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Legacy Collection at Abt!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Happy April Fool’s Day from Everyone at Abt Electronics! legacy


Hi there! Thanks for checking out the “new” items in the Abt Legacy Collection. We hope you enjoyed reading about them, and that it’s not too disappointing that we’re not really selling any of these products. We thought it’d be fun to take a look back at what the hottest products were from bygone eras. These products were some of the hottest items sold at Abt over the course of our 78 years in business. Some of these were actually bought by long-standing customers at Abt, and returned when their owners—or in some cases, the owners’ children—finally decided to upgrade to something more contemporary.

You’ll hear folks say “they don’t make ‘em like they used to,” when they see one of these vintage refrigerators or televisions. Old products were built to last, and to provide tireless service. Like these products, we’ve been around for a long time. And that’s because we’re built the same way. Sales fads and product trends will come and go, but the one thing that never gets old in the retail business is customer service. Since our inception, Abt has been committed to providing our customers the best shopping experience possible. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been voted Top Appliance Retailer in the USA by a certain highly-regarded consumer magazine, four years running. As we take a look back at these products, it’s kind of like looking through an old family album, filled with its ups and downs. We can’t wait to see what products we’ll be laughing at 78 years from today.

If these products made you chuckle, please click below to share them with friends and family!


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Abt Spring Cleaning Must-Haves!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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The weather is starting to warm up, and the snow has just about fully melted.  Time to go out and play!  Well, first it’s time to do a little cleaning, in and around your home.  Abt has just the right tools you need to help your clean-up move effectively and get your house back into great shape.  Crack open the windows, start cleaning up, and welcome Summer once again.  Check out the above video as our representative Josh Davis stopped by goes over some must-haves to clean your home from Abt!

Dogs Love Abt Too!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Sure, Abt Electronics is a great place for humans to spend a few hours wandering, shopping for products to make their homes more convenient or entertaining. We’ve got stuff for all ages and personality types. Some shop alone, some bring their entire family. And by entire family, we mean entire family, even man’s best friend. While it’s not an advertised fact, Abt is a dog (and cat)-friendly establishment. And while most of our furry, friendly visitors are the type that fit in a carrier, we also get visits from big gals like Lola. Lola recently visited Abt with her family, and spent some time watching the fish in the tropical aquarium on our salesfloor. I can’t tell if she was thinking “That looks like dinner,” or “I sure could use a swim,” but this gorgeous girl sure seems to be enjoying herself.  Happy Friday!




Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 and 5s

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Back at CES 2014, we checked out some of the new products from Mophie, including the new Space Pack smartphone battery/storage cases. Carl, one of our in-house product experts recently took a closer look at the Mophie  Juice Pack Air, which provides protection and extra battery life for your iPhone 5 or 5s. Weather’s getting warmer, and the arrival of summer means long nights out with friends. Rest assured that your iPhone makes it through all the extra use you’ll throw at it with a battery case like the Mophie Juice Pack Air. Check out the video to learn more!

Pandora Jewelry Spring Line Celebration!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Spring is officially here, even if the weather still doesn’t seem to think so.  Along with longer days and (eventually) warmer nights, spring means the debut of new fashions. Stop by Abt this weekend to get a look at Pandora Jewelry‘s new Spring Collection! We’ll have a full stock of the season’s newest designs for perusal and purchase. Get a free polishing cloth with any purchase, and purchases over $100 receive a free Pandora Clasp or Bangle Bracelet (a $65 value). Visit Abt’s Time Boutique today and tomorrow (March 22-23) to find some gorgeous new accessories for your spring wardrobe. Refreshments will be served.

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It’s never too early to backup your hard drive

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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For many, their computer is an important source of information and entertainment.  We have our music, photos, videos and more, many of which took a long time to accumulate.  This means that everyone has something to lose on their computer.  Precious moments, especially photos and important work documents should always be backed up.  When should you do it?  How about right now?

