Buying gadgets online may seem to be simple enough; you see something that looks good and so you buy it. However, the vast majority of gadgets are gimmicky at best. Most of them are of low quality and so you can’t expect them to do much for you beyond simply looking cool.
This is one reason why many people decide to buy their gadgets at a slightly higher price, at a high street store, so that they can see it in action and maybe try it out before opening their wallets. That said, there is no reason why you cannot end up with great gadgets, even if you buy online, provided that you follow a few simple rules.
Find Out What The Gadget Is Supposed To Do
This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people focus on how a gadget looks and know very little about what it can do. Always read through the features of the gadget you’re about to purchase and think about whether they make sense.
For instance, if you’re buying a fancy cigar lighter, and the features mentioned include a laser pointer, a utility knife and a bottle opener, but it weighs just 3 ounces, then the odds are that all these features are pretty inferior, because good quality metal weighs more. Plus, if there is no mention of how to refuel the lighter, it could call into question whether it’s a functional lighter or simply a novelty item. So, it always pays to ask for clarification before you ‘add to cart’.
Check the Materials
It is always a good idea to check the materials used in the construction of the item you’re considering, and whether they’re appropriate for its function. For instance, the Pocket Chainsaw by Stunning Gadgets is made from high-quality metal which allows it to cut through wood easily, but it would be useless if it were made from aluminium, despite the lighter weight. The same applies if you’re purchasing a robotic lawn mower. If the blades are made from plastic, then they will not have a good service life and will not perform as you expect them to.
Never buy anything online which does not back your purchase up with a good warranty. There are various types to consider; replacement warranties, lifetime warranties, and service warranties. Even though the duration may vary, the fact is that the type of warranty can tell you a lot about how good the gadget really is. The lowest standard is the service warranty; your item will be repaired and sent back. A replacement warranty is better, as the item will be replaced with a new one, but these usually have an expiry date.
For a lifetime warranty, the clue is in the name: your gadget is covered for life by the manufacturer, who will replace it, no matter when you bought it. This means they have to be pretty confident of the quality of their product. Stunning Gadgets are well known for backing all their merchandise with this type of warranty. If the warranty is not mentioned on the website, make sure you find out about it from the seller.
Do You really Have A Use For It?
Impulse buys can end up draining your bank account and may cause a bad case of buyer’s remorse later on. So, never buy gadgets the instant they catch your eye. Wait for a few days, and if you still think it’ssomething you need, then buy it. While items like the Pocket Chain Saw and the Solar Battery Charger 5000mAh are something you’ll always have a use for around the house and when you go out camping, its always good to curtail impulse-buying for non-essential items.
Don’t Buy From Unknown Sellers
Never buy gadgets from websites you don’t know. There are many scams out there and though the internet has been tamed a great deal, it’s still the digital equivalent of the wild west. So, always do your research and never assume that the seller is trustworthy just because their advertisement appears on websites like Google, Facebook and Yahoo. Use a search engine to find reviews from people who have purchased the items from that website.
Buy from Amazon
If you really want to be safe, and ensure that you’re purchasing a useful gadget, then it’s best to stick with online stores like Amazon. Amazon is particularly helpful, because many big-name sellers like Stunning Gadgets have stores with the website. Amazon has hundreds of independent product reviews which are easy to browse. While some newer products may not have many reviews, it still gives you a good idea of what can be expected.
In most cases the chances of ending up with a gadget which does not work, or one which turns out to be something totally different, is low. But it pays to keep the above tips in mind, just to make sure that you’re not buying something which will be left to collect dust in your attic.