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LeiLani D.

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When buying from TigerDirect, keep in mind it's generally closeouts and clearance items, so you probably are getting older models. However, you're also paying substantially less in trade-off.

I've bought three times through Tiger Direct: a laptop, a monitor, and the components to build a desktop. In each case, checkout was easy and delivery was fast. The products were exactly as advertised. I had no reason to contact their customer service as a result, so can't speak to how that would work.

I'm looking for an inexpensive laptop for a family member who literally doesn't have a computer right now - will probably buy one from Tiger Direct, because their prices are consistently the best I've found.
Dell is the go-to for businesses for a reason. They stand behind their products - albeit for a price.

In general, Dell really does build computers that last. I'm on my 5th - I think - Dell machine and while I find their designs skew toward the clunky side, they're nearly indestructible - provided they survive the first few weeks.

Their customer service is out of India, which is annoying, but their call center workers are courteous and generally knowledgeable.

They do honor their warranty, I'll give them that. I paid for their premier service plan and they treated me with kid gloves. When my AMD machine from them was all blue screen right out of the box we determined there was a hardware issue and it was returned for a full refund. I bought a gaming laptop to replace it - with an Intel Processor - and it had some glitches as well, finally wouldn't boot or even post. I had to mail it back to them but they DID fix it - replaced the motherboard in fact - and the turnaround was less than a week. I still had my older, working Dell as a backup and limped along while the new machine was in the shop.

After return, the internal speakers weren't working. (A Bluetooth headset did.) This time they sent a tech to my home who connected the speakers, which they apparently forgot to connect to the new motherboard. It didn't keep me from doing my job (I'm self-employed), but if I paid that much for a new computer, I expected it to work. That was the last issue I've had with this machine, which is now about a year old. My previous work computer is about 5 years old and, other than swapping out the old HDD for an SSD, it still chugs along when needed.

The battery life for most of Dell's line is abysmal and always has been. Even when I replace with a new battery and have the brightness turned down on the lappy, within a few weeks I get maybe 45 minutes of battery life on the average, and it ebbs from there. Battery life is substantially better for the XPS line. I received a 13" XPS as a gift, and it gave me some 8-10 hours of battery life. If it were more functional I'd make it my workhorse. I considered an XPS when replacing my older Dell but settled on the gaming rig instead because of price. I may bite the bullet next time anyway. Being tethered to the cord is not just annoying, it impacts productivity.

A few years ago I bought a Lenovo. I loved it - and at less than a year old, I baptized it with a cup of hot tea, frying the motherboard beyond salvation. But their prices are even higher than Dell and they DON'T offer a comparable service package, so I replaced it with a Dell and stayed with Dell ever since. Dell isn't perfect - far from it - but when my work requires dependable computers, I have to go where I know I can get help - and a replacement, if necessary - in a hurry.
I've bought from Woman Within several times over the years. This site offers mostly casual clothing in women's plus sizes.

Cons: Their shipping is on the slow side. Count on at least two weeks from order to delivery. Skip the rush delivery fee - it will only shave off a couple of days from that.

The quality is hit and miss. Don't buy anything from this site expecting haute couture. It's low-end fabrics and styles. I tend to order a size bigger than their size matrix claims. Count on any cotton blend drawing up in the wash. I bought a pair of their "Seven Day" knit pants which arrived a good four inches too long for me. After a couple of washes, they were at least two inches too short. To be fair, that's the only item I received where it drew up so drastically, but most cottons and cotton blends do draw up when washed.

Fit can be awkward. From my experience, the waistlines are ALWAYS cut too short. When they draw up, it exacerbates the issue, sometimes to the point a garment is nearly unusable.

Other reviews mentioned sizing. Their sizing is NOT the same as at a regular store. In most stores I wear a 3x or possibly a 4x. In Woman Within sizing, that translates to a 1x or 2x. Read their size descriptions before ordering and you'll avoid a lot of issues.

Pros: Shoes I've bought from Woman Within are usually a good buy. Most of their shoe sizing is consistent, and the quality is better. As with the clothing, you won't find high fashion here, but their shoes tend to be comfortable and well-made. They carry some brand names like Hush Puppies, I like their house brand, Comfortview, though they tend to be stiff and need to be broken in.

I've only returned one item - a pair of shoes before I pinned down my size with them. I had to pay to ship for returns, which made me debate whether to even bother.

I DO love their Seven Day brand skirts. They're comfortable and long enough (even after shrinkage) I don't hold my breath if I have to bend over. I work from home so don't need something super dressy. I also like their "Perfect Tee Shirt" line. It's not the softest fabric, but it's also not see-through. Their tunic-length tee collection doesn't seem to draw up much if any.

Always use coupons, and be aware coupons only apply to their house brand. Their pricing is inconsistent - some items are priced well for the quality, some ridiculously high.
I could not be more pleased. I sent my measurements, so it was truly a custom fit for the price of off the rack. I ordered a month ahead of our office Christmas party, choosing something I could wear for other things as well.

The fit is perfect; the quality is better than I expected; the shipping was lightning-fast. The dress I received truly does fit me better than anything else I own. It's fully lined, so I don't even have to buy the slip I thought I'd have to track down. As a person knows how to sew and from a family of professional seamstresses, I'm picky about garment construction, and this dress blew me away in a good way. Furthermore, I have odd proportions - there's no way this company pulled a standard size and sent it while charging the customization fees.

In short, this was an absolutely superb experience. I will absolutely be ordering from eShakti again, and have already begun telling everyone I know about this little gem.

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