While computer equipment is getting cheaper every year, some customers are still paying premium prices for their products. Many don’t know or understand how to save money, so they throw money at the problem, hoping it will make things go away. Usually, it does – for a time at least. Then you ultimately find yourself heading back to spend even more money when things go wrong.
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So how do you slash spending on computer stuff?
Don’t Buy More Notebook Than You Need
These days, you can pretty much spend whatever you want on a notebook. At the bottom end of the spectrum, you can pick up a cheap device that will give you access to the internet for less than a hundred dollars. At the top end, you can spend thousands.
The amount of notebook that you need depends heavily on how you plan on using it. If you’re a hardcore gamer who only plays the latest titles, then it makes sense to splash out on a rig with a decent graphics card. If, however, you just need it to fire off the odd work email while you’re at the coffee shop, then you may want to rethink your strategy.
Take Advantage Of Special Offers
In the past, you had to wait for the sales season to get a discount on computer equipment. Now, though, that’s no longer the case. Offers and vouchers are available year-round; you just need to know where to look.
Getting money off printers, for instance, is as easy as using an HP coupon code. Similarly, saving big on Dell laptops usually requires using a promotion at the checkout.
Get All-In-One Solutions
While you could buy separate equipment for every function, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Not only does it take up a lot of space in your office, but it also costs you far more money.
You can now can printers that double up as scanners and tablets that do the same job as a DSLR. Unless you’re really into photography or have a high throughput office, there is very little point in buying standalone devices.
Buying electronics online is one of the best strategies that you can use to cut your costs. Margins in this sector are notoriously low (which is one of the reasons why Amazon pays affiliates so little). Customers know that there are dozens of computer products vendors out there, so they’re unwilling to pay a premium.
Buying online also offers another advantage: bulk buying discounts. Sellers will often provide you with more money off the purchase of multiple units than if you go to the store.
If you want to slash the cost of computer equipment, don’t buy it new. Instead, look around for so-called “refurbished” versions.
Typically, these are as-new products that look just like the real thing. Most people can’t tell that they’re operating something that something else has had their mitts all over. But there are big differences in the price that you simply can’t ignore.