Computer Software
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Headers: Books, Electronics & Photo, Music, DVD, Video, Software, PC & Video Games, Home & Garden, Toys & Games
Although associated mostly with books of which they have a huge stock, covering nearly all subjects, Amazon now sells virtually everything. And their prices are surprisingly good. The electrical goods, for example, are very competitively priced. The site is very easy to navigate and there are also a huge selection of useful, and usually well written reviews for products. You can also search for goods available in the auction department plus you can get good deals from the many used items sold at Amazon.
Special Features: 30 returns policy.
Free Delivery on most orders >£15

Headers: Communications, Business & Office, Learning, Graphics/Imaging, Security, Utilities
Avanquest is a network of software companies offering a wide variety of software which includes familiar titles such as TurboCAD, Floorplan, ACDSee, Net Nanny, Starry Night, eXpert PDF and many more. From learning the guitar to mobile phone tools, there is a something here for most applications. Available by download or post.

BBC Shop
Headers: Audio books (CDs, Cassettes, MP3 CDs), Books, Calendar, Clothing, DVDs, Mixed Packs, Software, Toys & Games, Videos
The BBC is selling a range of over 4000 BBC related items, including many BBC television and radio productions as either audio books or DVDs or both. BBC books that accompany many productions are also available, as is a limited amount of toys and games. There is also a limited number of software titles, including some nice ones for younger children plus a few for PS2, GBA and Xbox. (For software, click software and then BBC Multimedia Website). I couldn't find any clothing, or calendars!

Calibre Shopping
Headers: Ink Cartridges, Ink Refills, Laser toners, Paper, Media, Lablelling, Cables, Software
Ink cartridges for Epson, Canon, Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Xerox, Samsung and Compaq plus laser toner for Hewlett Packard. Excellent selection of photo and specialist papers where you can search by type or brand. Software covers a range of areas including education, business, languages, design, hobbies, children's and games for pc. Site is easy to use with easy search facilities and clear categories.
Free Delivery

Headers: Computers, Workstations, Laptops, Accessories, Monitors, Servers, Networking, Sound and Vision, Components, Printers and Scanners, Software, Cameras, GPS and Phones
Europc is a huge IT retailer supplying discounted, surplus and factory refurbished computer equipment. This means the prices are very competitive indeed. Every refurbished machine is rebuilt and repackaged in the Europc factory. Europc head office is based in Glasgow where they have large retail outlet.
Special Features: No interest finance options available.

Headers: Cameras, Camcorders, Printers & Scanners, Memory Cards, Accessories, Flat Screen TVs
Jessops is a leading specialist photographic retailer, offering a huge range of cameras and camera accessories as well as a large range of other products such as binoculars and printers. In fact they have a product range of 20,000 and you can find all your camera needs here. The books section has over 150 specialist books and the ink cartridge section covers all the main makes of printer. If you register with Jessops, you will have access to their Members Area whixh includes technical articles and buying guides. Jessops has over 240 stores in the UK.
Special Features: Collect @ Store allows customers the option to order online and, if the product is in stock, collect at store within an hour of placing the order, or 48 hours later if the product is out of stock.
Free Delivery on orders >£100

Kaspersky Lab
Headers: Anti-Virus Software, Firewall, Anti-Spam, PDA Security
Kaspersky Lab is offering its range of award winning software, inlcuding 3 antivirus packages in addition to its other titles, awailable on CD or as a download. If you want to check out the software first, you can download trial versions of all the packages from the site. Updates are available online. You might also like to try our their free online virus scanner. Founded in 1997, Kaspersky Labs has 7 regional offices in the UK, Europe, China and Japan, with headquarters in Moscow.

