MarketWatch Quotes RESCUECOM in Article about Computer Shopping

Several Helpful Tips About Shopping for Technology During the Holidays

November 30, 2006
By MARSHALL LOEB
MarketWatch
The Ledger:


Take Extra Care with Computer Purchases

NEW YORK

It may be too big to stuff a stocking, but a desktop or laptop computer is a holiday gift almost anyone would enjoy. Before you buy such a big-ticket item, keep a few things in mind: Consider the user. Is the gift for a college student who will use it to watch movies, download music and play video games (in addition to doing schoolwork, of course)? Or are you giving it to your grandmother who is just getting started with e-mail? You need to know how the computer will be used in order to buy the one with the right specifications. Someone who downloads a lot of music or needs to store many photos will need more storage and memory.

Do your research. There are quite a few reputable resources that rate and rank computers and other electronics. Web sites like Cnet.com and PCWorld.com offer product reviews and price comparisons on almost every computer product you can think of.

Determine where you'll shop. In a recent Consumer Reports survey, online venues earned higher satisfaction scores than the brick-and-mortar stores. You're likely to find slightly better prices and have a smoother shopping experience online. But if you really need help or extra service, buying in person may be the way to go. Independent or specialty retailers typically offer better service than their big box counterparts, says Consumer Reports.

Consider installation needs. David Milman, chief executive of Rescuecom, a national computer repair company, says that many stores don't provide help with installing new merchandise. Consider enlisting a company like Rescuecom to set up the new PC.

Protect your goods. "It's always flu season with computers," Milman says. Be sure to factor in the cost of anti-spyware and anti-virus programs, which can range from $25 to $75. Milman suggests going with the top brands such as Computer Associates, Norton and McAfee.

Be careful about extended warranties. Consumer Reports suggests skipping the extended warranty that retailers are sure to offer. They're almost always a waste of money, since the warranties that come with the products are usually enough.

Know the return policy. If you're giving the computer as a gift, make sure your loved one won't have a problem returning or replacing the item. Return policies vary by retailer, so it pays to know the details before you buy. Many retailers will charge restocking fees of up to 20 percent, so check the details.

Google Reviews

Nikki Edwards
Nikki Edwards
in the last week
This was my first experience with Rescuecom. I got a tech named Roy.He was amazing! He was knowledge
...This was my first experience with Rescuecom. I got a tech named Roy.He was amazing! He was knowledgeable, patient, with excellent customer service skills. While fixing my machine, he built great rapport to avoid dead air. He was so detailed oriented that he even concluded that I wore glasses simply because my fonts were SLIGHTLY larger. He went above and beyond by ensuring that my virus infected machine was cleaned to perfection to include edge, IE, google chrome etc...I will request him every time. You should also! less
David Elderkin
David Elderkin
in the last week
Andrew was very nice, very professional, and funny (!). I enjoyed having him help me. and look forw
...Andrew was very nice, very professional, and funny (!). I enjoyed having him help me. and look forward to speaking with him again (not for a serious problem, i hope) less
Deborah O'Connor-Slater
Deborah O'Connor-Slater
a week ago
Just completed my first service call to Rescuecom Syracuse. It was a rewarding experience. I have a
...Just completed my first service call to Rescuecom Syracuse. It was a rewarding experience. I have a very older machine and was afraid I could not recover lost or corrupt files. The response time from service call to response from technician was very fast (maybe 10 Min)The Technician Anthony was very courteous. He walked me through the process of recovering my "lost" files. Everything was recovered and I am good to go. He took the time to explain what he was doing and in his follow-up he made some very helpful recommendations to maintain my computer. I am very satisfied with the service and recommend it to anyone who is having computer problems. less
Tom Seabrooke
Tom Seabrooke
a week ago
Support was the best, thanks Anthony for your help. You saved the day and I will recommend you guys
...Support was the best, thanks Anthony for your help. You saved the day and I will recommend you guys to all my associates. 5 Stars***** less
View all Google reviews

Featured in:


Feature Inthe New York TimesFOX NEWSUSA TodayComputer WorldCNNForbes