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HOW TO PURCHASE A DESKTOP COMPUTER
If you are buying a new computer, you have
several purchasing options: buying from your
school bookstore, a local computer dealer, a
local large retail store, or ordering by mail via
telephone or the Web.
Each purchasing option has certain advantages. Many college
bookstores, for example, sign exclusive pricing agreements
with computer manufacturers and, thus, can offer student
discounts. Local dealers and local large retail stores, however,
more easily can provide hands-on support. Mail-order
companies that sell computers by telephone or online via the Web
(Figure 44) often provide the lowest prices, but extend less
personal service. Some major mail-order companies,
however, have started to provide next-business-day, on-site
services. A credit card usually is required to buy from a
mail-order company. Figure 45 lists some of the more popular
mail-order companies and their Web site addresses.
If you have a computer and are upgrading to
a new one, then consider selling or trading in
the old one.
If you are a replacement buyer, your older computer still
may have value. If you cannot sell the computer through
the classified ads, via a Web site, or to a friend, then ask if
the computer dealer will buy your old computer. An
increasing number of companies are taking trade-ins, but
do not expect too much money for your old computer.
Other companies offer free disposal of your old PC.
Be aware of hidden costs.
Before purchasing, be sure to consider any
additional costs associated with buying a computer, such as an
additional telephone line, a cable or DSL modem, an
uninterruptible power supply (UPS), computer furniture, a USB
flash drive, paper, and computer training classes you may
want to take. Depending on where you buy your computer,
the seller may be willing to include some or all of these in
the computer purchase price.
If you are buying a used computer, stay with
name brands such as Dell, Gateway,
HewlettPackard, and Apple.
Although brand-name equipment can cost more, most
brandname computers have longer, more comprehensive
warranties, are better supported, and have more authorized
centers for repair services. As with new computers, you can
purchase a used computer from local computer dealers, local
large retail stores, or mail order via the telephone or the Web.
Classified ads and used computer sellers offer additional
outlets for purchasing used computers. Figure 46 lists several
major used computer brokers and their Web site addresses.
Type of Computer
Company
Web Address
PC
CNET Shopper
shopper.cnet.com
Hewlett-Packard
hp.com
CompUSA
compusa.com
TigerDirect
tigerdirect.com
Dell
dell.com
Gateway
gateway.com
Macintosh
Apple Computer
store.apple.com
ClubMac
clubmac.com
MacConnection
macconnection.com
PC & MacExchange
macx.com
For an updated list of mail-order computer companies and their Web
site addresses, visit scsite.com/ic7/buyers.
Computer mail-order companies.
FIGURE 45
Company
Web Address
Amazon.com
amazon.com
TECHAGAIN
techagain.com
American Computer Express
americancomputerex.com
U.S. Computer Exchange
usce.org
eBay
ebay.com
FIGURE 44 Mail-order companies, such as Dell, sell
computers online.
For an updated list of used computer mail-order companies and their
Web site addresses, visit scsite.com/ic7/buyers.
Used computer mail-order companies.
FIGURE 46
 
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