In Canada, spliting retailers should be avoided unless it actually presents savings because we don't get the same shipping offers that Americans do. More parts in one order from one store = lower overall shipping costs. With price matching, buying elsewhere may be unnecessary altogether.
Buying at Newegg.ca often overwhelms in price and should be avoided because they have to ship from California. For example: You'd be ridiculous if you'd paying $70 for a basic HTPC case for those features whereas $40 + shipping (probably $50 shipped and less with other things in the same order) can get you a similar case at another major Canadian retailer, NCIX.
On top of everything, many Canadian-based retailers - NCIX among them, also MemoryExpress, CanadaComputers (if you're in Toronto) price match to other retailers. You could buy something at NCIX, price match to Newegg.ca (before shipping cost) and leverage even lower shipping cost and faster times on top. NCIX can ship from a Toronto warehouse whereas with Newegg you wait for parts to arrive from California.
- A fellow Canadian parts shopper
Edited by xd_1771 - 4/26/12 at 7:47pm