B.C.-based computer retailer NCIX files for bankruptcy

Another one bites the dust


  • Marshall Davidson

    I think they were the same company as MDG computers or maybe not. Both made crap computers so it won’t be missed.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      MDG is still around and unrelated. You’re probably thinking DirectCanada. Netlink owns NCIX, DirectCanada, NXSource, BestDirect, etc. Pretty much all those companies with “Viking Way” in the address.

      And NCIX isn’t a computer manufacturer (nor is MDG as a matter of fact), they just build machines using off the shelf parts.

    • Marshall Davidson

      Thanks for clearing that up. Still doesn’t change the fact NCIX and MDG make crap computers though, no matter how they build them. Wouldn’t be surprised to see MDG announce its going teats up soon as well.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      What I’m saying is they’re just a computer parts store, the quality of the machines is no different than anyone DIYer getting the same parts and building it themselves. They (used to) sell all the exact same brands as Newegg, Amazon, etc.

      Whereas MDG is just one of those who prey on people who can’t do math and make people lease common big-box electronics and some custom-built at exorbitant rates.

    • Marshall Davidson

      I found the quality wanting really but either way its clear that its a failing business model.

    • Graham Fluet

      The difference being that DIYers seem to do a better job of researching the specific components they are choosing when building the system.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      Fair point, their “prebuilt” systems are usually just what they have overstock. But If you bring a list of components and ask them to build it, it’s just the same for the most part. Maybe a screw less here and there but that should be it.

    • Captain H. Morgan

      I think NCIX is a better computer store than MDG.

  • southerndinner

    Just use memory express. It’s much better.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      They don’t have any stores out East.

    • monkeymo

      Canada Computers bought out all the NCIX locations in Vancouver, so they could expand out west. Memory Express is still the best by far, best customer service in the industry.

    • XY

      what about Canada computers? I buy all my items from them.

  • Jim__R

    Noooooooooooooooooo! I had a NCIX store within walking distance from where I work, and one within easy driving distance from where I live. Dammit.

  • purdy44

    Heartbreaking. Purchased a lot from them over the years. GL to all the employees

  • Ernie

    I just bought a new Western Digital 4004fzwx black Hdd. And it wasn’t from NCIX. Since they wanted $100 more. No wonder they are folding up.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      They wanted 100 more lately is because they probably had to source it elsewhere. It was reported they are in huge debt with the distributors, and basically funneling customer’s money to settle those.

  • MoYeung

    I agree with the guy, “shipping costs kill the deals”, Canada online shopping sucks.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      Which is why I hope InPost makes a return. It didn’t matter too much to me since I lived near where an NCIX used to be but now that they’re gone, was hoping Newegg could fill that. Their pickup points are way too time restricted.

  • Connor

    Good riddance. Every time I dealt with those guys it was like pulling teeth (online only). I had several awful experiences with them. Stopped buying anything from them 4 years ago. It always felt like a company that had so much potential, yet really didn’t care about customer service.

  • ciderrules

    My wife will be happy. I’ve spent untold thousands there over the past 15 years.

  • Zbiba

    They used to have free shipping on orders over 50$ and it was fast. Their prices were pretty competitive and they had a good product selection. It’s a shame that it ended this way, I bought most of my parts from them.

  • Pigs Can Fly

    If you intend to go to the store to see what they have left, if they say they have to get an item you’re looking for from another store or warehouse, do not buy- you probably won’t get it. And avoid ordering anything online.

  • Twice

    Yikes, I just got my 4k custom PC from them last month. Their build option when you’re buying all your PC parts was my favourite thing. I’m not even sure where to get that service for my future builds…

  • NuclearMayhem

    There were times I found them expensive compared to others like newegg and tiger direct but one of the things I loved about them was that they carried the ability to order parts that most others don’t even list. It sucked having to wait a few weeks to get some things but at least I had the option to get items most others didn’t carry because they weren’t mass selling items.

  • tridus

    That explains a lot about some stuff going on recently. Shame, though. I bought a lot of stuff from them over the years and was always happy with it. Still happy to build a custom list of components but I’m well past the “want to build it myself” stage of life. A four year old took care of that. 😉

    Guess I’ll have to find someone else now.