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So we knew it would only be a matter of time before we'd hear about either electronics store filing for bankruptcy. Little did we know Circuit City would do it this quickly and beat Tweeter to the courthouse.

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This might seem sudden to some, but observers of tech retailers have been seeing this one coming for quite some time now. Also, if you've ever shopped at Circuit City, you're probably familiar with its fairly non-existent customer service. It's a shame because I remember when it used to be THE place to shop for electronics back in the day.

Now, if you're thinking of rushing on over to Circuit City to snap up some deals on electronics, go right ahead but be sure to remember that you won't be able to return merchandise if you find something wrong with it. Also, if you buy extended warranties, make sure you ask who will be responsible for the warranty once Circuit City disappears and where you should take your product for repair... In other words, is there a business named to cover your warranty?

Please don't forget to check prices to make sure you're truly getting a bargain on that "sale" or "discounted" item. There are plenty of instances where a liquidation sale doesn't necessarily offer you the best price out there.

Finally, if you have a gift card or store credit at Circuit City, get over there quick and spend it before you're left holding perfectly useless plastic.

(Sun Photographer Lloyd Fox)

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