It boils down to being a good negotiator, though the tactics seem somewhat shady (but I'm a total wimp in the negotiation room, so you may feel otherwise). You indicate that you're interested in buying a big fat warranty, then ask the sales assistant to lower the item's price. Since big box electronics stores are often pushed to sell warranties, they'll be willing to budge on the price of your item - especially if it's got a big price tag. Then when checkout time comes, you have a change of heart on the warranty. Simple enough. … [Read more...] about Save hundreds on your next big electronics purchase
To protect yourself from low-quality refurbs, consumers should only buy a third-party refurb with both a warranty and return policy; ideally, the warranty should be backed by the manufacturer as well. Furthermore, you should read the listing carefully to see whether you'll receive all the accessories, cords, and manuals that normally come with a new unit. Above all else, "avoid buying refurbished products 'as is,'" with no warranty and no chance to return it if the item turns out to be defective. … [Read more...] about The Best Brands for Refurbished Electronics
The issue is that in most cases, you don't know why a product has been labeled refurbished. If a customer just changed his or her mind and returned it, then the item is basically new and—sweet—you've saved yourself a lot of dough. But with things like "opened box" items, a returns department clerk could have just slapped that label on a product someone brought back because it wasn't working or had some major defect. And then you're screwed if you buy it. … [Read more...] about When Should I Buy Refurbished Electronics?
Any retailer budgets for broken goods, shoplifting, and other losses, and Amazon is no different. But because of the volume of sales and a customer-forward policy, the gargantuan online marketplace appears to rarely investigate claims of broken or unreceived goods, opting instead to replace or refund—no questions asked. That’s how Indiana couple Erin and Leah Finan scored $1.2 million in electronics. … [Read more...] about Couple Grifts Amazon Out of $1.2 Million in Electronics
None of this means that LG's breakthrough isn't impressive or important. The appeal of a flexible display for the time being is to build curved phones which most people expect LG to showcase in a few months if Samsung doesn't beat them to the punch. The new display does look pretty awesome in the meantime. It's built on plastic substrates instead of glass which makes the flexibility issue a little less of an issue and is so thin—0.44 millimeters thin—that it rivals even the non-bendable displays currently on the market. LG also brags that it's the lightest display in the world, weighing in at a mere 7.2 grams for a six-inch display. And since it bends, it won't shatter and break as easily as a glass display, though it might be prone to scratches. … [Read more...] about Flexible Displays Don’t Mean Flexible Phones
Depending on your experience and dedication to the project, there are a number of ways to go about building the relay. Gigawatts' original version was a bit simpler and was housed in a peanut butter jar, consisting of a transistor, a relay, a DB-9 connector, and a molex connector, but if you're a bit more experienced with electronics, he has instructions for embedding the relay inside the wireless router itself. Together with a cron task for his DD-WRT hacked router, the relay could detect when the internet connection died and automatically cut the power to the modem—a pretty clever workaround to an annoyance we're all familiar with. Hit the link for more information, and let us know your tips for power-cycling troublesome modems in the comments. … [Read more...] about Make a DIY Automatic Power Cycler for Flaky Internet Connections