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I was recntly looking for a 2.5" 1TB external hard drive, I was passing PC World and thought I would go and have a look, at the time I was intending to buy a 1TB Samsung S2 from Amazon which was £68.99 at the time. I found that they also had a few Samsung S2s but they only had the 500GB model (which Amazon were selling for £49.99) that they were selling at £69.99, that means by getting the 1TB model from Amazon was actually cheaper than getting a 500GB one from PC World.

It just makes me wonder if large retail chains like PC World are going to survive when there products are so badly over priced.

asked May 29 '11 at 08:08

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Yes they are definitely going to survive since when people need things urgently (such as ink) they can go to PC World and get it, if this was ordered from Amazon or any other online retailer it may take a few days to get delivered.

And if buying from a store you can actually look at the thing you want to buy in person before buying it which you can't do online.

Also I know many people who do not like shopping online.

answered May 29 '11 at 08:39

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I tend to use PC World to look at something then order it online.

Personal experience has also shown staff at that store to be lacking when it comes to tech information and advice.

answered May 29 '11 at 08:53

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It not overpriced, it's simple economics.

PC world has a shop front to maintain that includes heating, lighting, rent and a pleasant environment for customers including the cost of staff to meet and greet.

Amazon has a lot less overheads. Most online retailers essentially just have a warehouse with a few staff to maintain the site & delivery drivers or a 3rd party company to get the items to the customer.

PC world probably shifts less units than amazon so all in all it equates to PC world having to have higher prices while probably making the same if not less profit than amazon.

I do like to buy stuff from store. There is nothing like seeing an item before you buy and if it costs and extra £30 for the privilege then it's not exactly wasted. But ofc generic items like hdd and ram I buy online.

Online and in-store are two diff buying experiences so stores should market differently and make the process more interesting and fun than online shopping that's about as fun as having to get up at 7am.

So yes, if they can evolve then why should they not survive. How has physical media survived in the face of the digital age? More gimicks.

answered May 29 '11 at 19:10

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Considering my mother calls my desktop a HDD.... Not everyone is computer savvy. People will just ask for a "PC". Bamb! Sale. So PC world will be completely fine.

answered May 29 '11 at 20:51

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PC World is only good for "The Average User".

I am a PC moder and buy all my components online from places like Aria.co.uk and WCUK.

answered May 29 '11 at 20:59

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