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Shopping.com Tip: When you buy an MP3 player, you are buying companions for many of your outside activities! Most electronics shops today carry MP3 players in all shapes and sizes, however, great deals can also be had on used MP3 players that are still in great shape. Camera stores have also started carrying MP3 players in their inventories, since they are such a hot item.
MP3 players are items that users upgrade constantly, so if you don't mind having last year's model, eBay is a good place to look. Some of the players that are offered on eBay do have diminished battery capacity, so it is best to question the seller on how long it has been used before purchasing.
If you are buying your player from a store, ask to listen to it first. How does it sound? Do the ear buds work properly? Is it easily transportable?
Look around it for signs that it has been dropped, as this can affect performance.
Also, although the iPod is the best known brand in the market, there are many other brands of MP3 players that are quite well-made, with good sound quality. Take a look at all players that meet your needs, and make the best decision for you!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|