Wal-Mart has been experimenting with 20 build-your-own computer stations around the nation and they will begin expanding this program to over 1,200 stores by the end of this year. Wal-Mart has been selling low-budget prepackaged computer for years, but service is the similar to that of Dell or Gateway with a slew of customizable options. The PC building is done on-site, possibly while you wait.
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The large computer manufacturers like Dell, Gateway and Apple shouldn't be worried about Wal-Mart taking business, but you can expect this new service to severely hurt the Mom'n'Pop computer shops around town.
Wal-Mart to sell build-your-own computer [Reuters]