You’re on the holiday shopping trail. You’re almost done. You sling your bags over your shoulder as if you were the superhero of shopping.
But wait: A large-screen TV stops you in your tracks. It’s on sale for $327. What a deal! Or is it?
When it comes to electronics, the value of the purchase is far more difficult to calculate than the dollar amount you pay for it. In fact, many of the “deals” this season employ last year’s technology or capabilities — making the “bargain” you’re getting, well, not so fabulous.
Here’s what to look for when eyeing electronics.
TVs: When you’re buying that LCD, check the resolution before slapping down a credit card: 720p is a lower resolution than the 1080p you can abundantly find now.
“You could live with 720p with smaller than 42-inch or 46-inch TVs,” said Andrew Eisner, director of content at Retrevo, a consumer electronics shopping website. “If you’re sitting close and have pretty good vision, you’re going to start seeing