[ale] Sortof OT : Buy online or go to Fry's

Keith R. Watson keith.watson at gtri.gatech.edu
Thu Dec 2 14:02:45 EST 2004

At 12:48 12/2/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>Ok, so I know that there are other options (and I'd love to hear those 
>too), but the two mentioned are the two that I'm most interested in.  I am 
>going to be buying some computer 'stuff' (I have 4 boxes now, one will be 
>retired, the other three will have various upgrades, and one new one will 
>be purchased) over the next few days.  I generally buy from Pricewatch to 
>get the lowest price, but my Dad and I have been looking for an excuse to 
>go to Fry's, and this looks like a good one.  I'm in a bit of a hurry to 
>start putting stuff together (had a bit of a hardware issue recently), but 
>I can wait 2-3 days if need be if there's a HUGE price difference between 
>Fry's and Pricewatch.  My total [from Pricewatch] is just over $1,100 
>(parts list available upon request). Can anyone that's been to Fry's give 
>me some idea on where their prices are compared to Pricewatch?  I'm not 
>going (on Pricewatch) for the absolute cheapest, I'm just looking for the 
>best prices on the parts I want (an MSI mobo, a DFI mobo, some RAM, a 
>video card, SATA HD, etc.).


I've found Fry's prices to be higher than just about everyone else in 
Atlanta however, they do price matching. You can't check online to see what 
their prices are so the only way I've been able to get consistently good 
prices out of them is to shop every place else first then go to Fry's. If 
their price is higher then get them to price match. One good thing though 
is that they have just about everything in one store and more variety than 



Keith R. Watson                        GTRI/ISD
Systems Support Specialist III         Georgia Tech Research Institute
keith.watson at gtri.gatech.edu           Atlanta, GA  30332-0816

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