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Geeks dot com ^ | 02 August 2013 | Utilizer

Posted on 08/02/2013 12:31:08 PM PDT by Utilizer

Depressing news for those of us who appreciate great prices on computer gear and component parts. The Geeks website now displays a simple page explaining that all ordering has now ceased. Competition appears to be the overriding reason, and a general unwillingness to have been forced to this point is quite apparent. I, for one, will miss all the great deals they offer, and have offered for many years.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: amazon; computers; electronics; geekygear
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Barebones-loving and fellow Linux geeks, a sad milestone has been reached.
1 posted on 08/02/2013 12:31:09 PM PDT by Utilizer
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To: Utilizer

It would seem they didn’t advertise enough. I didn’t even know about them. LOL I do know about NewEgg.com


2 posted on 08/02/2013 12:43:13 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: Utilizer

I’ve heard that boutique tech websites are getting absolutely killed by the big wholesalers charging anti competitive prices/fees. I’m talking about Ingram Micro, Tech Data, D&H, etc.

They charge a $5 order processing surcharge on every order placed with them. Talk about crazy.

If you buy a $1 item from the wholesaler, it will cost you $6. Add shipping on top of it all. It just doesnt make sense.


3 posted on 08/02/2013 12:43:37 PM PDT by o2bfree (Lindsey Graham is left of South Carolina.)
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To: ShadowAce

Ping. You might be interested in this...


4 posted on 08/02/2013 12:48:23 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadsword swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
Been doing business with them for over ten years. Great blokes and lots of lovely stuff bought to muck about with.

NewEgg is good, but not the same style and inexpensive things to add to one's system(s). Indeed, I still have that USB-powered tiny-foam-missile laucher that I still use to annoy the cat with!

5 posted on 08/02/2013 12:53:01 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadsword swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: o2bfree

Too true. I have seen items listed for under two dollars, and almost five necessary for shipping costs.


6 posted on 08/02/2013 12:55:11 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadsword swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer
Too true. I have seen items listed for under two dollars, and almost five necessary for shipping costs.

Same same with the online ammunition dealers!

7 posted on 08/02/2013 1:09:48 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: Utilizer; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

8 posted on 08/02/2013 1:19:29 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Utilizer
Got some HUGE deals on this site. This is simply awful news. Or as Barry would say...

"TRAGEDY!"

9 posted on 08/02/2013 1:21:59 PM PDT by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: ShadowAce

Thanks for sending out the ping, mate. Certainly appreciate it...


10 posted on 08/02/2013 1:43:27 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadsword swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer
Wow, this is the first time I've heard of them and I have been buying computer parts online for years. It sounds like something I would have loved.

This from their website:

"The e-commerce landscape, as well as the consumer electronics market, has changed dramatically with intense competition and a 1000lb gorilla (do we really need to say who) competitor that can lose millions of dollars to buy customers and suck up inventory."

Would I be correct in assuming they're talking about Amazon?

11 posted on 08/02/2013 1:50:34 PM PDT by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: montag813
SurPlusComputers was really good in the beginning, back when they first were bought out and renamed from Software-N'-Stuff, but they rapidly declined and after about three years simply folded. If you truly know what you are doing and need a good source for 'older' hardware, weirdstuff dot com is a good choice. Being from the area, I know of at least one more great source for computer stuff but they do not have an online presence. Another is good for general electronics and some transceiver gear, but the prices are only on the OK side and everything gets sent by postoffice.

I seriously can not think of any other business that came close to what geeks was offering in their range and prices -and this sudden shutting down is not sitting well with others besides Myself. Honestly, mates! Would a bit more warning be truly that much to ask? I was thinking about some of the offerings just this morning, and now just like that not even a 'closeout' last-ditch effort?

12 posted on 08/02/2013 1:57:45 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadsword swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer
Spent a few thousand there over the years myself. Haven't been back much since they moved and don't let you pick up all your orders at their local store. They have the best prices for a lot of things--cases, power supplies, cheap wifi adapters, monitors, lots of stuff. I will miss them, too.

You can get a lot of what they sell from Meritline, and anything else, from TigerDirect.

13 posted on 08/02/2013 2:04:41 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: KevinB
They won't name the 'gorilla', but I assume it is Amazon. Newegg has better prices though.

As for how good their offerings were, kind of wish I had saved one of their main salespages to show you. I have one minor one saved and a few specific ones but do not know how to post those since they are saved on this computer and not online. Bewdy stuff.

