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Santa Bringing Electronics This Year? 4 Strategies For Keeping Them Safe And Functioning

Whether you’re getting electronics as gifts for someone else or have received them, it’s important to do your part in keeping them safe and functioning. Fortunately, most electronic devices are pretty hardy, but there are still a few things you should know to keep them safe and working properly. Below are four of the best strategies to ensure any purchased electronics work well throughout their lifespan.

1. Think About Shipping While Ordering

If you’re purchasing your electronics from a major retailer, this usually is not a problem. However, if you’re purchasing them from a third-party seller, poor packaging when shipping or utilizing a more “rough” shipping method can be a real problem. Even if you’re purchasing an expensive electronic item from Amazon or Best Buy, you’ll want to take into account the shipping method. Some retailers won’t ship certain items with certain shipping methods, but some might and it’s important to consider whether the shipping method you select could make it more likely that damage will occur to your item. If you’re worried about shipping, you can arrange for an in-store pickup from a number of retailers.

2. Take Advantage Of Or Expand Warranties

Nearly all electronic devices come with a warranty that covers the cost of repair or replacement for a specified time period. If your device breaks or doesn’t work out of the box, contact the manufacturer and take advantage of the warranty to get it repaired or replaced. Extended warranties do exactly what it sounds like they do: purchasing one will extend the warranty on an electronic item you purchase. Usually, purchasing an extended warranty is only going to prove cost-effective with high-priced items, such as big screen TVs and top-of-the-line PCs, but it can really be a lifesaver.

3. Take Good Care Of Your Electronics

This should go without saying, but the easiest way to prevent any damage to electronics is to treat them with care. Package them well when transporting them, don’t drop them if you can avoid it and use cases and screen protectors. Don’t store any electronics in very cold or very high temperatures. Also avoid using them around water or eating or drinking while using them.

4. Get Quality Repair

If the warranty on the item is passed, consider getting the item repaired before you start saving or wondering how you’ll pay for a replacement. There are many companies, like Contec Direct, that specialize in electronic repairs. Choose a reputable company that will have the tools and skills necessary to help you repair your items.

By keeping these things in mind, any electronic devices you buy or receive this Christmas will have a better shot at working well for a long time.

 

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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