eCommerce is in its prime and virtually everything is available to be bought online. It makes sense to buy you network hardware online too. Today you can buy almost every hardware device and component from online stores and get them delivered to your doorstep, that too hassle free.
During my last procurement plan for one of my customer based in Malaysia, I prepared a price comparison sheet with prices from Cisco partners and what was offered on online platforms and trust me it was cheaper by approx. 22%, When I showed that sheet to my client he fell off from his chair and said “I always thought nobody can offer lower prices than my incumbent vendor as he is a Cisco Premier Partner”
So next time you plan on buying anything from Cisco, HP, Aruba, Juniper etc, my recommendation would be have a look online for best prices. I have shortlisted few websites which you may wish to bookmark –
Amazon.com – Yes, But it too offer very good prices for most of the components and if you are OK with buying used or refurbished, it does that too. Huge inventory from various sellers with guarantee from Amazon.
cdw.com – They too hold huge inventories and ship worldwide, for certain items their prices could be higher than other websites but most of the times its competitive.
securewireless.com – (Only for Aruba products) If you wish to buy Aruba AP/IAP products online and get them shipped anywhere globally, then this is one site for you. Even if you want to buy it from anywhere else they could be a great source of product information.
rabashtech.com – If you are not much into hands on for installation & configuration of these products and buy locally just because of the configuration assistance provided by local partner, then you can buy it from Rabash as they offer free of cost remote configuration assistance along with very competitive prices on most of the products.
Hope this post would help you save some money on your next IT purchases.