5 Tablet PC Holiday Shopping Tips
Shopping for a new Tablet PC for yourself or someone else this holiday season? Shopping online for just about anything this holiday season? Well there’s some simple common sense tips that can help keep you safe and satisfied with your online purchase.
1. Make your purchase online and pick then pick the item up at a local store: Using this technique can often garner you a lower price. speedier service (no waiting in line), and the ability to exchange the product locally if you get stuck with a lemon. Just make sure you consider the sales tax when calculating if it’s a better deal or not.
2. Look for refurbished goods: a factory refurb can often be as good as a unit fresh off the assembly line. Just make sure you’re buying from a reputable dealer and understand their refurb policy. You are taking a little bit greater risk with a refurb so maybe consider putting the savings towards an extended warranty (see next item).
3. NEVER get the extended warranty: even the most savvy shoppers among us can be tempted to opt for the extended or added warranty when we’re holding our shiny new baby in our hands, but don’t do it. Statistics show that for 99% of consumer goods an extended warranty is just throwing your money away. Caveat: number 3 above and notebooks and Tablet PCs- a good extended warranty that covers screen damage can be a godsend for road warriors, but if your notebook or Tablet PC won’t be moving around too much then don’t consider it.
4. Credit, Debit, Cash or Check?: One word, credit. Despite how much we might curse our credit card company when they charge us those late fees, there really is no better option for shopping online. A purchase on a credit card can be a lifesaver in the event something goes wrong. Under the federal Fair Credit Billing Act, you have the right to dispute charges on your credit card, and you can withhold payments during a creditor investigation. A good tip to keep track of online purchases and make it easier to detect fraud is to use just one of your credit cards for online payments. Another good option is use ‘single use’ credit card numbers if your credit card provider offers them.
5. Trust that little voice in your head: If you’ve found a deal that seems too good to be true then you know what, c’mon say it with me, it probably is. If the site looks amateur, if there’s spelling errors and an address to a P.O. Box, then chances are that Lenovo X60 Tablet PC for $899 they’re advertising isn’t ever going to arrive at your door once you wire them your cash.
Be smart and be safe this holiday season and Santa might just drop that X60 under your tree.