Things electronic retailers won't tell you

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

Logging on to look for deals on electronics is a no-brainer, but according to, there are things retailers won't tell you.

For instance, they won’t tell you they're out of stock. Online retailers do not want to lose the sale.

Consumer experts say avoid the problem by ordering online, but ask if you can pick the merchandise up at the store.

Next, they won't tell you that you really do not need that extended warranty.

Electronics have a slim profit margin, but retailers make it up by selling extended warranties you will likely never use.

They sell more than you need. Unneeded cables, memory cards and other items sure can rack up a sale, but do you really require them?

This sale is final. Returns for electronics are frequently more restrictive, but you won't hear that from the salesperson.

Beware of sales. In general, electronics usually go on sale when there is a newer model available, so be careful.

Finally, check the refurbish section. Open box items or returns are a great place to find big discounts, but experts say salespeople rarely tell you about them.
Sometimes retailers may fail to tell you that the gadget you are looking at buying doesn’t do what you think it does. Experts advise you to do your research.