14 posted on 08/02/2013 2:07:48 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer
Whew... When I first read this I thought it was about ThinkGeek.com which would have depressed me greatly.

Sad to hear another business is being ground into the dust by the Obamaeconomy but hey Americans voted for it so there it is.

15 posted on 08/02/2013 2:11:44 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: o2bfree

I would think that Fry’s is killing Geeks more than any other competitor. I spend 10 times as much there as I do at Geeks.


16 posted on 08/02/2013 2:17:34 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: Utilizer

Go to tinypic.com and post your pics there (then post the URL to your pic(s) here).... I wish I had access to the hardware here.. costs are ridiculous (and we aren’t able to get hardware from outside Japan.. customs rules and all :/)


17 posted on 08/02/2013 2:18:57 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Utilizer

I stand corrected, Amazon is probably the one putting the hurt on Geeks, even more than Fry’s. However, for laptops, TVs, hard drives, RAM, cameras,and a whole lot of other things, Fry’s has better prices than Amazon. Whenever I need anything, I just keep an eye on the Fry’s ad waiting for it to be on sale, and every few weeks or so it will be.


18 posted on 08/02/2013 2:21:32 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: Bikkuri
Right, ehrmmmm... let's try this screencap:

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19 posted on 08/02/2013 2:27:43 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer

I appreciate it, but don’t worry about posting anything from their site. It will just depress me. :-) It’s interesting how the word gets out about some sites but not others. Everybody seems to know about Newegg, yet I never saw any ads from them. Newegg doesn’t seem to be as good as they once were. I remember a couple of years ago that everything was priced cheaper, there were no shipping charges and stuff was delivered in a day or two.


20 posted on 08/02/2013 2:34:18 PM PDT by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: Utilizer

Oops, I didn’t see you had already posted a screenie. Thanks.


21 posted on 08/02/2013 2:38:58 PM PDT by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: Utilizer

I bought from them many years ago, but then stopped when the deals didn’t look so good compared to what I could find on EBay.


22 posted on 08/02/2013 2:44:38 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Defiant
There were things you could get from geeks that simply were not available anywhere else. 4-port rackmountable KVM switchbox for 12.50US$, midsize ATX case with power supply and dual fans for 30US$, five recordable minidvds for 0.50, 80GB HD for 19.98, External USB 3.5" IDE HD case for 5.99...

Need I say more? *grin*

23 posted on 08/02/2013 3:00:14 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Moonman62

Ebay requires PayPal. No thanks.


24 posted on 08/02/2013 3:06:17 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer
For older stuff you can play with (and toys) check out txmicro.com FYI.
25 posted on 08/02/2013 3:44:26 PM PDT by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: raybbr

Thanks for that link, mate. Purplus.net has great deals on software, if you do not mind some older stuff. All good thus far on this end.


26 posted on 08/02/2013 4:00:04 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: KevinB
Here ya go, mate. "http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail/Aug-0-2013/Storagesale02/index-landing.html?nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL080213&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL080213-_-EMC-080213-Index-_-Header-_-ClickHere"

Look right at the very top...

27 posted on 08/02/2013 6:06:36 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Defiant

NewEgg has much better prices than Fry’s Electronics. Just recently purchased a new computer case: 19.99 on sale and 19.99 Mail-In Rebate with 5.99 shipping. Never seen Fry’s beat that.


28 posted on 08/02/2013 6:11:45 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer

Excellent. Thank you!


29 posted on 08/02/2013 6:23:36 PM PDT by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: KevinB

Quite welcome, mate. Tip: ignore Buydotcom. Since they got bought out a few years back their offerings -even their ‘elite list’ ones’ just have proven to be more annoyance than anything else.


30 posted on 08/02/2013 7:31:38 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Defiant

TigerDirect has never seemed to be all that good for My purposes. If I recall correctly, they are based in Florida -so the shipping charges for anything I order from them costs roughly twice the advertised price when all is totaled up.


31 posted on 08/02/2013 7:33:52 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer

Ehrmmm... make that: ‘so with the shipping charges added the final cost is roughly twice the item price in the end.’


32 posted on 08/02/2013 7:42:57 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer

Wow, you weren’t kidding about it being cheap!


33 posted on 08/02/2013 8:31:34 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Bikkuri
Even more so than you see there. New case fans 0.99ea, DVD reader/CD writer combo IDE 9.99 on sale, DVD burner 12.99, new networking hub 4.99, OEM pci netcard 5.99, new computer case (no PS) 14.99 -to name just a few...

