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Ways to Research a New Purchase

How Do You Research Before You Buy?

Despite Consumer Reports’ iPhone 4 burn last week, the phone’s rep doesn’t seem to be suffering much — in fact, lots of you claim you haven't even noticed the reported issues yourselves. Which tells us that although Consumer Reports used to be the gold standard for deciding where to spend our hard-earned cash, in our social-networking-heavy world, it may not carry so much weight.

When I have a purchasing decision to make, I tend to look up reviews on Yelp and Amazon, and take them with a grain of salt. Some of my friends ask around among the experts in their social circles, and others rely on Twitter for opinions on everything from newly released movies to new smartphones.

How about you? When you have a big (or small) purchase to make, how do you research before you buy?

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bsanf3 bsanf3 7 years
I tend to do a LOT of research on just finding the best/most flexible uses in the item, then (quickest part) check reviews and least expansive prices.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I usually go online and look up reviews and compare prices. Then I usually try Craigslist to see if anyone is selling something similar that's slightly used or something. We did a lot of homework on LCD TVs before we got ours. When we went to pick it up, the store was out of them, so they sold us the floor model at a pretty decent discount. It definitely pays to do your homework.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i base my purchases off of word of mouth more than reviews. which is a good thing, cuz i love the heck out of my iphone4!
LilaD LilaD 7 years
I look at Amazon, as well, and pay attention to the bad reviews to see if the problems seem legitimate or if a few people are angry for some reason. I also talk to people I know who have the product, etc. It's also good to pay attention to return policies, even after you think you've finished your researching. Sometimes things don't work out anyway and you want to be able to get your money back.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
for big purchases, or ones where I am unsure about, I google it (and usually choose sites like Amazon for reviews) but take everything with a grain of salt as well, only focusing on the legitimate issues. And I visit 2-4 stores sometimes to compare prices
millarci millarci 7 years
I look up reliable reviews on big purchases (such as the iPhone 4). As much as I want the iPhone 4, I want to wait until the major issues are fixed.
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