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Initial post: May 14, 2011 10:51:35 PM PDT
PD says:
I always used to buy all electronics from Amazon, TV, Bluray, Camera everything. I am Prime member as well. Last week, I was trying to buy computer parts to build a new Desktop, one of my friend recommended Newegg.
I put all the parts needed on shopping cart and checked the price total...... (all exact same parts-same model numbers as well) To my surprise almost every item turned out to be cheaper on Newegg than Amazon. Total on Amazon was $600+, while on Newegg $547. On top of that 3 items on newegg had manufacture mail in rebate (only offered to newegg purchase) totaling $50.00 rebate. Although, I could have got free shipping from Amazon but it worth paying $10.68 shipping on Newegg and saving $50+ right away and waiting another $50.00 on Rebate.
Have anybody else made his kind of camparision against amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2011 11:12:35 PM PDT
Newegg is the best place to get these kinds of things. What are you comparing it to Amazon? Newegg is fast too. They often had orders on the truck the very same day. Their standard shipping often arrives in 3 bussiness days, and sometimes in 2. Amazon has an advantage though, amazon prime. Amazon prime can get two day, shipping to a lot more people then newegg, unless you pay newegg for 2 day upgrade fees. Amazon is still the cheapest place to get anything shipping One-day, if you have amazon prime. I trust the reviews at newegg more then I trust the reviews at amazon. Newegg is much easier to shop at. See if amazon will let you filter results based on technical details. Newegg is great, and TigerDirect is a very close second. Amazon is primarily a book store, and will always be primarily a bookstore. If you want computer parts, get them from computer stores like the above. Although, if you have amazon prime, and you have a computer part emergency, amazon can still be the best deal.

Posted on May 14, 2011 11:13:30 PM PDT
Newegg is great! I always check them before making any computer purchase. Many times they are one of, if not THE, cheapeast. As always, compare!

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2011 7:52:17 AM PDT
Let me think says:
I agree with from Newegg... sometimes it might be a few bucks more, but they are a computer parts store they know how to ship etc. etc. etc. (support the small buisness kinda thing) As slarti said the reviews at Newegg are awsome and I trust them as well. Slarti the shipping is super fast for me too but thats probably because Im in California ( I think you are too? but Northern). The only thing I like Amazon better for is that I dont have tax added to my order, at Newegg I do (just a "damn the man" thing for me, but its 10%ish so it is what it is)

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2011 8:06:37 AM PDT
tonyS says:
Newegg, a "small business" to be supported?

Posted on May 15, 2011 8:10:29 AM PDT
Let me think says:
Well, mabye not small, but much smaller than others.... and a specialty retailer too, which is a good thing because the "if I cant get it at WM, I dont need it" dosent really work out well in the long run.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2011 8:14:53 AM PDT
tonyS says:
Not every company is perfect at everything. There are simply some things that are better off buying elsewhere. And a computer-parts shop like Newegg sometimes simply makes it easier to find what you're looking for. For example, I only buy computer memory for systems at; they have good prices, quick shipping (sadly, no Prime) and I always use their memory-finder tool to ensure that I'm not making a mistake, etc.

Posted on May 15, 2011 8:58:48 AM PDT
John says:
Its not just price in this case. Newegg is very vertical in this market and have a great deal of expertise and connections in the industry. You can actually get some level of tech support from them directly and their web site reviews of products are very good. In this case Newegg is usually the better choice over amazon.

Posted on May 15, 2011 9:11:39 AM PDT
W. Hoyt says:
I shop both. Both are AWESOME and are a toss up as far as purchase satisfaction and ease. I have Prime and I live in southern California so it's usually a toss up between the two. Egg standard shipping (UPS ground) turns out to be next day for me. So I get things faster from the Egg. However, I have to pay almost 10% tax as the Egg is based in Orange County, California. And most items do not ship for free from the Egg. I usually just go for whichever has an item cheapest factoring the free shipping and no tax at Amazon. Also, I use the Amazon Chase Visa so I also factor in the 3% I get back from using Amazon.

