I recently was in the market for a new laptop and did not want Windows 8. I was told that Windows 8 does have a learning curve. I believe it works more off of the "App" system and some are touch enabled.
If you are a huge fan of Windows 7 then you can track down a new or refurbished laptop online still with Windows 7.
So if you are in love with the idea of Windows 7 you may want to seek out a laptop online. If you are up for a small learning curve with Windows 8 then you might as well go with the new technology because it is the future.
One last thing, I read an article a while back that said that with online streaming, a lot of manufacturers have cut out the ability and hardware to play DVDs on your computer to save money. If this is important to you, make sure the laptop you are considering buying has the hardware and features that are important to you.