Where to buy electronics, gadgets, and the like?

ONLINE, of course! I don't care if you're looking to build yourself an entire computer from scratch or buy something as measly as a $2 desktop mic; sites like newegg and TigerDirect or even Amazon or eBay are your best friends, way more often than not.

For all things computer-related, newegg is my first stop. I was able to buy everything for the computer that my boyfriend built for me--from my motherboard to my power strip--for $595, tax and shipping included. I was also able to score a sweet little refubished 4 GB Sansa MP3 player for $30 that's lasted me a couple of years so far. Newegg also has things like free shipping and combo deals on any number of items if you've got the time to shop around a little, making it even more economical.

Aside from my computer and my MP3 player, one of my most prized possessions as an artist is my drawing tablet. I got my Bamboo Fun drawing tablet by Wacom on Amazon for a very good price (something like $70 if I remember correctly), especially considering it came with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0, Corel Painter Essentials 4.0, and Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0, any one of which is worth more than the total cost of the tablet and the software that came with it. I'm sure that if I bought this at a local store like, say, Best Buy, it would've easily been over $100.

The only drawback to shopping online for these sorts of things, however, is the wait time between when you place your order and when the product shows up at your house. If you're able to plan these things out in advance (which you should always do, anyway), though, it's definitely worth your while. If you absolutely must buy software or some sort of electronic at a store, Best Buy should be your last resort. Try places like Target first. The vast majority of the purchases I've ever made at Best Buy were later regretted. Don't do it...I mean it.


  1. hm, interesting post. Glad you posted again, Tobuoi.

  2. Yeah, admittedly, it's kind of a filler post, but I think some people still don't really consider shopping online as a practical option. I'll have lots of things to blog about in a week or so, but until then, I've gotta work hard to come up with some ideas. x_x

  3. Yeah, it gets pretty annoying when you can't think of anything to blog about. I suggest maybe previewing games, making more top 10 lists (if you have a top 10 games list, that's good, I do too, somewhere on my blog)

    I never really considered shopping online, either. I really don't try to buy any electronics outside of video games (I really don't have the money for that crap) but when I get older, I'll probably look online for stuff. Dunno, we'll have to see.

    MJZuproc out.

  4. Yeah, I really WANT to review some games, but as of now, I have not a single working game console. FML.

    I do, however, plan on blogging about Scott Pilgrim vs. the World when it comes out and I'm also going to Chicago's Comic Con in a week and a half. Aside from that, I've got a couple other ideas so I should be set for a while, now. Back to my more-than-one-a-week post schedule!

  5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is gonna be AWESOME, and I'm talking about the movie and the game.

    You're going to Chicago Comic Con?!? AWESOME! I plan on going to (some kind of) Comic Con when I'm older. Those things are just geekfests at their peak.

    No working game console, huh? That sucks.

  6. Yeah, I live about an hour away and this is probably my last summer in IL AND I've never been to a con before, so I figure I better. Plus, some of my favorite actors and whatnot are gonna be there.

    Also, our SECOND PS3 got fried during a lightning storm a couple months ago and I haven't had a working PS2 in a year or so. So yeah...PC games only for the time being. -_- Hopefully, I can get my PlayStation emulator working properly soon.