It's amazing how computer and electronics prices have dropped over the years, and how each year (or really every
six months) you get more for your money. Well on this page of our web site, we are going to write up summaries of the
computer shops and services with best buys. Remember to mention "Alan Mendelson" when you shop for extra discounts.
Update October 8, 2017 I have removed this page from our home page our page
because we haven't heard from Laptop Xchange in Montclair in months, and to the best of our knowledge Computer Annex in Ontario
has not been doing well with a lot of complaints on social media including Yelp. In our last conversation with the owner of
Laptop Xchange which was several months ago I was told that the store was being left to fend for itself while the owner looked
to a new business. I can't in good conscience suggest that my viewers shop at these locations. Frankly, if I were in the market
for a new computer now I would check out Best Buy first. Computer prices have dropped to such a low level it almost makes
no sense to shop at stores that sell refurbished or pre-owned computers.
LAPTOP XCHANGE HAS STARTED ITS 2016 HOLIDAY SALE
Update October 27, 2016 Laptop Xchange in Montclair has started its 2016 holiday sale with deeply
discounted prices on factory certified, factory refurbished laptops and computers from major companies including Apple and
HP and Acer. Factory refurbished means that the computers might have been sold and returned, or the boxes might have been
opened in the stores, or they were used for demonstrations. But now they have been checked over and certified by the factory
so they are like new. There is easy financing and no credit check is required. Watch our TV show report below.
LAPTOP XCHANGE IS HAVING A JUNE AND JULY BACK TO SCHOOL
Update June 15, 2016 Laptop Xchange in Montclair is already
starting its back to school sale. You will save on factory refubished, like new laptops and desktop computers. You can get
a like new, factory refurbished laptop for only 329 dollars and this is ideal for students to use at school. Don't risk your
student taking a more expensive laptop to school. For around 400 dollars, Laptop Xchange in Montclair has high quality,
factory refurbished computers great for college students. For less than 600 dollars Laptop Xchange has desktops
and laptops for mom and dad and powerful enough for business use. Again, these are factory refurbished and in like-new
condition. There are Apple laptops available as low as 600 dollars and these are also
factory refurbished. Our Best Buys TV Show report is below. There is more information about Laptop Xchange below.
LAPTOP XCHANGE 2016 MEMORIAL WEEKEND SALE
Update May 6, 2016 Laptop Xchange in Montclair has announced its 2016 Memorial Weekend Sale. If you
mention "Alan Mendelson" or the "Best Buys TV Show" you get $50 off any laptop priced at $300 or more.
That $50 savings will pay for your gas from anywhere in Southern California so you can save on their factory reconditioned
laptops and computers.
Laptop Xchange has all different brands including Dell, HP, Toshiba, Asus,
Lenovo and Apple. They are all refurbished but are in like-new condition. Some of them even come with a manufacturer's warranty
because are refurbished by the factory.
Laptop Xchange also has some of the newest models available
like Lenovo's touch screen convertible. There are some ultra books which are very light and slim. Prices range between $300
Laptop Xchange can also handle your special orders. If you don't see it in the store,
they can get it for you. Just let them know which specific models you are looking for. They buy, sell and trade.
Laptop Xchange 9748 Central Ave Montclair, CA 91763 909.625.5747
SPRING 2015 SPECIALS AND NEW SERVICE AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS
Update April 9, 2015 Laptop Xchange in Montclair continues to be the price leader for factory refurbished
computers from major manufacturers and they have special prices on high-end Apple products. Now, Laptop Xchange also will
make house calls and come to your business to give you service on your computer and network. They also have discounts on toner.
Watch our TV show report below.
2014 HOLIDAY SPECIALS
Update November 15, 2014 Laptop Xchange in Montclair has announced
its holiday specials for the 2014 holiday shopping season including gift items, software, and new and pre-owned computers.
There are pre-owned laptops starting at $99 that are ideal for a second computer or a computer for kids to use in school.
Watch our Best Buys TV Show report below.
LAPTOP XCHANGE HAS BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIALS
Update July 19, 2014 With only a couple of weeks before the fall 2014 school year starts,
check out the specials below from Laptop Xchange in Montclair. If you worry about sending your students to school
with an expensive, new computer -- consider a quality, pre-owned computer or a factory reconditioned laptop from Laptop Xchange.
