Weekend Open Forum: Where do you buy online?

By on November 27, 2010, 1:48 AM
Tech enthusiasts were among the first consumers targeted by dedicated online retailers and since brick and mortars charged hefty margins, online shopping was made even more attractive from the get go. Early etailers included the ubiquitous Newegg, which now exceeds $2 billion a year in sales, Buy.com, TigerDirect, and many sites dedicated to photography and audio equipment. As you might recall, PC manufacturers like Dell and Gateway were also quick to take full advantage of online ordering and made a huge asset out of it.

As online shopping became more mainstream, and for many a necessity, dozens of star retailers on many different categories have emerged. You have Zappos for buying shoes, Steam/Impulse for games, iTunes for music, Expedia/Orbitz or any other of the numerous travel sites, Fandango for movie tickets, and the list goes on. Amazon has also remained a pioneer in the industry and today you can buy nearly anything you could possibly want from their site, either direct or from smaller retailers using Amazon's impeccable logistics.

As the holiday shopping season gets rolling, our question for you is: How much do you rely on online retailers and where do you prefer to buy stuff? Not only tech, but things in general like clothes, gifts for family and friends, food, flowers, anything you are used to buy online these days. Even if it's a local store, we want to hear about it. Discuss.
* Graph used for illustration purposes only. Source: Lifehacker, Permuto, US Census Bureau.

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Guest said:

Ebay, Abebooks, U-mart, Steam, Impulse, itunes, EB Games, Pop-Cap, JB HiFi, Miele, and an endlessly growing number of smaller online household goods and software retailers (curse all those different passwords!). I didn't even realize they still had real stores out there.

treeski treeski said:

I do as much shopping online as I can, because it's where I find the best deals usually.

The online stores I go to with relative frequency are...

Banana Republic/Gap



New Egg

Tiger Direct



TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Same as treeski. I think with the exception of food, pretty much everything that I need to function as a human being is purchased online. To be honest, I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than go to a mall.

ruben1992 said:

Steam, Scorptec (online Aussie PC retailer), iTunes and Ebay for selling usually.

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

Steam, Souq.com (our local version of eBay) and Fry's.com occasionally.

treetops treetops said:

Newegg if I want something new and don't want to mess around. electronics

Ebay used and new

Amazon if i cant get something cheaper on ebay

For games the above 2 or I will follow whatever link the games main site takes me too.

spikester48661 spikester48661 said:

For PC parts Ebay and Newegg.And for whatever things I go to Ebay.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Ncix, Amazon.ca, Steam, Ebay.ca and sometimes Chapters.ca

Johny47 said:

I usually shop many places, I mainly like and trust Amazon and Play.com for most stuff but I shop at places like Ebuyer and Overclockers aswell for PC hardware if there's deals.

codefeenix codefeenix said:

newegg, steam, ebay, amazon, vat19 and sometimes D&H.(although 99.9% of people cant shop there they usually beat newegg in prices.)

Korn007 Korn007 said:

Steam, Amazon, Newegg, Ebay if I cant find it there then it isnt something I want or it doesnt exist.

edison5do said:

Amazon, Ebay, Newegg, Steam, and just like "Korn007", if I dont get it there, just stop serching...

viperpfl said:

I buy at Amazon, Newegg, NFL.com, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Electronic Arts, 1-800 Flowers, Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, Wal Mart, and Best Buy. I did buy from Circuit City before they got bought by Tiger Direct.

Yad Yad said:

Ebay only since they ship worldwide

Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Newegg, TigerDirect, Ebay, Amazon

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Newegg, FrozenCPU, and Bed bath & Beyond....oh dear...I've said to much.

princeton princeton said:

Same as treeski.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Newegg, FrozenCPU, and Bed bath & Beyond....oh dear...I've said to much.
No red, you've said, "too" much!

grvalderrama said:

Mercadolibre Argentina!

mailpup mailpup said:

Newegg, Directron.com, Amazon, Thetoolwarehouse.net, Snapon.com, Matcotools.com, Mactools.com, Toolsource.com, Helminc.com (for factory manuals), mscdirect.com and a bunch of others sporadically.

