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For those who had never been to this store, it was blocks from Intel, AMD, Yahoo, and many other true industry legends. Rent had to be crazy.
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Originally Posted by dave12 View Post

Technically, if one of your expenses become too high (rent, taxes, labor) and your ROI suffers because of it then your enterprise is under performing. I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

Teach me economics mein sir.

Your in Ohio, you don't know how it is here in Cali lol.
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Originally Posted by skyn3t View Post

you
and you we live very close to each other.
Germantown smile.gif

Heh. If you have any old parts to sell, let me know dude smile.gif
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Should answer most questions.

Freaking Bmore. If it was on the inner harbor, id be all for it. Wait, will it be on the harbor? That would be freaking awesome if so.
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Teach me economics mein sir.
Your in Ohio, you don't know how it is here in Cali lol.

You consider that economics? rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by airbozo View Post

Sad news. I was there at least once a week. Fry's could learn something about customer care (and employee education) from these guys.
Yeah I agree I live rite in between the anaheim frys store and the costa mesa mirco center store and guess where i am always going...
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Yeah I agree I live rite in between the anaheim frys store and the costa mesa mirco center store and guess where i am always going...
Micro center is in Tustin.
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Micro center is in Tustin.
Thats wat I meant biggrin.gif sorry its a lil late at nite.
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Originally Posted by GiaA View Post

Problem with our store is the knowledge base of our customers along with mountains of competition. We have 4 Fry's within 10 minutes of us and since people know what they need they just look for the lowest price, whether or not the associates are competent or can answer a question is less important than $5 or $10 dollars.
Increased competition from Amazon certainly wasn't helping either.

Sorry to see your store close. I doubt it had anything to do with the lease as the e-mail and postcard stated. That store was always very quiet, except on Black Friday.

I bought a lot of stuff at Microcenter over the years, though for my latest system, a rack-mount Linux server with four SATA drives in a RAID array, Microcenter basically had nothing I needed. They didn't have the right ASUS motherboard (needed one with at least 4 SATA ports, but also with IDE ports), the right low-tdp Core i3 CPU, or the proper chassis or power supply. Due to the disk drive shortage, I had purchased the drives at Costco (2TB for $69) on Black Friday. I think I bought one cable at MicroCenter for the system. But I did go there prior to ordering most stuff on-line.

Besides Amazon's low prices and free shipping, and lack of sales tax (well you're supposed to pay it even though they didn't collect it) Fry's had started to match Internet prices while Microcenter did not. I don't know how many people take advantage of the price-matching, but the savings are substantial since Fry's is often 30-80% more expensive for the exact same item than Amazon or Newegg. When I needed some digital camera batteries at the last minute, before an overseas trip, I took advantage of Fry's price matching, and they reluctantly honored their policy even though their price was 3x the Amazon price.

For laptops, Costco's two-year standard warranty is a powerful incentive. I would periodically receive surveys from Microcenter and I always mentioned that they should adopt that Costco warranty policy in order to be more competitive, but MicroCenter is so addicted to selling extended warranties that they simply would not consider such a move.

A lot of people will shop local stores, even if the prices are slightly higher, in order to get the item more quickly and be able to return stuff more easily, as well as just to help a local business survive.
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You consider that economics? rolleyes.gif

Way to not say what it is if I'm wrong thumb.gif That's sure to make people think your smart, on teh webz.
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They clearly state its because of a lease negotiation. Frankly California rent and lease prices are outrageous. This doesn't indicate problems at other stores, where the rent is probably a lot more reasonable.
Have you guys ever looked into how much 30k^2 feet of commercial property costs to rent in silicon valley? Check into it and you'll probably have a mild cardiac event.

I am paying $.75 per square foot right in the heart of Silicon Valley. The problem with where Microcenter was is the location and the future development going on. Right behind them is where they are building the new stadium for the Santa Clara 49'ers so the landlord is jacking up the leases. Several businesses have indicated they are not renewing.
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