*sniff* And I was so looking forward to getting even more lovely stuff!

34 posted on 08/02/2013 8:42:57 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer; All

FWIW good prices on reliable cabling here:

Www.monoprice.com


35 posted on 08/02/2013 11:17:17 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Utilizer
Tip: ignore Buydotcom

Thanks for the tip.

36 posted on 08/03/2013 5:21:37 AM PDT by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Ha! That's what I thought at first, too. I've never heard of this place before, though. I always buy my computer gear from Newegg.
37 posted on 08/03/2013 5:36:10 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Defiant
I would think that Fry’s is killing Geeks more than any other competitor. I spend 10 times as much there as I do at Geeks.

I agree. Around here, we love the 6-page ad on Frysday.

My bank has a newspaper sitting on one of the counters. Every Frysday I go in, cash a check, and steal the Frys ad.

 

38 posted on 08/03/2013 7:52:56 AM PDT by zeugma (Be a truechimer, not a falseticker!)
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To: zeugma

www.frys.com/ads.

It comes online on Thursday night sometime before midnight. I can’t wait for the paper.

In the last year, I bought a 50 inch LED TV for $369, a Blu Ray with wifi for $29, a $229 photo camera with 20x optical zoom and HD recording for $89, a core i3 laptop for $338 (back when the closest I could get elsewhere was around $450), an HD video camera for $99, and tons of RAM, SD cards, flash drives, hard drives, and tons and tons of gadgets and gizmos that are often fractions of what I would pay elsewhere. I don’t know how they do it, I guess they figure that when we buy something super low we will get something else at retail and they will make money, but I almost never get anything there that isn’t one of the loss leaders. Love the place. My wife hates it.


39 posted on 08/03/2013 9:27:56 AM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: Utilizer
One thing Fry's is rarely good at is computer cases and power supplies. I always went to Geeks for that. I checked Newegg for years when I bought stuff, and only bought something once from them, a flash drive that I regretted getting when I saw it on Fry's for less a week later. Whatever I wanted from Newegg was always lower on Tiger Direct, Geeks, Meritline or Fry's. Usually a lot less.

CPUs and motherboards are best on Amazon unless you can find a deal on a combo at TigerDirect or in a Fry's ad. Fry's combo deals are usually for AMD stuff, they don't discount the Intel cpus very often.

Hard drives are best at Fry's. Geeks had some good deals, too, but their best prices were usually on refurbished drives, and you take your chances with those.

Anyway, name an item, and I can tell you which place I would go first for the best deal on it. Sad to see one of my resources go bye-bye.

40 posted on 08/03/2013 9:36:34 AM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: Utilizer

I noticed that too. I stopped patronizing them when the bottom fell out.


41 posted on 08/03/2013 10:15:35 AM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Defiant
I used to go to Fry's quite a bit during My many years in Silicon Valley. I was one of their first customers when they opened their very first store back in the day, just off of Lawrence Expressway and 101 back when Computer Shopper and NCR were still big. There is no Fry's up here, however, and other online retailers seemed to be able to beat their offerings if one looked about enough.

Ableshoppers dot com used to be a great resource for finding better sales, but their website seems to have been unmaintained for a couple of years now and no equivalent site has yet appeared. TigerDirect was barely tolerable, but as I stated previously paying for shipping all the way from Florida to NorCal put a serious crimp on the attractiveness of their offerings.

Newegg still has the best prices on cases and quite a few other things if you are willing to wait for their sales. Also, on some items taking a chance on the Mail In Rebate which takes over eight weeks to process. I can post a screencap of their last great case offerings (last month's) if anyone is interested (and if JimRob does not mind the bandwidth usage) if you just have some patience and keep an eye on their sales offerings. Free shipping and about 99% of the orders I place arrive within 48 hours -I assume that is because I live in Cali. Other sites I could name also have great prices on electronics-related items but none come close to that, I have found.

Again: watch the sales flyers. You might be surprised.

42 posted on 08/03/2013 12:16:31 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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I used to go up to Geeks in Oceanside to pick up stuff.

Did they actually stop that at some point? I moved away from San Diego in 2010 so it’s been a while.


