ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

You'd Better Shop Around

Updated on March 20, 2011

In the famous words of the great Smokey Robinson:

You better shop around

Try to get yourself a bargain, son

Don't be sold on the very first one

Although Mr. Robinson was referring to "girls" the same concept applies to purchasing personal computer components. The shopper who walks into a computer store and picks something right off the shelf without doing a considerable amount of due diligence is likely to get whacked in the wallet.

First of all, there is no, I repeat, no difference between a Zoomwowie Z9950X Zaparoonie Video Card purchased at a big box store and at an online retailer. The only difference will be the price tag and that is something that definitely needs to be considered.

The more you shop around the more bargains you'll find!
The more you shop around the more bargains you'll find!

Let's take some very typical examples that are available on the web right now. Let's take a real video card to start with, the 8800 GT 512MB. The lowest online price from a reputable major online etailer is $109. However, you can also buy pretty well the same thing, maybe with a different label on it, from an online etailer for $297! The one for $109 will work in an effectively indistinguishable fashion, while leaving $188 in your bank account!

Let's check some other amazing price spreads:

Asus Rampage Formula Intel X48 Motherboard: $359 to $429

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition Dual Core 2.6GHz CPU: $81 to $122

OCZ GameXStream 700W ATX12V Power Supply: $94 to $156

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Dual Core 3.0GHz CPU: $198 to $366

Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Toxic Edition 512MB Video Card $188 to $267

...and now some real whoppers which range from about double the price to five times the price!

Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive: $159 to $303

LG GGC-H20L Blu-Ray HD DVD Combo Drive: $161 to $323

OCZ Platinum XTC 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400 DDR2-800 RAM: $32 to $72

Logitech Z-2300 THX Certified 2.1 200-watt Speaker System: $99 to $225

eVGA Nforce 780i SLI LGA775 ATX Motherboard: $232 to $479

Gigabyte I-RAM DDR PCI Virtual RAM Disk SATA w/Backup Battery: $116 to $419

Belkin F9M820 Surgemaster PC Surge Protector: $9 to $49

You don't have to visit a hundred etailer websites to do your comparison shopping homework. All you need to do is find a comparison shopping search engine which covers your country and just let your fingers do the shopping. These search engines will show you the component you need and the prices charged by the various etailers. You can then select the lowest price and buy to your heart's content!

Generally you'll find that the best online etailer pricing will significantly beat the big box brick and mortar locations even when you factor in the shipping charges. Also check carefully as many etailers located in another state or province will sell you products without charging you state or provincial taxes. Pay close attention to factory rebates as you might be waiting three months or longer to get your check.

Depending on the type of components that you are selecting, you could easily save yourself $500 on a fairly mid-range PC build just by comparison shopping. And as my Poppa always said, $500 saved is $500 earned. How long does it take you to earn $500? Isn't saving that amount worth an hour or two of online research? Heck yeah!


Check out hundreds of Hal's PC Technology articles in these categories:


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)