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How To Find The Best Electronics Sales in Sonoma County CA

Electronic stores in Sonoma County allow you to see and handle products up close before purchase, with staff who can answer questions and help you select everything from HDTVs including plasma, LCD and LED TVs, 4K TVs, video games including Nintendo, PlayStation and Wii, Blu-Ray players, a PC computer, MacBook, netbook or notebook computer, mobile phones and iPhones, eReaders and more. The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report lists the best electronic stores in Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa CA, and issues relating to buying TVs and other electronics from them.

Updated September 17, 2013

 The TOP 10 Electronics Stores in Sonoma County CA

Bose Store
(707) 775-3003
2200 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma, CA 94952

Areas Served: Petaluma CA, Sonoma CA, El Verano CA, Rohnert Park CA, Santa Rosa CA
Services: Bose radios, Wave systems, SoundDock for iPod
Key Brands: Bose

GameStop
(707) 837-8589
6560 Hembree Ln, Ste 190
Windsor, CA 95492

Areas Served: Healdsburg CA, Windsor CA, Cloverdale, Windsor CA, Larkfield Wikiup CA, Santa Rosa CA
Services: video game systems, accessories, tablets, laptops
Key Brands: Xbox, PlayStation, PS3, Wii U, PS Vita

Lavish Hi-Fi
(707) 433-9199
402 Moore Lane
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Areas Served: Healdsburg CA, Windsor CA, Cloverdale, Windsor CA, Larkfield Wikiup CA, Santa Rosa CA
Services: audio equipment from tubes to solid-state
Key Brands: Tannoy, Anthem, Vincent, KEF

Apple Store Santa Rosa
(707) 521-3100
1071 Santa Rosa Plaza
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Areas Served: Santa Rosa CA, Larkfield CA, Roseland CA, Sebastopol CA, Kenwood CA, Rohnert Park CA

World of Stereo
(707) 769-1880
159 Petaluma Blvd North
Petaluma, CA 94952

Areas Served: Petaluma CA, Sonoma CA, El Verano CA, Rohnert Park CA, Santa Rosa CA
Services: DJ equipment, microphones, pro audio
Key Brands: Shure, Behringer, Odyssey, Furman, Stanton, Alesis, Chauvet

California Audio & Video
(707) 795-9065
10101 Main St
Penngrove, CA 94951

Areas Served: Penngrove CA, Petaluma CA, Cotati CA, Rohnert Park CA, Santa Rosa CA, Sebastopol CA
Services: LCD TVs, Plasma TVs, 3D TV, Projectors, Screens, Blu-Ray, iPod docks

Soundscape
(707) 578-4434
1044 Fourth Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Areas Served: Santa Rosa CA, Fulton CA, Rohnert Park CA, Roseland CA, Larkfield CA, Kenwood CA
Services: audio / video, HDTVs, Plasma TVs, LCD TVs
Key Brands: Sony, Hitachi, Samsung, Vutec, NEC, Phillips, Pioneer

How To Find The Best Electronics Sales in Sonoma County CA 


There is no state license required of electronics stores in Sonoma County and so no state standard for competency. This makes it all the more significant that all electronics dealers bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have been evaluated by our research staff, and have had to pass all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, clean complaint record, best business practices, length of time in business, and more.

Despite various websites to buy electronics online, half of all buying takes place at electronic stores. Advantages of buying from a local store can include seeing or even testing the item before buying, interacting with staff you can ask questions of, getting the product immediately, and return policies that can be more convenient and secure than having to send through the mail.

But not all electronic stores in Sonoma County are the same. Some have better prices than others, while others more knowledgeable staff that can help prevent making a bad purchase.  This is key because the cheapest prices for electronics are no bargain when you get an item that doesn't perform the way a better item could have.  Electronic sales in Sonoma County will yield the most satisfaction when there's a balance between good prices and good advice from experienced staff.

How much experience does the sales associate have? Speak to the manager if necessary.
If you're intending to rely on advice from a sales associate at the electronics store, ask how long they've been at that store, or been in electronic sales total.  If you deem them too inexperienced, ask to speak with the manager, not to complain, but because the manager is likely to have years at that store or other electronics stores and so might have more experience with which to answer your questions and help guide your purchase.

Is Younger Better?
For some items, a youthful perspective might give you better advice. When it comes to buying an iPhone or other smartphones and cellphones, or video games like the Wii and Nintendo, what a younger sales associate has in first-hand experience with these more recent developments in electronic products can be more important than their lack of years in the job.   

 
What do other customers experience?
Some people assume that sales staff at the national chain electronics stores are less likely to be experienced about the products but this is not always the case. Some national chains make a point in investing in educating the sales associates. But that aside, assuming the sales associate has enough on the job experience to make their opinion credible, ask them what other customers have experienced in terms of being satisfied with the product you're considering, the rate of returns, etc. As a mere employee, they will often be very candid about the perceived shortcomings or disadvantages of a given item based on their own experience or based on what they've heard from other customers over time.

