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Do Your Homework
Of all the steps you can take to get the most out of a computer show and protect yourself from gotchas, the most important should be taken before you even set foot in the front door: do your homework up front. Just reading this article puts you ahead of 95% of those who walk into a show for the first time. As a prepared and educated shopper, you are much more likely to get what you are looking for with a minimum of hassle, and have fun at the same time.
Here are a few things you should determine before you go to the show:
Be prepared for "bewilderment" the first time you walk into a computer show. The first time I went to a show, I had decided to buy a number of components there, but I really had no idea what to expect. I walked in, and ended up wandering in circles for two full hours trying to figure out what to do--there was so much for sale, and so many decisions to make, that it was actually paralyzing! For some, deciding that the first visit will be for browsing only can take some of the pressure off.
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