So several people I know are raving about the "great" deals they're getting at Circuit City. I went last week to check it out for some home theater equipment and possibly a new TV. There are signs everywhere of "25% off of all TVs!" and "Everything MUST go!" and "20-50% off all items!" Looked like some potential there. I got caught up in the hype and spent some bucks on some stuff. Feeling like I got incredible bargains, I went home proud and smug. Upon researching several of the items when I got home, I found the exact same prices - EXACTLY THE SAME DISCOUNTED PRICES - on Amazon. So what they've done is marked everything back UP to the MSRP, then "discounted" them for clearance. While I didn't get ripped off (they were still good prices, especially on my wall speakers, and I still think they made a mistake on the Onkyo theater system I got for under $200), I didn't get any better of a deal than I would have with some frugal online shopping. Plus I avoided any shipping charges.
Bottom line, don't get caught up in the frenzy. Know the price beforehand of what you're buying before you plunk it down. My wife saw a Circuit City salesman at breakfast this morning and he told her everything went down another 10% today. So we went and checked it out. Everything worth anything is still only at 20% off (like tv's and Blu-ray players), same as you get on Amazon. Some examples of what I'm talking about in knowing the price: a 1TB My Book drive was discounted at 30% off to $231. I bought the exact same product on Amazon for $130 2 months ago. A pair of Skull Candy earbuds was discounted to $23. I bought a pair at Target last year for $15, not even on sale. Now some things I DID get a deal on were DVD's (Blue Harvest for $7!!), DDR for Wii ($48, regularly $70), and a cordless laser mouse ($40).
Just be cautious and don't let your eyes get too big for your wallet. The really good deals there are still few and far between.