Best deals on electronics

With the holidays fast approaching, we’re entering the biggest season for buying electronics.

Consumer Reports says don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price. A survey of more than 40,000 subscribers found that 64-percent of those who haggled were successful, saving an average of 78 dollars.

And you might want to reach for your keyboard instead of your car keys before you head out to shop. People who bought electronics online were happier with the prices and the selection, and they were even happier when it came to returns.

The top online retailers include ABT.com and BHPhotoVideo.com. And ­­though it didn’t top the chart, Amazon got high marks for price and selection.

You can also get better deals online by price matching and finding coupon codes –– so it’s always worth it do that extra search before you make a purchase. Shoppers were a lot less happy with their experience at retail giant Walmart.

If you don’t mind a smaller selection, you can find some good deals at warehouse clubs like Costco, B-J’s, and Sam’s Club. And if you really like to be hands-on, consider local, independent retailers. They offer a bit more handholding, which can make up for sometimes less competitive pricing.

Consumer Reports also found that walk-in stores have the edge when it comes to service-oriented offerings, such as free technical support, the disposal of old electronics, and recycling services.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars and trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website. Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org.

 

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