Information Technology will transform the store, currently located in the lower level of the Service Building, to an exclusively on-line operation starting on Dec. 20. The Web site address for the store is http://www.bc.edu/computerstoreonline.
IT administrators said the move to a virtual store was fueled by the need to expand product lines and support, and to give customers the ability to make purchases and receive assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The creation of the on-line store is also the latest in a growing list of University-related functions and services to move to the Internet.
"We've been moving a lot of campus services to the Web because people like having access to things when they want it," said Communications Services Director of Training Jane Givens.
One benefit of this new arrangement will be free shipment on orders of $50 or more made to faculty and staff offices or homes, and to students' residence hall rooms. The on-line store also provides the ability for parents or other family members to order computer equipment online for direct shipment to a BC address.
As part of the transition, many of the items previously available through the Tech Products Store will be carried at the Boston College Bookstore, which already stocks printer cartridges, cables and EagleNet Resources software.
Payment for online personal purchases must be made by credit card or check, as payroll deductions for employees will be discontinued. Departments and offices may continue to use the U-Buy system, however. Most items will be available for pick-up in the Service Building upon approval of the purchase order.
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