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If you’re a regular reader of MakeUseOf then you’re probably a geek 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More . And geeks buy gadgets. Lots and lots of gadgets.

Computers, smartphones, televisions, games consoles, power tools, and even drones (which most of you seem to want to shoot out of the sky A Drone Hovers Over Your Property: What Would You Do? [We Ask You] A Drone Hovers Over Your Property: What Would You Do? [We Ask You] There's a very real prospect of someone flying a drone around your neighborhood. But what would you do if it hovered over your property? Read More ); these all count as gadgets on which we spend far too much money. The question is, where do you buy new gadgets?

Newsflash! Avast! Wins!

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “What Is The Best Free Antivirus Software?

Out of a total of 1,043 votes, 40.2% chose Avast!, 14.5% chose AVG, 7.3% chose Avira, 3.1% chose Comodo, 8.6% chose Malwarebytes, 14.6% chose Microsoft Security Essentials, 1% chose Spybot – Search & Destroy, and 10.8% chose Other.

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As some people pointed out, these results are more likely to show how popular each piece of antivirus software is, as people invariably voted for the one they use rather than the one experts agree is “best.” By that logic, Avast! is the most popular antivirus tool among MakeUseOf readers, which is no less useful to know.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Brian H., Tom W, and Gilbert J. Comment Of The Week goes to Andrew Kelley, who wins a T-shirt from those available from the catalog for this comment What Is The Best Free Antivirus Software? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Is The Best Free Antivirus Software? [MakeUseOf Poll] Because no matter how careful you are when using the Internet, it's always advisable to have antivirus software installed on your computer. Yes, even Macs. Read More :

I would say that there is really no “best” anti-virus, some may be considered better than others, but I have had clients bring in virus laden PC’s for repair that have had any of the Av’s listed plus a handful more, free and paid, 9 of 10 times I find that the owner was ultimately at fault for the infection, not the Anti-virus software.

BHO’s are notorious for being “piggybacked” in on a legit third-party software installation and the owner is totally oblivious to the actual questions and check boxes that are “pre-checked” to install this garbage which once installed can start a cascade of malware downloads.

Attachments in an e-mail are another big one, many people don’t think twice about opening them right up as soon as the get them, and many Anti-virus programs will not detect a virus within a zipped file unless you physically tell the program to scan it first, and never run and .exe file without first doing a scan.

Habit and understanding is more of a key to remaining virus free than the actual Anti-Virus software in many cases.

We chose this comment because it clearly makes the point that no matter how good the antivirus software you use may be common sense is the key to remaining free of malware 7 Common Sense Tips to Help You Avoid Catching Malware 7 Common Sense Tips to Help You Avoid Catching Malware The Internet has made a lot possible. Accessing information and communicating with people from far away has become a breeze. At the same time, however, our curiosity can quickly lead us down dark virtual alleys... Read More . Please do use antivirus software, but only as a last resort; if you take care when online you should never actually need to utilize it.

Gadgets Galore

This week, we want to know where you buy your gadgets. When you get it into your head that now is the time to buy a new gadget — because your PC has died, your TV is so old it’s powered by a crank, or that shiny new smartphone is too good to miss — where do you go shopping for it?

Because of limited space within the poll, we have, with the exception of the behemoths of online shopping that are Amazon Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks Amazon is, without a doubt, one of the best and most popular places to shop online. It’s got there due to awesome features like Amazon Prime, Super Saver Shipping, the Wish List browser extension, the... Read More and eBay First-Time Shopper On Ebay? 5 Important Things You Need To Know First-Time Shopper On Ebay? 5 Important Things You Need To Know Welcome to Ebay Shopping 101. You are the select few, chosen to be trained as sharp-shooting Ebay bidders, capable of finding the best deals and winning every auction. Read More , grouped retailers together. So we need you to not only vote in the poll below but also take to the comments section to tell us the name of the retailer you favor above all others.

Please vote in the poll above and then leave a comment below to provide us with a more detailed answer to the question.

Unfortunately, we have had to stop offering a T-shirt as a prize because of the logistics of sending one out to someone somewhere in the world on a weekly basis. Instead, from now on, the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week will get to see their name up in lights and see the rest of us bow down to their greatness. How can you resist?!

