Are you looking to buy a new computer?
Are you overwhelmed by the many options available to you?
Are you stressed out by the high cost of today’s computers?
For most people, buying a new computer doesn’t have to be as stressful as buying a new car. Nor does it have to be as expensive. If you’re like most people and have a limited budget for buying a computer, you need to try to get as many computers as you can for your money.
Here are 3 Simple Ways To Save A Bunch Of Money When Buying A New Computer:
1. Look around for the best deal
This sounds pretty obvious. But many people don’t realize that they don’t need the fastest, most expensive computer with the most “extras”. If you’re already using an older computer, even the cheapest new computer is a big upgrade. If you don’t know much about computers, you can learn a lot by shopping around. Ask lots of questions, compare prices and features, and then find the best price. Shop at your local electronics store, and look online for the best deals. You’ll be surprised how much money you can save when you shop around!
2. Install your own “extras”
Many computers you find in a store already have a lot of extra software installed. While this is handy, it’s not always the best way to save money. Even though many of these extras sound good, you don’t always need them. You can often find cheaper deals by purchasing your own add-on software (e.g. word processor, antivirus, pop-up blocker, spyware removal, games, etc.) separately. And some of them you can get for free. So before you buy a “full-featured” computer, ask yourself if you really need all the extras, and then look around to see if you can buy a smaller computer – and get the extras yourself for much less money!
3. Don’t buy an extended warranty
Unless you’re a computer “techie,” the extended warranties offered by computer retailers often sound like a good idea. After all, who wants to have to pay for maintenance on a computer after you buy it. But keep in mind that most computers come with a warranty, and most computer problems occur either at the beginning (when the warranty is still in effect) or much later (when it would be cheaper to buy a new computer). Technology changes very quickly these days. So consider whether or not the inflated price of the extended warranty is worth it. And if you think you really need the extended warranty, you should ask to buy it at a lower price. Not all dealers are willing to negotiate on the warranty, but some are. And whether you buy the extended warranty or not, make sure you back up all your files regularly, just in case!
If you have an unlimited budget, consider yourself lucky. And if you have a computer business, make sure you get what you need while trying to keep the price down. In any case, if you buy something that doesn’t meet your needs, it’s not a good deal.
I hope these tips are helpful to you, and I hope you enjoy your computer shopping!