There are other special packages available.
LAPTOP XCHANGE IN MONTCLAIR IS PERFECT FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL
Update July 8, 2014 Laptop Xchange is the discounter of
new computers and the reseller of factory reconditioned computers as well as pre-owned computers. Laptop Xchange is
a great place for back to school shopping because you will find laptops and desktops in all price ranges. If you are
worried about your young students bringing an expensive computer to school then go to Laptop Xchange for a pre-owned laptop
starting as low as $99. They also have accessories and repair services, and they have very popular financing available.
LAPTOP XCHANGE IN MONTCLAIR HAS MOTHER'S DAY SPECIALS
Update April 17, 2014 Laptop Xchange in Montclair, famous for its
$99 pre-owned laptop computers, has announced its Mother's Day Specials. See the picture below. These deals end
on Mother's Day. Mom will love that you saved money at Laptop Xchange and mom will never make you feel guilty if you
buy her a quality, factory refurbished computer. And the quality computer equipment and accessories purchased at Laptop
Xchange will make your mom proud of your good judgment. So make your shopping trip to Montclair -- and avoid a Mother's
Day guilt trip this year.
LAPTOP XCHANGE EXTENDS ITS HOLIDAY SPECIALS
Update January 4, 2014 Laptop Xchange in Montclair has extended
its various specials from the holiday shopping season, including: Windows XP Laptops starting at $99 (limited to quantity
on hand), Windows 7 Laptops starting at $399.99 (limited to quantity on hand), Laptop and Tablet Cases 30% off, Norton Anti-Virus
starting from $32.99, 1 Year Hardware Protection $79.99 on Laptops. and an accessories Bundle available (up to 50% off). Our
new Best Buys TV Show report with the holiday specials, is below.
IF YOU HATE WINDOWS 8
Update October 11, 2013 If you hate the Windows 8 operating system (and there are those who do) then
Laptop Xchange in Montclair is now selling high-quality factory refurbished and factory certified laptops in excellent condition
with Windows 7. If you need Windows 7 or just don't like the features of Windows 8 for business or for school you will
save about $200 below original prices on these laptops. The store continues to offer easy financing with no credit
check required, and there is no interest charged if you pay within 90 days. As always, Laptop Xchange offers complete
repair services. And now, there are layaway plans for the holidays. Computer accessories are also available.
Remember you can buy, sell and trade here. Our Best Buys TV Show report is below.
May 30, 2013 Laptop Xchange in Montclair is having a June sale for Dads and Grads.
This is the time to be sure that Dad has a spare laptop for the backyard and for his fishing trips, and you want to pick up
a laptop computer for Grand Dad because seniors are online now. And help your graduate stretch his budget with a discounted
new or factory refurbished computer. And there is financing available and be sure you call them for more information.
Watch our TV show report below.
LAPTOP XCHANGE HAS A MONTH-LONG MOTHER'S DAY SALE
Update April 27, 2013 Laptop Xchange in Montclair has started its 2013 Mother's Day sale
and the sale will continue until the end of May. You will find extra discounts on new and factory certified refurbished
desktops and laptops. Financing is available without a credit check and ask the store for details. Remember, if
you buy your mother a computer anywhere else she will make you feel guilty for paying too much. Watch our TV show report
LAPTOP XCHANGE IN MONTCLAIR CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Update March 5, 2013 Laptop Xchange in Montclair has certainly grown since it opened
about a year ago. The company now has financing and offers discounts on new computers in addition to its basic
business of buying and selling used and factory certified used computers. Watch our TV show report below. Laptop
Xchange was honored by the Upland Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders on its first anniversary.
2013 DEALS AT LAPTOP XCHANGE: NEW COMPUTERS, FINANCING, WINDOWS
Update December 29, 2012 There are many new deals
at Laptop Xchange in Montclair include brand new computers that are deeply discounted, and financing that does not involve
a credit check, and for a limited period of time you can get a low-cost upgrade to Windows 8. Laptop Xchange continues
to offer the best deals on factory certified refurbished computers and you will find excellent values on pre-owned computers.