  1. Alan Edwards
    October 23, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Dave I do if price and shipping is below Amazon's. It is rare, but I just bought two work shirts from a vendor who offered free shipping, I ordered Sunday and they arrived. The shirts were also available on Amazon but for quite a bit more - I got them direct from the manufacturer.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Cutting out the middleman is often a good idea. Unfortunately, it's not always an option :(

  2. Alan Edwards
    October 22, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Chose Amazon: selection, price and as a Prime Member 2 day delivery.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Do you ever deviate from using Amazon? I guess having a Prime membership means it's unlikely.

  3. KT
    October 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Newegg is my first choice.

    My 2nd choice can range from Amazon to craigslist to Tiger Direct, and a few lesser known companies.

    Years ago I would have said ebay, but that place is a scammer's paradise now.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Never a bricks-and-mortar store? Any particular reason?

    • KT
      October 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      There's a little mom and pop computer shop nearby that I go to for quick things like cables and blank dvds, I even picked up a few components there, but depending on who's working, you may end up standing around a while. Poor service keeps me away from most stores (especially big ones like Wal Mart). Poor pricing keeps me out of Radio Shack and similar stores as well. Another reason for the online shopping is: For a complete pc build, you can get some great discounts when buying bundled products like cpu/mobo/ram/gpu/power supply/case/cooling combos. I built a top notch gaming rig for under $600 that way.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Wow, that is cheap for a good gaming rig. I suck at hardware, so I'd never be able to pull that off. Even at double the price lol.

  4. averyvh
    October 21, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I buy gadgets where they are cheapest. First I scope out prices on eBay and
    Amazon <--- not so much since I moved to Canada, Amazon in Canada just sucks.

    I would say for most gadgets I try to go for the manufacturers site. For computer parts, I prefer newegg. If a retailer has a clearance sale or refurbished product (and have a store in my area), then I will buy that. It just comes down to whatever is the best deal.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      It's all about the money then. Have you ever let previous poor customer service or negative stories from friends put you off using a particular online retailer?

    • averyvh
      October 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      I tend to stick to sites with good reputations like the manufacturers or sites like newegg, amazon, and thesource. I haven't really heard any horror stories about sites like these, but if the seller/product on the site has terrible reviews then I will go elsewhere.

  5. Ben.B
    October 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    2 words, Amazon Prime

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Clever ol' Amazon. Once you pay for a Prime membership I suspect you're loath to even consider another online retailer.

  6. Charles
    October 20, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Mostly, it depends on what I'm shopping for. Larger purchases, like a laptop, I'll buck up and go to Best Buy, why? Because I can watch all the reviews I want on Youtube and Amazon may have the lower price, but until I can feel it in my hands, and actually use it, I'm not laying out that much money. Best Buy has price matched, not always but sometimes, before on certain items, so I don't mind going through them; and as a tech-savvy shopper I'm not drawn into their "extended warranties/etc." bull.

    For smaller/lower priced items, I'll go with Amazon most of the time. They have the lowest prices and it's easy to compare multiple items. Plus, it usually has the largest amount of customer reviews, so I can weed through them and find the truly useful reviews.

    Also, many retailers lag in their offerings, so if I want a particular item, the box retailers, even Best Buy to a point, may not have it in stock or even be offering it for awhile.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      I have always struggled with buying something I haven't actually been able to hold in my hands, whether it's clothes, gadgets, or whatever. The higher the asking price, the tougher it is, so I fully understand where you're coming from.

  7. suzybel
    October 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Amazon most of the time because I can get what I want delivered to my door in a timely manner with free shipping, and all I have to do is click a few buttons. I also use eBay for the same reason. I used to be one of those people who needed to see the product in person before I sashayed up to the check out but since I found online shopping I don't. I usually check out what I'm looking for on a few sites first for specs and description.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Have you ever had to send something back because the reality hasn't lived up to the description online?

    • suzybel
      October 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Not so far, I usually try to stick to brands I am familiar with so I have a pretty good idea of what I'm getting. It's more of a convenience thing for me to buy online as I live in the sticks so I'm careful when I shop online, for example, I have purchased shoes, only when I'm familiar with the fit and model. The same for gadgets.

  8. Xoandre
    October 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    The first place I check for gadgets is a little-known online retailer named "Tmart" (tmart.com).

    While I would love to buy only American-Made products and services, the fact is that the market is over-saturated with inexpensive and cheap alternatives to everything. Why should I spend $400 for a camera at Amazon.com or Best Buy when I can get it for $150 at Tmart with "worldwide free shipping and superior customer service" direct from the manufacturer's warehouse in Hong Kong?

