I have a friend who is willing to sell me many of the parts I need at cost and I was wondering if there is somewhere I can get a "ballpark" on many of the prices. I'm trying to build a computer with many of the newest parts (Radeon X800, AMD Athlon 64 FX-53,etc.) and I'm trying to figure out about how much it will be. Wholesale prices/URLs to good wholesale websites would be appreciated.
"wholesale" in the PC world COULD
be misleading. While it may sound like a good deal, not many manufactures sell too low unless bought in huge amounts (AMD=1000?). So, if you find items "at wholesale costs", you may miss out on the advantages that resalers like newegg can offer as they buy in these quantities.
Also to note are MSRP, as that is what wholesale means to me...well, IMO at least. Buying directly from, say, Plextor can net you $50-$75 more than what you can get from newegg/directron/etc...
But...if it's a wholesale buyer at a joint like CompUSA, I'd question why that individual would be selling new items at a great price as the company would frown upon the lost profits. Old stuff I could understand, but not new bleeding edge items.
Your friend should be able to set the price though, right? If you have to come up with the prices yourself, I'd be questioning my buddy's motives.
Alas, there's always Pricewatch
to check against, then if it's really a good deal that he can offer, subtract 5-10%. But, if you like warranties and stuff like that (I know I do) then I'd just skip all this and just buy the stuff like everyone else...newegg.
I don't care if it was my best friend or not, I wouldn't sell new stuff at all to him. Nothing. I'd horde it myself...