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Electronic store reopens, offers low price on Apple, Microsoft products

The Union electronic store Ziggabyte has reopened, replacing the former Peregrine shop.

The Peregrine shop closed late this past year and Ziggabyte was opened in its place on Jan. 2.

University Bookstore Director Jeff Nelson said no staff members were cut due to the remodeling, and everyone from the Peregrine shop was assigned to different positions in the bookstore.

The Peregrine shop was the only convenience store on campus not run by Dining Services, Nelson said. The efficiency of Dining Services running all campus convenience stores was a driving factor behind the decision, he said. The Falcon’s Nest made the Peregrine shop redundant, Nelson said.

It seemed the Peregrine shop wasn’t utilized as often as other stores on campus.

Sophomore Rick Sexton didn’t use the Peregrine shop because it did not accept meal plans. Outtakes was easier to use, he said.

Sophomore Nick Rainaldi said the Peregrine shop “never caught my attention,” and “never had anything I needed.”

Senior Shyla Miller, however, went to the Peregrine shop often for magazines and snacks.

“It’s a waste of our money to remodel,” Miller said.

Although the Peregrine shop did close, some of it’s products have moved to the bookstore, such as medicine, snacks and magazines.

The new Ziggabyte is more than double the space of the previous one, marking it as an expansion, Nelson said.

Due to licensing with Apple and Microsoft, Ziggabyte sells its products for less than what could be found elsewhere. For example, Adobe Creative Suite usually costs thousands, but this deal allows the store to sell the program for a few hundred, Nelson said.

Ziggabyte also accepts used electronics, but doesn’t sell used products back to customers. Technology and Customer Service Manager Mike Weatherford said Ziggabyte accepts a wide range of electronic devices and adjusts prices based on demand.

Instead, Weatherford said used electronics are sold to a third party company that recycles, resells or does “what’s most economical.” Ziggabyte gives students bookstore gift cards, rather than cash, in exchange for used electronics.

Ziggabyte will host a grand reopening Thursday, Jan. 24 and Friday, Jan. 25, which will feature a raffle for prizes such as gift cards and headphones.

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