I'm still amazed that this past Friday, in the year of 2007, that millions of people actually went to a retail store, pushing through the dirty and tired masses in search of a great deal. Ha. A sucker is born every minute, they just come out mostly on Black Friday.
The best way to shop is online. No hassle, no lines, no screaming kids -- and paying with a credit card online is actually more secure than in a retail store. No kidding.
So here's how to really get a good deal this holiday season:
1.) Use websites like Dealhack.com that take the hard work out of finding great deals. Deal Hack scours the web each day so you don't have to.
2.) Sign-Up for deals via Email with websites such as Buy.com, Newegg.com, and Tiger Direct. These sites are famous for having stupidly low prices. For example, I was able to score an Olevia 327V HDTV for only $439 shipped back in August. I would have paid over $600 for this TV from a retail location.
3.) Don't waste your money on high-markup items like cables. Do not ever, ever, ever buy cables from Monster. I'm sure you've seen those gaudy Monster Cables, the ones guaranteed to make your new HDTV that much sweeter. Well, I've got news for you: all new HDTVs use a cable called "HDMI" -- this is a digital signal, meaning it either works or it doesn't. There is no reason to spend $100 for a Monster HDMI cable when a $10 cable from Newegg will do the same thing.
4.) Steer clear of buying last years models unless you really know what you're getting. There is a website I frequent that runs ads for HDTV's at low, low prices. They often brag about their 42" plasmas going for hundreds less than their competitors. The dirty little secret is that these TV's were designed and manufactured almost 3 years ago. Technology, as well all know, moves at incredible speeds. If you buy a TV made 2 years ago, not only are you getting an inferior product, you're getting an inferior value. As technology gets better, it gets cheaper. A low end HDTV made in 2007 will almost always be better than a high-end one made 2-3 years ago.
Whatever you buy this holiday season, make sure that it's well reviewed. With sites like Newegg and Amazon featuring hundreds of reviews from users , it's inexcusable to buy a lemon. Do your research, have a idea what you expect from your purchases, and spend accordingly. Before I buy anything I like to do a few quick Google searches. Adding the word "review" to any Google search will add a plethora of information from others about how well that product performs.