Random online stores to buy expensive tech

Discussion in 'General Tech & Gadget Forums' started by Sessen Ryu, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. Sessen Ryu

    Sessen Ryu
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2002
    Messages:
    1,042
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Surrey
    Ratings:
    +82
    Probably going to buy an HP Spectre x360, - looks to be £300 cheaper than most places on "Alza.co.uk"

    Also a Note 8... - very cheap at "techinabasket".

    What's the catch? Would I be simply covered by the manufacture's warranty? Or is it risking buying from these place, as if something goes wrong, their customer service is non-existant?
     
  2. wiz

    wiz
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2000
    Messages:
    4,319
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +3,727
    Don't know but buy with a credit card NOT debit. sound tooooooooo cheap to me!
     
  3. Sessen Ryu

    Sessen Ryu
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2002
    Messages:
    1,042
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Surrey
    Ratings:
    +82
    Yes, Note 8 going for £598. 15" HP Spectre x360 going for £1,300. Good point about CC
     
  4. Navvie

    Navvie
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2007
    Messages:
    930
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Fareham
    Ratings:
    +330
    Foreign unit, not for sale in EU/UK. Won't be covered by manufacturers warranty etc...

    Not necessarily relevant to the products/sites you're looking at, but things I've seen before on sites that were much cheaper than the usual Amazon etc...
     
  5. Peeej

    Peeej
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    477
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
    Location:
    Hove
    Ratings:
    +233
    Grey imports?
     
  6. EndlessWaves

    EndlessWaves
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    13,670
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +2,477
    Alza.cz are a big Czech retailer that sell millions of items every year and have a hundred or more high street shops.

    I can't speak for their online cross-europe customer service, but they're definitely a legitimate operation.


    techinthebasket looks more like a company drop-shipping from china. Given how little detail about themselves they provide I'd certainly avoid them for expensive purchases.
     
  7. Sessen Ryu

    Sessen Ryu
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2002
    Messages:
    1,042
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Surrey
    Ratings:
    +82
  8. EndlessWaves

    EndlessWaves
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    13,670
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +2,477
    I haven't used them so I don't know what their customer service is like but I'd certainly expect the item to turn up.

    It might be worth looking through the HP warranty terms and seeing whether that works across Europe.
     
  9. Sessen Ryu

    Sessen Ryu
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2002
    Messages:
    1,042
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Surrey
    Ratings:
    +82
    Thanks. HP have confirmed that all returns would have to go through Alza... think I'll buy it from HP... they've got a discount on for £100... - it's £300 dearer in Currys,.. which seems bizarre, as, in my personal experience, their customer service is DIABOLICAL.
     
  10. rousetafarian

    rousetafarian
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Messages:
    22,998
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    NW
    Ratings:
    +14,990
    You’d expect mobile laptops by their nature to covered across continents, I’m sure there is an uplift option to cover if it isn’t standard....but good point
     

Share This Page

Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice