If you are on the market for discount computer parts, you are in luck. There are probably thousands of stores that sell computer parts, and just about all retailers have sales at some point or another. Essentially, though, there are three major sources of discount computer parts: mail order catalogs, brick and mortar stores and online merchants. The online merchants category has the subcategories of actual online businesses and person to person transactions, like Ebay auctions.
The best place to go to get discount computer parts depends entirely on which types of discount computer parts you need. If you consider a printer or scanner a computer part, the chances of you finding the discount computer parts that you are looking for. On the other hand, if you are looking for a part that actually is a piece of the computer, like a motherboard, modem, laptop shell or hard drive, it will be harder to find them on sale and get a good discount on them.
In situations like these, where you are looking for an actual piece of a computer, a good place to start your search for discount computer parts are mail order catalogs. There are dozens of them that are devoted exclusively to discount computer parts, and you can usually get a good deal. Moreover, a lot of them offer bulk discounts, so if you buy 10 or more of the same part, you will get a further price break. However, make sure that you factor in the cost of shipping to the overall price of the discount computer parts that you are looking at. Sometimes, when the shipping is included, you end up paying a total price that is higher than retail.
To circumvent this issue, when you call to order the discount computer parts from a catalog, ask if they have any free shipping offers or current coupons out that you can use to lower the overall price of your order. If they do not, and the price point is too high with the shipping included, try finding the same discount computer parts for cheaper online.
Whether you look at discount computer parts in an online store or an Ebay auction, make sure you ask plenty of questions. Usually, online sellers will not accept returns, so if you end up with the wrong part or something goes wrong, you will be stuck with the item.