[Novalug] laptop ram
plarsen at famlarsen.homelinux.com
Tue Oct 4 12:46:17 EDT 2011
On Tue, 2011-10-04 at 10:45 -0500, Beartooth wrote:
> On Mon, 3 Oct 2011, Igor Birman wrote:
> > I really appreciate your comments since I do own a small
> > computer shop and depend on local customers to keep it running.
> > [....] If you know exactly what you want, then you don't need
> > to cover the overhead of a local store. There are plenty of
> > people out there that need extra help and they are glad to have
> > our service. I agree that businesses that simply sell
> > commodities locally cannot compete. The only businesses that
> > will stay around are those that offer some kind of experience
> > along with the products they sell.
> That has always been true. I go to the local hardware
> store, the local food importer, the local computer shop, the
> local vintner, etc., not because they're closer and more
> convenient (They all are, much.), but because the people who work
> there seem to have good answers to anything I ask. Only if they
> don't have what I want (and either can't get it or need a longer
> wait than I can live with) do I run to a big box. Seems to me
> many if not most other p[people do the same.
For consumer general purchases I would _maybe_ agree. Anything else -
not so much. I find that the little stores has a little knowledge about
what works, as the clerks in the big stores. And that's not a lot. They
_may_ barely know about what's in inventory - usually just the owner
will actually fully know this - but how things work together, issues
etc. I have to check that out online. I prefer to shop in online stores
where I can see other people's experience with the hardware in the
combination I'm looking for. Or have the site help me select the best
combination of hardware. I've tried at MicroCenter with little luck
there (actually been given the wrong type of memory more than once
there). Smaller stores tend to know _something_ about the boxes they
have on show but not much.
I would love to support local stores - and through Amazon's partner
programs I buy quite a bit from local stores that uses Amazon to sell
their goods. But I do my shopping online for lots of reasons.
Convinience is not driving to/from a store.
A story may be in place - my last purchase was a HDMI to mini HDMI
converter. Not only did I find it mislabeled in many stores - they were
actually only providing the MICRO version - but I found _no_ stores
(including my favorite MicroCenter) that carried the converter - not
even online. A simple search on Amazon, and I had a order in. Yes, I had
to wait some days to be able to do projections from my Android Pad but I
could wait. Other times I have had fried PSUs and the local HW pusher
store really only had one or two models, no where close to the
connectors and powers I needed. Again, going online was the only option.
I try the local stores if I need something RIGHT NOW - but rarely is
that the case. Delivery takes 2-3 days at max, and if I'm really in a
hurry I've paid extra to have it the day after.
If the stores were compatible in selection and knowledge to what I get
online, I would be more than willing to go there. But I've found they
are not. Even the large corporate chains like BestBuys and the past
Circuit City don't carry much other than basic consumer electronics, and
what they have is very narrow in selection. Try to get a 10000rpm HDD at
any brick and mortar store - I dare ya :)
My current challenge is to get a non-consumer grade AP. I'm tied of
having my APs burn out and crash - this is the 3rd consumer grade AP I
have that after about a year starts locking up; let alone not being able
to provide a full signal in my house. I doubt very much I'll be able to
find what I want in the local brick-and-mortar stores anywhere. Maybe
you can show me I'm wrong?
Wise words of the day:
Not only Guinness - Linux is good for you, too.
-- Banzai on IRC
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