Local Electronics Stores Defy the Recession By Not Being Terrible

While giant retailers are scrambling to nab whatever portion of Circuit City's suddenly available $11-billion in revenue they can, local electronics stores and midsize retailers are making out like gangbusters, simply by doing things the old fashioned way. » 5/27/09 5:04am 5/27/09 5:04am

Standing Over Circuit City's Cooling Corpse, Walmart Steps Up Its…

Where many see death and despair, Walmart's executives see opportunity. Starting this week, the big-box giant is drastically expanding its stores' electronics sections, hoping to compete head-on with the likes of Best Buy and Amazon. » 5/18/09 7:28am 5/18/09 7:28am

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane With Other Failed Gadget Sellers

Now that Circuit City's closing up shop, perhaps we should take a minute to remember other failed gadget dealers from our country's storied history. Technologizer's compiled a bunch of old television ads from now defunct tech stores and they're a treasure trove of early 1990s cheesiness and the repetitive mantra,… » 11/10/08 11:30pm 11/10/08 11:30pm

Sharper Image Rises From The Ashes...as a Brand Only

A few days ago we discovered that Sharper Image had "something big coming," but as of today, there has been no official word from the company about their future plans. However, the WSJ is reporting that the company will resurrect itself as a virtual brand. No stores, just a name that retailers can rent to drive up the… » 6/26/08 1:15pm 6/26/08 1:15pm

Where Did You Shop For Evil Holiday Consumer Goods?

It's Christmas Eve, and apparently that means people are making their last, mad dashes to immortalize their kinship through iPods and GPS systems. It's clearly too late to be shopping online for your holiday merchandise, but numerous inquiring minds need to know (OK, just ours), where did you do your holiday shopping… » 12/24/07 8:00am 12/24/07 8:00am

CompUSA Throws in the Towel, Sells to a Liquidator

While the rumor has been floating around all week, the Wall Street Journal reports CompUSA has been sold to a liquidation firm, effectively putting the company out of business. The move is largely based on declining sales, with the company speculated to only do $1.5 billion in sales this year (compared to $4 billion… » 12/07/07 7:45pm 12/07/07 7:45pm

Xbox 360 Failure Rate: 30%, Says Retailers

We always knew the Xbox 360 failure rate was high, but the only time Microsoft's put any sort of solid numbers on the thing it was always somewhere around 5%. Retailers, on the other hand, have just reported a failure rate of somewhere over 30%. That's pretty ridonkulous. It's a good thing Microsoft support is usually… » 6/22/07 3:50pm 6/22/07 3:50pm

Retailers Want a PSP Price Drop

Shit is hitting the fan with the PSP, and that is pretty obvious as of late. According to the folks at 1UP, some "big name" retailers are calling for a PSP price drop or the portable console may be dropped from the shelves entirely due to a lack of sales. We've heard confirmation of an updated PSP, but will that device… » 3/16/07 3:15pm 3/16/07 3:15pm