OEM or Retail???

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by neo090282, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. neo090282

    neo090282 Guest

    Whats the difference and and the advantages and disadvantages?

    Thanks

    Ian
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Retail costs more & get microsoft support. OEM is suppose to come with a new computer & has no MS support. But hey that's what we are here for. :)
     
  3. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    retail comes with a pretty box, software, and goodies. oem is usually the base product and maybe a driver cd, if applicable. oem is cheaper, of course.
     
  4. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    OEM is often called "bulk" as well. You only get what you need. I allways buy bulk unless there is something in a retail I really need.
     
  5. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    same here
     
  6. jw50

    jw50 OSNN Senior Addict

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    There is also a big difference in support. Support for OEM products is provided by the seller (vendor), not by the manufacturer, i.e., if it fails you have to send it back to where you bought it from. Support for retail products is provided by the manufacturer.

    Sometimes it is worth the additional cost to buy retail items, especially with something like a high end motherboard. You just need to look at each purchase on a case basis to determine if it is worth paying the additional cost for the retail version.