Tips on how to save money buying technology - iPhones, tablets

Tech lovers have an expensive hobby. Here are some tricks to cut down the bill but still get all those new gadgets. Photo: Samsung Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2013 – Technology is not just a necessary part of life, it’s a hobby fueled by passion. People want the next best upgrade or new tech gadget. They’ll wait in lines for hours to be the first ones to own a new smart phone or tablet. But buying technology is expensive. For those who want the latest and greatest without the overwhelming bill, consider these five ways to save money on the tech lovers next purchase.

Skip the extras


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In the excitement of buying a new product, many tech lovers forget common sense. They are persuaded by experienced salesmen to purchase unnecessary extras. More data is an alluring tag line but most likely it won’t be used. A tech lover can save hundreds of dollars just by choosing a prepaid plan with a realistic amount of data instead.

Techies love their gadgets and will do almost anything to protect it. However, an extended warranty is adding extra cash to the bill when most likely they will upgrade the gadget in a year. If the user is particularly clumsy then it can be considered; but most times what the warranty covers isn’t even worth it. Consider going with a limited warranty other than the manufacturers, like SquareTrade.com.

Buy Unlocked Phones

For serious techies, paying full price for a phone might save them money in the long run. It’s painful when a tech lover gets signed into a two year contract right before a big release of the “best phone on the market.” Buying a phone at full price means no binding contracts and the user can unlock their phone so that it’s compatible with other providers; giving ultimate tech freedom.


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Get Freebies

Everybody loves freebies but it does require time to get them. Even then, it’s not certain who will win or if it is a legit source. Caution should be used when giving out personal information. However, sites like Freebie Jeebies and A-Free-iPod are great places to begin the search for free tech goodies. 

Resell to buy new

Almost every year new tech comes into the market. In order to afford it, consider selling used gadgets back to the manufacturer or on Craigslist to get some extra cash to purchase the new product. There is no reason to have a drawer of old gadgets collecting dust when with a little bit of effort they can be sold and reinvested.


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Buy used or on sale

Some techies would rather repel skunks for a living than wait an entire year to buy used. If the tech lover is willing to wait a year, they can save money buying the previous version when a new update comes out.

Buying refurbished is also a great way to save money buying technology like computers or game consoles. The best way to find deals is online on sites like eBay, New Egg, or visit the retailer’s site to see if they have a refurbished section. Do the research! The tech should go through rigorous inspection to make sure it’s up to standard before purchasing.


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Katie Elizabeth

Katie Elizabeth is a freelance blogger, content coordinator and communications grad student. She’s always on the lookout for the latest and greatest social media and tech tactics and thinking about the creative ways in which professionals can actually USE them. 

She’s worked in several different industries, including real estate, sustainability and career development. When she’s not writing or studying, she’s probably on her way to a concert or exploring flea markets and antique stores.

 

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