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Mike: I have but one comment: I think the thread is intended to include the super-stores rather than the local independent merchant. However, in many cases, I find that the local guys here in my small town know how to assemble a computer, deliver it, set it up, and then support it. That's fine. They are a valuable 'tool' for the uninitiated in computers. In most cases, though, they do not stray into uncharted waters. Can't say that I blame them, unless they choose to pursue a particular market niche (like inkjet printing for serious users) that might be profitable. Anyway, I don't think that it was intended to flame the local merchant at all...the CompUSA's of this country are the offenders. You cannot get reliable help from them usually, and what they have in stock is overpriced when compared to the current mail order on-line firms. You cannot get help from the mail order folks either, just a better price. In my case, it also saves a 150-160 mile drive. The Texas sales tax usually about trades out for the shipping charges. It's the old story of Wallmart vs. local merchants. Yes, they destroy a lot of small businesses. That's sad. That's reality. And what really makes me grind teeth are the ads that proclaim they are super community-minded. Yeh, sure. To put this back on list, Wallmart's here does not carry Epson printers...just HP. Likewise, four local computer storesl. Go figure. cheers, bob snow - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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