Computer Shopping

Written by Sarah Provost
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Shopping for a new computer can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you aren't well versed in the technology. For those of us who are technically challenged, there are two likely outcomes when we walk into a retail store, neither of them pleasant. If you go to a store that specializes in computers, the sales representative is likely to know a whole lot, and will be eager to recite facts about gigahertz's and extreme gaming options. But if you ask for an explanation of some of these terms, you're more likely to get rolling eyes and mutters than a clear understanding.

On the other hand, if you go to one of those giant warehouses that sell everything, the clerk, if you can find one, is likely to know even less than you do. This is an equally frustrating experience. I've found that shopping for a computer online is a much more pleasant way to go about it.

Educate Yourself Online

If you really aren't very knowledgeable about computers, you should plan to take a little time to educate yourself. When you are reading specs on a vendor site and come across something you don't understand, take a quick side trip to a search engine. There you'll be able to access information that is as simple or as technical as you can handle.

Vendor sites also have toll-free numbers that you can call to talk to a service representative. Though you may have to spend some time on hold, it's been my experience that these sales reps are much better at walking you through your questions than those you deal with in person. All in all, online shopping is much less stressful ... and you can even do it in your pajamas.

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