Test-drive the new iPad for 30 days
For a flat monthly fee of $24.95, online try-before-you-buy electronics site Ybuy will let you get your hands on the latest technology for 30 days without having to commit to its full purchase price.
You select one device at a time to test from an extensive catalog of everything from consumer electronics to gadgets for your home and kitchen. If the product doesn’t fit in with your workflow or lifestyle, simply return it to Ybuy and get the next gadget in your queue. It’s kind of like Netflix for electronics.
“For most consumers, when it comes to electronics or products for the home, the idea is that they want to test the product out first,” said Ybuy CEO Stephen Svajian.
Svajian added that many consumers will wait in line for hours, especially for a device like the new iPad, and feel pressure once they get in the store to quickly make a purchase. That could lead to buyer’s remorse and a significant financial loss if you want to return the device later because of restocking fees.
“And at the end of the day, you may only get 5 or 10 minutes with a device that hundreds of other people have had their mitts on. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen someone wipe down an iPad after they use it. This can make for a pretty gross and stressful shopping experience.”