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    Aug 29, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    Where are best places & worst places to buy electronics,high tech gadgets
    and other technology stuff at?Are department stores or electronic stores
    the best places to buy new technology stuff at?
  • Halcyonz

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    Aug 29, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    bigbubba1972 saidWhere are best places & worst places to buy electronics,high tech gadgets
    and other technology stuff at?Are department stores or electronic stores
    the best places to buy new technology stuff at?



    All of the above are bad. I recommend you go to such places to get a "hands on" with whatever you are buying. . . then come home and jump on the internet. Some of my favorite places. . . .

    http://www.dealhack.com/
    http://dealzon.com/
    http://www.techdealdigger.com/
    http://gizmodo.com/tag/dealzmodo/

    and then of course http://www.newegg.com and http://www.tigerdirect.com

    Tons of stuff on the net, deals and bargains everywhere. Look around. It'll save you a good chunk of change.
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    Aug 29, 2010 3:46 PM GMT
    Halcyonz said
    and then of course http://www.newegg.com and http://www.tigerdirect.com


    I agree with Halcyonz. Any time I've built a computer or bought new electronics, it has been from these two sites. I also agree about seeing them first in a store, going home to read reviews about the product, then finding the best deal online (or from one of these two sites icon_wink.gif ) and getting it that way.
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    Aug 29, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    you guys pretty much got it covered. i'd like to throw in this one I used alot before newegg and tigerdirect :

    http://www.pricewatch.com/

    As usual when you're doing your comparison shopping, remember to check out the customer reviews and feedback.
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    Aug 29, 2010 5:57 PM GMT
    Easy:

    www.apple.com

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    Aug 29, 2010 6:08 PM GMT
    One exception would be if you live near a Fry's Electronics. Huge store and selection, and sometimes deals better than online (when you factor in the shipping costs).
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    Aug 29, 2010 6:34 PM GMT
    Newegg.com is my personal fav, prices are great, shipping is great, fast, etc... Tigerdirect.com is also one of my favs. Circuitcity.com as well. As far as real stores, I can only say Best Buy since the circuit city stores are now closed. Some things are ok to buy at Walmart, but there are some things such as computers, car stereos, or tvs, that if I can afford otherwise, i'd get anywhere else. A lot of those particular items that Walmart sells are made specifically for Walmart and they are made cheaper. If you look at the model number on many of these items from Walmart, there is a "W" in it. Guess what that means! Yep, made specifically for them with cheaper parts so they can sell what looks to you to be the same thing, but is made with less features or not as good, cheaper. If your computer is from Walmart, take a look at the model number on it. Not guaranteeing it, but chances are it's a "Walmart special" you could say. I know HP has a deal with Walmart that they will do this. It may be cheaper there and it may look like the exact same thing, but ALWAYS check the model number with one that you see at another store!!!! I do a lot of computer work for people and I can always tell when it's a Walmart PC.
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    Aug 29, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    pudco saidNewegg.com is my personal fav, prices are great, shipping is great, fast, etc... Tigerdirect.com is also one of my favs. Circuitcity.com as well. As far as real stores, I can only say Best Buy since the circuit city stores are now closed. Some things are ok to buy at Walmart, but there are some things such as computers, car stereos, or tvs, that if I can afford otherwise, i'd get anywhere else. A lot of those particular items that Walmart sells are made specifically for Walmart and they are made cheaper. If you look at the model number on many of these items from Walmart, there is a "W" in it. Guess what that means! Yep, made specifically for them with cheaper parts so they can sell what looks to you to be the same thing, but is made with less features or not as good, cheaper. If your computer is from Walmart, take a look at the model number on it. Not guaranteeing it, but chances are it's a "Walmart special" you could say. I know HP has a deal with Walmart that they will do this. It may be cheaper there and it may look like the exact same thing, but ALWAYS check the model number with one that you see at another store!!!! I do a lot of computer work for people and I can always tell when it's a Walmart PC.

    Interesting on the Walmart PCs. I remember looking into this, and as I recall, the major components were the same - chipset, hard drive, display specs, and graphics card come to mind. Did you notice these different, or other things like the motherboard? I thought also if the warranties were similar, there would be some similarity in quality. I also thought the prices were lower because Walmart could negotiate large quantities, and the manufacturer did not need to factor in advertising, distribution costs, etc. Would be interesting to know if there were greater defect rates.
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    Aug 29, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    In my past experiences Best Buy has better electronics than Walmart does.
    I have got better luck with Best Buy electronics than Walmart electronics.
    Walmart doesn't recycle their electronics like best buy does.Best Buy
    has a repair shop for electronics and Walmart doesn't.I won't buy any
    electronics online at all.
  • CSPYNY

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    Sep 02, 2010 11:49 AM GMT
    I'd have to say I am the complete opposite. I won't buy anything in person.

    The first reason is we have 10% sales tax. I outright refuse to pay another $50 in sales tax on top of an electronic gizmo that costs $500.

    As far as buying computers, the ones in best buy, walmart, are just priced way above what they are on newegg.

    Computers I usually try to buy used if at all possible. My desktop-server-thingy came used from Dell Outlet along with my laptop. I bought my netbook from newegg only because I couldn't find them real cheap used.

    Online I use: Newegg, Dell Outlet
  • neosyllogy

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    Sep 02, 2010 12:33 PM GMT
    in general?
    http://www.newegg.com/
    is the first place most technologically savy consumers I know go shopping.
    You can look around for better prices on an individual item, but they're generally quite cheap, great stock (and great search/comparison function), and ship quickly.
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    Sep 02, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    move to Japan
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    Sep 02, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    i'm a proud gay american,i will never move out of the usa.
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    Sep 02, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    it's better to buy electronics from electronic stores than online.it's cheaper
    to get them fixed that way and they last longer.
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    Sep 02, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    bigbubba1972 saidi'm a proud gay american,i will never move out of the usa.


    good for you. You will never be able to get to the best places for "high tech gadgets and other technology stuff" in most cases the prototypes never make it out of Japan since the Japanese culture is more receptive to new technology than most cultures out there.