36 Canadian Computer And Electronics Stores You’ve Never Heard Of

36 Canadian computer and electronics stores you’ve never heard ofWhen it comes to buying computers and electronics, I mean business.

As a software engineer by trade, I've been a geek all my life. I love technology, I love computers (when I don't want to throw them out the window), I love video games, and I love consumer electronics.

What I don't love is paying more for my technology than I have to!

You already know that I will use price comparison sites to quickly try and find the lowest price when making a purchase, but often times I actually go further than that – much further.

I actually have a bookmarks collection of electronics stores and I will open the entire list in a set of new tabs when making an electronics purchase. I then copy and paste the model number into each of these stores search boxes to see how much they are selling it for.

Why do I do this? Well, price comparison sites exist to make money so they often only list products on sites they have a partnership with resulting in many stores getting left out. Their prices can also end up being slightly stale, so if you want the most up to date price, then you have to visit the store itself.

That said, I've made purchases from many of the stores on this list at least once and I'm listing them in order from my most to least favourite.

My Top 10 Sites For Technology Lovers

1) NCIX

NCIX is the biggest and best computer and electronics store in Canada. When it comes to shopping for computer parts online, their name is almost synonymous with that act just like Google is for searching.

They have an absolutely massive inventory, offer cheap express shipping options, have great weekly surprise sales with big discounts and limited quantities, have their own rewards system, and offer great and genuine user reviews from their large user base.

I think they even pioneered the easy online price match in Canada. All you have to do is put in the competitors price and URL directly as you are making your purchase, and your purchase price will automatically be adjusted on the fly. They do verify the price match to make sure it is reasonable, but I don't think I've ever been denied a valid match.

2) NewEgg.ca

NewEgg has always been huge in the USA, but they've grown equally large in Canada after finally launching in October 2008. People were initially disappointed by the site and the prices when they first launched, but they eventually go their act together.

Now the site is very functional and has a great user experience. It's probably the best place to go for user reviews of computer and electronics parts as well because they leverage all the reviews from the USA site and make them available to Canadians as well.

3) TigerDirect.ca

TigerDirect.ca has never been my first stop when shopping for computer parts because their prices tend to be just a little bit higher, but they do have one of the largest operations in Canada. They have a very clean site that makes browsing fun and have a very large inventory as well.

4) Dell

People associate Dell just with computers and laptops, but they actually sell a whole host of electronics.

Dell also became famous on RedFlagDeals for their price errors. They run regular sales called "Days of Deals" and years ago their staff would often make errors when setting the sale prices where things would be ridiculously cheap by mistake. If you purchased fast enough, often they would ship the product to you before they caught the error and you would get to keep it.

I think one time I actually bought a memory card for $0. Yup nothing … they actually had it listed on the site for no money. I still gave them my credit card information but I was never charged and the package showed up at my door without even paying any shipping fees.

It's still a great place to shop today even with fewer price errors because they offer fast and free shipping on all their products, decent prices, and pretty good regular sales.

5) The Source

The source has been struggling in Canada for a long time to remain relevant, but when you take a look at their site you see that they do have something to offer. They are less computer focused than some of the other stores and instead offer a wide array of electronics, much larger than say Best Buy.

I actually purchased my most recent computer, the Surface Pro 3, there because I was able to get a bit of a discount when no one else had any savings on that model. The purchase went flawlessly.

6) Direct Canada

Direct Canada is a little known store, but one of my favourites as I've made many purchases there. I believe they are actually owned by NCIX and are almost like a discount brand. They don't do any real advertising and the site is super simple.

There is one key thing though that keeps me coming back: their prices are almost always cheaper than the competition. Often times I'll find a product I like on NCIX, and then hop over to Direct Canada to see if they have a lower price that I can get NCIX to price match.

7) Memory Express

Shopping at Memory Express is a great experience. They are a customer first company. Instead of spending large marketing dollars, they spend their money on improving customer experience and making customers happy.

For instance, on Boxing Day one year I got gypped out of a motherboard and RAM combo deal because their site malfunctioned. There was only supposed to be a few to be sold at the best price. Even though they sold out and were most likely selling these package deals under cost, they came out good and gave me the discounted price.

They also have their Uber Price Beat Promise in that they will give you 25% of the difference between their price and a competitors if you find one of their products cheaper somewhere else. That makes it one of the best price match policies available in Canada. The only problem is I find their inventory to be quite limited so I often can't find the exact product or model I'm looking for. If that weren't the case, I'd probably shop there every time.

