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Cross-Reference Between PC Sources and PC Types

To help you locate the kind of PC you want, the table below cross-references PC types and PC sources, showing which types of PCs are usually available from which sources:

Source Type

Source

Retail PCs

Custom Built-to-order PCs

Configure-to-order PCs

Refurbished or Remanufactured PCs

Notebook PCs (New)

Used PCs

Retail

Department Stores

Yes

   

Sometimes

Sometimes

 

Membership Warehouse Stores

Yes

     

Yes

 

Office Stores

Yes

 

Sometimes

Yes

Yes

 

Electronics Stores

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

 

Computer Superstores

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

 

Local PC Shops

 

Yes

     

Sometimes

Online, Catalog or Mail Order

Direct Channel PC Manufacturers

   

Yes

 

Yes

 

Large Vendors

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

 

Small Online PC Shops

 

Yes

Yes

     

Group Buying Clubs

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

 

Other

Computer Shows

 

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Sometimes

Online Auctions

Yes

     

Yes

Yes

Individuals

         

Yes

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