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Online shopping destinations for the holidays or whenever

Why not avoid the crowds, long lines, and headaches and shop online?
Why not avoid the crowds, long lines, and headaches and shop online?
AP Photo/Paul Connors

It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving is only a few days away and Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, et al. are just around the corner.

If you'd rather not brave the stores, with their crowds and long lines, shopping online for that special holiday gift is an excellent alternative. Let your computer do the hard work, and you can shop in your PJ's from the comfort of home.

Here is just a handful of destinations worth checking out if you are looking for a good deal on computers, software, and gadgets for the holidays or any time of year.

  • - a technology geek's paradise. Computer parts galore for those who like to build their own machines as well as complete pre-built brand name computer systems. Software and accessories, too. Amazing selection and the prices are among the best year-round.
  • - if Newegg doesn't have it, TigerDirect just might. Comparable prices.
  • Fry's Electronics - you may be familiar with their retail stores, but their website has just as many amazing deals.
  • Mac of All Trades - probably the best selection and price you'll find on professionally refurbished Macs. They offer warranties, too!
  • Dell Outlet - huge selection of factory refurbished Dell computers and monitors straight from the manufacturer. Cut out the middle man and save some cash. Their refurbs come with a 1-year warranty.
  • HP Outlet - wouldn't want Dell's competitors to feel left out now, would we?
  • - computers make up a small part of all the items they sell. Depending on what you're looking for, you can sometimes find a fantastic bargain.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, of course. But if you do your homework and know what you're looking for in a computer, chances are you'll find it at one of these places. And be sure to make an effort to try to visit these sites on Black Friday, as many of them will be running special sales for that day only.