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March 9th, 2002

Lament for 800.com

They made their way through some of the toughest times for technology companies, but this week, 800.com got swallowed by CircuitCity.com.

It’s unfortunate. 800.com was a really good resource for electronics. They had a good selection, decent prices, and a good web site. They even offered up live help via chat so visitors could ask questions before buying anything.

I remember when 800.com launched, back in the day when coupons were plentiful and everyone was offering a deal. 800.com had a list of 100 CDs and new customers could choose three of them for $1 (with free shipping). And the CDs were cut-out bin rejects, they were all decent 1-2 year old CDs. I had no trouble picking out three that I wanted.

Over the last few years, I bought some pretty significant items from them. I spent a couple hundred dollars on Monster cables and accessories and even bought the occasional DVD or CD through them. There’s no doubt, I’ll miss having them around when it comes time to buy another electronic item.

Google’s cache still has their most recent page archived and their first page can be seen on the Wayback Machine.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 9, 2002 -- 10:36:57 am
I noticed this last week, and was equally bummed out.

The problem was that while I liked 800.com, I never ordered from them (oops.) So I did nothing to keep them afloat other than admire their site and dedication.

That said, CC's site is okay - not spectacular, but okay. It seems as if CC is making a push to be the de facto online electronics store; they also have a connection at Amazon.com.



FROM: Mike
DATE: Wednesday September 22, 2004 -- 7:53:18 pm
I agree. I loved their site when it was up. As a web designer myself they always impressed me. Too bad they couldn't make a go of it.



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