8) Canada Computers

There isn't much to say about Canada Computers other than they have a good and straight forward name much like HowToSaveMoney.ca! They are very popular but they don't seem to be the top dog in any area. Jack of all trades but master of none.

Definitely worth a look though and I have made a few purchases from them.

9) Amazon Electronics

Everyone has heard of Amazon. They are definitely the elephant in the room but they aren't necessarily known for their electronics. They do have an electronics section though with a half-decent selection. You'll get all the other great benefits of shopping at Amazon like fast free shipping (over $25), top notch customer service, easy returns, comprehensive customer reviews, and a name you can trust.

10) Best Buy Canada

Best Buy almost didn't make the top 10 for several reasons: they don't have a great computer parts selection, their prices are often among the highest out there, and they are more of an entertainment superstore really - they even sell appliances after all.

However, they are extremely popular and you can use their price matching to match online competitors if you need something same day and have to pick it up in-store. There's also advantages to be able to examine a product's packaging and hold the real thing in your hands before buying it so in the end they made the cut.

25 More For The Über Nerds

Why have 10 when you can have 36 right? Obsessive people like me will have fun clicking all the links and comparing prices, shipping costs, and coupon options across all these sites to hammer out the absolute best deal. Happy clicking!

  1. Sig Electronics
  2. Staples.ca
  3. HookBag
  4. ComputerValley.ca
  5. Best Direct
  6. DirectDial.com
  7. PC-Canada
  8. ShopRBC
  9. Visions Electronics
  10. SoftwareCity.ca
  11. PC Canada
  12. 1C2C.ca
  13. Infonec
  14. NXSource
  15. PCVOnline
  16. FrontierPC.com
  17. CenDirect.com
  18. Mike's Computer Shop
  19. iTFactory.ca
  20. Ashlin Technology Solutions
  21. PCZone.com
  22. BeDirect.ca
  23. Computers Canada
  24. Apple Store
  25. Grand Crayon
  26. Futureshop

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Comments

Sherri
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This is really informative. We are not geeks in our home but certainly are users who rely on our computers a lot! I'm a bargain hunter but we still value service so highly we exclusively use Express computers locally when buying hardware for our laptops. This list is a great reference fir those accessories and other bits and pieces we also buy .....If i could COUNT the money spent on lost or broken ear buds in this house I'd be very sad. Some things are best not counted :-)
September 10, 2014 @ 10:17 am
Stephen Weyman
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Yes, I hope it will be a good list for those people looking for choices. It must be one of the most competitive retail verticals in Canada. I think the computers themselves must be launching online stores to sell computer parts to fund their plan for global domination! First Canada, then THE WORLD!!
September 11, 2014 @ 10:15 am
Frank
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Thanks for the info I have never heard of NCIX till now I was always dealing with Tiger Direct but I'll have to check NCIX out to see the deals they have.

May 10, 2016 @ 4:40 pm
Stephen Weyman
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I find pricing and shipping deals at NCIX to be pretty good compared to Tiger Direct.

May 13, 2016 @ 2:30 pm
Tech Guy in BC
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NCIX is great. They have an outlet half a block from my work.

August 01, 2016 @ 3:52 pm
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I think the admin of this web page is actually working hard in favor of
his website, because here every data is quality based information.

October 18, 2016 @ 4:47 am
Bernita Capstick
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I just searched NCIX and discovered that they have filed for bankruptcy in Canada!