Posted on May 15, 2011 9:21:45 AM PDT
I have bought from Newegg a few times and have had a good experience. However their return policy on several items is too restrictive compared to Amazon. Many Neweggs items are non-returnable. So in short, you pay for better customer service which includes returning merchandise for what ever reason and Amazon stands behind their products and services and for the most part Amazon also regulates the performance of vendors selling on their site.
I'd rather pay a few extra bucks for better customer service then get stuck with a dud or lemon product and have no recourse for resolution when that deal or bargain goes bust.

Posted on May 15, 2011 9:44:08 AM PDT
PD says:
BeaBoo, I agree with you, Newegg return policy is not as good as that of Amazon, but if you know what you buying, it should not be the problem. And, its not few extra bucks, more than $50.00 upfront and $50.00 on rebate = $100.00 on $500.00 purchase. And I am in MA, no tax on both vendors so, tax is not an issue. Shipping was like charm. Free UPS shipping for case arrived 2nd day and appears they put almost everything in one box to reduce shiping cost. I bought almost eveything for Desktop computer and it came in only 2 boxes, of course one was computer case.

Posted on May 15, 2011 10:26:16 AM PDT
Trust Me says:
It's often a toss up and it pays to check both. I find the reviews tend to be more technically deep on Newegg. One will occasionally have something the other does not. Since I am in California, Newegg collects sales tax (another discussion entirely.) Some Newegg items ship free without the $25 order floor. Newegg used to have better promotional deals in my opinion.

Posted on May 15, 2011 11:56:24 AM PDT
Bruce K. says:
Newegg requires its customers to obtain an RMA before returning - Amazon on the other hand makes the return process a seamless, automated experience which I have not once had a problem with.

Posted on May 15, 2011 1:20:24 PM PDT
pop says:
Newegg wins over Amazon almost every time on price and EVERY time on shipping, from Nwgg I have had their "free" shipping (no minimum order amount, if an item has free shipping it is free shipping, even a $5. item) show "shipped " within two hours of ordering, from Amazon, IF my order qualifies for "free" shipping, they have waited as long as 5 days before processing and shipping, it's like they are punishing you for choosing "free" shipping, of course there are some items that Amazon may carry that Nwgg doesn't, but if it is computer related check Newegg first, to be honest I check Newegg first for everything, then if they don't have it I look at Amazon and others

Posted on May 15, 2011 3:13:51 PM PDT
M. Benjamin says:
Newegg is a great retailer. Been homebuilding PC's for years getting most of my parts through them and never have had a problem. Also anyone in the market for some Polk Audio speakers Newegg has sales very often on them. I do most of my shopping on Amazon, but for some things Newegg is the place to go.

Posted on May 15, 2011 3:51:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2011 3:53:14 PM PDT
I've been building computers for my use, plus a few for family and friends for about 12 years. In the last six years I've found that Newegg generally has the best parts for the best price, and the shipping and delivery is fast.

Every couple of months Amazon may have a Lightning deal or Gold Box special on an item that may beat Newegg's price, but when I'm in the middle of getting a computer back together I can't wait for that to happen. And if Amazon's price was really good, I missed out on the deal anyway, by the time I saw it.

I've only purchased a NetGear N wireless router and Windows 7 Pro from Amazon in the past two years, but have bought 4 hard drives, 3 video cards, 2 monitors, 12 misc. small items, and 3 CPUs and motherboards from Newegg, and have never had a problem with Newegg or its products.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2011 7:01:53 PM PDT
Let me think says:
Im on their mailing list (have been for a coupla years) and the deals I get from the list are good... one thing I noticed is that very often when Newegg offers an item at a lower price, Amazons price drops to match. So what Newegg does is offer a discount code instead so that Amazons computers or whatever dont scan Neweggs price drops... Amazon has economy of scale so I think its a good way to compete for Newegg... also I am willing to pay a little ( I mean a little) more to newegg for certain things. The only thing that really gets me is Ca sales tax... since its not Neweggs fault that they do and Amazon dosent need to collect I try to refrain from using that in my cost comparison.

