Looking to buy a new computer?
Overwhelmed by all of the options available
Stressed by the high cost of computers
For most people, buying a new computer does
not have to be as stressful as buying a new car. Nor does it have to be as
expensive. If you're like most people, and you have a limited budget for buying
a computer, then you need to try to get as much computer for your money as
Here are 3 simple ways anyone can save money
when buying a new computer:
1) Shop around for best deal.
Sounds pretty obvious. But many people dont
realize they dont need the fastest, most expensive computer with the most
"extras". In fact, if you are already using an older computer, even the least
expensive new computer will be a big upgrade. If you dont know a lot about
computers, you can learn a lot by shopping around. Ask lots of questions,
compare prices, compare features, then find the best price. Shop at your local
electronics store, and look for the best deals online. Youll be surprised at
how much money you can save by shopping around!
2) Install your own "extras"
Many computers you will find in a store have
a lot of extra software already installed. While this is convenient, it is not
always the best way for you to save money. Also, while many of these extras
sound good, you dont always need them. You can often find better deals by
shopping around separately for your own software extras (such as a word
processor, anti-virus, popup blocker, spyware removal, games, etc). And some of
these you can get for free. So before you buy the "fully loaded" computer, ask
yourself if you really need all the extras, then shop around to see if you can
buy a scaled down computer - and get the extras yourself for much less!
3) Dont buy extended warranty
If you are not a computer "techie", the
extended warranties offered by the computer retailers often sound like a good
idea. After all, who wants to be bothered paying for service on a computer
after you buy it. But keep in mind that most computers come with a warranty,
and most computer problems will either happen at the beginning (when you still
have the warranty in effect) or much later (when it might be cheaper to buy a
new computer). Technology changes very quickly these days. So consider whether
or not its worth the inflated price of the extended warranty. And, if you
really feel you need the extended warranty, then ask to purchase it at a lower
price. Not all retailers will negotiate on the warranty, but some will. And
whether you buy the extended warranty or not, make sure you 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, while trying to keep the price down. At any price, buying something
that does not fit your needs is not a good deal.
Hope you find these tips helpful, and happy
Kris Bickell is the owner of
Hi-Speed-Internet.com, a helpful site for consumers comparing high speed
internet services. For information on high speed DSL, Cable, and Wireless
Internet, visit: http://www.Hi-Speed-Internet.com, and sign up for the free
email course "5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Computer Speed". © 2005