There are several ways to make sure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck when buying your new college laptop. With these seven simple tips, you should be saving hundreds on your next laptop. Feel free to write in any other tips to email@example.com .
1. Education Discounts.
Most computer companies have education discounts or even separate online stores with special savings for students. Google Search or check around the website for “university” or “education” stores.
2. Don’t Buy Software Pre-Installed.
Don’t purchase software at the same time you buy your computer unless you know you are getting a deal. Most companies charge premiums for having the software installed on your computer when you receive it. Chances are good that you can get it cheaper elsewhere, and easily install it yourself.
3. Don’t Do Bundles.
Companies usually just take whatever extra products they have left in the warehouse (the stuff no one buys), bundle it, and pass it off as a “good deal”. Usually, it’s not.
4. Do Your Research.
Make sure that when you are “building your computer” online that you aren’t paying an obscene amount for minimal upgrades. The best example is RAM. Most of the time companies will charge double the money of the actual memory sticks just for the installation. Be sure you aren’t paying $200 for memory sticks that can be bought for $100 and installed manually.
5. Stay Away From Extended Warranties.
In most cases, the extended warranty that is available to buy at the time of your purchase is a waste of money. Check review websites for warranty-specific information to make sure you don’t throw away your cash on a warranty that won’t really cover anything anyway.
6. Use Coupons!
This is such a simple tip that is often overlooked. If buying online, check websites that offer coupon codes (Google Search: “coupon codes” to find a few). Most of the time there are well-known codes that will save you up to 10% or even give you free shipping on your order.
7. Don’t Buy Without Getting Something Back
Know about promotions! Laptop sales always exist; you just have to know when to buy. For example, every year Apple offers a free iPod with the purchase of a Mac. A simple Google Search will let you know if you’re buying at the right time, or throwing away a free gadget or promotion.