I am going to be posting over the next few days with interactions I have had with some technology retailers. The truth is, I go to FIVE different technology retailers in Silicon Valley to buy my technology – and it all depends on what I am buying, what new items the retailer has, sales and where I happen to be. Yes, it is that shopping triangle all moms know about – when a business has a location that maximizes the short amount of time each day a mom has – then that is a big plus. If the store is on the way to the grocery store (where I need to go almost daily with three boys) – then an even bigger plus. Some stores are all-in-ones, where you can get new summer bathing suits, iPod speakers and that new Nintendo Wii game at the same time. If I am looking for a specialized technology item like a microphone for my video cam – then I need to go to a more specialized technology store.
But friendly/knowledgable sales people are also a big plus. Best of all for me are friendly geeks that work at technology retailers.
When possible, shopping online is the most convenient because you can compare pricing and have it shipped to your door. Many retailers also have online web only sales, so visiting a retailer's online website is a good idea to do some research in advance of a visit to the store. There are also shopping applications for mobile phones and websites that help you find items (even set up alerts for items you want to buy). There is also the option of using basic web search engines such as Google or Bing to assist in a technology product search.
I hope to cover these different technology shopping options over the next few weeks.
Question for my readers: Where do you shop for technology? Online or at a retail store? Do you have a favorite or shop do you around?