- 65 months ago
I'm sure many of you lucky enough to live within range of a MicroCenter have noticed their killer deals on CPU especially when bundled with a motherboard. It's not uncommon to see a Microcenter advertisement offering the 4790K w/ Mobo $100 cheaper than Amazon and Newegg. The caveat is always that you have to purchase in-store. Well, it turns out there's a caveat to the caveat, at least with the Tustin, California MicroCenter.
This is a warning to anyone else who may be thinking about shopping here: When you get to store they're going to tell you that the Tustin, CA location is the only store in the country that doesn't honor the nationally advertised prices and then they're going to attempt to sell you the CPU and/or motherboard for $20-$30 more than it's listed here at PCPartPicker and more than it's listed on their website. When you point to their price match policy and try to get them to price match their own website they're going to refuse. It's going to take you twice as long to do those things than it should because it looks like half of the staff called out or was never hired. That's the only reason I can think of for why there would be 18 people attempting to check out at 2 open registers.
In the future I'll check Yelp before driving 40 miles to take advantage of a great deal. Had I done that here it would have saved me time and money. There are dozens of others who've experienced the same thing at this location. I don't know what the legal definition of false advertising is but it certainly feels like Microcenter is engaging in deceptive and misleading advertising to me. Maybe this bit of legalese is their out, I don't know. If you do know, I'd love to have more info:
"The promotional price of Advertised Special Products shown on the Specials section may be higher or lower than the actual Micro Center Online® purchase price. Pricing and availability of Advertised Special Products may vary at each Micro Center® retail store, and may vary from each Micro Center® retail store to Micro Center Online®. Due to supply constraints, pricing and availability of Advertised Special Products shown on the Specials section of Micro Center Online® may change at any time."
TL;DR: Screw you Tustin, CA Microcenter (hopefully that's not too offensive!)