Computer Shopper (US magazine)

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Computer Shopper
Editor John A. Burek
Categories Computer magazine
Year founded1979
Final issueApril 2009
Company SX2 Media Labs
CountryUnited States
Based in Titusville, Florida
ISSN 0886-0556

Computer Shopper was a monthly consumer computer magazine published by SX2 Media Labs. The magazine ceased print publication in April 2009. [1] [2] The publisher continues to run, a related website.



Computer Shopper magazine was established in 1979 in Titusville, Florida. It began as a tabloid-size publication on yellow newsprint that primarily contained classified advertising and ads for computers (then largely kit-built, hobbyist systems), parts, and software. The magazine was created by Glenn Patch, publisher of the photo-equipment magazine Shutterbug Ads, in the hopes of applying its formula to a PC-technology magazine.

The magazine rapidly expanded into the then-burgeoning area of popular factory-built computers such as the TRS-80, as well as models from Apple, Atari, Texas Instruments, and others. For a time, it was a popular[ citation needed ] source of information for users of these soon-to-be-outmoded home computers. Then, as the white box IBM PC compatible business exploded in the mid-1980s, it became a source of shopping info (having both editorial content and direct-sales advertising) for the clone-PC revolution. Dell and Gateway sold their wares through ads in the pages of Computer Shopper.

In August 1984, the first perfect-bound issue of Computer Shopper debuted (at 350 pages), and the phone-book-size magazine regularly topped the 800-page mark during the early 1990s. It was during this time that the magazine was sold to Ziff Davis Publishing - first as a limited partnership, then solely owned. It was later sold, in 2000, along with Ziff-Davis' ZDNet Web site, to CNET. CNET sold Computer Shopper to new owners, SX2 Media Labs, in 2006. [3] In April 2009, SX2 Media Labs discontinued the print version of the magazine.

The business continued on as a Web entity,, which was subsequently reacquired by Ziff-Davis, Inc., in 2012. [4]

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Computer Shopper Magazine Page Count. 1979 - 2016


Computer Shopper, the print magazine, comprised the following sections at the end of its publication:

Web Site

As of May 2020, the former website resolves to It is unknown when ceased operation.

The web site is a portal with reviews, product roundups, help, and how-to coverage. It has a comparison-shopping component that allows buyers to connect with online sellers.

The site comprises central pages for all major computer hardware and software categories. One section lists the site's most recent coverage by category, while another lists guidance to the best products in a given category. The site provides summaries of how to shop for PC hardware and editors write about new product releases and first impressions.

A forum enables readers to engage in debate and get answers to computer buying questions and operating troubles. The site's download area provides access to free, shareware, and trial software apps, maintained by

List of editors-in-chief

  1. Stan Veit (1983-1989)
  2. Bob Lindstrom (1989-1991)
  3. John Dickinson (1991-1994)
  4. John Blackford (1994-2000)
  5. Janice Chen (2000-2006)
  6. Rik Fairlie (2006-2007)
  7. John A. Burek (2008–present)
  8. Eyad Essa( 2000 - 2015 PepsiCo )

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  1. "Computer Shopper Is Going All Digital; April Is Last Print Issue".
  2. "Subscriber Bulletin".
  3. SX2 Media Labs
  4. "Ziff Davis acquires Computer Shopper" . Retrieved May 28, 2016.