RIP Richard Sharp

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Dennis Nicholls, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. Dennis Nicholls

    Dennis Nicholls Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 1998
    Messages:
    8,748
    Likes Received:
    303
    Location:
    Boise, ID
    Real Name:
    Dennis
    I saw this obituary for Richard Sharp over on NRO this morning.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381283/death-world-class-salesman-stephen-moore

    Along the path of nil nisi bono, Sharp was most known around here as the purveyor of the tangible-media pay per view DIVX. When he left the very successful Circuit City, his successors ran CC into the ground in a short period of time.

    I remember buying mail-order stereo gear from Dixie Hi-Fi in the early 1970s. Dixie was transformed by Sharp into the CC chain.
     
  2. Dheiner

    Dheiner Gazoo
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2001
    Messages:
    2,649
    Likes Received:
    127
    Location:
    'skonsen
    Real Name:
    John Dhein
    It seems that DIVX was about his only bad idea. Well, that and Crocs.

    RIP Mr. Sharp.
     
  3. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    17,247
    Likes Received:
    1,298
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
    It's interesting to read about CC as top-notch company in "Good to Great" or "Built to Last". And Circuit City was the place for me to browse and shop in the '90s. And I bought my first HDTV and cellphone there. But even setting aside DIVX, the stores began suffering compared to BestBuy even in terms of layout and the buying experience. They were poorly laid out, with slow credit car ssytems, and crazy on-receipt rebate forms that resulted in 36" receipts that took a minute to spool out from the register.
     
  4. Carl Johnson

    Carl Johnson Cinematographer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    May 6, 1999
    Messages:
    2,259
    Likes Received:
    23
    Real Name:
    Carl III
    Best Buy and Walmart changed the retail sales landscape in the 90s, and Amazon changed it in the 2000s. Circuit City failed because in the late 90s the company grew, but they failed to adapt.
     
  5. Stan

    Stan Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    May 18, 1999
    Messages:
    3,073
    Likes Received:
    275
    Not sure how to respond.

    Somebody's death is always sad.

    But CC and DIVX sucked. I was just getting into home theatre at the time and knew DIVX, etc. was the wrong way to go. CC thankfully failed. Sounds terrible to say, but he didn't leave a nice legacy behind.
     
  6. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    29,231
    Likes Received:
    4,614
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    I don't know if that's a good thing for consumers with less competition in the market place as well as the thousands of people that lost their jobs.
     
  7. Bryan^H

    Bryan^H Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2005
    Messages:
    3,624
    Likes Received:
    658
    From the article he seemed like a decent guy that had good business sense.
    R.I.P Rich.
    I miss Circuit City, and Best Buy's push to nearly everything I want "available online" only has alienated me from them.
     
  8. Keith Plucker

    Keith Plucker Screenwriter
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 1999
    Messages:
    1,140
    Likes Received:
    54
    Location:
    Sacramento/Seattle
    Real Name:
    Keith Plucker
    I am going with "rest in peace". Another option would be simply to ignore the thread completely. It seems to me that some of the comments are inappropriate for RIP thread. To each their own.

    -Keith
     
    TonyD and Stan like this.
  9. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    10,701
    Likes Received:
    559
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman
    RIP Mr. Sharp.

    DiVX was a misstep but otherwise I loved CC and I'm reminded of that every day when I turn on my main TV that I bought from there (and that I'm likely to keep watching until I can no longer get replacement bulbs for it -- RIP DLP too).

    I have been lied to repeatedly by Best Buy employees about TVs and other big-ticket items when I asked questions that were over their heads (although this has improved in recent years). CC employees would always just say "I don't know" if they didn't know the answer. I really respected that.
     
  10. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 1999
    Messages:
    4,275
    Likes Received:
    192
    Was just thinking about him today, didn't know he'd died. "Early adopters do take some risk, it's regrettable..." :)
     
  11. Dennis Nicholls

    Dennis Nicholls Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 1998
    Messages:
    8,748
    Likes Received:
    303
    Location:
    Boise, ID
    Real Name:
    Dennis
    I was thinking about "legacy" gear today. Does anyone have an old DIVX player that still works? What about the discs - did they become "unlocked" after the mother-ship went offline, or are they just coasters now?
     
  12. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    20,703
    Likes Received:
    1,824
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    Coasters.
     
  13. Northgun

    Northgun Second Unit

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2013
    Messages:
    304
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Jacob
    I enjoyed CC, had a better selection in Home Theater equipment then Best Buy in my area. Its where I went before I became the online shopper I am today
     

Share This Page