Re: Local vs. Online
I believe most companies will allow you to return with no restocking fees if you have a defective product. They will usually ship you out a new one.
If you are buying a processor, buying online will save you a nice chunk. There are not many stores that sell a wide variety of processors like newegg or tigerdirect. Also processors are usually the last thing you would expect to go bad.
Generally things that will arrive DOA are sticks of ram, power supply, hard drives and occasionally motherboards.
Good thing about buying online is that you have reviews for each product. Whereas in the store you don't know if you getting a good deal or quality or not (unless you researached the product).
Personally, I don't know anybody that buys local for computer parts unless they have a micro center in town.
Bad parts will largely be based on quality you buy. Personally I would rather take the risk of buying from Newegg than my Best Buy. God knows how awful the later is.
Acutally, its more of a risk buying from Best Buy than Newegg.
I vote online. Wouldn't even think about local.
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