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“a real Bobby Dazzler.....”

published 11/12/2003

Prosome absolute bargains can be found

Consbeware of items that seem to good to be true..

Following on from my 'Advantages of building your own PC' review I thought I'd go into a bit of detail on one of the other resources for buying PC parts, software and full systems. Now, as you can tell from my other reviews, I am somewhat of a bargain hunter.. Everything I buy is as cheap as...

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“Computer Fairs North East”

published 07/09/2001

ProSave £££s, A day out even!!

Conssomtimes off the beaten-track

Ok!! This is an attempt to give a little bit of a low–down on computer fairs held within the north-east of England Computer Fairs are rather like giant car-boot fairs come antiques fairs only obviously selling computer related products (mostly all new, but you can still pickup the odd second hand...

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“Great Place for information”

published 07/12/2000

ProCheap products, haggling works, price comparison o...

Conssome expensive items, product support issues

These have to be the best place to gain information on a partial level. The retailers that attend these are on the majority, friendly and extremely helpful when it comes to questions about the products they sell. These fairs are also when you can pick up a wide range of bargains as you can...

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Excellent

“Bargain Hunt”

published 25/10/2002

ProBargains galore

ConsSome unscrupulous traders

Computer Fairs started in the days of the early 286 PC, Sega Megadrive and Amiga. Over the years, computer fairs and computer markets have become incredibly popular amongst home users, businesses and enthusiasts alike. Today you'll find a regular show in almost every large town in the UK, packed...

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Excellent

“Do you like a good deal.”

published 10/02/2002

ProMuch cheaper than a shop

ConsSome rogue traders

Computer Fairs have now taken off with a vengeance. You can buy 90% of the hardware/software you need at ½ the recommended price. The best bargains seem to be ink cartridges. You will probably find a computer fair in most towns and large villages at least once every few months. They are normally...

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Excellent

ProRelatively cheap and cheerful with all the usual f...

ConsCan be tainted by the venue and suspicion of any g...

It must be my sad personality, but I love going to Computer Fairs. It's not for everyone as my wife can testify, she once spent a few hours aimlessly following me around one at Blackpool and on the fourth route round fell asleep and later vowed never to go to one with me again. Like most women...

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Not for me

“Computer fairs ehh?”

published 07/07/2004

ProDunno, somewhere to go on Sunday?

ConsRead on.....

I have been fortunate enough to have only been to one, and never again! I say it's where all the cheap obsolete inferior stolen junk is on sold. Yes, true, it’s all very cheap but what exactly are you paying for? Ask yourself the question! The fair I went to was very well laid out with hundreds...

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“Well Worth A Look”

published 01/04/2001

Prosee review

Conssee review

Computer fairs are an excellent place to pick up some really good bargains when it comes to everything computer related. They are becoming more widespread as well which is equally a good thing. Personally, if I need a new component for my computer then I never, ever use the high street shops...

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“A love that dies”

published 24/08/2001

Progood for small uncomplicated bits

Consbad for more complex items

The early to mid 90s were a great time for computer fairs and most weekends I'd be in some sports centre or banqueting suite buying up bits to make PCs for friends and family because there were bargains to be had. a few years on, I'm still dealing with the legacy - where do I get a driver for...

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Excellent

ProCheap goods, friendly service, good reputable busi...

Consthere are people trying to rip you off sometimes

I have been going to computer fairs for quite a while now. Certainly you will get a far cheaper price on your goods buying this way than through a retail shop. There is also a wide choice of products, you can find almost anything from these places. However you do have to be careful. Building...

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“How to use the fairs”

published 10/08/2000

ProYou can save lots of money

ConsYou can lose lots of money

These fairs are growing in popularity so get there early or you'll be waiting for ages and all the bargains will go! Try "Bowlers" in Manchester, it's an indoor cricket ground that everyone knows well. Golden rule is CAVEAT EMPTOR (let the buyer beware). If you are buying something small it could...

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“Bartering the Way to Go!”

published 04/08/2000

ProCheap deals

ConsToo many people, can get crowed

Computer fairs are a great place to go if you know what your talking about and know what you want. Most charge and entrance fee, but it's normally made up for in the savings that you make when buying your hardware. Look aroung, get price lists and if you buy in twos or bulk you can normally knock...

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Super

ProGood Bargins

ConsDodgy traders

At a computer fair you are likely to see lots of type of stall, some of these you have to watch out for some of them you have to look for, others I cant say either way. Lets start at the places to avoid. Firstly there is nearly allway someone there claiming to sell untested goods at a fraction of...

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“Computer fairs Good and bad”

published 26/11/2000

Procheaper than high street, meet with people who kno...

Conscan sometimes get crowded, sometimes get dodgy pro...

Many people nowadays go to computer fairs to get those bargains on computer hardware since more and more people are becoming computer literate and competant. Computer fairs are a great place to go to get cheap products for your computer and also loads of other stuff like consoles, mobile phones...

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“Worth a look!”

published 12/11/2000

ProGood deals

ConsKeep your wits about you, watch out for 'untested'...

If you have never attended a computer fair in your area and are bored one sunday afternoon, why not go ckeck it out? There are many good deals on hardware, software, even DVDs and mobile accessories. It costs about £2 to enter....however if you go to www.computerfairs.com you can print out a "£1...

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