Know someone who shops at Tiger Direct, CompUSA or Amazon? Help him or her fight gadget obsolescence by giving a TechForward Guaranteed Buyback Plan ($20 and up; techforward.com). Let's say your sister bought a $200 camera from amazon.com, but by next June, a snazzier camera comes out that catches her eye. By giving her a $20 buyback plan this holiday, you guarantee that she can trade in that camera at Amazon for store credit. So, six months from now, she gets 50 percent of the camera's value--or $100--toward a new camera (as long as the old camera is in excellent condition). The longer she waits to use the plan, the smaller the trade-in value. Of course, selling a camera via a classified ad does the job, but how festive is that?
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