What is the return policy?
Electronic stores can give you the advantage of getting to see or hold or test the product before you buy, leading to a greater chance you'll be happy with that new HDTV or smartphone. However, no process is perfect and you might make additional discoveries after purchase that lead to a desire for a refund or exchange. Find out ahead of time what the policy is at that electronic store, (the best electronics stores in Sonoma County will have this clearly posted in writing in the store and on the receipt), and save all receipts. Similarly, ask about the written manufacturer's warranty on the product or even ask to see it. The sales associate should be able to show it to you by simply taking one out of the box.

Sales on Electronics in Sonoma County CA
Once you've decided on an item, ask the sales associates if there are any sales coming up. It could be that you're willing to wait a week for an item to go on sale if it means a better price.

Cell Phones in Sonoma County
Apple iPhones have a lead in market share of just over half, with Google Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy, combined at around 40%.  Microsoft's Windows Phone is also an option like the Nokia WP8.

Marketshare can be an indication of consumer acceptance, satisfaction, and the number of apps available. But also consider the carriers available for each, their costs and the network coverage of their cell phone network in Sonoma County.   Electronic stores in Sonoma County can give you the advantage of seeing and handling the cell phones and smartphones first to help make a better purchasing decision. As opposed to larger electronic stores, there are also several stand alone cell phone stores in Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa CA.

Tablets at Electronic Stores
Apple tablets also have a lead in market share of just over half with their iPad and iPad Mini. Tablets using Google Android (like Acer, the Kindle Fire, Google Nexus, Samsung, Barnes & Noble Nook HD tablets) account for over 40% with Microsoft Windows tablets like the RT slate accounting for some of the remainder.    Many tablets come as Wi-Fi only, while others have the option of always-on cellular service from a wireless provider.  If you need your tablet to be able to get online anywhere, you'll want one with that cell service though that tablet will cost a little more and then there's the cost of the cellular service provider.   You can also get your tablet online by using a 3G or 4G cell phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot but this doesn't work with every combination of cellphone and tablet so check with your cell phone carrier.   Like with cellphones and smartphones, the ability to physically see and use it first can be the biggest advantage to buying a tablet from electronic stores in Sonoma County.

Buy a TV in Sonoma County
There are many ongoing technology developments among flatscreen TVs and 3D HDTVs that will influence your choice among LCD, LED, OLED TVs, or plasma TVs.   LCD and LED TVs can be made smaller than plasma TVs while plasma are considered to have better picture quality but can need recalibration over time to account for fading. Brand leaders for LCD TVs are Samsung, LG, Sony, Toshiba and Sharp, and for LED TVs they are Sony, Samsung, Sharp, LG, Vizio. Market leaders for plasma TVs include Panasonic, Samsung and LG. 

4K TVs are the latest innovation with over four times the resolution of 1080p HDTVs. The greater number of pixels in 4K TVs mean sharper pictures and larger screen sizes with an 85 inch screen from Samsung and an 84 inch screen from Sony.

When buying a TV, research online can be a good idea but there's no online substitute for seeing and comparing picture quality at a local electronics store.

Computer Stores in Sonoma County
Most electronic stores in Sonoma County do computer sales but there are also those that are computer stores specifically.  The best computer stores might have more experience in computers than the larger electronic stores and more computer accessories and peripherals in stock.

The same tips above on dealing with sales staff and electronics stores applies to computer stores, especially when navigating the purchase among Apple computers versus PCs, and the array of options among laptops, notebooks, and netbooks.

 

 

Resources About Electronics Stores in Sonoma County CA 


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Electronics Stores  in Sonoma County within the following zip codes:

94927, 95439, 94931, 95431, 95436, 94999, 95430, 95442, 95446, 95497, 95452, 95416, 95412, 95441, 94955, 94952, 95433, 94928, 95473, 94972, 95401, 95448, 95402, 95444, 95492, 95450, 94954, 95480, 95486, 94922, 95404, 95406, 95408, 95476, 95487, 94975, 95465, 95405, 95409, 95471, 94923, 94953, 94951, 95403, 95472, 95407, 95421, 95419, 95425 and 95462

 

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Electronics Stores in Sonoma County within the following cities:

Cloverdale, Russian River, Sebastopol, Freestone, Guernewood, Agua Caliente, Healdsburg, Bodega Bay, Fallon, Geyserville, Lakeville, Sheridan, Petaluma, Duncans Mills, Salmon Creek, Lytton, Asti, Eldridge, Kenwood, Camp Meeker, Mark West, Alexander Valley, Fetters Hot Springs, Bodega, Vineburg, Valley Ford, Cotati, Guerneville, Glen Ellen, Rohnert Park, Temelec, Occidental, Villa Grande, Santa Rosa, Windsor, The Sea Ranch, Jenner, Russian River Mdws, Fort Ross, Penngrove, Monte Rio, Two Rock, Bloomfield, Cazadero, Larkfield, Graton, El Verano, The Geysers, Fulton, Roseland, Rio Nido, Boyes Hot Springs, Forestville, Stewarts Point Rancheria, Schellville, Sonoma and Annapolis CA