We decided to head to the local Circuit City that is on that fateful list of closing stores, to check out what they had for sale at their “liquidation sale” today. We pull up thinking that we’re going to be walking into a shell of a store that has already been picked over by liquidation companies and early scavangers. What we found instead was a full parking lot, and a fully stocked store. We did not see a single person walking out of the store carrying any sort of merchandise, while we were there. And once we got inside we figured out why.

We immediately notice that everything is between 10-30% off. Ok, 30% off isn’t that bad, it’s still a business that has some stores open, they still need to try to make some money. Typical stuff like movies and music were 20% off, video games were 10% off and TV’s were about 20% off. Nothing was particularly cheap considering everything was set at almost MSRP with a percentage taken off, making things about the same price they would be on any other normal sale day. The only things we saw that might have been worth it were TV stands. They were nice looking stands with a good amount taken off.

So I guess if you’re in the market for something and know you’re going to buy it, then head over to your local “closing” Circuit City to purchase it at a bit of a discount, but if you’re driving out of your way to find one of these “liquidation sales” just turn around and go home, save yourself the gas money. Maybe it was our fault for expecting more from this “sale”, but I’d rather just order the stuff online for the same price (or cheaper) and have it delivered to my doorstep.

Best part of the whole thing was seeing the local newspaper photographer sitting outside the store waiting for someone to come out with merchandise. He’d been sitting there for at least 20-25 minutes while we were in the store and still didn’t have a single picture of someone walking out with a bag in their hands.

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  • Joe

    I had a similar experience… I agree, total waste of time and a total disappointment. A good 90% of the store was only 10% off… throw us a bone here! that barely covers sales tax. They sure didn’t seem too willing to “liquidate” more like “mollasisinate”. I figure they will drop prices 5-10% every other week until a miley cyrus is moved to the classical section and/or the people greeters make a job change to walmart.

    I bet they are still making good profit off the supposed “Sale”.

    Just goes to prove that they strive to have disappointed customers and try to bleed them for every dime they can. You would have to show up every morning to try to get a deal on some leftovers… and even then is it really worth the risk of their No Refund, No Return Policy that they only have posted on the exit door so you can get that gut feeling on your way out.

  • Me

    And even the stuff that is on sale for more than %10 off has been marked up at least 10% or could be found cheaper for regular price somewhere else.