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New Computer For Christmas? Buyer Be Aware.

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Purchasing a computer can be a daunting task for those who have never done so. It can often be a bit of a struggle for those who have. There are so many PC manufacturers and companies, it is easy to imagine why this could cause some people problems. In the spirit of the Giving Season, let me add one more problem to that list.

Most of us are especially aware of TV, radio and print advertising during this time of year. Who can miss it? Dell Computer is a major advertiser on television as is HP (Hewlett-Packard) and Gateway. During the holiday season, these companies offer some of their products at extremely low prices. There is a reason for that. If you are going to buy a computer for someone this season, or even for yourself, there are some things need to know.

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