Tuesday, November 30, 2010

5 Tips for Tech Shopping!

I am somewhat of a techie...my family says I'm a geek, actually! It started out by me trying to help a friend with his website, and eventually I became interested in all things computer, camera, camcorder, audio, etc. I am now a huge Apple/Mac fan, since I got my first MacBook a few months ago, and it has opened a whole new world of technology to explore. So, with the holidays approaching quickly, I thought I'd share a few tips for anyone shopping for the "geek" on their list!

1. Do your research! I have spent quite a bit of time studying out the pros and cons before all my electronic purchases. When looking for a new camcorder, I browsed so many websites, review pages, and learned everything I could about every type of camcorder available. And I have to say, it paid off. I ended up with exactly what I wanted, at a good price.

2. Purchase a warranty. I have done this with every major electronic purchase, and it really is worth it. Back before my Mac, I had to have my computer repaired. It would have cost a lot if I had to pay...but thankfully it was covered under the warranty, which more than paid for itself in that one instance. Also, many warranties also come with an annual cleaning/checkup, which is well worth the cost you'll pay.

3. Compare prices! Check out different stores, and compare the total cost. Include the warranty cost on there as well; an item may be cheaper at one store, but warranty prices vary greatly from store to store. Check it out and make sure you're really getting the best deal possible.

4. Keep an eye out for sales both online and in-store. Sometimes you end up with a better deal if you wait til after Black Friday. Cyber Monday seems to really be offering some great sales, and if you're able to catch it at the right time, you may find a better buy online.

5. This somewhat ties in with the first tip, but ask your friends, family, etc. what they recommend. Especially if they are a "techie" themselves. I have had so many people ask for my advice on purchasing video cameras, computers, anything imaginable. (I even had someone ask for tips about what type of blank dvd's to get!) If someone knows what they're talking about, listen and take their advice. When asking a friend, they're usually not going to be intimidated or try and sell you on a certain product (like some salesmen I've talked to in stores). They'll give you their honest opinion on what has worked best for them, or maybe doesn't work for them.

These are just a few basic tips to help with your tech shopping this holiday season. Let me know if you can think of any others; I'd love to hear what has helped you with your major electronic purchases in the past!

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