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tmpchaos
Requiescat in pace
Numquam oblitus
join:2000-04-28
Hoboken, NJ
Reviews:
·Optimum Online

Poll: Shopping

Poll
What retailer do you recommend first

macsales (OWC)

Small Dog

Outpost

CompUsa

MacMall

MacWarehouse

MacZone

Buy.com

Amazon

I can't stand any of them

other


Votes:39




I plan to include the results, including commentary, in the FAQ...
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***FAQ***


JoshNJ
Premium
join:2001-12-25
Freehold, NJ
Only problem with listing compusa is that you dont specify online or in store (i assume u mean online)


JJ
Beat It, Bill
Premium,MVM
join:2000-02-18
Madison, WI
reply to tmpchaos

 

If OWC has what I'm looking for, that's where I get it.
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Tutto vedo e molto manca.

YearZero4
Heavy Metal Bakesale
Premium
join:2001-08-28

reply to tmpchaos

Re: Poll: Shopping

I actually like macmall... never had any trouble with them and they seem on the ball...

[text was edited by author 2002-05-08 21:41:25]


Tex Longhorn
45-35
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join:2001-01-05
Luckenbach
kudos:3
Reviews:
·Pacific Bell - SBC
·Verizon Online DSL
·Verizon FiOS
reply to tmpchaos
Computer from MacWarehouse
Studio Display from Outpost
Compact Flash Card from Buy.com
Memory from OWC
Router and digital camera from Navy Exchange

I guess I shop around for the best price. I've had good results from each transaction listed above.
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tmpchaos
Requiescat in pace
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join:2000-04-28
Hoboken, NJ
Reviews:
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reply to tmpchaos
I've bought from all of them except one (the one that doesn't know it's ass from it's elbow), and had good experiences. These days, I tend to go for the smaller retailers (OWC and Small Dog) first; if they have what I want, at a good price, I'm perfectly happy buying from them (although if valmg starts posting special deals, I might be willing to pay tax to buy from the company she works for) (and when the G5 comes out, I'm liable to try the developer scam).
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***FAQ***


jDyno
Premium
join:2001-02-20
Washington, DC
reply to tmpchaos
Not on the list, but my company has used Mac/PC Connection for years. We have an account with them and our rep is really responsive and helpful, even though we don't buy a whole bunch of stuff.

»www.macconnection.com
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Homunculus
Pipsquack
Premium
join:2000-12-14
Dar al-Harb
reply to tmpchaos
I always go to local stores to get some hands on time with any new system I am thinking of purchasing, and order online to save some cash.

I have used macconnection/outpost/macmall/buy.com/ramjet.com and have had great experiences with all of them.

Got my G4 450 DP from outpost with no tax and free shipping... cant beat that, and it arrived overnight!
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Gruyere

join:2001-09-20
Milwaukee, WI
reply to tmpchaos
OWC has evolved nicely over the years.

I've bought all my memory from Data Memory Systems.

Guaranteed product with great prices.

Great customer service. I had a problem with the shipping once due to their error (in making the shipping label). My delivery was delayed two days (it should have been overnight) and in that time memory had dropped in price by about $20. They credited the difference in memory price because of the delayed shipment.

I think its also important to consider shipping prices and carriers when evaluating an internet store.

[rant]
I will not buy from someone that ships exclusively via UPS. I prefer FedEx, Airborne, or even the USPS. I've had too many problems with UPS to ever trust them again with a shipment. When their workers went on strike a couple years ago I was hoping the company would shut down and go away. No such luck.
[/rant]


hyperjoe
Premium
join:2000-11-03
Gates Mills, OH
reply to tmpchaos
CDW.com is excellent at service


Homunculus
Pipsquack
Premium
join:2000-12-14
Dar al-Harb
CDW is great, but their main distribution center (absolutely HUGE) is like 15 minutes away from me... really cramped showroom with neglected Macs... Tax is awful too. However, they are all very helpful and pretty knowlegable.
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mayhemstudio
The Pump Is Like Cumming

join:2001-03-19
Los Angeles, CA
reply to tmpchaos
Macconnection has been pretty good to me, even on hot items that run out fast, it gets to me pretty quickly.
I also got my dual G4/450 from Outpost.com, no tax and free shipping. I guess that's what killed them.
ebay has been very, very good to me on software
I just buy older versions for very cheap, like $65.00 and upgrade to the new versions. I usually can get all the software for $250.00 or less.

Cal
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hyperjoe
Premium
join:2000-11-03
Gates Mills, OH
reply to Homunculus
I guess I was'nt being totally honest. I have never recieved anything from them per say, but when I first bought my iMac, and the wait was killing me, a gentalman on service called me (at home)2x a week to tell me what was taking Apple so long. He even cut the price below the $1799 mark to $1759 shipped. I thought from what I expirenced I would buy from them again. Well, as most of you know...I cancelled and drove to Cincinati OH to get my imac from Apple store.

So if I had to buy a computer, it would be from them. They said they will beat any online price.