March 19, 2018 @ 4:35 pm
Peter
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You missed one Factorydirect.ca !
September 10, 2014 @ 8:50 pm
Stephen Weyman
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Good catch, thanks Peter! There may be others I have missed as well but I did my best to round up most of them.
September 11, 2014 @ 10:12 am
Joey
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Any best sites to buy an unlocked cell phone in Canada ?
September 11, 2014 @ 4:55 am
Stephen Weyman
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This is one thing I don't know much about. I typically just find a way to unlock any cell phone that I buy. I check first to make sure it can be unlocked cheaply before buying.
September 11, 2014 @ 10:15 am
Saundy
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I must check out a few more of these! I have used a few and found them to be wonderful for prices and speed of delivery. I tend to order most from ncix, the source, staples (or eway). I dont like buying as much from the source because i find the cost of shipping to the NWT tends to feel pricey now that im up here.
September 27, 2014 @ 12:29 am
Stephen Weyman
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Shipping costs are definitely a factor. I often start at the store with the lowest price on a product but then check a few more of the low priced stores for the final price including shipping to get a slightly better deal.
September 28, 2014 @ 10:12 pm
Daniel
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Centre Hifi doesn't carry computer parts but they have dirt cheap prices on all other electronics like TVS and audio. They have a boxing sale before Christmas every year. Based in Montreal.
October 01, 2014 @ 11:53 am
Stephen Weyman
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Cool, that's one I had never heard of Daniel. Here's the website: Centre Hi-Fi.
October 02, 2014 @ 12:47 pm
superpat50
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any sites for computer parts that you can trust in canada
October 17, 2014 @ 11:29 pm
Stephen Weyman
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Well I easily trust all of the top 10 and, honestly, most of them will do the job just fine.
October 18, 2014 @ 7:21 pm
Sam
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I personally had a great experience with these websites: NewEgg.ca Staples.ca GrandCrayon.ca Thanks for sharing
October 29, 2014 @ 5:56 pm
Stephen Weyman
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I've had good experiences with NewEgg and Staples as well but Grand Crayon is one of them that I haven't actually made a purchase from. Glad to hear that they are good.
October 30, 2014 @ 11:13 am
Kat
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I have had good experience with Canada computers. I really like the open box program and they are willing to get floor models in from other stores around ontario.
October 30, 2014 @ 12:14 pm
Stephen Weyman
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I haven't had much experience with any of these stores at their retail locations because none of them exist in my small city. Nice to hear some first hand experience there.
October 30, 2014 @ 3:41 pm
Drauka Grissa
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Hey,

I have a stupid question is "ITFactory.ca" really legit?

I ask as the site has been open since 2009 according to whois, yet I can't find a single review for it.
I have only found one recent complaint , but not a single positive post.
Heck it does not even show up in a better business bureau search.
I see good prices there but I am worried about purchasing from a store with no reviews, and after many years there should be some positive ones, don't you think?

Anyways I just thought i would ask.
Thanks
Drauka

January 21, 2015 @ 12:16 am
Stephen Weyman
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I believe they are legit Drauka. Setting up an online store as good as theirs is a difficult process so for that reason alone I would think they are legitimate. That doesn't mean they have good customer service and good business practices, but it's enough for me to believe they are a legitimate online store.

However, I did find some reviews for them and they are mostly positive with a few negatives mixed in, which is what you would expect from almost any business. Here's the link:

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/ITFactory

January 21, 2015 @ 9:40 am
Drauka Grissa
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Hey Stephen,

First My post that shows nothing is because when I tried to post the site gave me an error so I had to retype this.
So I hope this post works..

Thanks for the very quick reply, appreciate it greatly.

Also thanks for the response to my question.
I guess I was and still am worried as i got scammed a few yours back on a Adobe Photoshop purchase.
It was not any of the sites you listed but it was 100% fake as I had to send it to adobe who confirmed it was a excellent fake Photoshop item. I got burned for just under $400.00 and even Paypal would not refund as i did not return the product, i has sent it to adobe when I had the issue.

Anyways I book marked the link you provided and I guess i will give them a try, thou i am still leery. In today's day and age not using paypal was another thing that made me question ITFactory.

But reading the review site you gave me gives me a bit more confidence in them.

Anyways thanks again for your help.
I will post here if you like to let you know if everything is ok with them when I try them out.
Thanks again.
Have a great day
Drauka

January 21, 2015 @ 1:47 pm
Stephen Weyman
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I think you'll be safe with this one but I couldn't guarantee it because I've never used them myself. You might want to try them with a smaller purchase and see how that goes before you buy something of higher value. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

January 22, 2015 @ 10:39 am
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Hello Drauka,

Please feel free to visit our new and improved website, now offering Paypal.
In the past few years we have been working on expanding to the point where it would make sense for us to offer Paypal, we do apologize for not being able to provide it before.
However, do feel free to contact us directly at 1-888-313-1124 if you would like to find out more about the changes we've made in the past few months, our office hours are from 9:30-5:30 EST time.
Lastly, we welcome you to check us out on any of our social media profiles, as well as our new wordpress blog that provides our customers with tips and tricks when it comes to choosing software and electronics online:

https://twitter.com/ITFactory_ca
https://www.facebook.com/itfactory.ca
https://itfactoryblog.wordpress.com

May 11, 2015 @ 11:41 am
Peter
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Hey Stephen,

Wondering if you can help?