Seriously. There is no better time to back up your important files other than now.  You never know when you might download a bad e-mail, spill water on your computer, or your hard drive simply seizes up.  At Abt Electronics, we have what you need to make sure your important files will be saved, safe and soundly.  Check out our variety of external hard drives that will be the second home to all your important items!

Home Security Specials at Abt!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Abt is best known for our selection of home appliances and electronics, for products that make your home more convenient, comfortable and  fun. However, many people don’t realize we can also make your home safer.  Since 2012, Abt has offered Home Security Systems to our customers.  A security system from Abt utilizes today’s most advanced monitoring technology, giving you peace-of-mind from nearly anywhere in the world. Sensors in your home can detect fire, carbon monoxide leaks and burglaries, and send alerts to your smartphone. And remote view of surveillance cameras lets you keep an eye on your home while you’re away. You can even remotely control your home’s climate! As part of our upcoming Customer Appreciation Sale this weekend, we’re offering a limited time special for a Free Alarm System & Professional Installation with a qualifying monitoring contract:

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Abt’s Updated Atrium Windmill

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

If you ave ever been to our store, and stepped foot into our beautiful atrium, no doubt you have seen our gorgeous video windmill.  Located at the center of the atrium, it was introduced to Abt years ago after making an appearance at Las Vegas.  Home to four 42-inch 720p Plasma Panasonic HDTVs, it would spin in the fashion of a windmill, while accompanying video would also rotate.  This produced a really cool video of water sloshing around, or a tap dancer moving from left to right.  The Panasonic HDTVs we used have been replaced by Samsung LED HDTVs.  Don’t fret, the Panasonic HDTVs are still in great working condition and can be yours.  Now, you can own a  part of Abt History!

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If you are looking for a Panasonic Plasma, we have the four HDTVs for sale on our eBay account. Check them out here!  Seeing as they still work  wonderfully, it is a testament to Panasonic’s solidly built units and long-lasting quality.   Panasonic Plasmas are actually no longer being produced, and our entire inventory is here, until it’s gone.

Chicago Fire at Abt!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Chicago’s been a real hotspot for TV and Film locations in the last few years, from the blockbuster Batman movies to the popular Chicago Fire and Chicago PD TV series. While Batman Begins and The Dark Knight films used Chicago as a stand-in for the fictional Gotham City, Fire/PD programs are obviously set in Sweet Home Chicago and also do all of their filming here. Late last year, Abt was approached by the production company behind Chicago Fire about using our building for some on-location shooting. With hundreds of thousands of square feet of indoor space, throughout several buildings, Abt has a variety of features that can make great backdrops for filming. There’s warehouse space, office cubicles, a fully-equipped woodshop, working kitchens, a world-class indoor theater…tons of variety to offer an eager filmmaker (We’ve previously had cameos in TV commercials for the Illinois State Lottery Commission and BMO Harris Bank). Chicago Fire was specifically interested in our warehouse.

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A sign points the way to the warehouse filming location.


Windows XP Says Goodbye

Monday, February 24th, 2014

One of the most well-known computer programs is finally meeting its end. After 13 years of existence and having been used in countless homes, schools and offices, Windows XP is finally officially being phased out.


Windows XP is on its way out.

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer be providing support for Windows XP. What does this mean for Windows XP users? Will your computer cease functioning? Fortunately, the answer to that is No, your computer won’t stop working. When April 9th rolls around, your computer will work just the same as it always has. However, from that point on, you will no longer be receiving crucial automatic updates from Microsoft. These updates ensure that your computer continues to function with newer programs and hardware, as well as protecting you against newly developed virus and spyware. So, while you’ll have no problem using your computer once XP support ends, you might be putting yourself at undue risk. Advanced users might be okay with this arrangement, and could likely figure out how to stay protected. But what’s the average user to do?

When faced with an operating system End of Life, there are three main options:

1.)   Do nothing, and continue happily using the old software

2.)  Keep your old machine, but upgrade the OS

3.)   Get an entirely new machine with the latest OS