-hyper
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rjackson
Premium,VIP,MVM,Ex-Mod 2005-13
join:2002-04-02
Ringgold, GA
kudos:1
reply to tmpchaos
I bought some RAM from MacZone and a CD burner from Outpost.com. Both transactions were very satisfactory. The RAM was a 512MB DIMM of PC100 memory for $57 (Try getting one of those for that price these days) and the burner was an external FireWire unit from QPS. It's a Que! Fire 16x10x40 and I've been very satisfied with it. Of course as soon as I bought it the 24x burners came out and a few months later they were the same price...grumblegrumblegrumble

Lots of votes for 'Other'...other what?


prwood
Premium
join:2001-09-04
Danvers, MA
reply to tmpchaos
Places I've bought Mac stuff from:

Macsales/OWC:
* external firewire enclosure for 2.5" PowerBook hard drive
* RAM for powerbook

TransIntl:
* IBM 30 GB TravelStar hard drive for powerbook

CompUSA:
* iPod
* HP DeskJet 940c
* Samsung 15" LCD display
* USB hub

Apple Direct:
* PowerBook
* Airport Base Station
* Airport Card

I buy stuff at CompUSA because there is one literally 2 minutes down the road from me, so it's better for big stuff like printers or monitors, easier to do returns, no shipping costs, instant gratification. PLUS my local CompUSA has incredible Mac people. The store owner is a Mac guy, there are four Mac-savvy sales reps, an Apple employee on premises 30 hours a week to answer Mac questions, AND they donate space for my local Mac User Group to hold its monthly meetings. In fact one of their head product specialists is a Mac guy and has done presentations at a couple of our meetings.

As for the other places, OWC is probably my favorite, their prices are great and they have always shipped me good quality stuff. They are good when I can wait a little while.
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rjackson
Premium,VIP,MVM,Ex-Mod 2005-13
join:2002-04-02
Ringgold, GA
kudos:1
reply to tmpchaos
I wish there was a CompUSA close to me. Closest is Knoxville: 2hrs away. I've heard they've got killer Mac stuff. As it is there is NO place to buy mac stuff locally...Circuit City used to have some old G3 iMacs set up for sale, but no longer...


gabeman

join:2001-05-03
New York, NY

reply to tmpchaos
MacConnection always seems to have the lowest prices or best freebies. My mom just bought an iMac and digital video camera on Friday. She wanted to buy at a retail store, but she refuses to shop at CompUSA because the sales staff is not helpful at all, so we went to the Apple Store at the Palisades Mall.
[text was edited by author 2002-05-09 07:41:18]


leXicon5
Pelosi, SHUT YOUR Fing Pie Hole
Premium
join:2000-12-27
Saint Louis, MO
reply to tmpchaos
I use each one for different reasons. OWC for memory, Buy.com for hardware like scanners, printer etc. etc.
I have purchased from almost all though at one time or another.
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Eric
Animals Rule This Land
Premium,MVM
join:2000-09-29
I see trees.
reply to tmpchaos
SmallDog all the way. And OWC for memory. I was a big Outpost.com fan but since they had to sell the company, I haven't been back.

But if you need a used car, Darryl Peck (from Outpost.com fame) owns a dealership near me.


MacThrasher
Premium
join:2002-04-26
Chagrin Falls, OH
I've always been a MacWarehouse fan myself. Probably because I can order UPS ground and it still gets here next day The shipping center closest to me is in Metro Columbus. Prices are usually better (even with tax) than CompUSA, Micro-Center, local mac retailers.
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The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.


prwood
Premium
join:2001-09-04
Danvers, MA
reply to rjackson
said by Quarex:
I wish there was a CompUSA close to me. Closest is Knoxville: 2hrs away.
Would that be on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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prwood
Premium
join:2001-09-04
Danvers, MA
reply to rjackson
said by Quarex:
I wish there was a CompUSA close to me. Closest is Knoxville: 2hrs away. I've heard they've got killer Mac stuff. As it is there is NO place to buy mac stuff locally...Circuit City used to have some old G3 iMacs set up for sale, but no longer...
If I didn't have a CompUSA right down the street from me, I think I would end up doing a lot of shopping at OWC and Smalldog. Of course, I usually check mysimon.com and pricewatch.com to see if I can get a better deal.
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valmg
Neutiquam Erro.

join:2001-05-07
Brick, NJ
reply to tmpchaos
I picked the one I work for, of course.
I actually have bought things from almost every one on the list, but the bulk of my stuff comes from here.


mayhemstudio
The Pump Is Like Cumming

join:2001-03-19
Los Angeles, CA
And where is here?


valmg
Neutiquam Erro.

join:2001-05-07
Brick, NJ
warehouse


mayhemstudio
The Pump Is Like Cumming

join:2001-03-19
Los Angeles, CA
Mac/Pc warehouse?


valmg
Neutiquam Erro.

join:2001-05-07
Brick, NJ
yes, mac/micro warehouse. I'm here 10 years now.


mayhemstudio
The Pump Is Like Cumming

join:2001-03-19
Los Angeles, CA
Warehouse tends to run out of hot stuff fast and take a while to get them back in.

Do you guys order a big enough shipment?
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Calvin Lee
Creative Director
Mayhem Studios


valmg
Neutiquam Erro.

join:2001-05-07
Brick, NJ
Hard to explain, best answer from a sales point of view is sometimes. Purchasing usually buys product based on customer purchasing patterns.
It's a supply and demand thing really. It depends on a lot of things and what the product is. It depends on what the manufacturer or distributor is offering.
Sometimes we pick up the last of what's in the channel,. This type of thing we won't get any more of once they're gone.
Sometimes distribution will have a one day deal on something so we'll get a lower cost. We'll get more of the product, but not at that lower cost.
Sometimes we pick up what should be a good deal and it doesn't move, other times we can't get enough of something. I work in an outbound account exec position, I work primarily with businesses (I have to dial out all day long), when I see something really good I let all my top clients know right away because I want to make sure if they need some of whatever the deal is they get it before it's gone. For apple products we're one of the biggest fish in our channel, #1 for years.