When shopping for any product Online, including a flat screen TV, there are several ways for the customer to make sure that their bargain purchase doesn't become a real pain. Whoever thought of the old saying "if something is too good to be true, then it probably is" first must have had something up his/her sleeve. Make sure you have done your homework all throughout your shopping experience, and this would start by checking the retail price of the flat screen TV that may have caught your fancy. Whenever you see a price that seems way too low for an item with such a retail price, then there must be a catch that you don't know about yet. Money does not grow on trees, and technology costs money, which means companies, may they be large or small, aren't in the business of giving away merchandise just like that. Also keep your guard up for deals where you may be paying low for the item itself, with the total cost inflated by an unrealistically high shipping charge. Naturally, since a flat screen TV is heavier than your average item shipped to your home, you can expect higher shipping costs, but they must be reasonable.
As with most new technology, a warranty is generally available from the manufacturer. But before purchasing your flat screen TV, make sure that the warranty that comes with the item is an American warranty. Also, you would need to be wary of several specifics in the warranty - read the fine print carefully, and take note of provisions regarding shipping and duration of the warranty.
One important state of data gathering many customers neglect to include would be researching the seller's reputation by checking for complaints with the Better Business Bureau. It is also a good idea to learn about the company's return and/or exchange policy in the event that a problem should arise. And even if you're dealing with a reputable dealer for your flat screen TV, you also have to be leery about aggressive sales pitches. You won't always get the best results if you appear forced to buy a certain model of flat screen TV.
As a final thought, when purchasing anything Online, including a flat screen TV, consumers may wish to consider doing so with a credit card. The majority of credit card companies offer a dispute process, which enables the customer to gain a full refund if the product is not as advertised or if the company refuses to stand behind their product. Each credit card company retains a unique policy when it comes to customer disputes, which is outlined in the Terms & Agreement paperwork included with their card.
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