Here Are The Dos And Don’ts Of Buying Gadgets Online

“Buying gadgets online may seem to be simple enough; you see something that looks good and so you buy it. However, the vast majority of gadgets are gimmicky at best. Most of them are of low quality and so you can’t expect them to do much for you beyond simply looking cool. Sure, it’s always exciting to have the latest gadgets. But there are few things you need to consider before letting go of your hard-earned cash or swiping your credit card.”

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In-store purchasing of electronics is going the way of the horse and buggy.

Best Buy recently announced the closure of 50 stores and experts are speculating the inevitable demise of the big-box company, thanks to stiff competition from e-retailers like Amazon.

In 2011, Amazon’s revenue rose 69 percent in electronics and general merchandise sales alone, according to the Associated Press. And Circuit City accepted its fate years ago when it closed its brick-and-mortar locations and now operates exclusively online.

Convenience and better prices are the name of the online-purchasing game, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t pitfalls to the practice. Before you invest in your next pricey gadget, consider these do’s and don’ts before clicking “purchase.”

DO Compare Prices
Most people know to consult online prices when shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, but the same diligence should be applied when purchasing something online. Though Amazon offers competitive prices, it behooves you to look at other sites and take advantage of sales and promotions.

DON’T Skip the Promo Code Box
If you notice a space for “coupon code” or “promo code” upon checkout, that means there’s likely a code lurking out there to save you even more. Sites like FreeShipping.orgmake it easy to search for current deals from trusted electronics e-retailers like Tiger Direct.

DO Track Price History
Knowing the price history of an item helps you determine the best time to buy it. The aptly named Decide.com provides a quick “buy” or “wait” recommendation when you enter the product you covet, based on the item’s price history.

DON’T Forget About Open Box
You may think open box items are reserved for physical store locations, but think again. Popular electronics e-retailer Newegg has a page dedicated to open-box items, all guaranteed in quality by the company and available for a fraction of the original price.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/here-are-the-dos-and-donts-of-buying-gadgets-online-2012-3