Do you want to buy a new computer?
Overwhelmed by all your options?
Tense about the high cost of computers today?
For most people, buying a new computer doesn’t have to be as stressful as buying a new car. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. If you are like most people and have a limited budget for a computer, then you should try to get as many computers as possible for your money.
Here are 3 easy ways anyone can save money on buying a new computer:
1) Buy the best deal.
It seems very clear. But many people don’t realize that they don’t need the fastest, most affordable computers with the most “add-ons.” In fact, if you’re already using an old computer, even the least expensive new computer will be a major upgrade. If you don’t know much about computers, you can learn a lot by shopping. Ask lots of questions, shop around, compare features, and then find the best price. Shop at your local electronics store and find the best deals online. You will be amazed at how much money you can save by shopping!
2) Install your own “plugins”
Many of the computers that you will find in the store already have a lot of additional software installed. While this is convenient, it is not always the best way to save money. Also, while many of these plugins look cool, you don’t always need them. You can often find better deals by purchasing their software add-ons (such as word processor, antivirus, pop-up blocker, spyware removal, games, etc.) separately. Some of these can be obtained for free. So before you buy a “fully charged” computer, ask yourself if you really need all the extras, then shop to see if you can buy a microcomputer, and get the add-ons yourself for a lot less!
3) Don’t buy the extended warranty
If you’re not a computer savvy, the extended warranties offered by computer retailers often seem like a good idea. After all, who wants to bother paying for a service on a computer after buying it. But keep in mind that most computers come with a warranty, and most computer problems will occur early (when the warranty is still in effect) or much later (when buying a new computer is cheaper). Technology is changing very rapidly these days. So consider whether the inflated price of the extended warranty is worth it. And if you really feel like you need the extended warranty, ask for it at a lower price. Not all retailers will negotiate the warranty, but some will. And whether or not you bought the extended warranty, be sure to back up all your files periodically, just in case!
If you have an unlimited budget, consider yourself lucky. And if you do business on the computer, make sure you get what you need and try to keep the price low. At any price, buying something that doesn’t suit your needs is not a good deal.
Hope you find these tips helpful and happy shopping for computers!