43 posted on 08/03/2013 4:04:07 PM PDT by techworker
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To: Utilizer
I get an email from NewEgg every day, and for the longest time I used to read it. Never once saw a deal I was interested in, except one time about a year ago, I got a flash drive. I also get daily emails from TigerDirect, MacMall, Geeks (well, not any more), Meritline and a lot of others that I have purchased from over the years. I stopped reading the NewEgg emails a few months ago, and every so often,I check their ad and I don't see anything I want. I was looking not too long ago for the components to make a Hackintosh, and NewEgg was never close to the prices from Amazon for the graphics card, cpu, PSU, RAM, etc. Tiger Direct was the same as newegg or slightly lower.

With Fry's, I think you have to buy in the store to get the really good deals. A lot of times it says right in the ad "in store only", and then you look at the same item online and it is a discount price but not a truly great price. So maybe that affects your view of Fry's prices. I am starting to sound like an ad for Fry's, but I do love having that store handy. If I lived in a town that didn't have these choices available, I would have to spend a lot more money.

Years ago, I used PriceGrabber, and it was good for a while, but now it is hard to find the best deals on it.

PriceWatch used to be the best place for low pricing on RAM, but I think there are now lots of sites with cheap RAM, and Fry's is just as good when you get the RAM on sale. Whenever I am looking for RAM, I just have to wait a few weeks for the one I want to be on sale.

Newegg may have been best in cases, I can't say for sure, but I know that Geeks had really good prices on cases, and I could pick them up locally. PSUs, too.

In America, we have it really good. I recently tried to get an electric fan for my daughter in Paris, and it is 95 degrees and it seems there is no store in that town that you can walk into and buy a fan. Their big electronics store, Darty, doesn't keep them in stock and doesn't deliver them to Paris. You have to go to one of the 5 stores in France that carries that particular model. They need a Walmart in that country, not to mention a BestBuy or Fry's. But that's another topic. I guess we'll know Obama has succeeded in remaking the US when we can't get stuff anymore, and they shut down all the Walmarts.

44 posted on 08/03/2013 4:04:37 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: techworker

They closed the ordway store, and moved it to Vista. However, the Vista store didn’t have everything in stock, just a few things. The warehouse was moved to Murrieta. I never did make it to Vista after that.


45 posted on 08/03/2013 4:07:00 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: techworker

According to what remains of their website, the Oceanside retail store remains open. Unfortunately, I live in NorCal, nowhere near Oceanside and it simply is not possible for Me to drive there no matter how strong the temptation.


46 posted on 08/03/2013 4:28:11 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer

It doesn’t get much geekier that a usb powered foam missile launcher.


47 posted on 08/03/2013 4:43:41 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Defiant
I was pretty well the same until fairly recently. However, some quite good sale items began appearing in the daily flyers and I have been making more and more purchases from them as time goes by.

Recently, it was some 2.5 in to 3.5 in drive adaptors I purchased for comparison purposes, prior to that it was the cases I mentioned previously, and before then some powered USB hubs and power strips with individually switched outlets that I simply had to have. I was also looking strongly at an air-conditioning unit that was quite similar to the one I have now less the digital control and remote for 100.00 less and free shipping...

Not every day, but now and again there are some quite good bargains if you are looking closely.

Nothingbutsoftware is decent enough if you are in the market for 'Doze software (I run pretty much all Linux machines), and freeafterrebate seems to have some quite attractively priced items. A few other sites I could mention for electronics stuff not totally computer related but sometimes have computer accessory items that are useful if you check them out closely enough.

I pretty much agree with you about Fry's. I would frequent them quite a bit when I was still living in The Valley and true, the walk-in sales were quite good. In Store Only is too much to ask -the closest we have here is a ChickenHut (Radio Shack) franchise in the local Napa auto store, with the RS section taking up the right-hand wall and half of one aisle. In a building with a retail space about seven steps long. So I use Online Vendors almost exclusively.

48 posted on 08/03/2013 4:49:12 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: ShadowAce

‘Ace, you know anyone that can give us a bit of programming (not exactly pure coding) advice?


49 posted on 08/03/2013 4:51:30 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: dennisw
*Laugh* It's a fun toy. I mounted a webcam on it and use the keyboard for turning and elevation so I can track where the cat goes on the monitor and do followup shots. *grin*

The "missiles" are roughly the diameter of a cheap pencil and half as long with a slightly weighted tip for beautiful 'arcing' shots. Easily shoots across the room lengthwise but about as troublesome as a thrown q-tip.

50 posted on 08/03/2013 4:57:54 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour rings! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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