I am actually known around my friends/family as a deal finder. I never like to pay full price for items, especially if I feel like they are priced higher that what they are worth to me. That means technology is often an item I love to buy, but wait until I can find it at the right price. Thus, I am slower than some at buying it. Things like video games and consoles are a prime example. I prefer to buy my games used at stores like GameStop or online stores, and I also feel that way about other items. So here I am going to list some of my own ways that I find deals on technology that fits my budget.
I love me a good sale and if I am in need of something, I look for a place that has it on sale. This includes laptops like the one that I am working on right now. I bought this one last summer on sale from Best Buy in store. I paid under $300 for it and it serves my needs. Sure, I could have upgraded and buy a nicer one, but for my needs this one fit the bill and budget!
I know a lot of people are against this option and I cannot say that I do not blame them. Newer is nicer, but I also cannot justify spending $700.00 on an iPad. Thus, I buy used from sites that buy gently used ones and refurbish them for lower prices. They are generally older models, but work just as great and look new. I have a few sites that I use to track down my used Apple products (this is the one brand I almost always buy used) that I can share in a later post if needed.
eBay is known for finding deals on used items, but do you know you can also buy new items for cheaper there? Yes, that is what I did for buying a camera as a gift for someone last year. I bought a new, mirrorless camera for $200.00 cheaper than I would have paid at Best Buy. It came with everything in the original box, just was previously open. Tested it out to make sure it worked, got free shipping and could not be more pleased with it. Made someone’s Christmas and also saved money for other gifts on top of the camera.
I am not a fan of most generic technology, but sometimes you can find decent generic items. Things such as generic game controllers, chargers, memory cards and things like that work well. Yes, you can get generic tablets/smartphones and they work great, but do not expect the same level of quality that you receive from Apple or Microsoft. They are cheaper for a reason.
These are my top 4 tips and while they are nothing new, hopefully someone will find it helpful. However, I am also dying to know what tips you have to offer when it comes to buying technology. If you have any, please feel free to share in the comments down below.