Wow this sucks, over here the canadian division of Circuit (called "The Source, By Circuit City") isn't doing to well either and I heard there are big chances that they may fill for bankruptcy, too. I liked The Source because Radio Shack prices were too high and when Circuit City bought most canadian Radio Shack stores stuff was much cheaper (except wires and adapters, which jumped in price). During and after Christmas they did a huge 70% rebate sale on many stuff and it lasted almost one month, then it stopped, so I took advantage of deals and had no problems, but now they started another firesale and seeing this makes me a bit worried. If I hear that The Source is going to close, too, I'm gonna inspect the stuff very carefully before buying it. If the package allow it and I can't see from outside, I'm gonna try to open it if the store is crowded or clerks busy to see inside. Else, I'm gonna be very careful if I hear that it's an out of business sale. This could happen anytime soon, because small stores are starting closing one after another over here. Quebec city on the other side of the river is still fine, because the province national assembly is there, as well as a lot of offices and there are a lot of building projects underway, so most people barely have any chance to lose their jobs, meaning the stores still run fine because people still got money. In fact, the unemployment rate is like 4% there, I think, while in Montreal it's like 8%
Now that makes me wish Radio Shack was still around, because now we may no longer have wire store nearby, except Staples, which doesn't have all kind of adapters, same for Sears, Wal Mart and Zellers. Maybe Radio Shack will retake the old stores that got renamed over here, though.