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Buying Electronics: Money Saving Tips for Tech Junkies

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Like an apple falling from a tree, it’s inevitable – fan boys and girls continue to buy the latest in gadgets and accessories. However, being an electronics ‘collector’ costs. Get wired into the following tech tips to save money on your next buys.

Validate the Purchase

Sure, any techie walking through the mall or perusing online sites get an itchy buying finger but before pulling out the wallet or clicking the mouse, validate the purchase. Do you really need it now? Do basic models cost less? Could you wait for a sale, or find a coupon rather than buy now?

Validate the purchase and allow time to pass. Impulse buying is habitual and powerful urge, but you can deny it. Convince yourself you need an item at that moment in time. If you can’t, don’t buy.

Know the Best Vendors

To start, consider third party suppliers like Amazon and Best Buy. Such offer lower prices than most other retail stores. Amazon’s app allows you to scan a product’s bar code, seeing if it’s available at a lower price; buy it and get it shipped straight from your phone. Frys.com and Newegg.com are retailers concentrated on the tech space.

These are good places to start your search to compare availability and price.

Secure Rebates and Coupons

Use Google search, combining terms like ‘coupons’ and ‘rebates’ with a product or electronic brand. Get your hands on coupons and pay less than full price for the latest gadgets. Ask friends and family members about making a purchase too, creating opportunity for bulk buys or wholesale pricing. Search for coupon codes on sites offerings thousands of coupons on independent and name brands.

Read Forums and Tech Reviews

Read tech reviews and ask questions in forums. Those currently using the products you desire can help guide you. It’s difficult to believe manufacturer-related testimonials and reviews, but you can ask ‘real’ people and get feedback in real time.

Aside from forums and articles, use social platforms (YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook) to grasp what others think about a given brand or product.

Establish Online Alerts

Receive an email each time the web publishes material related to a manufacturer coupon or a sale on the latest gadget. Go toGoogle Alerts and tailor incoming emails to your specifications.

Combine alerts with your zip code to find sales close by. Aside from cyber Monday, retailers host sales throughout the year.

Get a Job

Consider working for a retailer or manufacturer. Answer phones; work in a warehouse; or provide freelance articles and media bits to marketing departments. Find an ‘in’ and you’ll enjoy employee savings and in-house news about new gadgets and accessories.

You’ll save extra by making money while getting a reduced, employee price. Plus, you’ll be working with people who are also passionate about electronics and related conversation.

There’s no stopping the proliferation of electronic gadgets and brands, but you can put a stop to paying full price for products you want. Use Google search engine; find coupons online; and, consider a second job to save more on your electronic needs and wants.

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Tim Redden’s brain has always understood technology since he started rebuilding devices from scraps at a child. After years working in IT and putting new tech to the test, he often blogs about the ins and outs of choosing and using today’s best technology.

 
 

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