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Consumer Electronics Sales to Rise for Back to School

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

According to the National Retail Federation,  back-to-school spending on CE and computers is expected to increase 12 percent to nearly $7.2 billion this year.  The industry trade group based its projection on an annual consumer survey, conducted by BIGresearch, showing that families with kids in grades K-12 plan to spend an average of $189.51 on computers, cellphones, MP3 players, tablets and other devices, up from $181.61 last year.

If you have a student heading back to school soon, visit Abt.com or a full line of great back-to-school items beyond just computers.  From alarm clocks, to iPods, to fridges for dorms, we have everything to make the school year a bit easier.

Abt’s Delivery Fleet Gears Up For Summer

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Our fleet departments had a meeting the other morning with the Abt family to get ready for the summer.  Our fleet, which includes deliverymen, installers and servicemen all went over preparations for dealing with a potential greuling summer and how to continue providing customer satisfaction.  With 240 trucks in the fleet and 210 going out at any given day, making 1,000 stops a day, our staff works from 5-6 days a week, sometimes 12 hours a day.  When it comes to deliveries and service calls, our staff does not come back to the store until everything has been done to finish the job.

If you are planning on getting an item serviced or making a purchase from Abt and are in the Chicagoland area, rest assured, your products both new and old, are in good hands.

Happy Valentine's Day from Abt

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day from us here at Abt Electronics.  It’s not too late to get your sweetheart some last minute flowers, chocolates, or a special gift from your friends at Abt Electronics.  Check out our online specials for your sweetie!

Cyber Monday Deals at Abt!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Cyber Monday, the convenient relative of the popular Black Friday, is under way at Abt.com.  If you still have some shopping to do, check out our Cyber Monday Specials page where you can browse over a hundred specially priced items.  Once again, Abt brings the sale to you without having to wait in the cold this holiday season!

Holiday Shopping Forecast

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, that while all around holiday-gift shopping sales might drop this year approximately 2% per person, the purchasing of consumer electronics is expected to rise by 5% per person.

Could this prediction come from the new releases of exciting items such as iPads and 3D TVs?  Perhaps. What do you think?

Shred Your Old documents and Dispose of Unwanted Electronics at the United Center

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Do you have old documents, computers, printers, or electronics that you would like to dispose of, but don’t know how?

This Saturday, June 26, the Better Business Bureau will be hosting a “Shred Event” as well as safe disposal of unwanted electronics.

Because the BBB is hosting the event, you can be sure that all your old equipment and documents will be disposed of according to the department of defense’s guidelines. You can rest assured that even your computer will be “cleaned” properly.

The “Shred Event” will be from 9-2 at the United Center in Chicago. Eight shredding trucks will be on hand in lot E.

-Kelly Brummett

Recycle Old Goods For Gift Cards

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Even though Earth Week is coming to an end, Abt is eco-friendly every day. One of the lesser-known programs Abt participates in is super eco-friendly and has more to offer than just helping the environment. Abt is a proud participant in the CE Exchange. It’s a program for those with unwanted electronics who don’t just want to recycle or throw them away. It’s fast and easy to participate, just visit http://www.abt.com/Abt_CExchange.php3 and begin the quick three step process.

The CE Exchange will appraise your electronics, send you a pre-paid mailing label, and when the item is received, they send you a gift card for use at Abt, in the amount that was appraised.

Currently, the CE exchange is accepting mp3 players, mobile phones, gaming systems, cameras, camcorders, computers, and GPS systems.

The process is simple, choose the category of the item that you would like to recycle, then locate the model and click on it. For instance if you are hoping to trade in your iPhone, go to the phones category, pick Apple (manufacturer), then locate the model number of the phone (2G-3GS), just click on the model and see what it’s worth. After you complete the process and send in the item it will be processed, and a gift card will be mailed. Local customers can complete the process in the showroom and qualify for an immediate gift card.

For more information on CE Exchange, speak with an Abt customer service specialist today.

-Kelly B.

Do You Live in the Chicagoland area?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Are you a local Abt customer? On Abt.com there is a section just for you! At the bottom of the home page there is a link below the “Assistance Tab” labeled “Chicagoland Customers.” Once linked to the section, you will find general store information, shopping support, department information, specific store information, and post-sales support.

In the shopping support category, you can find answers to questions like, “How much will it cost to install my refrigerator?” You will find information on payment options, the price match policy, Abt’s computer services, and financing offers.

If you need directions, would like to know about in-store events, cooking classes, even appliance hook-up information, you can find it all on the Chicagoland Customers page on Abt.com.

Do you think that we cover all the basics? Would you like to see more information, let me know!

-Kelly B.

Customer Appreciation Sale Fun

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

The Abt Customer Appreciation Sale is in full-swing. Stop now through Monday to celebrate 74 years of great prices, experienced sales specialists, and outstanding customer service. Our customers-in-training will enjoy face painting and balloon animals. While you’re here, don’t forget to have a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie from the world-famous cookie kitchen. The sale ends Monday; don’t miss the fun and special pricing. See you when you get here!

-Kelly B.

Gadget Buying Made Simple

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This morning, Josh Davis, of Abt Electronics, did a featured segment for You & Me This Morning with Jeanne Sparrow, on WCIU—channel 26. He explained that gadgets and electronics do not have to be intimidating.

Giving gadgets for Christmas is simple and less expensive than ever before, Josh explains. The Bumblebee Bluetooth headset is just $9.99. In previous years, a Bluetooth headset cost anywhere from $50-$100.

Another great, inexpensive gift idea from Abt is the iPod Shuffle. At only $59.00 it can be a great present or stocking-stuffer. The Shuffle can hold 500 songs and the headphones talk, giving the listener information about the song they are listening to.

Digital cameras are a hot gift for the holiday season too. Josh tells me they have really gone down in price. The 12 megapixel Olympus FE-26 is only $82 at abt.com. Another great camera option is the Sony Webbie. It is both an HD digital camera and video recorder for $129.

Shocking to many, Blu-ray disc players have dropped in price dramatically. Onkyo has Blu-ray players for $124 and up, Sony and LG have models for $149 and up, Panasonic and Toshiba Blu-rays start at $159, and Samsung players start at $159.

If you still need gift ideas or electronics are still intimidating, call Abt or visit Abt.com and speak with a sales specialist for advice.

-Kelly B.