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Buying Tech Toys

Your purchase of computer devices and accessories — whether online or in a store — should not be an uninformed or impulse buy. Too much information exists out there for you not to know important details about what you want.

However, shopping for technology devices can still be intimidating. Internet stores can be overwhelming, and brick-and-mortar stores have aisles of pricey items, confusing labels, and salespeople eager to sell you more than you need.

To make your shopping experience successful, I recommend that you do your homework first. The more confident you are about what you want, the more likely you are to end up with the right thing.

  • Search the internet — manufacturer websites, independent reviews, product comparisons, and videos about your product.
  • Ask your friends and family what model/brand they have and about their experience with it.
  • Determine who might be the one to help you (if needed) with your new purchase and what model/brand they have.
  • Seek recommendations from people in the tech field.
  • If you go to a store, bring your research with you: a computer printout of what you want, notes you’ve taken about what you need, pictures of — or the actual item — you need to replace.
  • Know the return policy! Electronics often have a shorter and more restrictive return policy than other items the store sells.

If, after all of that, you are still uncertain about your purchase, you can leave the item in your virtual shopping cart or put it back on the actual shelf. It will probably still be there if you change your mind.

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