And Laptop Xchange has great service with factory certified technicians. Watch our Best Buys TV Show report for January
APPLE FACTORY REFURBISHED PRODUCTS ARRIVING
Update October 28, 2012 A large inventory of factory refurbished Apple products including
Macbooks and Macbook Pros are now at the Laptop Xchange store in Montclair. Watch our Best Buys TV Show report below,
and for more information about the store see the report below the videos.
Below is another report about the factory certified / refurbished
BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIALS AT LAPTOP XCHANGE IN MONTCLAIR
Update August 8, 2012 Laptop Xchange, the discounter of quality used and factory refurbished
laptops and computers has announced its back to school and back to work specials. Laptop Xchange always has quality
used laptops starting at $99 but now you will find quality Mac Books starting at $650. You will find higher end laptops
and Mac Book Pros discounted as much as $300 below the regular low prices and these are quality used and factory refurbished
models. Every laptop purchased for back to school comes with a 30-day service plan in case you catch a virus and this
is great security if your student is using their first computer. Watch our TV show report below.
Also, there is a $22 value package that includes a mouse, mouse pad, flash drive and charger and you
save more than half on this back to school special. Check the store for daily deals. We saw one deal for a laptop
as low as $60 but remember these are daily deals and they last until they're gone which is usually the same day.
Update June 26, 2012 Laptop Xchange is a national franchise of computer stores that buys, sells, trades
and services personal computers with the emphasis on laptops and tablets. The Laptop Xchange store in Montclair will
buy laptops, tablets and certain Smart phones and they also buy Apple and Mac products. And they will sell quality laptops
and accessories and they will allow you to bring in computer gear and trade for a different piece of equipment, too.
They have a service department and offer a free laptop repair estimate. Other services include fixing screens, removing
viruses and malware, and fixing defects and broken connections.
What impressed me
about Laptop Xchange in Montclair is that it doesn't look like a resale store. It's as nice or nicer in appearance than
any other computer store with a large variety of laptops and smart phones and tables, and attractive displays and a very helpful
staff. The sales staff is actually made up of computer techs who repair computers so when you are asking one of these
"sales people" about a computer they can tell you all about it including its inner workings. They also repair
Laptop Xchange also has a large inventory of factory refurbished
and factory certified computers and there are not only store warranties available but also extended warranties that you can
purchase. What is really interesting is their lease-to-own program that allows you to take home and use the computer
for months at a time while you make small payments.
Call for hours, but the store
is usually open 7 days a week.
Update July 5, 2012 Laptop Xchange
is getting new inventory all of the time and the newest arrivals include factory refurbished Unibody MacBook Pros which are
the newer Apple models You can save hundreds of dollars buying these factory refurbished laptops. Also in the
store now are Ipad 1 and Ipad 2 models priced as low as $349 each and remember there is always a 90-day instore warranty on
these and all of the computers you buy at Laptop Xchange. You will also find among the new arrivals Apple IMacs starting
at $1,399.99 and Boot Camp is available and these computers have some extra software included. Remember that laptops
start at $99 and they offer complete repair services on computers, tablets, and smart phones by Apple and Dell certified technicians.
Our new Best Buys TV Show report is below with these summer deals.
Below is our original Best Buys TV Show report on Laptop Xchange
from May, 2012.
MOTHER'S DAY DEALS AT COMPUTER ANNEX USA
Update March 15, 2012 Moms like computers too, and Computer Annex USA in Ontario has
some great gift ideas for Mom for Mother's Day. There are digital cameras starting at $39, and netbooks starting at
$229 and some of these come in fashion colors and I'm told that vibrant pinks and purple are very popular with the ladies.
You will also find a leather case for the iPad that has a keyboard with bluetooth so that Mom can use a keyboard instead of
the touch screen. These "keyboard cases with bluetooth" are priced just $69 each and they retail for $99.
There are also some stylish computer monitors that Mom would like that have artwork and turn the computer monitor into an
attractive furniture accessory. There are also stylish laptops in trendy colors. Our Best Buys TV Show report
Update January 15, 2012
Computer Annex USA is a true outlet and discounter. It gets deals direct from the manufacturers, and it also provides
computers for businesses and local governments in California. Sometimes there are extra computers, monitors or other
equipment after an order for a government or business has been filled and then Computer Annex USA gets to sell that extra
inventory in its Ontario outlet at lower prices. Computer Annex USA also sells older equipment that it replaces for
businesses and governments which is why Computer Annex USA is loaded with used and refurbished computers and other equipment
in its outlet store. All used and refurbished computers and equipment are sold with a 90-day warranty on parts and labor.
