Want to see if that Sony--or any other comparably tasty computer deal--can still be had? Among the best Web sites for scouting out the lowest prices on computers, printers, scanners and monitors (some new in the box, some refurbished) are:
- Jem Computers (http://www.jemcomp.com): The inventory is slender--Jem focuses on real gems--but prices can be spectacular. Don't miss the "basement," where the deals get incredible.
- Egghead (http://www.egghead.com): Once a pioneering software retailer, Egghead hit hard times, closed its brick-and-mortar outlets and reinvented itself as an online computer discounter. Head to the "Surplus Direct" pages, where eye-poppers will grab your attention. Such as? A Dell 486/DX computer for $149 or a 600 dpi flatbed scanner for $79. Inventory rotates fast, so check back if you don't see what you want. It could be in stock tomorrow.
- KillerApp (http://www.killerapp.com): For the latest stuff at prices to die for, do your shopping at KillerApp, a "bot" (Web robot) that scours the Net to find the best prices on the gear you crave. Search for complete systems or specific add-ons (monitors, CD-ROM drives, printers), and, in a matter of seconds, KillerApp returns with the prices it's found at online stores, complete with clickable links to the retailers.