Hello everyone. I hope you all had a great week!
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, lots of folks have turned their attention to Christmas shopping. And especially at this time of year, we’re out to spend as little as we can get by with!
These days the latest tech gear tops many a Christmas wish list, but it helps to keep in mind that shopping for computers, smart phones, game consoles and such is a lot different from shopping for sweaters and neckties.
When shopping for expensive tech items, it’s always a good idea to keep your eyes open for Black Friday deals. Luckily, Black Friday isn’t the only day you can pick up “Black Friday” deals these days.
For example, Amazon has been offering a huge selection of Black Friday deals all this week, with deeply discounted items being added to the list as often as every 5 minutes. Click here for more information and to check out the latest deals, but you’ll have to hurry since this is Saturday and this week’s deals will soon come to an end.
By the way, if you end up doing a lot of your Christmas shopping at Amazon you can get free 2-day shipping on many of those items simply by signing up for Amazon Prime.
It’s also a good idea to remember all the little extras that tend to slip our minds while shopping for tech gear.
Of course you’ll probably still end up doing at least some Christmas shopping at your local retail stores, so here are a few tips to help you out there as well:
1- If an item you want is sold out on the shelf, ask if there might be one of them back in the stock room. High-demand items often sell out quickly, and it can take store personnel some time to notice an empty shelf unless a customer (i.e. YOU) brings it to their attention.
2 – Whenever possible, make your purchases with a credit card instead of cash, a check or a debit card because that makes it a lot easier to get a refund if something goes wrong with the item or with the purchase itself. Also, many credit cards offer “cash back” rebates and free extended warranties for items that are purchased using that card!
3 – Try your best to hide any previously purchased merchandise in the trunk of your car to prevent thieves from seeing it and trying to break in to steal it. Keep in mind that the value of the item is irrelevant since a thief won’t be able to tell the difference between a $3 pair of socks and a $1000 diamond ring if its tucked inside a shopping bag.
And finally, here’s one last tip for when you have finally wrapped up your Christmas shopping for the year: Document the gifts you receive from others by taking pictures of them for insurance purposes!
Well, that’s it for this week. If you have a tech question that you would like for me to answer, click here and send it in!
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