Need a new hard drive? For heaven's sake, don't pay retail! The same holds true for flash drives, desktop RAM, SSD modules, and other forms of storage. Unless you're in a huge hurry and need it right away, you're always better off buying online than in a brick-and-mortar store.
Ah, but where can you find the best deals? Start at Gb4less, a shopping site that aims to give you the lowest prices on digital storage.
The site has six product categories, everything from internal hard drives to memory cards. Within each category, products are sorted based on price per gigabyte and filtered based on ratings.
By default, Gb4less shows you only those items that have at least 30 customer ratings and an average score of four out of five. But you can remove or alter those filters and change the way products are sorted.
You may want to do just that. For example, I went looking for a 16GB USB drive, knowing full well that Newegg had a couple in the $23.99 range. But Gb4less was showing me only drives starting at $27.99--until I removed the filters. I'm not saying they're not valuable--they are--just that they may prevent you from seeing the absolute lowest prices.
If you don't mind fiddling a bit, Gb4less is a great place to start your digital-storage shopping.