It seems like local retailers take to long to get new products in, so when buying a computer, I'm normally forced to order online. I usually consider Amazon.com, SonyStyle.com, or Dynamism.com. When buying a Mac, Apple's website of course, or maybe ColorwarePC.com. The local Apple and Sony Style stores do an ok job at carrying most models in many configurations; however, there's sometimes when they don't - for example, Apple doesn't carry the 1.6GHz, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM 11" Air at the store.
When buying computer parts or accessories, I normally depend on Newegg.com, Amazon, OWC, or the local MicroCenter. As much as I like MicroCenter, they often times don't carry the "best" computer parts, and if they do, they tend to be overpriced - which in that case, I can wait for Newegg's 3 day shipping (which is often free) or take advantage of my Amazon Prime membership.
...sorry, but I'm very picky with computer stuff, and local stores just don't seem to have what I want. At times what I want isn't available in the US, and that's when Dynamism or Ebay come into the picture.
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