Leeky Leeky said:

I order everything online, with the exception of fresh meat, which I like to view and choose myself. All my other food shopping is done online, and I regularly use amazon, ebay, etc.

About the only thing I tend to go to a shop for is milk and bread.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Mercadolibre Argentina!
?Hay un lugar como esto? Se suene mas como una eslogn de una revolucion.... "Compraremos en libertad, para siempre...!

DRoc28 said:

thanks for all the great sites everybody.

I never used sites such as Woot, Vat19..

good posts.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Let me see... My favorite online shops are Newegg and Thinkgeek for techie stuff, but I would say most of my money is spent on my Mustang at rpmoutlet.com, classicdesignconcepts.com, and americanmuscle.com. This year alone I have probably spent close to $6k on parts for the stang. At the egg, and thinkgeek, I've barely scratched $1200.

For food, clothing, and furniture I shop the old fashioned way, though occasionally I peruse Ikea's website.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

I only shop online for electronics stuff, so for that I browse between newegg, tigerdirect, and amazon. One of the three is always guaranteed to have what I'm looking for. As for all the other stuff, I work at walmart so I just buy what I need with my discount card before leaving work.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

For food, clothing, and furniture I shop the old fashioned way, though occasionally I peruse Ikea's website.

I know, nothing can be more frustrating than ordering a couple dozen eggs online, only to have them arrive two days after Halloween...!

Since Ikea has stores in most major markets, that's not cheating, that's what I like to call, "dry shopping".

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

No red, you've said, "too" much!

..oH for god sake! rofl :p

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

..oH for god sake! rofl :p
You're just hell bent on making me correct this too aren't you...?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

You're just hell bent on making me correct this too aren't you...?

Yes Sir!, have at it

....and that.

grvalderrama said:

captaincranky said:

Mercadolibre Argentina!
?Hay un lugar como esto? Se suene mas como una eslogn de una revolucion.... "Compraremos en libertad, para siempre...!

Look at you! You are an all spanish Sir. I think Mercadolibre is powered by e-bay, the same owners, probably... they even look alike! And yes, the name of the web it's kinda a capitalist "eslogan".... "buy/sell here and gain your freedom!"...

Route44 Route44, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

Newegg, FrozenCPU, and Bed bath & Beyond....oh dear...I've said to much.

LOL red! You realize don't you this is breaking Man Law?

Amazon, NewEgg, eBay, and G.O.G.

cyrusjumpjet cyrusjumpjet said:

Newegg, Amazon, and Steam are all I need

Tanstar said:

Amazon, eBay, and NewEgg.

Fragrant Coit Fragrant Coit said:

Dudeism - being an odained minister and all....

gobbybobby said:

Ebuyer, Argos (online) Tesco Direct, Amazon, Game, Play.com, zavvi.co.uk, shop2.net, Ebay, Steam.

tonylukac said:

I live with a senior citizen and am actually old enough to join aarp myself. We get the Chicago Tribune and shop those retail ads for Fry's, Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, and Comp USA. I also get Micro Center mailings and shop mostly retail. The stack of black friday and related newspaper ads was so big it almost hit the ceiling this weekend. In one ad you could get a 42" lcd hdtv from Wal-mart for $398 on black friday. We bought ours two years ago this way. When I returned my defective macbook pro to Fry's purchased retail, I got a FULL refund with no shipping or restocking fees. I just hope newspapers don't fall by the wayside too quickly.

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

Hmmmm lets see...

Ebay Australia




StudentBargains.com.au (I think that was the site) xD

Dominos Pizza

Mostly tech stuff, and pizza on the days i'm feeling lazy lol

Guest said:

Just buying from regular places,but always checking with who may have it listed at Google Product Search so I can use Google checkout and get free shipping too.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

I usually shop at my favorite computer store which is PC Express. I'm looking forward to getting my GTX 580 this Christmas.

Starsky303 said:







and recently Firebox.com! It's Christmas!

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