Why I Buy My Computers And Other Electronics Online

Why I Buy My Computers And Other Electronics Online



I must admit that I'd be absolutely lost without the​ growing number of​ desktop and laptop computers,​ printers,​ digital cameras and all the​ other assorted electronic equipment in​ my house and home office. I know I once got along without all this gear,​ but that was back in​ the​ olden days,​ in​ the​ last millennium. Today I absolutely depend on​ it. What this means is​ that I buy a​ lot of​ stuff,​ and I have formed some definite opinions about where I do my shopping and what places I avoid like the​ plague.

I hate to​ say it,​ but #1 on​ my list of​ places to​ avoid are the​ big electronics chain stores. They are certainly convenient and their prices are usually in​ the​ ballpark. And all their glossy brochures have lured me more than once when I quickly needed some RAM,​ a​ disk,​ or​ a​ new inkjet printer. Problem is​ that their sales people are embarrassingly clueless and often only interested in​ selling extended service contracts. No thank you.

When I build a​ new desktop computer I occasionally buy the​ parts from a​ local electronics superstore. Those places are a​ geek's paradise,​ or​ they could be if​ it​ weren't for a​ couple of​ really annoying deal breakers. First,​ half of​ the​ boards don't work after I bring them home. And second,​ I absolutely refuse to​ buy things that are only a​ good deal after a​ mail-in rebate or​ two. I've been burned too many times with rebates. No more.

Office supply stores are stocking more and more electronic equipment. So when I go buy a​ ream of​ paper or​ some other small stuff I often end up looking at​ their laptops and digital cameras. And once I even bought a​ notebook computer there,​ something that I later regretted as​ there was,​ of​ course,​ no service or​ support. I actually like the​ office supply stores and have no problem buying things like laser printer cartridges there,​ but that's about it​ for computer stuff.

Another bad practice that's taking over is​ luring customers with low prices,​ make them wade through several order screens,​ and then break the​ bad news,​ like some gargantuan shipping charge or​ that,​ sadly,​ the​ item is​ not in​ stock. Do that to​ me once and I won't be back.

So where do I get most of​ my electronics gear? Online. I love being able to​ browse online stores at​ my leisure,​ without any sales pressure and usually with all the​ information I need. I like neat,​ clean just-the-facts stores that specialize in​ the​ kind of​ gear I want. I don't need useless "reviews" by folks who always seem to​ have an​ axe to​ grind or​ hate everything. And I don't need long lists of​ the​ 99 lowest prices on​ the​ web. All I want is​ information and a​ good selection. I do expect a​ degree of​ customer support in​ case I have questions,​ and most of​ the​ better online stores can handle that easily.

Had someone told me 10 or​ 15 years ago that some day I'd buy things like laptops,​ digital cameras,​ printers or​ even desktop computers online from some website far away,​ I'd have laughed. But that's where I get most of​ my electronic equipment and gadgets from these days,​ and I've rarely ever had a​ bad experience. Those online stores seem to​ try a​ lot harder,​ and that's good news for guys like me.




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