Circuit City begins its liquidation sale in Kansas City area

The start of Circuit City’s liquidation sale Wednesday was bittersweet for Don Miller of Belton.

Miller and others lined up before the 10 a.m. opening of the Overland Park store hoping to get a good deal on electronics. But Miller, who went throught the liquidation process with a former employer just three years ago, also was concerned about the stores’ employees.

“It’s not pleasant for people there to lose their jobs and then they have to stay until the end. So I’m sorry to see it,” Miller said.

However, he did save about $13 on the Hewlett-Packard printer he wanted for his wife.

Circuit City — the nation’s second-largest seller of consumer electronics — on Monday announced 155 store closings, including its five area stores. It also canceled plans to open a new Merriam location.

On Wednesday, Kansas City area stores discounted most merchandise by 10 percent with some items such as DVDs marked down 20 percent.

Still, some prospective customers left empty-handed saying that even with the discounts, prices were still better at other electronics stores or online.

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