Maplin Electronics
Headers: Blank Media, Cables, Components, Computers, Home & Office, In Car, Outdoor Leisure, Sound & vision, Tools & Service, Toys & Kits
Audio, video, electronic and computer products, components and accessories, all available online. Especially good for components and more obscure electronic bits and bobs. Plenty of gadgets and gizmos also. You can order the famous Maplin catalogue online, either in paper form or on cd. Maplin currently has 75 retail stores throughout the UK and Ireland.
Free Delivery on orders >£35

McAfee UK
Headers: Anti-Virus, Anti-Hacker, Anti-Spam & Anti-Abuse, PC Performance
All the software on the McAfee website is downloadable and will install automatically. You can choose between 2 anti virus packages plus a firewall, Spam Killer, Privacy Service and QuickClean. If you buy bundled packages, you get discounts rangingfrom 8% to 13%. There is also a free online virus scan available.

Micro Direct
Headers: Accessories & Furniture, Barebone/ Systems, Cables & I/O, Cameras, Case & Power, CD/DVD/Backup, CPU (AMD & Intel), Fans and Cooling, Graphics / Video Cards, Hard Drives, Home Entertainment, Laptops/PDAs, Memory, Modems, Monitors, Motherboards, Mouse/Key/Joystick, MP3 Players, Networking, Printers & Accessories, Scanners/Projectors, SCSI Cards, Software, Sound Cards, Speakers
Micro Direct is an IT superstore carrying a huge range of computer hardware, peripherals and accessories from manufacturers such as Sony, Shuttle, Iiyama, AMD and Asus. There is a wide choice of products in all IT categories, and at competitive prices. In addition, there is also a small range of audio visual equipment including DVD players, media players, LCD TVs and a good range of plasma screens and equipment. Established in 1993, Micro Direct has its head office and main retail outlet in Upper Brook Street, Manchester.

Headers: Accessories, Cables, Enclosures & Cable Management, Cameras, CD/CD-RW/DVD Drives, Computing, Datacoms, Electronics, Furniture, Hard Disks, Keyboards/Mice & Graphics Tablets, Media, Memory, Mobile Communications, Modems, Monitors & Accessories, Networking, Office Machines, PC Components, Presentation, Printers, Scanners, Security, Software & licensing, Storage, Supplies, Surge & Power, Warranties, Wireless
Misco has over 20,000 competitively priced IT products ranging from IT accessories to computer furniture to PCs, including desktops, personal organisers, notebooks and servers. Also a wide range of software. Consumables include original and compatible ink cartridges and laser toner for Brother, lexmark, TDK, Xerox, HP, Kyocera, IBM, Epson, Canon and Samsung  as well as paper and ribbons. There is also a very wide range of networking products. Misco is part of the Systemax Group, an international company with offices in 9 countries worldwide.

Headers: Internet connection software
Onspeed is compression technology software that claims to speed your dial up connection to speeds comparable with broadband. Onspeed also claims the software will speed up any internet connection including dial-up, ISDN, ADSL, GSM, GPRS and wireless connections. The software has been endorsed by Computeractive, PC Answers and PC Advisor amongst others. It can be installed on PC or Mac, works with your existing ISP and costs £24.99 per year. You download Onspeed and you can choose to have auto-install. You can also check your system to make sure it reaches the miniumum requirements before you buy.

Headers: Loyalty gifts, DVD movies, Music, Gamezone, PCzone, Home Electronics, Software, Clearance
Savapoint is a cut price online store offering DVDs, CDs, Software and Games (PCs, PS1 & 2, X-Box, Game Cube, GBA, Mobile games - no consoles). They also do competitively priced home electronics (small selection of TVs, VCRs, Home Cinema, DVD Players, CD/MP3, Digital Cameras and Camcorders), Gadgets and PC components, including graphics cards, motherboards, storage and networking etc. They have a decent selection (>150 titles) of cut price software in most categories including childrens, hobbies etc. They have a good CDs selection with "oldies" as well as latest releases. If you order software or DVD's they are packaged in dvd-boxes, plastic jewel cases or slip case but "definitely in a way that it can be posted through your mail box", avoiding the need for you to stay in for special deliveries. Larger deliveries will be despatched by courier requiring signature.


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