Proving that that "try, try again" idiom need not only apply to "success" and sexy Aaliyah lyrics, Cali-based ybuy lets you test out sweet new gadgets at your leisure and in your home. The Netflix-y subscription service'll ship you out one piece of hardware per month (you choose from an ever-expanding selection), which you can toy with for 30 days before either A) buying it (they'll subtract the monthly subscription fee of 25 bones), or B) sending it back, making the whole thing perfect for people who like shiny gadgets and hate commitment, or what Norah Ephron calls "men". Oooh girl! And since you're probably a man and thus need to control everything and can't ever just be vulnerable, here are the answers to your remaining questions:
Is this the kind of service that could've saved me from buying that LaserDisc player in '89? Yes! Well actually, they didn't have the internet back then, so you're getting into weird paradox territory, which gets complicated, so...no.
Exactly what kinda trendy ish do I get to choose from here? They be offering a spectrum-spanning array of cutting-edge goodies like iPad 2s, Sodastream at-home pop makers, TaylorMade R11 drivers, and the Fujifilm X10 mini digi-camera.
These dudes gonna charge me a grip for shipping? No: unlike an enterprising masseuse, there's no extra fee for handling. All those costs are niftily rolled into your $25 monthly membership.
How can I be certain they're not scamming me on the purchase price? Good question (and also, handsome font, man!). They employ "extensive research" to write up product reviews and set pricing, but if you find your item somewhere else for cheaper after purchasing, they're happy to refund your money so you can buy, buy again.