On Saturday we went to the local Circuit City, out of curiosity. As you probably know, all U.S. stores are being closed, and are in the middle of a massive liquidation sale. So, I wanted to check it out, and maybe get a bargain or two.
And a more depressing sight, I haven’t surveyed in a long time…
Half the TVs had been wrenched from their displays, leaving nothing but a jumble of wires sticking out of the wall. And the floors were filthy; apparently they see no reason to continue with the cleaning? I guess I can understand that, but it’s disconcerting nonetheless.
Also, some of the employees were wearing regular street clothes, instead of the standard red polo shirt. I can hear ’em now: “What are they going to do, fire me?”
The whole thing was kind of sad. I didn’t like Circuit City much, because they advertised things and NEVER had them in stock. And their staff seemed to possess a talent for bugging the crap out of me when I wanted to be left alone, and hiding when I needed help.
But I didn’t want the place to go under. I hate to see anyone lose their job, and competition always keeps the prices down. This is good for nobody… except people who own Best Buy stock, I guess.
One specific item I wanted to search for, was The Ultimate Collection by The Who. The band is underrepresented in the Surf Report sound library, and I wanted to take steps to correct the problem.
So, I located the appropriate section of the CD aisle (which looked like a crime scene), and started flipping through the discs. In front of the Who header card was something by Oasis, Conway Twitty, The Shining on DVD, a cell phone car charger (out of the packaging), and what might have been a single Swedish meatball.
“Let’s just go,” I said, following a large sigh. And it’ll probably be our final-ever visit to a Circuit City store. A real shame.
Our next stop was a lot less depressing, and you can read about it here.
Then I needed to buy a new pair of tennis (tenna) shoes, because my current pair goes wanka wanka when I walk. So we went to the mall.
There we visited at least four stores, and were getting nowhere. I know it might be shocking to some of you, but I’m very particular about certain things. And the only shoes that met my approval was a pair of New Balance, priced at $75. Hilarious.
So, we wandered around aimlessly (going wanka wanka the whole time), and I almost bought another less-appealing pair of New Balance at Sears, for $60. Toney finally said, “Just get the ones you want! This is making me crazy.”
And that’s the most I’ve ever paid for shoes, by a large margin. I don’t think I’ve ever plunked down more than fifty bucks, and usually it’s around thirty-five or forty.
What’s the most expensive pair of shoes you’ve ever owned? I have a feeling I’m on the “cheap bastard” side of things. Please use the comments to confirm or deny.
And before I call it a day here (this is a quickie), I’d like to know why stores now only leave one shoe inside the boxes on display? Do people walk out with them? Is that really a common problem? Wouldn’t it be kind of difficult to shoplift shoes?! Incredible.
All I know is, it irritates me to have to track down an employee, and stand around waiting for him or her to retrieve my other shoe from the walk-in vault, or whatever. (Waiting for the other shoe to drop.) I was bitching up a storm about it on Saturday, and Toney was rolling her eyes in exasperation.
She seems to think it’s no big deal, but it is. Oh, it’s real big.
So, there you go. I got a late start with this one, and need to stop here.
Have a great day, boys and girls.