Stores for Consumer Electronics, Computers, Cameras, Accessories in the USA
As a first time visitor to the U.S. one does not always know right away how to identify the right stores for Consumer Electronics, Computers, Digital Cameras, etc.
The large store chains for those articles are 'Best Buy', 'CompUSA', 'Circuit City', 'Staples', 'Office Depot' or 'Office Maxx'.
'Best Buy' has an immense selection of computers, consumer electronics, CD's, cameras, software ... nearly everything. 'CompUSA' is specialized in computer stuff and software but you will also encounter a huge selection of find cameras, mp3 players, phones, etc.. 'Circuit City' has its domain in entertainment electronics, but carries also computers and accessories.
'Staples', 'Office Depot', and 'OfficeMaxx' tend more in the office direction but carry also computer equipment, accessories, and parts - but no consumer electronics.
Best day for shopping
On Sundays the 'Sales' flyers are revealed and one really can get great deals. Often the number of items per offer are limited, so it's a good idea to be there early. You find the flyer either in the local Sunday paper or grab one at the entrance of the store.
Instant Rebates and Mail-In-Rebates
There are different types of rebates that are offered: instant store rebates (as the name suggests: you get the discount instantly at the register) and mail-in-rebates. The latter can only be claimed if you can provide a U.S. address because you have to mail-in the rebate-coupon to get your discount, respective your money back. The principle of this discount type is that you have to pay it first and you'll get it back when you mail in the coupon. Some stores allow to enter the rebates directly on their website but many rebates are manufacturer's rebates that still require to be mailed in. The process can take up to 8 weeks until you get your money back. So if you're a tourist you'll probably be not that long at a static address to claim a mail-in-rebate.