Where to Buy PC Parts in the Triangle?
David R. Matusiak
matusiak at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 28 20:36:27 EST 2001
wassup, Bill? -- and welcome to the triangle.
its funny... from only reading the subject line of your message, i had
already answered your question.
then i open your mail and realize that you have read my mind in advance.
excellent scouting work, btw.
intrex - smaller, local shops. fairly knowledgable staff. usually very
competitive pricing. they exude an air of "flexibility" not seen in other
local comp shops. in short, i like intrex. don't always have what you need,
but they are always happy to order it for you. i've had several good
exchanges with them.
stay online - huge, volume-oriented, yet rediculously priced. [try and
explain _that_ business model to me ;) ] they ALWAYS have exactly what you
need; only it will cost you 33% more than you find anywhere else. most of
their staff borders on "expert" territory. they are great to go to for
answers and recommendations, then buy online.
they have some weird type of "club" you have to join to be a customer (which
is where they lost my business for all time). as a member of TriLUG
(triangle linux users group --- www.trilug.org iffin' yer interested) i am
entitled to a discount. however, even taking into account the discount, they
are still consistently overpriced. BUT THEY HAVE WHAT YOU NEED. (sounds too
convenient, doesn't it?)
microbarn -- only seen their store online. looks like they've got good
prices, but without first-hand knowledge of customer service, etc. i cannot
make a judgement one way or the other.
in a pinch, i will shop best buy, circuit city or comp usa. caveat: DO NOT
*EVER* ASK THESE PEOPLE TECHNICAL QUESTIONS. the NC legislature will not
condone homocide, EVEN if you were totally justified. just go in there
knowing what you want/need and buy it. no discussion.
sorry i don't have any more info. i will rack my brain for further
suggestions. does it have to be local? i've gotten some excellent deals and
they rock! oh well, hope this helps. again, welcome to our little tech
abode. may it treat you well.
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