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Tis’ the season to shop for big ticket items, and with so many different brands and products, sometimes it is hard to decipher what is the right gift for that special person you are buying for.
Recently, I was looking for a laptop, (I happen to be that special someone) but I had no idea what I would want in a laptop or what was the right product for my needs. I pulled out the various different ads that came in the newspaper, read information online, and asked friends and family about what they knew in regards to laptops. After about a month, I was able to narrow it down, and when all the Black Friday deals were available, I was able to snag the computer I wanted at a cheap price.
So with that in mind, Staples and TwitterMoms asked mom bloggers like myself to share five helpful tips for holiday tech shopping. And since I just went through this, here are my 5 tips.
1. If you are buying for a special someone, ask for specific information about the product they want. This can be the difference between a wonderful gift giving experience and an inconvenience. There is so much out there when it comes to electronics, but if you ask a few simple questions, you can easily narrow down what the person is looking for. If not, you end up with a gift that is either totally wrong, or the receiver now has to go to the store and return or exchange it.
2.. Don’t be afraid to shop around. Pull out the ads in the newspaper, get online, and visit electronics stores. Make a list of the places you visited with the details of each item and the cost. Then sit down and compare so you can make an informed decision.
3. Ask to speak to a sales associate or a tech guy. If you are still in doubt about the product you are purchasing, ask to speak to an employee at the store. They are there to answer your questions, and they should have access to resources that can gove you product specifics. Plus, they can explain the pros and cons of different products.
4. Buying something big? Take measurements. One the worst things to happen is to open the gift, be ready to set up and realize that it is too big. This can be applied to many different items whether it be a TV, microwave, washer or dryer. Take the time to get those measurements, and you won’t be inconvenienced later.
5. If in doubt, gift a gift card. If you are totally in the dark when it comes to purchasing electronics, make it easy on yourself, and buy a gift card. That way the person your are buying for can get exactly what it is they are looking for.
I was so glad that I took the time to research, because in the end, I felt confident about the item I was purchasing and I felt like I was getting a good deal.
I hope you can take some of the information from this post and be able to benefit from it when you are doing you own tech shopping this year.
At Home Moma
“I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Staples blogging program, making me eligible for a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”