Need to cool down a wooden electronics cabinet that's at about 98F. I want to buy local but can buy within Canada with reasonable shipping rates. I have been to Sayal Electronics and they have a few fans, just don't know the quality. Tiger Direct has only one real solution which is http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpN.... The cabinet is white so the grills must be white to blend in. I don't mind paying good money for a great product.

Any suggestions?

October 29, 2015 @ 7:02 pm
Stephen Weyman
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Unfortunately I'm not that up on the best types of products for that situation Peter. What I would do is make a list of acceptable products and model numbers using any means of searching you can, then open up a list of the top stores mentioned here and just copy/paste the model numbers in until you get some hits. Doing the same in Google will usually produce some half-decent results.

If that doesn't work, then likely you'll have to go outside the country.

October 30, 2015 @ 4:25 pm
Mojo21
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I was wondering if you could find a good store where i can get a gaming desktop for a cheap price

December 11, 2015 @ 9:57 am
Stephen Weyman
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Many of the above stores would fit that profile. Just look through the list and see what they have on sale. You might consider waiting until Boxing Day and checking back then. You'll have to be quick to get the best deals then though.

December 11, 2015 @ 10:29 am
Matt
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Hi All,

I just wanted to make sure that everyone knows that if they make a purchase online and use their credit card, and are scammed, the credit card company will issue your money back after doing an investigation. It is usually a quick process. Obviously avoid scams as much as you can, but if they do happen, at least you have your banks support.

Even better, if the website uses PayPal, use it to pay.... they will always back you up if you are scammed.

Matt

March 04, 2016 @ 4:08 am
Stephen Weyman
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Yup, credit card companies have your back for sure. If someone makes fraudulent charges to your card somehow, they typically deal with it very quickly and you never have to pay for it.

March 04, 2016 @ 11:37 pm
Jacob
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You can add www.ncds.ca to the list, very competitive prices and fast shipping.

September 01, 2016 @ 1:41 pm
manuel
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I need to buy a switch in canada at 7:00PM, they are close, OH canada!

December 10, 2016 @ 9:08 pm
May
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Very helpful info thanks for sharing. I have a question that I hope you have some knowledge about. In Canada why can't I purchase some makes, models and brands of some computers that I could buy if I lived in the states? There is the odd occasion where I am lucky enough to find one in Canada but, in some cases they've been almost double the price! Seems odd as well as disappointing. Thanks for any info you may know on this subject.

January 23, 2017 @ 1:48 am
Stephen Weyman
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I can only really guess May - but I'm sure a lot of it has to do with market size. The USA market is always worth going after. Some sellers may just not want to deal with the added complexity and laws of dealing with the smaller Canadian market.

The currency exchange and extra cost of transport is going to make up for a lot of the price difference. There may also be added tariffs or other costs the seller has to incur.

January 23, 2017 @ 10:22 am
Jason
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Sadly both Sig Electronics and Hookbag are gone off of this list

Sig Electronics

HookBag

March 09, 2017 @ 4:37 pm
Romain
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When you choose a website, always be aware of taxes. When you are in Quebec and you ordered from newegg.ca, you will pay only 5% taxes. If you ordered from Tigerdirect.ca, you will pay 15%. Shipping cost is another thing to be aware. Open 2 browser tabs and do the same order on both side. Compare. You will save a lot. :-)

March 30, 2017 @ 9:59 pm
John
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I'm trying to find the "you've never heard of" part. Where is it?
I mean, Staples? Best Buy? The Source? Visions? Amazon? Come on, who's never heard of those?
Even tiger direct, newegg, ncix, direct canada are well-known places to purchase computers/parts/electronics.
In fact, this page should be called "the most common places to get computers, parts and other electronics in Canada, plus some other ones, and as an additional bonus, some that have gone out-of-business too".
Talk about click bate. Glad I blocked the ads.

April 10, 2017 @ 10:04 pm
Jim
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Hey, this article goes back a ways, and I have some additions and comments:
Tiger Direct: ultimately a rip off. Seriously; try to return something, or get a refund, and you'll see. I used to do Tech Support for Nikon, and would get calls for our cameras purchased from them. They would sell refurbs as brand new and not warranty them.

You missed one: a little shop out in Cornwall. I'm a super happy customer: they have fair prices, awesome selection and you can't beat their customer service. When Canada Post BROKE a part I ordered by folding the package despite the warning stickers, these guys had a replacement sent 24 hrs after I told them.

https://laptopparts.ca/pages/about-us

January 15, 2018 @ 9:33 am

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