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Save Money on Your New Computer


Published by on December 24, 2013 under Office

Save Money on Your New ComputerOn average, due to the way technology advances—or gets outdated—and the numerous issues that can plague computers, both desktops and laptops last 3 – 4 years for the typical user. With this average lifespan coupled with the amount that we use them, buying a new computer seems like an ongoing task. Despite the regularity of the purchase, however, you can still save money on the purchase if you follow these simple tips below.

Think about Rebates and Coupons

Coupons and rebates will both help to get a good price on a new computer. Technology companies are quick to offer coupons and rebates because they feel that most consumers either won’t find the coupons or will be too lazy to send in the rebates. If you are a more active customer that searches for coupons or takes time to send in rebates, however, you can really get a great deal. Often times, the coupons and the rebates are in easy to find places. The deal is, you just need to take the time to find and/or use them.

Before making the jump to a rebate or coupon hunt, though, make sure that the time involved to use those tools doesn’t outweigh the savings. Too many hoops to jump through is no fun, especially for too little pay off. Be astute and read the details thoroughly before going this route. You might be able to find a better, easier deal without the coupon or rebate. The key here is to look at all options before making the jump. Another option to help fund your purchase is to use a payday loan, if searching for coupons etc seems like too much hassle then this could be the option for you.

Purchase a Slightly Older Model

Similarly to how car companies work, technology companies and stores are looking to clear out the older model computers towards the end of the calendar year to make room for next year’s newer model. You can take advantage of this trend and still find a newer, “older” computer at the end of the year. The differences between the older and newer models are slight, with the older model having generally 90% of the same technology as the newer computers. Despite that slight difference in performance, however, these older computers might cost half as much as the newer ones. The perception for most of the buying public is that “newer is better.” By thinking about the big picture and realizing that the differences are slight, however, you can find a great deal on a new computer.

Consider a Refurbished Laptop or Fix “Yourself”

If a computer had issues upon its initial release—with performance, hardware/software glitches, graphics, etc.—it is often recalled by the manufacturer or store and fixed for resale. The prices for a refurbished laptop can be as much as 25% lower than a brand new, comparable model, but be cautious with the purchase here; warranties are often void after refurbishment and you’ll want to make sure that the work was done by an experienced repair person.

In the same regard, you may even consider buying a “broken” computer and doing the work yourself—or pay someone to do it for you, more likely—to save money. Just because something is broken or needs repaired doesn’t mean that the product can’t be fixed. Buying something broken and fixing it yourself or paying for the repairs can cost a great deal less than a brand new model.

Buy a Computer with Less RAM and Upgrade

The amount of memory in a computer is often what drives the cost up so much. Consider buying a computer with less memory and then upgrading later. You can wait a few months or longer to install the extra RAM after the prices on that amount of memory have gone down. Even if you purchase and install the extra RAM closer in time to when you buy the new computer, you might be able to still save money. Think about the big picture here and make carefully calculated purchases to bring the best computer home for less.

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