What To Know Before Buying Your Next Gadget
As more and more gadgets flood the market, there is the temptation to just click "buy" on every tempting gadget you see online. There is also the non-stop mouths watering commercials you see on TV everyday, tempting you to part with your hard earned money in exchange for promised high quality gadgets — but don't fall for all that.
While most of these adverts are focused on simply getting you to buy, buy, and buy just a little more of their products, others are genuinely interested in your satisfaction since they know it the key to a successful business. Either way, don't just rush into the market because of aesthetics and sweet words, here are the things you should look out for when you want to buy a gadget.
Look Out For The Latest Version
When it comes to shopping for gadgets, timing is as important as the gadget itself. This is because most tech products get upgraded from time to time, so keep your eyes open for the latest tech gossip and check for details on the brand you intend to buy from. You don't want your new gadget to be outshone by a newer model just weeks into flaunting it.
A good way to know when a product will soon be upgraded is by checking the date it was released, if it has been in the market for a long time, just know that a newer version is around the corner.
Read The Product Reviews
Yes, all these TV advertisements give good information about the product and even aftercare servicing, but we all know they are not 100% open about any downsides that the products may have. They willingly skip that part to make the products look flawless, and that's why product reviews exist.
Big online shopping stores like amazon always show the reviews of customers under the product description. If the product is not as good as it was advertised, you'll see a big difference between the customers reviews and the product description/features. If the here are little or no differences, then you are looking at a trustworthy brand that will be worth the money.
Check The Product Warranty
All gadgets should come with a product warranty — a statement by the producer to the buyer that promises repair and even replacement of the purchased item if there is need. This is what usually attracts more people to famous brands you know today, the ability to promise and keep to these warranties they give buyers.
Any manufacturer can just give product warranty to their customers, that's why I am not asking you to trust in their promises, it could just be a bait to lure you into buying. What you should do is check the warranty duration and confirm from other users by checking the product reviews of those who have had issues with their gadgets and see how they were attended to by the company. Another way to tell if a brand is trustworthy is by their customer care service, if they answer you properly during enquiries, chances are you'll get the same treatment when you buy their gadgets.
Try Before You Buy
This is the best thing that has ever happened to online shopping. If you have never tried it, you should start doing so to protect your money from being wasted on gadgets that look breathtaking online but unrecognizable in real life.
If you are shopping offline, you can always test the product for certain basics before you make payment. Moreso, it is easier to complain when things go wrong, this isn't the same with online shopping. It's all pictures and videos till the goods arrive at your doorstep, after you have already parted with some cash.
The try before you buy option makes it possible for you to have an experience with the product before buying it. You can order online and have the gadgets shipped to you without making any payment (except for the shipping). With this, you get to own the gadget for a limited period of time — usually a few days, after which you are to return the product back to the manufacturers. If you like the product, which you most likely will, you can make a purchase for fresh ones and make payment since you now trust the brand.
Beware Of Scammers!
They are everywhere on the Internet and are always active, looking for who to scam. But you won't fall a victim if you are careful with your online shopping.
Several ways to make sure you're not transacting with a fake seller of your preferred gadget include making sure that your seller is giving out products that have the manufacturer's warranty, shopping from the company's official website or popular and legit online stores like Amazon, checking the sellers details online before making payment, and opting for the "pay on delivery option".