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Old 06-22-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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Back at Christmas time the stores were full of higher end computers( for them) and they were at pretty steep prices. So I waited. prices never dropped and all the higher end computers disappeared and lower end computers took their place still at pretty steep prices. So not finding anything I wanted I waited. I figured with graduation day and soon back to school, new computers should show up, more capable and at better prices. But no.
I found one new HP computer I was going to buy( H8 1010). Office max was selling it at $650. A good price even if the video card was pretty weak. But they didn't get any in. They had practically no computers. A comparable one at Office Depot was $750. Staples had all lower end computers but at discounts. The same exact computer was at Best Buy for $799. They'd match the Office Max price but they didn't have any either. They had lots of lower end models or older ones still at regular price. Some new models that were better were actually cheaper but they didn't have those, either. Wal mart has lower end computers but their selection isn't much worse than the other guys. At least they discount their old computers eventually.
I'm seeing a trend here. They want to sell old computers that have been sitting around but won't take a loss with them. Newer computers that would sell they can't get in. Maybe they won't risk too big an inventory, maybe production just isn't there. Maybe nobody has the money to buy computers. I do. My computer is practically an antique and I can buy an expensive one if I want to.
I'm going to have to order one online. I just wanted to be able to take it back to where I bought it if it didn't work.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:13 PM
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Even if you find a deal at a big box store, you will get an extreme hard-sell to buy an extended warranty or a bundle of accessories. Supposedly their margins on computers are razor-thin, which is why they don't go on sale very often.

BTW, I've been seeing PCs in various configurations on clearance markdowns at my local Office Depot stores for the last couple of months. Just saw some there today, in fact. Maybe they sell faster at your local stores than they do at mine, which is why you never see markdowns? Also, I have heard from employees that some big box stores keep the clearance deals in the back room during the markdown period and let the employees have the best deals. One way to tell this is happening is if you never see big items on clearance on the sales floor.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:43 PM
 
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I found one new HP computer I was going to buy( H8 1010). Office max was selling it at $650. A good price even if the video card was pretty weak. But they didn't get any in.
They're available on-line. Why didn't you just pay for it and have it delivered for free within a few days?

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I just wanted to be able to take it back to where I bought it if it didn't work.
Per their own policy its returnable at the stores.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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They're available on-line. Why didn't you just pay for it and have it delivered for free within a few days?
Agreed.

My question is: why are you so dead set against buying online?
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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I can't imagine why anyone would want to purchase a computer in-store and not from an online retailer, especially since many places like Amazon give you free shipping and don't charge tax. Not to mention their prices are usually much lower than "big box" stores.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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