Why Not to Buy Your Home Entertainment System Online

It’s the day your surround system that you purchased online is to arrive, “somewhere between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.” At 5:30, the delivery guy finally drops your system off and bolts, leaving you to find the box cutter. As you begin unpacking, you ponder where to best place your speakers and how on earth you are going to hide the speaker wires that run from each speaker to the receiver. A little overwhelmed, you open the last box and are shocked to find the subwoofer is punctured. Did you read the return and service policy from your online retailer? Who is going to pay to ship this 95-pound behemoth back to the manufacturer, and who will pay to have a new one shipped to you? Using a reputable independent retailer or custom installer allows you to sidestep all these headaches and more. Here, you’ll find our top reasons to buy from a brick-and-mortar retailer versus an online electronics retailer. See. Feel. Touch. Walking into an electronics showroom, you instantly “get it,”—seeing all of the components in one place—eliminating the uncertainty of what an A/V experience might be like. Shopping online doesn’t offer the true demonstration experience you should have before deciding on what products to buy for your space. For example, with an independent A/V retailer, you can compare TVs firsthand, demo a speaker system, or decide which projector you like best. You wouldn’t purchase a car without a test drive; why should it be any different for an electronics purchase? Leave the research to the experts If you have ever shopped online, you know that a considerable...