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Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck On Your Electronics Purchases

Mar 13, 2008
As every savvy electronics shopper knows, there are a few key research and shopping methods that will ensure that you get the most bang for your buck. By practicing the following methods you can guarantee yourself that you will get exactly what you want without unnecessarily paying more that you need to in order to get it. To make matters even better, if you follow these simple guidelines, you can avoid making the expensive and time-consuming mistakes that many consumers make when they purchase that new plasma TV, DVD player, or trendy mobile phone.

The first, and perhaps most obvious, rule in getting exactly what you want it to be prepared and do the research on the products you're interested in purchasing. The internet is full of great resources for commentaries and reviews on the latest must-have gadgets and electronics. Some sites are very well-known and publish reviews by professionals, whereas other consumer review sites are entirely user based. Strike up a balance between both types of resources while you are researching. This will ensure that you get the most complete picture of the pros, cons, and potential hassles you may encounter. With this knowledge, you can then be prepared for the next step: purchasing the product.

Another mistake that many consumers make when purchasing a big-ticket electronics item is that they forget to shop around. There are often considerable differences in the prices of the same product at different types of stores. Checking out your local electronics store first can be a great way to ask a knowledgeable salesperson about the product. However, this is the important part, DO NOT get talked into making the purchase there. Take the time to shop around. Consider local discount stores and bulk chains, and of course internet resources that offer reasonable shipping charges.

While you are comparison shopping, make sure to evaluate shipping, delivery, or installation charges if needed. You may find the best deal on that plasma TV you've been dreaming about online, but be sure to pay special attention to any hidden charges. You may find that you will actually SAVE money, particularly on large and heavy items, if you purchase the product at a local store and take advantage of a free delivery promotion, rather than order it more cheaply offline and then have to pay a high shipping charge to get your purchase from some warehouse in Kalamazoo to your doorstep.

Once you've purchased the product, take advantage of the product registration from the manufacturer. Having this information complete can give you a great number of benefits including: the benefit of the manufacturer's warranty, special customer service, and it can also assist you if you ever need to make an insurance claim on the product.

Finally, the last mistake many electronics consumers make is forgetting to cash in on their mail-in rebates. While it might take several months for that rebate to make its way back to your mailbox, it's still worth it to take the time to fill out the paperwork and send it on its way.
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Niccolo Svengali is the webmaster of electronics and video web sites in Palermo, Sicily.
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