If you decide to buy from a store, remember that some salesmen are a bit newer at this than others. Watch out for any of the following phrases:
And what size would you like that in?
Computers? Yeah, I think we got some.
Pentium, schmentium, let me show you something really nice.
It comes with a TV attached.
Look, from what I hear, they're all the same.
The good computers come without any software. Honest.
Not all computers are made to the same standards. Avoid any brand with the following attributes:
The instructions are only in Malaysian.
There are bare wires projecting out of the drive slots.
The case includes a built-in smoke detector.
The power switch is labeled OFF/MAYBE.
Instead of a CD ROM, it has a slot for eight-track tapes.
There is mud on the bottom.
While mail order outlets generally offer lower prices than stores, think twice about dealing with a company if the catalog has any of the following features:
Women in bathing suits.
A 900 order number.
A note to send all orders in care of The Warden.
Computers, knives, and government-surplus ball bearings.
And a few final tips to make sure you end up with the ideal system:
Despite what it says in the ads, a monitor is not optional.
Internal and external modems are fine; avoid unassembled ones.
Yes, you really need all those cables.
If it doesn't work, it's not your fault.
"The Concise Guide for Computer Buyers" Copyright © 1996 by David Lubar
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