My List of Places to Buy Stuff Online Cheap
This is my list so I can remember easily all the retailers and links, so why not share?
The one and only and original Amazon.com. It was the first great online
retailer and still one of the best for reviews, ease of use and look and feel.
For books and music it is still one of the best places, but now other places
are better on pricing and shipping charges, unless you get their free shipping deal. We usually try to buy $25 worth of stuff to get the Free Shipping deals.
It's a great place to purchase DRM free MP3 files of songs too. You can earn free Amazon gift certicates with your computer in your spare time using
The online place to buy computer parts cheap, fast and with good customer
support. There selection is fantastic, they have excellent customer reviews,
and you can almost always find what
you want at a very good price. Check your computer magazines for special codes
to get free shipping on certain items too.
Another online place to buy computer parts cheap, they are cheaper than NewEgg
on some items (typically low priced generic items like cables and mice,
especially in bulk), but they cost more on larger, more expensive products
(routers, video cards, etc). Typically if you are spending less than $50 on bulk
items like cables or keyboards go to CyberGuys, but for name brand computer
peripherals go to NewEgg. CyberGuys is especially good at more unique
components, parts and gadgets that NewEgg would not even carry. Their shipping
rates on multiple items are more reasonable than NewEgg as well. They are
THE place to buy bulk USB cables.
I used to love looking at all the neat stuff they would have on sale, but alas,
now geeks.com is closed. I am typing this on a slightly used Dell PowerEdge
server I bought there for only about $100. How sad to see them go! First it was
Retrobox and now Geeks. It seems like the only place to find refurb systems
it at NewEgg, Micro Center, eBay or Amazon. Are they just taking over the world?
Hey, eBay is the online Wal-Mart/flea market of the world. You just cannot beat
it and they sell anything that can be sold.
Just watch out who you are buying from when the deals sound just too good to
be true. Many eBay retailers simply gouge you on shipping and handling, but
others are extremely reasonable. If you are willing to wait on really slow
shipping from China you can get cables and accessories for almost nothing.
Their prices along with free shipping often beat Amazon for music and movies,
and they can come in close to newegg on computer stuff, but their selection is
not very large. Plus many of their computer "deals" involve large rebates,
which I prefer not to use when you could get those same low prices from day one
somewhere like NewEgg, Geeks.com or CyberGuys. I do not even go to their
bricks and mortar stores much any more (only when my son has a gift card) and
now I much prefer ...
Micro Center - You can pre-order online and either have it
shipped to your home or pick it up from your local retail location.
They stock all sorts of parts, cables and accessories and also sell both new
and refurbished laptops, desktops and tablets (Apple products too.)
The only Micro Center in Missouri is located in the Target plaza (
The Brentwood Promenade) and
we are lucky enough to live
only about a mile from it!
A super low price place to purchase CD's and movies, with fast response. I have
used them a couple times and they were fast with new releases, with prices after
shipping that beat Amazon or BestBuy. Sometimes BestBuy can beat them, some times
they cannot. You have to go and check both places.
The biggest and (sometimes) cheapest place to buy Christian music online.
their special prices beat DeepDiscount, Amazon or BestBuy but sometimes they do not. You should
check them along with DeepDiscount and BestBuy to see who has the best deal
at any given time. This Christian dealer often gets special deals (bonus
DVD's, autographed covers, free albums, etc.) that the secular dealers do not
have. They also have sheet music and accompaniment tracks for sale which you can
either download or have sent to you.
A low price e-tailer who sells quality replacement ink products.
We actually purchased once from someone who was cheaper, and we regretted it.
InkSell is inexpensive, but their products are very good. Use coupon code
fastship to get free 2-day shipping with no minimum order size.
We have bought from them a few times and they always have the best pricing on
laptop batteries and power adaptors. Try using
cnet.com to search for
your battery and you will likely get a hit on their site. The strange thing is
the price is often better going through cnet.com than directly from
their own site so make sure you go that way to get the best deal.
The online place to buy flooring. We bought about 500 square feet of laminate
from them and it came in flawlessly (and our installation work was impeccable,
of course!). A good place to deal with, with good pricing and shipping.
The online place to buy blinds and window coverings. We have purchased 14 blinds
from them now, and they were very good with pricing and shipping. We actually had
to return one blind they sent in the wrong color, and the return was painless.
Sears Parts Online -
Like everyone else we have a few Sears/Kenmore products and
every now and then we need parts for them so we can fix them ourselves. Here is
the direct link to the Sears Parts Store. Their prices are not wonderful, but
compared to having Sears or some repair place fix it, they are cheap! It seems
like the quality and reliability of the "Kenmore" brand appliances has taken
a huge tumble recently, which is very sad indeed.
Appliance Parts Pros -
We noticed the handle of our dishwasher was cracked, but instead of calling
some appliance repair place, I looked online to see if I could find a place
where we could buy the part and replace it ourselves. The place with the best
searching capabilities and the best price was AppliancePartsPros. Our
dishwasher may not look and work "exactly" like it did before, but it works, and I was able to fix it myself!
RPS Products -
A low priced place to buy replacement humidifier wicks and HEPA filters. Yes,
these last retailers are getting obscure and very specific, but that's why I
have this list!
A good, fast and inexpensive etailer who sells Filtrete and other stock
furnace filters in bulk. If you buy 6 or more you get free shipping and a 5%
discount. You cannot beat that!
Virgin Mobile -
Another pre-paid phone service which is about the same price as TracFone
(~$80/year), where you must pay $20 every 90 days. We are now grandfathered
into the plan and it is not available for new customers.
They also have modern smartphones, but they are not available on the cheapo
plans, so I stick with my son's old flip phone. Seriously!
I stil use it, just because I am a cheapskate,
just like this guy! Hurray, for rich guys with flip phones!