Pros and Cons of Shopping With QVC, ShopNBC and HSN Online or By Phone

Buying a computer or laptop from a store like Wal-Mart, CompUSA or even Best Buy is difficult enough.  Many people who buy computers want to be able to see the computer or laptop and touch it and test it out before they actually buy it.  Stores like Wal-Mart, CompUSA and Best Buy also have the online version of their outlet stores so if there is a problem with the computer or laptop and you got it online, you can easily take it to the retail outlet to get it serviced or speak to a representative to work out a solution to any problems you may be experiencing.  But what if you get it online from one of the home shopping networks like QVC, HSN or ShopNBC?

Is It Safe To Buy A Computer or Laptop From The Home Shopping Networks?

The short answer is yes!  It is very safe to do this.  It is much like getting a computer or laptop from trusted online venders such as CompUSA, Wal-Mart, Bestbuy, Amazon and even Ebay.  These home shopping networks are trusted source of consumer information and products.  Some home shopping networks even having more than 90 million viewers daily who tune in to buy products or get information on products they are interested in.  So it is quite safe to buy a computer or laptop from QVC, HSN, or ShopNBC.

What Can I Expect When I Buy A Compter Or Laptop From The Home Shopping Networks

When you watch the show, the host will give you complete details about the product.  The host will also show you how the product works-an on the air live demonstration. Sometimes the host will take calls from someone who has purchased the product before to give a live testimonial.  When you decide that you want to buy the computer or laptop, you take down the item number and call the 800# given to you on the screen.  When you are connected to a customer service representative you can ask more questions about the computer or laptop that you need clarified before you buy it. They will answer your questions, take your information including payment information and offer you a warranty to go with your computer or laptop.  Usually the warranty is separate from the price of the computer or laptop, pretty much the same way it would be if you bought it in the stores or from another online retailer.

What Are Drawbacks To Ordering From One Of The Home Shopping Networks?


Getting off the phone when ordering a computer or laptop from one of the home shopping networks can get tricky.  Most often, you will be bombarded with upsells.  Upsells are offers for related product. In this case, it may be expedited shipping, an extra laptop battery, an extra monitor, other computer and laptop accessories and more protection for your electronic items.  Don't be afraid to say no, and even if you say that you are not interested in anything extra, they may still have to offer it to you because they have to-company policy.  Don't be upset with them, they are only doing their jobs-just listen patiently and decline everything you are not interested in.

Shipping Fees

Your shipping fee is usually not refunded to you if you decide not to keep the item.

Repair Locations

Repairs are often done by people the have contracted with. Most often, you will have to send your item to those people which may be time consuming especially if you need your electronic item fixed right away. You may also have to pay to ship the item to the repair location.

Items May Look Different

The television is not  a perfect representation of the actual item.  You may be disappointed when you actually see the item in person. Luckily, most often, you have a certain time frame to return an item that you don't want.