Looking for some recommendations for a quality place to purchase computers, parts, etc., here in the United States. I am familiar with Newegg and Tiger Direct, but was looking for other places that have quality products, good sales dept.
Another vote for Amazon, and I also use Newegg. The reason for those two is the shipping, which might help you out. Especially if you get Amazon Prime. You can get free two day shipping, and upgrade to 1 day for $3.99 a part. And they pay return shipping if it's their fault (missed shipping date, or defective item), which most other places (including newegg) don't. Not something to be overlooked when doing this.
I was just thinking about expanding my horizons as a school tech to the public sector and was looking for a good place to get hooked up with. I realize that on price alone, i probably cannot compete with Walmart but alot of people are telling me they want service more than price. Sooooo, maybe its time that I jumped on the band wagon!
Not to discourage you- but to give you an idea of something to watch out for. I tried something similar to supplement my income at one time, and the two biggest problems I had were:
1. People only meaning "they want service more than price" until they got the invoice, and
2. People expecting way more than anyone would give them for 10x the price
3. People view any additions to the cost of doing business as you trying to jack up the price
My worst case...
I built a computer for a family member who needed something to get on the net and do basic word processing. Priced a couple of options, laying out the advantages/disadvantages of each- and they picked the lowest cost options- just wanted a computer to get on the net. First complaint- it won't play my son's games! Second complaint was that it was getting slower and slower. So I went over to check it out, and they had a pretty bad virus infection- multiple viruses, botted, you name it it was there. I checked the AV, and it wasn't running... I thought a virus might have disabled it, but I asked anyway, and they said they had to turn it off to install a game, and had forgotten to re-enable it. I told them it was a virus, and it would take a lot of time to clean up- or I could re-install, but either one was going to have a cost associated with it. but they didn't want to pay, and were quite mad that I'd sold them a computer, but now they had no computer to use.