How To: Buy Equipment

Mail Order

Ordering computers and other equipment by mail is a convenient option offered by a growing number of retailers. Dell Computer was the first to sell personal computers by mail order; now Gateway and Micron also rely heavily on this method.

Mail order buyers can get customized systems with quality components and fast delivery. But you should understand the technology, have some idea what you want to buy and be comfortable buying something without trying it first, although most computer companies allow you to return the products if you're not satisfied.

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This article was originally published in the September 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: How To: Buy Equipment.

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