Posted by syean15
Last Updated: April 18, 2012

Let’s take a trip back to the 1990s or a little earlier. Making a decision while shopping is sometimes a huge problem, especially when the options are too many. Many of us are not in a position where we can “buy ‘em all” if we are down to two difficult choices and still can’t choose. Spending thrifty is the only way a lot of people are able to be owners but cheap is not always the best or what is suited for you.

Shopping for a computer is not particularly the easiest task. If you aren’t tech inclined, buying a computer may be a wild ride especially if you are buying in-store and going up against a pro salesman. Buying online may be a never ending adventure too.  With the different means of purchasing, how do you make sure you are using the right mean to buy while you spend your precious dollars?

Buying online:

  • One of the easiest ways to buy is via e-commerce, buying online, on the internet. Popular e-commerce websites such as eBay ( and Amazon ( have many options to choose from and many purchasing plans. There are many advantages to buying online such as convenience, access to many stores selling online, ability to make better product comparisons by presented specifications on a wider range of choices, shopping at your own pace and own time (24/7), no pressure to buy and often times free delivery. Delivery time when buying online is not always convenient. Some of the computers presented might be cheap but be sure to watch the overhead expenses that might come with shipping and extra accessories that might not be necessary.



Online: Most likely, you'll need a credit card, Pay Pal account, checking account, or some sort of online financing option. You'll have to wait for it to arrive through the mail.

Retail: The easiest place to purchase products if you have the money. All you need is a way to get there, and means to take your item home.


Online: Every make and model is at your fingertips without having to drive miles to find it. Don't see your television at this store, surf to another. The only drawback is you can't test the product beforehand unless you find it at a retail store near you, but you can read product reviews, user opinions, and manufacturer specs with minimal exertion. Most reputable sites make aware the availability of each item.

Retail: Limited to only products it sells at the local level, but you can test your new computer before buying it. Depending on store size, selection may be limited, but availability is almost always certain.

Yes, buying stuff online is great but the delivery is a whole other case