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Published September 16th 2012
Let your inner geek take over
The quest for the best piece of technology is never ending, and finding deals with the best bang for buck is a consumer's top priority. We all know about JB Hi-fi, Dick Smith, Officeworks, etc... But what about the other guys? You may be pleasantly surprised with the deals you can get in some of the smaller and privately owned stores scattered around Melbourne. In no particular order, here are my top 3 computer and electronics stores where you can get your geek fix:
Right behind Queen Victoria Market lies MLN, which has a good selection of some of the newest consumer electronics to choose from.
Their systems and accessories are all decently low priced, and staff are friendly and willing to help customers with what they're looking for. Aside from the usual technological fare, they also do sell Xbox 360 consoles and a small selection of games and accessories for it.
The main standout point to me is not actually their physical store, but their online presence. MLN holds many different deals multiple times a week on their website, and sometimes they give pretty ridiculous discounts on some of their best products. They also hold a fair number of free giveaways on their Facebook page, with frequent updates posted there, as well as regular customer interaction.
With online shopping and home delivery available, and a well stocked inventory at low prices and a big online presence, MLN is one of the places to go to for your computing needs.
CPL may seem intimidating at first, but once you know what you're looking for, it can be one of the best places to shop around for new parts and accessories.
Located along Dudley Street in West Melbourne, the store is devoid of active staff, with only a few located behind a counter to take orders. The rest are unseen in the back, preparing said orders. There is a fairly large area with display cabinets showing just some of their products, but this is a place where you need to know what you want beforehand as they have an extensive inventory, ranging from systems to PC building accessories to choose from.
However, the ordering process is straightforward and painless; you just tell them what you want from the many price lists they have, and a short wait later, you're handed your new toys. It's almost like buying takeaway but for electronics. Their accessories are noteworthy to me as being relatively low priced, and is worth taking a look.
CPL has a fairly easy to navigate website with online shopping and home delivery, and they frequently update their stock and price lists, so be sure to check them out regularly.
TECS has a decent selection of systems for customers to choose from, and is located near the centre of the CBD along La Trobe Street.
One of the highlights to me is that they carry a wide variety of computer brands, and some of their higher end laptops carry lower prices so customers will end up with good deals. There are many desktops and laptops on display, with price lists and information about their products readily available around the store.
They have a fairly wide array of accessories available, and also computer hardware for PC building enthusiasts. Shop assistants are helpful and will check on what customers are looking for from time to time, but will also leave them free to browse should they not feel like they're in a buying mood.
As usual, online shopping and home delivery is available, so visit TECS at their website to see what they have to offer.
So what are you waiting for? If you need a new computer, a part for an upgrade, or simply a new mouse to replace your old one, check these stores out first. With some of the lowest prices around, you simply can't go wrong.