CompUSA brand lurches back from the grave

CompUSA, the Apple computer retailer and hardware supplier that collapsed more than a decade ago, is back from the dead with curated selections of tech offer.

Rather than selling tech hardware, CompUSA now refers users to other sites for a selection of tech items. You won’t find all the hardware, but games, gaming systems, computers, TVs, headphones and more have been added to the new site.

Currently in beta, – which still uses the same vintage logo as its traditional retired counterparts – allows registered users to set a price for an item they’re looking for and are notified the second it drops below. of this threshold. They can also receive stock alerts for tech items, which can come in handy for gaming systems or new Apple gear.

The new CompUSA giving product informationon on a Sony 4K television

CompUSA has a salvation, starting in 1984 as Soft Warehouse before being renamed CompUSA in 1991. It was one of the few large retailers to stock Apple’s premium products, in conjunction with the Performa line. which has saturated the market elsewhere. For most of his life, Apple users ridiculed him for poor aftermarket support.

By the mid-90s, it grew into a nationwide big box store with 229 locations. In the 90s, it was one of the few places to offer a large selection of boxed software for Mac beyond the basics of home and education.

The chain was one of the first victims of the switch to online sales. Things quickly turned sour for the chain in the early 2000s, with many locations shutting down and the latter being converted to physical Tiger Direct establishments – many of which have since closed.

Eventually, the name was sold, finding its way to the brand’s relaunch on Tuesday.

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