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Buying the “right” new gadget can sometimes feel like a monumental task. The world of technology moves so fast...
Buying the “right” new gadget can sometimes feel like a monumental task.
The world of technology moves so fast that it often feels like manufacturers deliberately bring out a new version of something the day after you’ve just purchased the old model!
Having worked in IT for many years, I’ve developed some strategies to make sure I make the right choice when I buy a new gadget, and I always try to help my customers do the same. In this article, I share a few of those strategies with you:
People are so passionate about technology that the Internet is filled with reviews of every gadget imaginable. If you plan to lay out good money on a gadget, spend some time reading some reviews.
I know, from talking to customers, that some people find the thought of doing this unspeakably dull, but an hour doing some research is worth it if it prevents you from buying something that doesn’t suit you.
The content of a user review could reveal a small detail that makes a specific product specifically wrong for you.
If you have a friendly IT person in your life, ask what they think. I have no problem advising my clients about their gadget purchases. After all, if they buy the wrong thing, I’ll end up being the one who has to try and fix it!
It’s really frustrating buying an expensive item only to watch it being superseded by something better soon after. However, those of us who follow the technical press usually know long in advance when a new model is planned for release. The information is out there—all you need do is look for it before handing over your money.
Salespeople in retail stores are almost always on commission, and they’re also encouraged to offload old stock before new ranges come in. If you walk in uninformed, you’ll probably walk out having paid too much for something that’s about to be replaced with a new model.