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appliancesThere are a lot of options today beyond buying appliances at retail stores. Surveys show that people are the most satisfied buying appliances at online stores such as Amazon, independent local retailers, and the QVC Shopping Network.

And be sure to negotiate the price. More than two thirds of those who negotiate get a better deal—usually about $100 on appliances.

Prior to shopping, research information about appliances to compare features and comparative value. You can check manufacturer and retailer sites for information. Consumer Reports provides ratings, user reviews, and buying advice.

After researching, go to a retail store to see the appliance in person to narrow your search to a final selection.

Then compare prices at online stores such as Amazon and

Skip the warranty. Retailers are really pushing warranties because they have high profit margins. However, they are seldom a good buy. Learn more about buying extended warranties.