Posted on May 15, 2011 7:35:21 PM PDT
IABOY says:
After bad experience at returning a bad part to Newegg, I pay the extra to Amazon(within reason) for the ability to easily to return items. Newegg is usually cheaper, but it comes with a hidden cost attached.

Posted on May 15, 2011 7:54:49 PM PDT
TheBanshee says:
I love Newegg! I've bought a printer, keyboard and external disk from them at various times; great prices, great service. Webcam too. I have only ordered one external HD from Amazon, but I was happy with them too. I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, but 99.9% of it is books or digital media. I even have a Newegg app on my Droid smartphone.

Posted on May 15, 2011 8:04:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2011 8:09:47 PM PDT
G. Wilson says:
Compare the prices one vs one. You will see some is cheaper, some aren't.

Also returns to NewEgg are harder. If your memory isn't compatible you get a 15% restocking fee. I ordered RAM their system said was compatible and it wasn't. Cost me a restocking fee and return shipping.

Another time, I ordered IDE drives and was sent SATA. The online RMA charged me fees. I was refunded and they paid my return shipping after I left a comment. They told me to call next time... IMHO They online RMA does that on purpose.

If you really want to save money, google each part. My server build, I orered from 10 different sources. Newegg had a part for $420 + 20 s/h. A quick Google found it for 375 w/ free shipping.


Posted on Apr 18, 2012 10:19:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2012 3:45:15 PM PDT
RMR57 says:
I buy from and like both. Where Amazon is behind Newegg is in the ability to search and filter down to the exact features you want. This is crucial when selecting computer parts. Newegg's search system is one of the main reasons they dominate this niche. Amazon's search system is inexact, and returns a hodgepodge of unrelated items. Not easy to find exactly what you want or what they have.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 10:47:04 PM PDT
Brian400 says:
I almost always used to buy from Amazon but have noticed in the last year or so that Amazon prices seem to be creeping up and they aren't always the lowest anymore., Newegg, B&H photo, and some others are beating the prices. It pay to shop around.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 7:47:11 PM PDT
As far as computer, auto parts and housewares hardware is concerned, Amazon very rarely has had the best price in my nine years of shopping on Amazon.

I have Prime membership, but over the last year or so have used it less and less as Amazon's prices on those type of items have risen faster and higher in comparison to other websites, or even locally.

I can only surmise that so much more profit is to be made off of Kindle sales and downloadable books that the average household consumer sales are taking a far back seat, as far as being a desirable profit source for Amazon.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 9:15:54 PM PDT
Bearskin10 says:
Been shopping at Newegg for at least 10 years and while I still buy a couple items a year not nearly as many as I use to due to there return policy as others has stated is pretty bad, there return policy use to be great but sad to say customers ruined that years ago using them as a testing ground for overclocking cpu's memory and what not and would return items that worked fine as they were intended to but failed at overclocking so really cant blame newegg, sad for those of us that didnt abuse it anyways I end up getting most of my computer parts at Fry's or Microcenter now so if your lucky enough to have them in driving distance there worth a look..... Bear

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 10:09:29 PM PDT
Dragoneer says:
I buy most computer components from Newegg for several reasons: 1) prices are always very competitive, 2) search for components is best in the business by far, 3) product descriptions and details tend to be better by an order of magnitude than Amazon or other parts vendors, 4) high percentage of reviews seem to be by reasonably competent people, 5) large numbers of choices. I tend to do my research at Newegg because of superior product descriptions, reviews, and selection. Therefore, I tend to buy at Newegg even if I can save a little bit elsewhere. (I'm also willing to pay a little more at the local hardware story because of their "educational" services - use a Phillips head for this and a slot screw for that - that I don't get at big stores or online.) I would consider buying more computer components at Amazon if their search were better: It often reminds me of a lactose intolerant person who has just gulped down a gallon of ice cream. I don't have the patients to wade through the results.
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