Gateway Country Stores

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  1. Aaron Silverman

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    Hi gang,

    Gateway has announced that they are closing all of their retail stores by April 9. I called the local store and they said they didn't know of any special sale. If anyone hears anything otherwise, please post here!

    (On the other hand, I have seen Gateway PCs at Costco this week. Maybe there's a connection.)
     
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    I'm curious, where did you hear this? I have a relative who works for Gateway - I'll ask him.
     
  3. Aaron Silverman

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    I heard it on the TV news this morning. There's a statement at www.gateway.com (it's a tiny little link at the bottom of the page).

    The TV said they're laying off 2500 people. I hope your relative isn't one of them!
     
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    Yes, Gateway is definitely shutting down their retail stores - all of them - on April 9th. This is part of their restructuring plan after the eMachines aquisition, as are the layoffs (some of which are eMachines employees).
     
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    The news made the front page of the business area of the local paper today as well.
     
  6. Aaron Silverman

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    So Gateway acquired eMachines? How did that go? My understanding is that eMachines aren't exactly up to the standard of brands like Gateway or Dell.
     
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    In the San Jose Mercury News, it says that clearance sales begin Saturday.
     
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    Cool. Thanks, Rich!
     
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    They're blowing out plasma TVs in at least some of their stores. My local store sold out of all their plasma and lcd TVs within two hours on Friday; the salesman said the 50" TVs went for $2000, and the 42" for just over $1000.

    The only thing they had left at the store was one 50" screen that had already been sold. The employees were all sitting on the store couch watching it... I can't blame them, either. Why sweat it when the shop closes in 4 days?
     
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    I didn't get to my local Gateway store until Monday night, and almost everything was gone. Gateway merch was only 15% off anyway, so there weren't any amazing deals to be had (they had only 2 desktops and 3 laptops left though!) There were a few digital cameras, MP3 players, and accessories though. I picked up a 128 MB Creative Labs Muvo MP3 Player/ USB Memory chip for $50. I later read the reviews on Amazon that say it's an unreliable piece of crap, but that it's great while it works. Oh well. Hopefully mine will last.
     
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    Yeah, my relative who works (soon to be worked) for Gateway said the plasma TVs were gobbled up by the employees. $1300 for a 42" display model, plus their employee discount - which I believe was 10%.

    Ah well.
     
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    You'd think the "soon to be unemployed" would balk at spending such a large chunk, deal or not.
     
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    Debt is the American way, these days... [​IMG]
     
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    To true. [​IMG]
     

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