Skip to comments.Geeksdotcom ordering now closed
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.
It would seem they didn’t advertise enough. I didn’t even know about them. LOL I do know about NewEgg.com
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.
Ping. You might be interested in this...
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!
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!
Thanks for sending out the ping, mate. Certainly appreciate it...
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?
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?
You can get a lot of what they sell from Meritline, and anything else, from TigerDirect.
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.
Sad to hear another business is being ground into the dust by the Obamaeconomy but hey Americans voted for it so there it is.
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.
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 :/)
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.
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.
Oops, I didn’t see you had already posted a screenie. Thanks.
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.
Need I say more? *grin*
Ebay requires PayPal. No thanks.
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.
Look right at the very top...
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.
Excellent. Thank you!
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.
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.
Ehrmmm... make that: ‘so with the shipping charges added the final cost is roughly twice the item price in the end.’
Wow, you weren’t kidding about it being cheap!
*sniff* And I was so looking forward to getting even more lovely stuff!
FWIW good prices on reliable cabling here:
Thanks for the tip.
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.
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.
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.
I noticed that too. I stopped patronizing them when the bottom fell out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It doesn’t get much geekier that a usb powered foam missile launcher.
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.
‘Ace, you know anyone that can give us a bit of programming (not exactly pure coding) advice?
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.