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Not to be confused with /
Industry Retail
Founded 1996 in Oceanside, California
Headquarters Temecula, California, USA
Key people
Scott E. Kusel, President
Products Computer hardware, consumer electronics
Number of employees
under 70
Website and, also known as, was an Internet discount retailer of computer hardware, peripherals and consumer electronics to businesses, resellers and consumers. focused on purchasing manufacturers' excess inventories, closeouts and out-of-date products.

Retail website[edit]

The company's website was launched in the spring of 1996 as In 1998 Computer Geeks was able to acquire the domain names and Computer Geeks is the company's registered trademark name and their business name,[1] but the company rebranded and promotes itself as The company ceased online ordering on August 2, 2013, however their retail location in Oceanside, California is still open for business and a website opened to view the inventory of the store.

Tech tips[edit]

Tech Tips was designed to provide computer help, tips, or just some basic instructions on how to be a computer "geek". It was created to give consumers the computer information needed to stay current with trends and other industry related news. Tech Tips is published every Sunday to email subscribers and also posted to the TechTipsBlog.

History[edit] was founded in 1996 in Oceanside, California (greater San Diego area). The company is privately owned by Genica Corp. The use of multiple online marketing channels enables the company to streamline the purchasing process and effectively distribute products to their customers and contributed to the company's growth. is currently headquartered in Temecula, CA.

On August 2, 2013, online sales closed for business; however, the retail store in Oceanside, CA. will remain open.[2]

It appears, as of January 4, 2017, is undergoing an experimental relaunch and online sales have resumed.

Data Security Incident[edit]

In December 2007 the website was hacked and customer personal data stolen.[3] A case was brought against the company by the FTC in 2009 in which the company settled the case and agreed to 10 years of independent audits of their data security.[4]

Company website[edit]


  1. ^ March 3, 1996 Registration Record for, State of California Business Portal, retrieved November 16, 2008
  2. ^ []
  3. ^ Website Hacked, Customer Data Stolen
  4. ^ Consumer Electronics Company Agrees to Settle Data Security Charges