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12/18/04

Save Big Money On Electronics This Holiday Season

You might have seen a TV, camcorder or stereo at the top of your loved ones Christmas list and you might have wondered how you could afford them.

Gift Returns During the Holiday Season
You still have seven shopping days to find that perfect gift, but what if the gift that seemed so perfect to you isn't that wonderful to your loved one?

Laura Rowten, a manager at Circuit City, shares how shoppers can save hundreds of dollars on items that have been previously bought and returned. "If they're defective, we send them back to be serviced. If they're in good condition, we put them on the floor with their manuals and remote controls and sell them at a discounted price," says Rowten.

For example there are two TV's out on the floor at Circuit City that are exactly the same. The only noticeable difference is the amount on the price tag. One of the TV's is $90 less than the other. The reason revolves around the box. "Anything that is open box is labeled and people know their getting merchandise that is out of the box," says Rowten.

Not only do you save money on the item you still receive the same benefits as a product that has never been used. "Exactly the same as buying one new in the box you get the full manufactures warranty as well as the same return policy as something new in the box," says Rowten.

LeeAnn Perkins, an art teacher on a budget, is an avid fan of purchasing products at an open box value. "I got the tower, a separate monitor, printer, scanner the whole thing everything you can imagine even paper as an open box item," says Perkins.

Perkins saved about $1,000 on a computer that would have otherwise come with a $3,000 price tag. "It was as good as getting something brand new and I wouldn't do it any other way if I had the option," says Perkins.

Perkins has also purchased TV's, cameras and even a new flat screen monitor for her computer. All have been purchased at an open box value and so far there hasn't been a problem. "I've been able to turn in all my rebates and get all my warranties. It's been terrific," says Perkins.

So with savings as good as this, you can let Santa know that Christmas is on you this year.

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