I was in my local area this morning, and near where I used to live, a new computer shop,(independant) has opened. I'm a curious type of person so I went in to browse to see what the prices were like. Items on the whole seemed abit more expensive, but the assistant came across and said that anything I couldn't see, the shop could order for me. When I asked for a price list or catalogue to give me an idea, the assistant basically said that because of the dollar, prices didn't stay at what they were for long, so a price list wasn't possible.
With online retailers, such as Ebuyer, (who I use), it struck me as abit odd. Are they really getting stuff from abroad, or am I missing something? Because at the prices in the shop, they obviously can't be making any savings.
I am of the opinion that if you can find a good local independent retailer, use them.
There used to be one in our small town who was really helpful, even though their prices were a little more than buying online, the free help & support they offered was priceless to me when first learning about computers.
Unfortunately they eventually went the way of too many small businesses an closed.
I use all the major online suppliers - Scan, Dabs, e-Buyer, 7DayShop, SVP, BigPockets and any others that can provide the required product at the best price.
In 10 years plus of ordering online I've had very, very few problems and I'm still in awe at the remarkable logistics that enable you to order something late on in the day and have it delivered, often quite early on, next day.
I live near a Scan and i am able to order it online and pick it up when i am ready so i get best of both online and instore shopping! I do look at other online stores to compare prices but since i usually don't find too much difference so i use Scan. I have ordered from other online stores and i have never had any problems. Now comapre that with PC World and other "computer stores" and i am sure that there will be more problems with them than there are with online stores (stock, customer service etc.)
Do any of you really think that this shop is ordering from the states. Would there be any sort of benefit by doing that? Why mention the dollar if they're not? Never mind the waiting time. I placed an order with Ebuyer for a pci wireless adapter that was out of stock, and I still had it within a week.