Please don't shop at Fry's Electronics
Could you, please? Over the past few days I spent almost $600 there, and I feel really, really, really bad about it.
Sure, there are other stores I don't like and I don't enjoy spending money at. And, there are other stores I completely boycott, and have for years. Unfortunately, Fry's is different. First, it's frequently very difficult to shop somewhere else, and second, shopping there makes me feel really, really, really bad.
Since I spent almost $600 there, if I can convince my bloggees who are going to spend at least that amount on computing equipment to spend it somewhere else, I won't feel that bad. Could you, could you please?
Also, I'd like to suggest avoiding refurbished eMachines. Sure, the price at Fry's wasn't that bad. And, I got a couple day's use out of the machine. Unfortunately, last night I was simply typing into a web form much like this when suddenly the screen went black, just as if the eMachine had lost power. It had not lost power, it had just decided to shut down for some reason. The lights were on, but no computer people were home. Turning the power off and turning the computer on again didn't work. I let it sit a while, and it did restart OK, but then it clunked out. This morning it did the same thing, so I took advantage of one of its working moments to wipe the disk and I returned it.
Fry's didn't give me any problems with refunding my money so, like a sucker, instead of just taking my money and running far far away, I used it to buy another system from them. This is a well-known brand name. You're probably heard of them: Great Quality. What's that you say, you've never heard of them? Well, they really are a well-known brand. Bear in mind, this is the Great Quality at 34-I Chung Lo Fat Way, Taiwan City, Taiwan, not the Great Quality on Wong Way. Perhaps I'll post a graphic of their logo, I'm sure that will jog your memory of this great brand.
11/28/04 UPDATE: The GQ machine has been sitting here unused for a few months now. It worked OK for a while, but then it started crashing at unexpected times. Things would be going along OK, but I'd move the mouse over something and it would crash. And, after restarting Windows wouldn't load. I'd turn the power off and it still wouldn't load Windows. Over and over and over again. My best guess is the problem is related to Kingston RAM that I installed, because it works fine with just the original RAM, but it's almost unusable without extra RAM. At some point I'll see if setting the wait state to some long value in the CMOS screen works. I had narrowed the problem down to the RAM after the time period during which I could have returned the RAM to... Fry's. Please, please, please don't shop there. Let's spread our collective money around.