Nov 30, 2010

Helpful tips for Holiday tech shopping!

Tis the season to get shopping! Fa la la la la la la la la! I love the holiday season, but it can be stressful. Tech items are on everyone's Holiday wish lists and can be some of the most difficult gifts to purchase. I have put together a list of 5 tips to help you shop for the tech savvy loved ones on your holiday list.

Tip #1 Do your research!
Know exactly what you are looking for and all the specs. For example, if you are buying an iPod, you need to know what model iPod (touch, nano or shuffle). You would also need to know what size (8 GB or higher). If you aren't sure, ask around. Search the web for information on the item. There are many tech blogs online and are a great source of information.

Tip #2 Price Match
I cannot tell you how many times I have purchased an item only to find it cheaper at another store! Purchase the Sunday paper with all of the advertisements and browse all of them. Visit your local stores online advertisements.

Tip #3 Purchase the warranty
Most tech items have an optional warranty that can be purchased with it. I advise you to purchase the warranty. This way if the items breaks or malfunctions, you are covered. Most items come with a manufacturers warranty, but this is usually a general warranty with a lot of "catches". The extended warranties tend to give the buyer better protection. If you cannot afford the extended warranty, study the manufacturers warranty.

Tip #4 Don't be afraid to ask for help
Most stores have associates that are specifically trained in the tech department. These associates know pretty much everything and anything there is to know about the gadget(s) you are looking for. Do not be afraid to ask for help and if you do not understand the language, ask them to tell you in lay-mans terms. If you have a friend or family member that is a "techie" ask them to come along with you!

Tip #5 Gift Cards are always an option
If you really are unsure, purchase a gift card! Majority of stores offer gift cards and this is an excellent way to still get that special person on your holiday shopping list that special gift. If you want your gift to be more personal, leave a note along with your gift card.

The Holiday season is meant to be fun and that is the most important point to remember. Do not stress out trying to find the perfect gift. Take your time and do your research and you will find the best gift.

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