Since a laptop is a considerably big investment, it is worthwhile to spend time researching before you buy. Smart shopping may help you save a substantial amount of money. Here are tips on how to find good deals on a laptop.
What do you need? There are many different kinds of laptops available and it can be difficult to know which one is the right option. You should consider size and weight, capabilities, features, battery life, durability and intended use. When you know what kind of laptop you need, it is easier to comparison shop.
Comparison shop The price of a certain brand and model of laptop can vary significantly from store to store. Comparison shopping websites can help you find the lowest price for the laptop you want. Don’t forget to read the fine print for thing such as shipping fees.
Look for discounts Some stores hold clearance sales to get rid of their older models, and you may be able to find excellent deals online. Some stores offer open box deals, meaning that you can purchase a laptop at a discounted price if you are willing to forgo the packaging. Don’t forget coupons – often available on the websites of the manufacturer and retailer.
Choose the right time to buy It may be a good idea to wait until mid-summer or Black Friday. Many stores hold back-to-school sales in mid-summer, offering a wide range of items at discounted prices, including laptops. You do not have to be a student or teacher to buy a discounted laptop at these sales. As Black Friday approaches, you will find great deals on laptops displayed in the websites of many retailers.
Are laptops becoming more affordable? Despite gaining more computing power, the average laptop has become cheaper over the years. According to a report from Intel, North Americans needed an average of 4.9 weeks' wages to purchase an average priced laptop in 1995. In 2010, the number of weeks needed had dropped to just 0.8.
About the author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who provides helpful information on a wide variety of products, ranging from laptops to strollers.