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Member Name: SugarSpun
Advantages: Cheap, reliable, nice site, secure checkout, Paypal offered
Disadvantages: Quality is not consistent
Dealextreme.com is an online store selling all kinds of gadgety gifty items and computer bits and pieces. It's based in Hong Kong and doesn't have any of the expensive overheads of shops in the UK, plus it has the advantage of being near the factories that make all these bits and bobs. All these things mean that it works out much cheaper to buy this sort of thing from DX.com that from UK sellers. Shipping is free, too, which is always nice.
What is the quality like, though? Some of it is excellent. I bought lasers from them as gifts for my husband, father and two nephews. Three of them were fantastic, nicely boxed and really good quality, worked fine and were well received. The fourth one was a laser kaleidoscope and came in a flimsy plastic box looking like a cheap thing and not the $30 I'd paid for it. It still works nicely but that's not all the point.
DX also sells budget toys, many of which are very cool and make nice gifts. What surprised me about DX was that they also have an adult section selling rude toys. I've not tried any of them, but the images look like the same thing on sale for 50-60% more in other shops.
Free shipping is nice, but you still have to pay customs charges if your order goes above £18 sterling. And it takes time; I ordered some stuff three weeks ago that still hasn't arrived. I have tracking numbers and so on, and I know someone who ordered and whose order went missing - the stuff was re-sent without problems or questions.
In summary, I'd recommend dealextreme.com for buying gifts or computer bits - but check the item reviews before you do.
Summary: Buy with confidence but check the reviews of each item first