How to buy wisely for Christmas computer gifts? – a NY Computer Help guide

You’re looking to buy a laptop or desktop for Christmas.  Their a few easy tips to follow in order to make sure you are getting the best overall deal.  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to the stores.  If you are still shopping at this late stage in the game, the stores, not online, will have the best deals since they’re avidly trying to get rid of the inventory so they can showcase their 2008 lines.
  2. Shop around.  On a daily basis around holiday time, stores are slashing their prices to compete with local stores.  Go to the local computer stores, jot down their rates, and show the lowest rate to the competitors since they’ll most likely price-match.
  3. Get an in-store warranty.  Most computers come with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.  However, ensure the store gives you at least a week warranty so that you can return the computer, if defective, to the store.  It is a nightmare to have to deal with the manufacturers.  Let the stores take responsibility for this.
  4. Scale for the future.  Computers typically become obsolete after 3-4 years.  Make sure you buy enough RAM (2GB recommended) to handle Windows Vista, Leopard, and subsequent operating systems.

These 4 tips will allow you to shop smart for Christmas.

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