Here are some of their current deals for January and February 2012: There are 7-inch Android tablets
with wireless Internet for $99 and these can retail for $169. Other tables include an HTC tablet with two cameras and
operates on both 3G and 4G networks and this is priced at $499 but retails for $699. You'll find other Android tables
starting at $149.
You can get a Polaroid digital camera for $39 that retails for
$79. Used and refurbished laptops start at only $99 and remember the 90-day warranty. If you want a new laptop
they are discounted up to 60% off and the brands include HP, Sony and Dell.. New netbooks start at $229 each.
There are many desktop computers to choose from: You can get a refurbished desktop with a 19-inch
screen, keyboard and mouse with Windows XP Professional loaded and it's priced at only $189. This system came from a
local government and originally was priced at $899. If you want a new desktop there are systems starting as low as $349
from HP, Lenovo, Acer and Compaq and these overstocks are up to 70% off retail. Computer Annex USA also has refurbished
Power Mac towers.
An exception deal on a new desktop is a custom made system assembled
by Computer Annex USA. These custom systems come with an Intel tower, monitor, Cannon printer, all the cables and accessories
and Windows 7 software and the price is only $399 complete.
There are also HP touchscreen
computers that have a built-in TV tuner with HD and a webcam priced at $999 and that's a savings of $500.
If you want a new-in-the-box HP desktop system you'll find a great deal at Computer Annex USA priced
at only $599 and this system comes with a new, color printer. This was a special purchase direct from HP. There
are also monitors and HDTVs that are discounted up to 65% off and these screens range from 23-inches to 47-inches.
You will also find iPods. And now Computer Annex USA offers instant credit that you can apply
for either in the store or online. There is no credit check and you only have to show an active checking account and
show that you are employed. You also get 90-days same as crash with this instant credit program. Apply at the
store or online at www.ComputerAnnexUSA.com and remember that there is no credit check.
Computer Annex USA continues to offer
repair services with A+ certified technicians, and the techs are certified by Microsoft and Cisco. Watch our new Best
Buys TV report about these January-February 2012 deals below, and remember to mention my name in the store for extra discounts.
TIPS FOR SHOPPING AT COMPUTER LIQUIDATORS AND DISCOUNTERS
Update September 21, 2011 We all like getting a bargain and that includes getting a bargain
on a new or refurbished computer. So here are some tips to keep in mind when you are shopping for a new or refurbished
computer at a liquidator or outlet store or discounter.
First, ask about exactly
what you're buying. Why do I say that? Because sometimes -- not often, but sometimes -- the computer in the box
is not the same computer that is described on the box. It happens-- sometimes by accident in outlet stores where computers
may be accidentally packaged in the wrong box.
Check the markings on the box for
clues that the "new computer" isn't really new. It could be refurbished or a store return that went back to
the factory and was repackaged. It might be a "second" meaning there might be some cosmetic flaws such a crack
in the plastic case, or a scuff on the case. Now, there might not be anything wrong with a refurbished or repacked computer
-- but you should know what you're getting.
At an outlet store or liquidator ask
about their return or refund policy. You might find out that there are no returns allowed, and no refunds so if yu don't
like your computer perhaps you can only exchange it for another. Are there "restocking fees" or a charge you
have to pay when the store agrees to give you a refund.
Ask about warranties
and guarantees. Is a factory or manufacturer warranty still valid? Does the store have a warranty or guarantee?
Make sure you get all the promises in writing.
And ask about support. Does
this outlet just sell the computers and equipment but can't help you later if you have a problem setting it up or learning
the operating system? Some outlet stores just sell -- and really have no idea what they're selling or how to make it
And if this outlet or liquidator is selling used computers, you have to go
even deeper into what protection and guarantees you are getting when you buy the used computer or equipment. If the
promises end when you walk out the door with your purchase -- don't walk out the door with a purchase.
TABLET, NETBOOK, NOTEBOOK, LAPTOP... OR JUST A PHONE?
