deal? If it is near me I would buy it? Where is it? Thanks.
  12. Mr. MacBook macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2007
    yeah so what

    It's a marketing plan. Look on ebay and you'll find tardfaces selling playstation 3s for 750 dollars and saying that "if you buy on ebay somewhere else, it'll cost 1000!" even though the price is 550 for the 60gb model.
  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Yes, the 20" was just dropped from $699 to $599 last month.

    Go to Apple's refurb site: They cite the original price for the 20" ACD at $1299. Makes it look like an awfully good deal when they sell it for $499.
  14. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    Maybe that's why Comp USA is going out of business
  15. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    At my local CompUSA I've found that the discounts they're offering make them almost competitive... now that their prices are cut by 60%. They had ludicrously high prices on everything, so I'm amazed they haven't gone out of business much sooner.

    I did however pick up a nice cheap CoolerMaster case from there, and almost got a copy of the 60% off Vista... but no. Even at that price it's too much for it.
  16. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2003
    One of my local CompUSA's has two 20 inch ACD's for $420 sans the power supply. They were displays models. Still not a good deal, they looked worn. If the 20 inch ACD is still in the box I'd buy it in a snap for $350.

    They also had a MacBook Pro for $1600, an "open box" but it was still in the box. It was tempting but I passed.
  17. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Actually they used to be quite a bit more than $700, Apple has steadily lowered the price over the years from $1,299 to be exact.

    While I'm no fan of CompUSA, they're actually not doing anything wrong here in this instance. It's 50% off the original CompUSA price which was indeed $699.99. The retail price wasn't reduced from $699 to $599 by Apple until well after their liquidation sale was already underway, so actually $350 would be the correct price. I'm sure if it's in good shape, somebody will be happy to take it at that price anyway.
  18. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    What say you, OP?

    I think it's a perfectly normal and fair business practice. Just be glad they didn't only take 50% off the $1299, and call it $650.

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  19. benlee thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    Fair? Maybe? thats debatable. I just think it is very deceitful. I didnt know they were originally $699 from apple though so i guess that makes it ok.
  20. rmhop81 macrumors 68020


    Apr 4, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    the 20inch ACD isn't $500 brand new anyways so couldn't be only $250. It would be $300, so $50 more isn't a bad deal. Pretty slick if you ask me. I'd like to see how you get when buying a car.
  21. macjay macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2003
    Also, it may actually be a liquidation company that purchased the remaining inventory and that is setting the prices, not CompUSA.
  22. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    It's like frozen orange juice or porkbellies, when the price hits $325 that's your sweetspot. Or you know, buy the thing before someone else does.

    BTW, an expletive RANT is when you bought something and they somehow screwed you or something much much worse than their going out of bidnez sale isn't giving you a 20" ACD for practically free.
  23. godoggo macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2007
    CompUSA doesn't set thier prices in closeout

    I recently bought a 1.5 TB Maxtor Raid drive for $300 down from $1000, Final Cut Studio Full Retail Version $400 from $1200, and 3 Sony MC3's for $99 from $250. I asked who set their prices and they responded that it was in fact a liquidation company that determines their prices. They had some great deals and I went in there every day looking for something.
  24. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I think I just threw up green puke.
  25. sxl95 macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2006
    I was told the opposite from the people from the liquidators at the Beachwood, OH store yesterday. Supposedly the company still owns the inventory.


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