On Your Side: Shopping Tips

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, November 23, 2007

As you probably know, today was the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season, black Friday. And many of you probably got a head-start on your gift buying.

Just because the sales person makes it sound great, doesn't necessarily mean it always is. Take a little bit of time with your purchases, it could end up saving you from having buyer's remorse.

And the race is on! Holiday shopping season is here and it's time for you to start buying. But there are some things you should keep in mind while you're piling up your shopping carts with gifts and goodies.

First beware of those extended warranties. Often they are high-priced and high-profit for the clerks. And a lot of times, the cost of the repair will be about the same as the cost of the warranty. Try buying products with a solid record of reliability and save the cash.

Second, be careful with gift cards. Read the fine print before you buy. Some times, gift cards will decrease in value if you don't use them by a certain date and some will even expire. That means you might as well have flushed that 25 or 30 bucks you spent on it, down the toilet.

If you're buying a tv for someone special, make sure it is a an hdtv or at least a digital tv. Remember, in a little more than a year, analog tv's will be obselete and will need some sort of converter to get a signal.

And lastly, save your receipts. You never know when a store will require it...Even for an exchange.

These aren't all the answers, but they will help you have a more pleasant holiday shopping season.

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