Who would not want to save a few extra dollars on the expensive tech that they were already planning on purchasing? This article will detail a few ways to save money on tech gear while not breaking the bank, including a few unorthodox tips that you may have not even thought of.
1. Buy Used and Avoid Big-Box Stores
Clean and simple, the easiest way to save money on tech is to buy secondhand goods. The only caveat with this option is that you will want to know quite a bit about what it is you are trying to purchase before doing so. When, for example, someone titles an Apple Watch as an “iWatch” on the Facebook Marketplace, you have an opportunity to either get a steal of a deal due to a seller being uneducated about the product it is they are selling or end up with an activation-locked device for the same exact reason. Knowing what it is you are trying to buy and doing your due vetting with sellers will help you save massively on big-ticket items.
2. Buy Last Year’s Model
If you do not need the latest and greatest, surf sites like eBay or Amazon with search terms including the model’s year of release. Prices drop tremendously in the weeks leading up to a new release, and the weeks and months thereafter. Pay special attention to tables in stores with discounted and returned items, as “old” models are often returned and discounted after a new model is heard of.
3. Take Advantage of Student Discounts
If you are a college/university student or happen to know a student with an email address ending in “.edu,” you can sign up on sites like Unidays to save a bit on tech and other goods such as clothing and food. In addition to Unidays, some companies, like Amazon, operate independently from this service and offer their own discounts. Amazon Student Prime will save money on tech by showing you the absolute best price available, while also slashing the shipping cost entirely that you would otherwise be stuck paying through sites like Target or BestBuy. Again, these discounts can be taken advantage of by using an email address ending in “.edu” and, in some cases, a college ID card.
4. Don’t Be Hasty
Treat searching for deals like a game. The longer time you have to search, and the longer you do so, the more likely you are to find a serious deal. Use various strategies when searching, such as searching for consoles around the time of report cards being released (as parents will often be found selling their kids’ gear), and buying items with missing (yet easily obtainable) parts. Scour garage sales if you need something generic, such as an old PC to strip for parts. In addition, search online marketplaces with price range filters that will just barely filter out any product accessories – that is mostly merchandise that is drop-shipped from China as is.
Finding tech at great prices is totally doable so long as you utilize all available resources and do your due diligence when searching for products. While compromising is common, you do not necessarily have to so long as you focus unwavered on the search for a specific product.
What are some major tech deals and steals that you have gotten over the years? What other tips do you have for safe yet effective deal hunting? Leave us a comment down below.