Big electronics chains haven't exactly been enjoying perfect conditions lately, what with competition from web sites and news that Dick Smith shops will be sold off. In the US there is now speculation over the fate of retail giant Best Buy.
In our dealings with people who are savvy about where to buy technology, we've heard plenty of complaints about shops that have poor in-store service. Perceptions are tainted by people who share stories like this.
But is it fair to tar all brick and mortar shops with the same brush?
We know a lot of our readers prefer to shop online, and have favourite sites, and tactics for sourcing the best products at the best prices.
What we're interested to hear about is anyone with positive stories about brick and mortar technology shops. Service, location, stock, repairs, advice - maybe you've even found something at discount that's cheaper in a shop. Add your comments below.