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This story appears in the April 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When you want to buy new computer equipment and software, your first instinct may be to head down to the nearest computer superstore. But while traditional avenues have their place, there's a host of other methods for evaluating and purchasing information technology that, in many cases, make for more informed choices and are both faster and cheaper.

One of the most popular ways small businesses buy technology products is through mail order. By calling companies such as Dell Computer (800-879-3355), Compaq Computer (800-888-5858) and Gateway 2000 (800-846-2000) directly, you can place your order for computer products and have them shipped directly to your doorstep. Entrepreneurs who've tried it swear by the ease of ordering and low prices mail order delivers (although some claim there is also a lower level of technical support).

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