I received a lot of flak over that incident from people accusing me of not respecting the woman’s personal space, never mind the fact she was the one who got in my face.
As I continued working on the article, I learned that some of those shops had been sued by Microsoft for selling unlicensed software. I also learned that at least one shop owner (PC DIY Center) was flagrantly dishonest about his return policy.
As I finished the article, I realized it was no wonder why this one shop owner became extremely paranoid when I started photographing her storefront.
I doubt I will ever return to this area to purchase any electronics. There are numerous reputable places online that rival their prices.