August 6, 2010, Newsletter Issue #166: Artificial Christmas Tree Shopping

Tip of the Week

Most people only have a problem with artificial trees because they’ve only seen pre-lit trees with wires that are visible even after decorating. These days, you can buy good quality trees that look real. No need to stuff decorations into spaces or “holes” in the artificial tree anymore! To gauge the quality of the artificial tree, make sure there are no visible wires dangling anywhere. How full does the tree look? Can you see right through the branches to the middle pole? Also take a look at the color of the branches. Do they look natural or do they look like something that would never grow in the great outdoors?

The perfect way to avoid unsightly wires is to purchase a pre-lit fiber optic Christmas tree. They’re full, easy to assemble, and require no special bulb replacements. The only thing you have to do is set it up and plug it in.

When shopping for artificial Christmas decorations, especially fiber optic ones like garland, wreaths or Christmas trees, make sure you’re paying for quality. Before buying something in a box, have a look at the same item on full display and don’t be afraid to scrutinize. If the tree has so many decorations that you can’t see the boughs, it might have to do with the poor quality of the tree. A good quality tree will have full boughs, will be easy to assemble, and will come with extras, like a storage bag.

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