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3 things not to buy this Christmas

3 things not to buy this Christmas

According to the National Retail Federation, 32 percent of us want consumer electronics this year, and 40 percent yearn for digital entertainment like DVDs and video games. If you’re looking for a high-end stocking stuffer, gadgets may seem like the way to go.

Be careful. People usually have very specific preferences that you couldn't guess, no matter how well you know them. Just because a new technology is sleek and popular doesn’t mean everyone wants it. To help you avoid an un-merry moment, here are three gifts Santa should avoid this holiday season.

Cheap Tablets

At first, a tablet looks like the perfect gift. It’s small and fits into an ambiguous box, so recipients will have a hard time guessing what it is. The product’s marketing speak touts cameras, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, processors and storage that surely won’t disappoint.

Tablets also come dirt-cheap. It’s not that unusual to find a tablet under $50 that appears to be exactly what your recipient needs and wants. Here’s what you need to know.

People tend to be particular about their tablets. Windows users typically want a pricey Surface. Apple fans are willing to pay for an iPad. Anyone who owns a high-end Android phone will frown upon anything other than a high-end Android tablet.

Then, Amazon has their Fire that’s a great option for Prime Members. Bookworms gravitate toward the Barnes and Noble Nook that interestingly just launched a $50-model that is $30 cheaper than the Amazon Kindle.

Most of these cheap tablets have a major flaw. Many tablets use a version of the Android operating system that cannot be upgraded. As Google releases newer and better Android features, that cheap tablet is stuck in the past. This is particularly true of tablets running Lollipop or earlier.

If you’d like to know how tablets stack up against each other, click here to check out my handy comparison feature charts.

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