Update December 26, 2011 There are all kinds of ways to get on the Internet these days
for getting information from websites, for sending and receiving emails and texts, and for showing presentations to clients.
Just a few years ago you carried your laptop into a meeting, and then there were the netbooks that were much smaller and lighter
and made web browsing on the go easier. Then came the tablets at about the same time that smart phones were showing
bigger and better screens for web surfing. Tablet prices are coming down and tablet features are getting better, but
you have to wonder if we'll all just rely on the new super-duper smart phones that are coming in waves of upgraded designs
and features and lower prices, too? These days, it's an odd site to see someone carry an actual laptop computer into
a meeting. I see presentations on tablets -- or just on a smart phone screen.
SHOPPING FOR DEALS AT APPLE
21, 2011 I love walking into an Apple store whenever I see one. And there are several in local shopping malls.
I go into an Apple store to check out their newest models and prices, it doesn't take long for a sales associate
to approach me and to offer assistance. I like that. It beats waiting around at Best Buys trying to get the attention of a sales associate for help.
After the usual cordial words and greeting from the sale associate,
I can get to the meat of the issue. My usual questions are about the newest computer deals, namely, were
there any computers on sale or with discounted prices?
I ask that because I know that most big chain stores have specials that they don't promote and
you have to ask for them.
That's when the Apple sales associate guides me over to
one of the display computers and opens up one of the computer's Internet links and takes me to the Apple web site for
their stores where they show discounted computers. The last time we did this,
the computer I saw as discounted was virtually the same laptop model I was looking at in the store -- but the discount
price was a savings of about $200 for mere cosmetic changes.
The point is simple: always ask about discounted models.
In fact, with computer models changing every six months or even more frequently, there can be plenty of discounted models
to choose from. And when you shop at the Apple stores, there's always more inventory that you don't see. Oh, and
one more tip -- ask the sales associates when the next price cut is coming.
COMPUTER ANNEX USA IN ONTARIO
Update September 21, 2011 Computer Annex USA in Ontario is a liquidator that I featured
several times over the years, and it has relocated but still offers new and used and refurbished computers and consumer
electronics that are popular. The store is at 115 North Mountain Avenue, Ontario. Call them at (909) 933-3577 and
their website is www.computerannexusa.com but check in the store so you can see their newest deals and arrivals and to check the prices yourself. On a visit
in May we saw Android Tablets as low as $169 and digital cameras as low as $39 and complete, new in the box, desk top computer
system for under $400, and there were Nintendo Wii systems with controller at just $149. We have not been back
since then so please call the store as inventory and prices may have changed.
Annex USA is also well known for selling overstocks and liquidations from factories as well as refurbished computers that
came from businesses that upgraded their computers. At this discounter you can find HDTV and low priced
video security systems for homes and businesses. There are also computer accessories for sale here and a staff that
is ready to help. There is also a complete repair center. Our TV report is below.
Below is one of my previous reports from their former location in
Ontario. Please note their new address above.
AP COMPUTER REPAIR AND SALES IN MORENO VALLEY
AP Computer Repair in Moreno Valley was a lucky find and a good find. First,
they're a great place to shop for low cost computers. And they fix your computers and systems. AP Computer Repair
actually offers 24 hour service for computer problems. No kidding. You can call them 24/7 and many times they
can fix your problem by linking to your computer over the Internet. AP Computer Repair serves all areas of Southern
California this way -- and not just the Moreno Valley and Inland Empire. AP Computer Repair offers desktop and laptop
repairs, virus removal services, and they can come to your home or office to set up and install networks. For house
calls and office calls and for information call them at (951) 653-4700. Or go to their website www.apcomputerrepair.com for information.
AP Computer Repair has a store at 12625 Frederick
Street, Suite F-11 in Moreno Valley. You can also bring your computer to the Moreno Valley store for repairs.
And ask them about how they can build custom computers and work stations and how they can set up gaming computers and complex
gaming systems. AP Computer Repair also sells new and refurbished computers. There are Dell desktop systems priced
as low as $250 and refurbished Gateway laptop computers with a 14.1 inch screen for as low as $270 and of course these come
with guarantees. Watch our video report below.
IS THIS THE END OF COMPUTER DISCOUNTERS?
