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1. Buying Gear > 3. Buy from Chain Stores with Skepticism

Buy from Chain Stores with Skepticism

Buying from a local electronics store has the advantage of letting you check out gear in person, but you’ll have to endure crowds, obnoxious music, and frequent interruption from salespeople along the way.

Buying from a chain store requires a lot of forethought; you need to dress appropriately, prepare your ears, and have demo discs in hand (all discussed in detail in this hack). These preparations might make it seem that it’s better to avoid people altogether and just shop online. However, the advantages of a brick-and-mortar store are significant:

  • You can watch and listen [Hack #2] to the specific gear you take home.


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