When it comes to buying electronics online, there are thousands of options available to you. The option that you choose, depends on the type of electronic that you wish to purchase, as well as your budget and time in which you need to have the electronic delivered. Buying electronics online are inherently risky since there is a good chance that you will buy a product that doesn’t work, or it only works for a short period of time before it stops working. This is because unlike typical retail stores, you don’t get to test the product before purchasing it. However, this doesn’t mean you should avoid buying electronics online, you just need to be careful where you purchase it. In this article, we will cover a succinct guide on how to go about buying electronics on the internet as well as a few tips to keep in mind.
Step 1: Use Google
The first thing you should do, is a Google search for the full product name that you wish to purchase. This will bring up results of all the places and sites where the product is sold. You should take some time to sort through all of the listings and sites and take note of each site as well as the price. Once you take some time to properly research, you will likely find that the electronic is sold for slightly different prices, across various sites.
Step 2: Take Note Of Retail Stores Vs Review Sites
Now, you will notice that the electronic devices will be sold on various retail sites such as Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy etc. You will also notice many review sites that give more details on the product, while having an affiliate link to the product. It is a great idea to check out these review sites, since they often offer a lot more information about the electronic as oppose to the retail sites. You should note that the links to the products, are usually affiliate links which means that the owner of the website, gets a percentage of the sale, however, this does not affect the original price. It simply means that you should become more aware of the types of sites that promote the product and their reasons for doing so.
Step 3: Don’t Forget To Read Past Customer Reviews
In addition to looking at reviews posted on typical review sites, you should also take time to read the reviews of actual customers. You can find these reviews on retail store sites such as Amazon, Walmart etc. These sites typically have numerous reviews for you to read and you should take the time to read as many of them as possible. Of course, if the electronic has lots of negative reviews, then you should reconsider whether you really want to buy it or not. In the event that the particular model you’re interested in has lots of negative reviews, you should look for other electronics that have better reviews. This will ensure you don’t purchase a poor product that you won’t be satisfied with in the long run.
Step 4: Make The Purchase
Now, after you’ve done all the research in the previous steps, you should be certain about which product you want to buy as well as know all the sites that have it listed for sale. If you haven’t taken the time to check the prices on all of the sites, you should do so immediately. Only then, will you know which site it has listed for the best price. However, you should pay attention to the type of site and if it appears to be a shady site, then you should make your purchase from a more well-known and reputable site. This is very important since you don’t want to risk your credit card information. As a result, it is better to make purchases from well-known sites like Best Buy, Amazon etc.
Now, with the most important steps covered, we will now look at a few other tips that you should keep in mind.
Don’t Ignore The Promo Code Box
In many cases, lots of sites have a promotional code box or discount code box, right before you purchase. Therefore, you should do a few Google searches to find these codes and use them. This can save you a lot of money, so be sure not to ignore them!
Track Price History
Another thing that you should keep track of is the price history of the product. The actual price of many electronics often changes throughout the year. As a result, you should use sites such as Decide.com which tracks the price history of various products. By using this site, it will tell you whether you should buy the product or whether you should wait for another time in the year, when it is cheaper. This is a great tool that should not be ignored, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
Consider New Vs Used Vs Refurbished
If you can’t afford the full price of a new electronic, you should consider both the used and refurbished options. The prices of these are typically quite lower and refurbished products even typically come with a warranty and even include new accessories and parts. A refurbished product is almost as good as a brand new one.
Don’t Fall For Extended Warranties
When buying electronics, many online retailers try to sell you on an extended warranty. However, the warranty that is given with the product is enough most of the times and the extended warranty is just a waste of money.
Don’t Leave Your Electronic On Your Door Step
Once you have purchased your coveted electronic online, you shouldn’t allow it to be delivered to your door step if you won’t be home to receive it. Instead, you should send it to your workplace or a trusted friend or family member who will be home when it is delivered. This will ensure that no one steals your new purchase.
In closing, we have just looked at a few tips and guidelines on how to buy quality electronics online. So, be sure to remember these tips and I’m certain that you’ll be more than happy with your new electronic device.