Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales offer many deep discounts on electronics, but buyer beware! First, many sites sell refurbished or b-stock at a deep discount – a big money saver, but do you want to give an open-box special as a gift? Research model and SKU numbers to make sure you’re not being offered an outdated item. Next, look out for outrageous shipping and handling charges. Many sites hide these charges until you are in the final stages of checking out. Excessive shipping and handling charges are a very common way to get you to pay full price without realizing it. And finally, make sure whatever you buy online has a United States Warranty. Many sites sell gray market goods – which are new, perfect units made to be sold in other countries. Often, manufacturers will not honor gray market warrantees here in the US.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – November 25, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).