Crowds barrage Circuit City in search of deals

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - The aisles of the parking lot at the Chesterfield Circuit City were more like a traffic jam, as shoppers didn't just vie for close spaces.

They competed for any spot available.

Saturday was just the beginning of what's expected to be a two and a half month long sale.

While our cameras weren't allowed inside Circuit City stores, we got a pretty good idea of what the scene would be like from the parking lot.

Alan Stone describes the scene inside the former electronics giant.

"A zoo! Too many people and long lines," he said.

Because of the sale Stone did some early shopping, buying a laptop for his daughter who won't leave for college until the fall.

"We paid about $700 for it," he said. "We probably got 15 or 20 percent off of retail. I haven't compared it to any other stores so I don't know if it's a great deal or not."

Circuit City is advertising up to thirty percent off all store merchandise, that was incentive enough for Bob New and his wife.

"My computer is twelve years old and its elderly like I am," he said. "I needed a new one so I thought this was a good time to buy one."

He only got about ten percent off what would be a $900 computer, but he's OK with that.

"I'm happy with this one," he said. "I bought my computer eleven years ago. I paid $3,000 for the whole thing."

New waited in line for about a half hour before checking out.

Dan Santalucia says his savings were worth braving the madness.

"It was a little bit of chaos but in the middle of the chaos we found some great buys especially in the software and printer section and we were able to take advantage of it," he said.

He saved about fifteen to twenty percent on his new printer and a X-box for his kids.

"It was mission accomplished for the day," he said.

Retail experts we talked to say the deals should only get better with time but the selection will decrease.

If you decide to make a big ticket item purchase and are worried about the warrantee, Circuit City says fear not all protection plans are backed by third party dealers and are not impacted by the liquidation.

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