escalante wrote:So why comparison shop ever? If you "get what you pay for" then shopping is unnecessary. And Woot is unnecessary since "you get what you pay for".
Just go to the nearest store, and pay what they tell you the cost (value) is.
The point is to be aware through research and reviews what you are buying. Today there is a refurb Acer A500 for sale at Red tag for $229. I know the value of this, I have done the research- I know it's a great product and this is a good price vs other pricing for the same exact thing that is $100 more. The other day I bought a windows 7 slate (EXOPC) for $200 after reading extensive reviews about it. After it arrived, and I played with it for about an hour, I went and bought another one. Trust me- there are times when I think I see a good deal and go in blind- but those are hit and miss. I can't complain about it though, because when a price seems too good to be true, sometimes it is. Some of these budget laptops might last years for some people, that just park them on the dining room table, and just do occasional surfing, emailing whatever. You take the same laptop and throw it around in a backpack, spill stuff in it,keep it parked on a pillow not allowing any airflow into the vents, bump and move it while the HD is spinning - its not going to last like a higher end model. You should be aware of what your buy with what purpose it's serving- and don't complain if you take a chance on something cheap and it doesn't pan out. Specs can be deceiving. A great example is Archos stuff- if you read the specs it seems too good to be true for the price, and once you own one you'll understand why. Sorry about the rant-