November 30, 2010

Helpful Tips for Holiday Tech Shopping

TwitterMoms and Staples have partnered up to give Holiday Tech Shopping Tips. Being the wife of a self proclaimed "Computer Geek" (a very cute one I might ad), I have become quite familiar with Holiday tech shopping. There are lots of things that can assist you in making the most educated purchase decision. Here are a few tips I have picked up along the way.

1. Research, research and when you think you are done, research some more. Sales people are just that, they are trying to sell you something and may not give you an honest review. Ask your friends and family. Make sure you read reviews from other purchasers. Usually the reviews are very helpful and will help you make your decision. Consumers reports is also a great review source.

2. Shop the sales. The holiday times are the best time to save on those big purchases. TVs and computers can be purchased at great discounts. Be on the lookout for coupons too. Just because you missed Black Friday doesn't mean there are not more great deals to be had. Comparison shopping may find you a bargain. Don't forget about the Internet. Online retailers may have better bargains. Searching for coupon codes may score you free shipping too!

3. Don't feel the pressure to be the first one to have the new "it" item. After a product is first released it usually has a few bugs. Wait until the kinks have been worked out before your big purchase. A couple of months may make a difference.

4. Check into extended warranties. Does the store have a warranty? The manufacturers warranty may cover the product long enough that you may or may not need it. If it is a relatively new product or one with reviews of malfunction you may want to invest in it. Budget for this extra expense.

5. Most important of all, try it out! Go to the store and take it for a test spin. Try all of the features and make sure the item does what you expect it to do. Does it have the extras you want? Is it compatible with items you already have? Is it user friendly?

I hope these tip assist you in your holiday tech purchases. I will be using all of these tips for tech shopping. Do you have any tips too? I would love to hear them, so please leave me a comment!

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Staples blogging program, making me eligible for a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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