5 Reasons to Buy Your Next Laptop Online, Not in a Store

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At first blush, it might seem like a good idea to buy your laptop at a brick-and-mortar store. After all, if you can visit the store, you can personally look at the screen, type on the keyboard and swipe on the touchpad to make sure all of those features all meet your needs. Still, in most cases, you're better off shopping for and buying your computer online.

Here are five reasons why you should buy your next laptop from a website.

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  • antne Says:

    The fly in the ointment is an OOB (out of box) failure, Returning to brick & mortar is bad enough but getting an RMA for online purchase, then shipping it back, yadda yadda. Is it worth it?

  • Charles Says:

    Office Depot trains their salespeople to lie to a customer if the customer does not want to buy extras with the laptop. I know this because I am an anonymous salesperson for Office Depot. This is a training that has gone on since 2009. The lie that the salesperson is supposed to tell usually is that the "laptop is not in stock", and then hopefully the customer will just go away. So, they advertise their laptops at one price, but won't sell you the laptop at that price unless you buy the protection plan or other extras. You can research this practice of Offie Depot/Offie Max onine yourself, you don't have to take my work for it. Or, just stop in at your local Office Depot or Office Max and Tell the salesperson you only want the laptop and nothing else, and watch what happens. Better yet, take them to court on it. It is classic BAIT AND SWITCH.

  • Bill Dalzell Says:

    I agree and have purchased all my computers, phones and tablets online for years – of course, it is easy with Apple.
    That said, I did have a problem with my iPhone 6S Plus – shipped directly from China with an unauthorized SIM for Verizon. Verizon support sent me a new SIM, but not the one the support person said they were sending. Even though I questioned it when activating with the new SIM Verizon opened a separate account for the SIM they were supposed to send me (which I never received) and I had to take the complaint to the FCC, twice, before I could get them to fix it and they still tried to charge me for it. I doubt this enormous hassle would have transpired it I had bought and activated the device at a brick and mortar – still, I will probably continue to make my purchases online.

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