Ordering online: "Yay or Nay"

pindergust

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I seem to be able to find the absolute cheapest prices online...but I don't know if it's a good idea to order online. I am looking at a Radeon 9600 XT for only 150 dollars after shipping from a couple of different websites. GameVe.com; newegg.com...etc. And I looked at the feedback section and out of 250 responses...all were possitive but two. So Do you guys think it's a safe and good idea to order online to save money??
 

Crashman

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I've purchased all my personal hardware online for years.

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sirak

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Newegg is extremely reliable. Definitely use them if possible.

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f4shionablecha0s

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I've ordered from both Newegg and GameVe and I've been extremely pleased with the experience.

Generally all PriceWatch listed resellers are reliable. The only one I've had problems with is Computer Brain.
 

Black_Cat

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NewEgg is good but here in NJ they charge sales tax. :frown:

<A HREF="http://www.accupc.com/" target="_new">accupc</A> and <A HREF="http://www.dealsonic.com/" target="_new">Dealsonic </A>are excellent.

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dhlucke

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Don't buy online! You'll go to hell. They'll steal your babies!!!

Seriously, it's 2004. It's safe to go online now. It's even safe to buy stuff online.

I've spent thousands at newegg.com and recommend them.

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silverpig

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I wouldn't have any problem with it but I hate waiting. It's so much easier and more convenient to just walk into a store and get it. Sure, I might save $8 by getting it online, but I'd rather pay $8 more to get it immediately in my hands.

Some day I'll be rich and famous for inventing a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet.
 

KWPLunchbox

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Ordering online should be dependent on your competence with working on systems. If you know what you're doing then you should have no problems. But, if you're unsure and still in the learning stages, buying retail is nice since you have quick access to exchanging the card you accidentally fried<g>. Like the guys say, Newegg is awesome. I've also had excellent dealings with Monarch Computers. Monarch is great if you're ordering motherboard combos because they'll set the jumpers and test everything before they ship it at no additional charge. This saves a little time and reduces "dead out of the box" syndrome.

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Black_Cat

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That's because they opened warehouse there.
I know. Bastages.

Okay, brain. You don't like me, and I don't like you, but let's get through this thing and then I can continue killing you with beer. -- Homer Simpson.
 

pauldh

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Yeah that blows. Zipzoomfly, ewiz, gameve are better choices for NJ now.

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Woodman

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<b>WARNING</b>: While it is generally true about Pricewatch, there is one particular reseller folks should steer clear of. The name is Alpha International Business (aka AIB, aka BuyAIB). Do not under any circumstances, buy stuff from these people.

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shadus

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I've used at least a few dozen different vendors online since about 1998ish. It's the way to go, but do verify the price at local computer shops-- sometimes for items like cases and harddrives you can find them cheaper locally because of shipping costs and rebates.

<A HREF="http://www.lochel.com/THGC/html/shadus.html" target="_new">Shadus</A>
 

georgebeee

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I've had good luck with online purchases at gogocity.com. got a 9600xt for $1 less than newegg.com. it's not much, but it all adds up. however, they shipped it to me via mail instead of fedex.
 

bandikoot

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Spend it all online. Never go to another department store. Get to know your FedEx/UPS guy better. Yes, you can even order food. Which brings me to my complaint with newegg. They don't ship food with the computers. Given the online competition, you'd think a free apple or something with every computer would increase sales.
 

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