    Tmart offers nearly wholesale prices and fast shipping on thousands of products to your home or business. I have bought my latest HD Video Camera, tripod, monopod, gps, webcam, and even massage seat liner for my desk chair from them and spent less than $200 all told. Amazon may have name recognition, but Tmart has insane values and clearance specials.

    Sorry if I sound like a sales person, but I am a devoted fan to the site. Every payday, I browse their clearance selections in hopes that something in there might be useful to me. I go to Tmart to see what specials they have, or just to browse the inventory selections, search for a specific item I need (from camera equipment to tablets or cases, to hair styling tools, to a new cat toy).

    Sometimes I copy the name of a product over to Amazon to read the product reviews before I buy, since Amazon has millions of followers and customer reviews. However, if I can get it cheaper and faster, with free shipping that does not cost $79 a year (Amazon prime), then I will hit up Tmart for the savings.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      There is nothing wrong with that. You have found a site that suits your needs and you use it as much as possible. That's why capitalism exists.

      Have you ever had any bad experience using Tmart or is a 100% recommendation?

    • Xoandre
      October 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Dave, I have yet to have any problems with ordering and payment, shipping and delivery, or any of the products I have purchased at Tmart. I even returned a keyboard-tablet case and had a replacement within 48 hours (free shipping both on return and expedited delivery of replacement).

      I would say Tmart is about a 90^ recommendation. If the products were made in the USA, I would give it 100%, but the only place with that guarantee is MadeInUSAForever.com which has pretty high prices, now that most Americans are accustomed to accepting (MY OPINION) overseas sweatshop/slavery pricing.

  9. R. M.
    October 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I use Amazon because:
    1. They probably have it
    2. Although not always lowest, price is usually good
    3. No shipping charges (Prime account)
    4. Two day shipping (Prime account)
    5. Good return policy
    6. My small town limits me to Staples, Radio Shack, or Walmart for gadgets.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      I'm starting to think every single American has an Amazon Prime subscription!

      I suspect if you went somewhere else to get a lower price you'd pay the difference in shipping anyway, so your policy makes perfect sense.

  10. Amar
    October 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

    For those of us living outside the USA some gadgets have to be purchased via a 3rd party that offer a service for items not sold (or not yet sold) outside of the US. Got my Moto 360 a few weeks ago by this means. Other devices from local independent dealer.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Ooh, do you mean a black market dealer? I hear Apple loves those guys ;)

    • Amar
      October 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      No Dave, not the grey or black market but people who legitimately offer a service to those of us outside the US. I paid the same price for the Moto 360 as anyone in the states. Plus shipping and a service fee. Better than eBay prices which are hiked up.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Are these legal services? I must admit I'm rather ignorant on this side of the market. Don't a lot of resellers and acquirers of foreign goods straddle the line of legality?

    • Amar
      October 29, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Dear Dave, I am impressed to get another reply (know how all of us are inundated with messages). I am not sure about the full legality. But the service I use (http://www.bigapplebuddy.com/) seem to be legit & I am the person buying the device, they are handling the transaction. Have a look see at their site. Founders are lawyers :)

  11. Katie F
    October 20, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I definitely needed to tick more than one box on this poll. My problem is that I am a big bargain hunter, so I do not stick to one shop, however I voted Amazon as I do use it more often than other places, and I get the added extra of being able to use my student discount on the site too, which is a definite plus!
    However, I get to collect Nectar points (and spend them too!) on eBay which is also a big bonus for me. And shopping around high-street stores online stores (e.g. PC World, Maplin) means that I can often get cash-back by buying direct through them. So for me it is down to the best value for money, although clearly if the tech is cheaper by only a small amount somewhere but a better warranty is offered elsewhere for a fraction more, I am more inclined to go with the better warranty option.
    I guess for me the main thing these all have in common is that I am an online shopper, I find it more reliable, it is almost guaranteed that what I want is in stock, if it isn't then I can default to one of the other online shops. The benefit of having my tech sent straight to my house is the big draw here and being able to read reviews of the product and the seller is a plus too. I can also shop around a lot easier, and be 100% sure that I am getting the best price, the worst thing is when you buy something in a store and then find it cheaper in another store round the corner.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      It sounds like you've made the switch to shopping online almost entirely. Is there anything at all you miss about shopping on the high street?

