10 smart tips for buying tech
Consider these strategies before you purchase for your smart office
Do you have a fever for technology and gadgets? Take a chill pill! It is easy to get lost in the hype of sales and the release of the latest technology. Here are some tips to help you in your tech buying experience:
1. Compare and contrast cell phone purchase contracts, monthly fees or buying outright. Depending on your carrier, you could save by buying a phone without signing a new contract. Swappa has some great deals to buy phones outright from individuals.
2. Buy refurbished products. You can find refurbished mobile devices, tablets and computers from places like Apple and New Egg. Check out options with other retailers as well. Often, these refurbished products are certified by the manufacturer.
3. Compare prices and capabilities of all technology purchases you make. Look at more than one retailer—include local and online.
4. Search for discount or coupon codes online. With a quick search engine query, you can find a coupon, discount or promo code for your online purchase. You can even find digital coupons to scan in a local store!
5. Wait to purchase add-on software. Purchasing software with the computer is tempting, but unless it comes with a great offer (a free trial period, for example), it is best to wait. You can likely find a better offer or you may realize that freeware will suit your needs.
6. Remember security as you make purchases. When you make a purchase online, check to make sure the browser address includes "https://" and when you purchase in store, use your EMV credit card chip whenever possible. This will help to reduce the risk of compromising your financial information.
7. Pay attention to trends. Sales definitely fit a pattern. Some of the best sales on electronics and office supplies are around back-to-school in August and during the holiday season from Black Friday throughout December. These promotions may be irrelevant, but beneficial to your farm office.
8. Buy cables and cords from online retailers. The markup is very high at local retailers and large electronics stores. The best deals are available via online retailers. Save your time and your wallet, and purchase your cables and cords online.
9. Avoid buying new technology at or near its release date. It is often overpriced, devalues quickly and you risk experiencing initial bugs or problems associated with new technologies.
10. Read reviews. Get feedback from online reviews by purchasers, media outlets and people you know to help you to make the best buying decision.