Update August 31, 2010 There was a time when there were computer
discount stores that would undercut the prices of the big retailers by selling overstocked merchandise and new computers that
were in fact "old models" by only a few months. Well, those days are over. First of all, the computer
industry is now so competitive that profit margins are very low and the big retailers can lead the price cutting more than
any "Mom and Pop" store could. The big retailers can also get the bigger discounts from computer makers and
financing deals, and even offer zero interest rates. Smaller stores can't do that.
What computer discounters and liquidators remain are likely selling older machines or used and refurbished machines.
About five years ago when prices of new computers were still high, it made sense to buy used and refurbished computers from
these discounters and liquidators. But today, prices of new computers are so low that it doesn't make sense to buy any
model more than a year old. Computer discounters and liquidators are going out of business -- they just can't keep up
with the rapid change in the industry and they can't lower their prices enough to compete with the new computers that are
coming out at rock bottom prices.
The best advice for computer shopping today is
to shop around. And remember, if you don't need a new computer today and you can wait three months -- then go ahead
and wait for newer technology and perhas more technology at a lower price.
A1A Computing for Apple
and Mac Products
A1A Computing is
at 12437 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, and this is just on the border of Santa Monica near Centinella. This discounter
got my attention for its low prices on various Apple and Mac products. They service Macs. In the past
they were selling Apple notebook computers and Apple desktops that were refurbished models and computers
that might have been traded in at low prices. The company goes through them, checks them over, and may come
with a 90-day warranty. You can check each computer in the store before you walk out the door. There is also a
one year warranty available at an extra cost. But as we know, if something is going to go wrong -- it will go wrong
in the first 90 days of use, which is why most consumer advocates suggest that you do not buy the extended warranty.
And at these low prices that this discounter charges, why bother with an extended warranty?
A1A Computing also has classes to teach the use of software.
The in-store classes are with an Apple certified trainer. If you have general questions about a program they will help.
The main focus is repairs and service and they make house calls
and business calls to make repairs. They also buy used PCs Macs and recycle them, and you can trade in your Mac for
a new purchase. They like to think of themselves as the CarMax of Macs. To get a quote on your machine call them
at (310) 914-3200.
THE MOVIE 2001 MISSED THE COMPUTER REVOLUTION
Computers are getting smaller all the time. If there
was one "look into the future" that the movie 2001 missed it was that computers
would get smaller in the future. Remember the big "electronic brains" that filled a room? A then computers
that filled a wall? Then the miracle of desktop computers and the miracle of laptop computers. Well, they are
even smaller. And now, even a cell phone can pack a big electronic brain. There are notebook computers the size
of a small notepad, and there are computers that can fit in the palm of your hand.
BE CAREFUL WITH THOSE AUTOMATIC SECURITY RENEWALS
About four years ago, when I bought a desk top computer, I subscribed to an
Internet and computer security program, and I also signed up for automatic renewals that are charged to a credit card.
Then a year ago, I bought a new computer and signed up for
a new security program. I donated my old computer to a charity-- but I forgot to cancel
my security plan. Well, sure enough, on the anniversary date for my "old computer" the security company
put through the charge to my credit card.
it only took a phone call to the company to remove the double charge. but in the future I will remember to cancel automatic
renewals on computers I no longer use.
SHOPPING FOR DEALS AT BEST BUY
A little secret about Best Buy: this chain, I am told,
will offer discounts and incentives to close a deal. Among the incentives: they will "throw in" accessories
for a large computer purchase. The accessories can range from cables to printers to software. In fact, a lot of
businesses might be doing this now to make a sale. In the clothing industry, for example, it was common for a men's
store to "throw in" a tie or shirt and tie with the purchase of suit. To boost sales in this tough economy
we might be seeing more of that.
Here on our new media website "Moneyman" Alan Mendelson who is the original Best Deals TV Show reporter
on KCAL9 and consumer advocate, shows you the best deals on TV, and the best buys, bargains and where savvy shoppers
go to save, and how to get the most for "your money" with the best of Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County,
Riverside County and San Bernardino County. Some content on www.alanbestbuys.com is paid advertising. The Best Buys TV Show is a paid infomercial program which may also include news and information
which is not sponsored or paid for by advertisers.