    • Katie F
      October 22, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      I guess the only thing that I miss about it is that you get to see an entire selection of items. E.g. Maybe I have it set in my mind that I want a blue nexus case, if I search for that, that's what I'll get, but if I went to Currys and went to the case section then maybe I'd see something else I liked and end up with something a bit different compared with the blue case I wanted to begin with. Other than that, I guess it's just the instant gratification of seeing something I want and being able to hold it and use it straight away.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      That's a good point actually. There have been plenty of occasions when I've set out to the shops intent on buying one thing, only to come back with something completely different. Online shopping doesn't really have that ability to change your mind.

  12. Mark D
    October 20, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Amazon. Prime!

  13. Jorge
    October 20, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Amazon has the better price most of the time and no need to go into a store.

  14. WinDork
    October 20, 2014 at 3:20 am

    I purchase directly from Dell online. I also purchase from Newegg. I live close to a Microcenter and shop there as well.

    I purchase from Dell because it's one-stop customized shopping from a trusted hardware resource. I purchase from Newegg because of variety and competitive pricing (and free shipping). I purchase from Microcenter because it's driving distance, variety, and competitive pricing.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Overall, do you prefer shopping online or at a bricks-and-mortar store? Would you miss the latter if it disappeared?

    • WinDork
      October 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      I prefer shopping online. However, I appreciate the option to do both, particularly since I'm not forced to shop at Best Buy.

  15. AJ
    October 19, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    For everyone that buys from amazon, you should look up a couple articles about how evil amazon is. Or are you too lazy to even look them up? Or are you like those people who know that Nike used sweat-shops and paid their workers in pennies but still bought the damn shoes anyways? Anyways, if you buy from Amazon, you're a bad person.
    Cheers.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      What are we talking here, the way it treats its workers or the tax avoidance measures? The problem is that you'd be hard-pressed to find a big company which doesn't do exactly the same things. It's how capitalism works, for better or worse.

      Where do you buy your gadgets? And what do they do differently than Amazon?

  16. pom
    October 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    dx.com my chinese paradise :D :D

  17. Riley Mullins
    October 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Brick and mortar places to look at the item or if I need it for a client or myself right then and can't wait over the weekend. Amazon and Newegg to purchase. Techbargins.com for random tech purchases.

  18. James Bruce
    October 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Shouldn't this be multiple choice? I buy wherever is cheapest: Amazon, ebay, or aliexpress.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Nah, I always find offering multiple choice devalues the results a little. I hope people picked the answer that most applied to them.

      Is it all about price for you or do other concerns such as customer service and corporate responsibility enter into it too?

    • James Bruce
      October 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

      For the same product, I'll go with the cheapest. For high ticket items, I'll use Amazon for customer service (or for superfast delivery). Corporate responsibility sounds like a bit of marketing term. All companies are out to make profit, and they'll exploit in every possible way.

      But, I also like buying from China to counter the culture of "supporting UK/US jobs". Like China doesn't have jobs to support too? What makes a UK worker worthy of my attention anymore than someone in China? Mostly, I prefer to cut out the middleman. A UK company is adding 500% onto the price of an item - taxes, absurd shop rents, stupidly high managerial wages - sod that. It's not my job to prop up this failing economy and feed their greed.

      Hmm, that went a little off topic. ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I have some sympathy for that viewpoint, although it's probably not one shared by the majority. I mean, as residents of the UK we need the UK as a whole to do well for our lives to improve. However, I'm with you in not quite understanding why someone from one geographical area is considered more worthy than someone from another. I feel the same when a headline says 6 Brits killed in some horrible incident... and what about the other 200 people died? Are they not as important?

      Now, that went even more off-topic ;)

  19. Robert
    October 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Since moving to DFW Fry's has been my place to live. They send awesome promo codes to email subscribers. Last month the codes got you memory for free, Chromecast for $28. A Vizio soundbar for $35.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Ooh, they all sound like bargains. We don't have Fry's in the UK. Damn.

  20. peter
    October 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I work from home and very rarely get an opportunity to venture out into the big wide world. It makes sense for me to buy things on line and Amazon is the place I usually do my gadget shopping.

    I rely on the reviews on other buyers as well, rather than the expertise of a sales assistant who either doesn't know or doesn't care (never been able to find someone who can actually answer my questions in person in shops) and so Amazon is another good resource for opinions and reviews.

