Tips help navigate the tech-buying maze

.. You want to buy a computer, digital camera, high-definition TV or other tech gear this holiday season — only the prospect scares you half to death...your mind is racing: Where do I shop? Does the salesperson really have my best interests at heart? Is he or she pushing brand X over Y because the boss is tossing them a bonus? Am I getting a good deal?

These days, of course, savvy consumers almost always tap into the Internet. You'll find buying advice at CNet.com, ConsumerReports.org and Retrevo.com, among other sites.... more