If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance that you have a soft-spot for electronics. With so many electronic toys and gadgets to choose from, and many places to buy, it can be difficult to know where the best place is to buy. A recent article from ConsumerReports.org answers the question, “Where should I buy my electronics.”  Based upon over 90,000 purchases made, their readers rated walk-in and online stores to determine where to buy electronics. Here are some of the results.

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Top Online Stores for electronics:

When it came to shopping online for electronics in terms of products, Crutchfield.com earned the overall highest reader score. They earned great scores for selection, customer service, and their web site. Not surprising, Amazon.com came in 2nd with high scores in price, selection, and website. The list of the top five include:

  1. Crutchfield.com
  2. Amazon.com
  3. Costco.com (great scores for price)
  4. Jr.com (price and selection)
  5. BuyDig.com (price and selection)

Top Walk-in Stores for electronics:

  1. Local independent stores (quality and customer service)
  2. Tweeter (great customer service)
  3. Costco (price)
  4. Ritz Camera (customer service, checkout speed)
  5. Ultimate Electronics (customer service)

Not all of the stores listed above are ideal for purchasing PCs.  The stores that rated the best for PCs include:

  1. PC Connection.com
  2. Newegg.com
  3. Amazon.com
  4. PCMall.com
  5. TigerDirect.com

In the market for a mac?

If you’re in the market for a Mac computer, as you may expect, the best choices are, well, Apple… and Apple. More specifically, Apple.com or the Apple store were rated the best for places to purchase Mac computers. They were given high scores for customer service and selection (well I’d hope they’d have a good selection!), but not for price.  If you’re wanting a good deal on a Mac, it was determined that your best option is MacConnection.com, Amazon.com, or MacMall.com.