There are several leading computer software High Street stores as well as several online stores and this article will detail each of them.
High Street stores
Game is one of very few dedicated software shops, and as you can probably guess from the name, it is specialised in computer games over other types of software, although there is also a small selection of other types of software available. If you are looking only for its games, then this has the biggest selection of any bricks and mortar store, but for other types of software, you’re best off looking elsewhere.
Although PC World is essentially a chain of PC stores for people looking into buying computers, most branches are enormous and also house a large variety of software, giving you access to everything from word processors to anti-virus programs to software which allow you to watch television on your computer. It also sells a number of computer games.
Amazon.co.uk Amazon is probably the biggest and most well-known online shop, and among the myriad other things, it sells computer software. Although it is not a software specialist, you should be able to buy pretty much any piece of software in existence from either Amazon itself or one of its marketplace sellers. Ebay.co.uk Ebay.co.uk is another enormously popular online store which doesn’t specialise in software but still manages to offer a greater range of it than almost any specialist store. You should be aware though that any software bought from here will likely be pre-owned, so make sure that you read the product description in full to be certain of its condition. Play.com Play is specialised in electronics and media devices, and of course a big part of this is software. The website has a huge selection, although not quite as large as Amazon and Ebay. Where it wins out though, is in its highly competitive pricing and free delivery on all orders.
As with many things these days, you tend to find both a broader choice and cheaper prices when shopping for software online. Although Game and PC World have an admirable selection, they just can’t compete with what is available on the Internet and their prices are often significantly higher too. Websites also give you the advantage of consumer reviews to help you judge whether a product is actually good or not. To conclude, if you don’t mind waiting a few days for the delivery, then the Internet is the obvious choice for your software needs, and any of the stores above are great starting points.