Don’t be fooled by ads for cheap computers. I’ve noticed there is a tendency by computer hardware suppliers to advertise only the price of the hardware (the box) – they don’t point out that the price for the Operating System (OS, such as Window XXXX) is not included. Some even “forget” to point out that the price EXCLUDES the monitor.

Before you jump into your car to buy the “best deal of your life”, phone the shop and get the name of the salesperson and ask him/her if the price advertised includes the price for the OS. If they are not sure, don’t even bother going to the store – chances are the price advertised is just to lure you into their shop.

Remember: Ask them if a licenced (with genuine Windows logo) disc is included in the price. Traders whose deals are above-board will even display the Microsoft Hotline number in their shops.