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What are the current recommended mail order outfits for buying computer tech as cheap as possible without infinite hassle if one of the parts should prove faulty?
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keirf From: keirf Date: May 5th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't go with Dabs. I'm having an awful time trying to return a faulty MP3 player.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: May 5th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dabs were the supplier of choice in '98/'99 or so. Unfortunately they expanded and customer service stopped being worth the premium they charged.
pjc50 From: pjc50 Date: May 5th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I quite like www.aria.co.uk, who are very cheap but I've not tried to return anything to them recently.
_nicolai_ From: _nicolai_ Date: May 5th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely NOT Dabs or Scan.
I've had OK service including returns (for an item I didn't want not faulty) from Expansys but they don't sell a full selection of computer parts.
jo_english_bint From: jo_english_bint Date: May 5th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quite like www.ebuyer.com , returns are slow but okay.

if it a full computer rather than bits not sure got mine from onlinecomputerstore.co.uk okay price wise and have a little shop in stafford so service is fine.
chrisvenus From: chrisvenus Date: May 5th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I personally go for scan but you've had bad reviews above. Alternatively I have recently bought components from MCM computers and sinoco in oxford for convenience. Not mail order so not what you asked for but thought I'd mention them anyway. Not always a good price comparison but returns and the like are a lot easier if its a shop you can walk into. :)
uitlander From: uitlander Date: May 5th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
My experience of scan has always been good, but I've never had to return anything to them. Reports of dabs recent customer service are atrocious, so I would avoid them. I have also recently bought things from Simply (now part of Misco I think) when they were the most competitive, but again no experience of returns. Amazon can be quite good on pricing, and there returns turnaround was about 30 days - however they sent me the same wrong item three times, so I finally told them to forget it and just got a refund instead.
fractalgeek From: fractalgeek Date: May 5th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you want bits or a system?

My last couple of home boxes were Systemax, but the european site now seems to bounce straight to the US... and is Misco for parts

Evesham seems to have pretty good customer service

Ebuyer is where I go for odd bits.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: May 6th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Bits which I can assemble into a system. I generally want to handpick every component of my system so a wide range is good (but not essential if they have the parts I want). I seem to be half seriously playing "fantasy PC". Oh dear.

Playing the game at Aria gets me:

DFI Lanparty nF4 SLi-DR   		£119.00 	1
AMD Athlon64 3500 [2.2,200,939]RET 	£148.95 	1
Corsair TwinX 2 x 512MB XMS3200 XLL 	£145.00 	1
16X Samsung DVD-ROM Black 		£14.95 	1
NEC ND-3540AB 16x DVDRW DL Black 	£34.00 	1
Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (OEM) 		£39.00 	1
Tagan 480W Low Noise Power Supply	£57.00 	1
Round ATA133 Clear Cable 90cm   	£5.00 	2
Serial ATA Data Cable 		        £3.00 	1
Round Floppy Drive Cable 		£1.30 	1
Mitsumi Floppy + Card Reader Black 	£19.00 	1
200GB Seagate Barracuda7 SATA[8MB] 	£58.00 	1
Akasa Crystal Clear MIDI tower case	£69.00 	1
MSI GeForce 6800GT 256MB PCI-E 		£229.00 	1
Microsoft Windows XP Pro OEM 		£79.95 	1

Must resist temptation to buy shiny new computer.
sue_b From: sue_b Date: May 6th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Eclipse computers in Coventry...

No problems with them and they are very well priced as well
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