8 Biggest Tech Rip-Offs and How To Avoid Them

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Mainstream consumers have been using computers for more than 30 years, smartphones for at least half a decade and tablets for several years, but gadget vendors are betting that their customers aren't tech savvy. How else can you explain why these companies would offer a bevy of overpriced or unnecessary products and services in hopes of fooling you into buying them? Don't be their dupe. These are the top eight tech rip-offs — and how to avoid them.


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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  • Ian Walker Says:

    !00 percent agree with the extended warranty and the phones with SD card abilities.

  • Randall Says:

    "T-Mobile provides free, unlimited international data, but at 2G speeds so slow" Although your alternatives are excellent, you underestimate the quality and speed of T-Mobile's basic free roaming. It can work fairly well, even if not super fast. Also, their data packs are really reasonable. As I remember $50 for 500 MB. You get to keep your home number which is useful. As I remember, calls home or within that country are $.20 per minute. Further, you will not get surprised with a huge bill, which is the case with the competition even if you use your phone occasionally.

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