    I usually wait until an item is reduced in price before I buy as well, to get the most of my money.
    But if I want to buy something of value (over £100 for example) I would make sure that I hunt around online and try to view an item in a shop to get that "hands on" look at something before buying.
    This usually involves smartphones (which I buy direct from my carrier as they offer discounts etc) Laptops (which I don't trust my postman not to drop) or any other high end purchase where I know I can go straight back to the shop for repairs/refunds if required.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Yeah, I'm not sure I would trust my postman with delivering a laptop either. I've had too many packages arrive damaged in the past.

    • peter
      October 22, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      On the rare occasions items have not arrived after being... lets say "lost in the post" I have been really happy with getting refunds and replacements from Amazon/sellers.
      Maybe it's I'm daft but I seem unwilling to trust other online sellers ( never used Ebay for example), but am always happy for amazon to take my money.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      I'm sure Amazon will keep taking your money as long as you carry on offering. I know they keep taking mine for pointless purchases I could well live without!

  21. Ankit
    October 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Amazon. One stop shop. Products easily available. Competitive prices. Good delivery options. Friendly policies.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Do you have anything negative at all to say about Amazon?

    • Ankit
      October 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Yes Dave! I do have. But is that the point here?

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Oh, no, the aim was to find out where you buy gadgets from, and you answered that. I was just interested if it's all positive when it comes to Amazon.

  22. Alan Wade
    October 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I voted for An Online Retailer because certainly in Sweden they are proving more reliable and more accessable than high street retailers. The retailer I use is Komplett.se they offer free delivery to my local post office, delivery in 1 to 2 working days (I usually get my order in one) and no charge should I need to return anything for any reason. They have just started with Buy now pay in 3 months time and buy now pay in 6 months time should you need a bit of breathing space.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Do you miss anything about using high-street retailers or do you actually prefer the online experience in every conceivable way?

    • Alan
      October 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      If anything it would have to be that you are not physically picking the item from the shelf so basically you have to wait a day to receive the item and then should anything be wrong it would take 1 - 2 days to return the item for a refund. That said I dont often have to return items as I do my homework as to exactly what I want.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      I must admit the thought of returning an unwanted item puts me off ordering the bigger items online. All the homework in the world sometimes cannot save you from making a poor purchasing decision.

  23. Kate
    October 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I don't always use one retailer for these types of purchases. If I'm buying a gadget I research the product first, decide exactly which model I want and then shop around to see which website/store has the best deal. I find the PriceBlink extension for Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/priceblink/aoiidodopnnhiflaflbfeblnojefhigh to be really helpful with that, as it lets you see the price for the product from various retailers.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks for the Chrome extension recommendation. Are there any retailers you steer clear of because of a bad experience?

    • Kate
      October 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      No problem. You know I never have really had a bad experience with a retailer when buying a gadget/tech product. Maybe I've just been extraordinarily lucky. I do tend to stick with known retailers (Amazon, Newegg, Monoprice, etc.). I probably do end up with Amazon the most often because I have Prime and with the free 2 day shipping it makes it the best deal in most cases.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      I think you've been extremely lucky, or maybe retailers have upped their game in these days of Facebook and Twitter!

  24. Michael Scoates
    October 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Amazon(.co.uk) has always been my first port of call for practically anything because I've been a customer for around 14 years and they've never, ever, let me down. I'd say the majority of my gadgets are both researched and bought there but I do shop around, Ebuyer and Dabs being alternatives if it's gadget-related and a bit cheaper from either.

    If I must have it same day then I'll usually check the local bricks and mortar outlets like Currys/PCWorld, Argos, local supermarkets et al as I did when my last PC died. The one I'm using currently was bought second hand from my local 'we can supply/fix your PC' independent store. It was just sitting there on the shelf - an ex-business rig and well over my required specifications - for £289.99 (around US$450 back then). One of my best tech-related bargains.

    So basically I tend to stick with the company that has never let me down, they get more loyalty from me for just doing what they do than any sort of reward card scheme could ever hope to match.

    Where do I find out about shiny new gadgets in the first place? That's a whole other poll ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      That's a great idea for another poll... keep your eyes peeled for it ;)

      As for Amazon, I agree with your testimony. They have rarely let me down, the only time being when some presents didn't arrive in time for Christmas. But that was my fault for ordering late!

  25. ductty
    October 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    just bought Nexus 9 from Newegg, because no tax or shipping

    • Dave Parrack
      October 22, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Do they cover both rather than passing the costs onto the buyer?

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