Personal Finance

Where To Buy Cheap Computers

By David Krug David Krug is the CEO & President of Bankovia. He's a lifelong expat who has lived in the Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, and Colombia. When he's not reading about cryptocurrencies, he's researching the latest personal finance software. 4 minute read

Our previous discussion focused on what to look for in a laptop. From comparing prices to learning about different laptop specs, the article covered everything. Since I have much knowledge in this field, I’d like to devote this essay to helping you find the most affordable laptop for your needs.

I sell computers as a kind of makeshift side business. I do not pretend to be an expert in computers, but I can tell you that for the past few years I have been purchasing them secondhand and reselling them, sometimes at a healthy profit.

4 Essential Factors That You Should Take Into Consideration

  1. Do You Need It Quickly?
    This may have the most impact on the cost of your laptop in several respects. For the best deals on computers, for instance, hold off on making your purchase until Black Friday. Black Friday will be a day of incredible sales and discounts. You may do all of your shopping online in advance thanks to the sneak peeks that most sites provide you of their Black Friday deals, and then you can just pick it up on the day itself.

    Many traditional stores have “clearance” sales throughout the year that aren’t promoted publicly, however you may need to be a frequent customer to take advantage of them. If you want to know when stores will be having sales, join up for their email lists. A lot of money may be saved if you take advantage of these offers. In most cases, clearance products are for a previous generation of a certain computer; as such, unless you absolutely must have the most cutting-edge laptop available, you should be alright with one of them.
  2. So, Where Can I Get It?
    In my opinion, you should look everywhere for the answer. That covers both online shopping and traditional shopping methods like walking into stores.

    Some customers are wary of making online purchases due to concerns about the safety of their credit card details. In that case, either I’m the luckiest man alive, or you don’t have too much to worry about. Spending hundreds of dollars online, I often submit my credit card information, and have never had an issue. Naturally, you should never disclose your SSN to a website. To do this successfully, you need to know where to look, and in the next part I will list my favorite online stores.

    Amazon is among the greatest and most widely used online retailers, in my opinion. Amazon has some of the lowest prices online, but what a lot of people don’t know is that they don’t collect sales tax. Businesses without a physical location are exempt from collecting sales tax. Make sure to factor this into your selection. That’s $30 in extra savings on a laptop that costs $600.
  3. The same applies to eBay.

They do not impose a sales tax. Patient buyers can participate in auctions and bid for items, while those without such patience can take advantage of “Buy It Now” options that nevertheless yield excellent savings.

For the best deals on computers and other items, check out internet marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. In the past, I have made several purchases from the following websites, some of which you may not be familiar with:

  • Tax-free shopping at prompt delivery, often at no cost to you.
  • There is no tax on purchases made at Newegg. Swift delivery, often at no cost to the customer.
  • Woot is a website that offers discounts every day.
  • If you’re interested in purchasing a refurbished laptop at a discount, check out Dell Outlet.
  • HP – Amazing deals now and then, and you may personalize your laptop to your liking!
  1. Organize Your Search

Check out FatWallet if you’re simply thinking about cost. All of their current sales, both online and in stores, are listed under the Hot Deals category. You could also stop by several regular stores for a short look around. You can never tell what kind of “unadvertised” sales they will be doing.

One last piece of advice: utilize a comparison shopping tool to get the lowest price on the laptop model you want. In the millions, indeed. Personally, both NexTag and Bizrate have been quite fruitful for me.

Bottom Line

Do not go into buying a laptop without a plan. There is a huge sum of money that can be saved with just a little bit of thinking and preparation.

Are there any other considerations I should make while looking for a laptop computer? We value your input and thoughts as always.

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