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Learn to Get All Your Computer Upgrades on Sale

Whether you’re an avid gamer, a freelance writer, a graphic designer, or just need a basic computer for basic tasks, there are so many options out there when shopping for a new computer. By following as many of these shopping tips as possible, you can save money no matter what or where you buy. Keep reading and then start computing your savings!

How to Earn Cash Back at Ebates

With Cash Back at Ebates, you can actually earn money while shopping online. While you shop, Ebates calculates a percentage of your order and gives that amount right back to you as Cash Back. Different stores offer different percentages back, and sometimes Ebates holds events where Cash Back percentage amounts are doubled or even tripled for a limited amount of time.

Check out computer store pages on Ebates like Lenovo and MacMall to see what the current Cash Back rate is. The more you shop, the faster you’ll be able to watch your Cash Back grow and the more savings you’ll get!

Shop Refurbished

When it comes to saving money on computers, shopping for refurbished ones can really help you out. Refurbished computers always come with serious discounts and are usually checked out by a technician who can certify that they’re working just as perfectly as a new computer. It’s worth it to take a few minutes to see what you can find. Check at your favorite computer store like Tiger Direct or Newegg to see if they currently have anything refurbished in stock.

Shop Used

Used items aren’t quite the same as refurbished items. Used items may be more of a risk to buy since you’re most likely buying from private sellers, but lots of online forums offer protection for buyers. I found a barely used laptop on eBay last summer for a third of the price of the same one brand new, and since then I’ve been hooked on shopping used. Check out eBay and Amazon to see if anyone is selling the computer you’re shopping for or another model that would work for you, and you could save potentially hundreds of dollars.

Sign up for Store Emails

Did you know that many stores will reward you simply for giving them your email address? When you join a store’s email list, you’ll often receive a coupon code for deals like 10% off, 25% off a single item plus free shipping, or other discounts. You’ll also start getting newsletters full of sales information and promotions, so you’ll never miss out on a good deal again.

Big Sales Events

Computers go on sale pretty regularly throughout the year, but especially during back-to-school and Cyber Monday sales. Whether you’re buying a computer for your student or for yourself, you can take advantage of these special savings. They’re worth watching and waiting for. Just think of all that money you’ll save!

Use Promo and Coupon Codes When Shopping Online

Promo and coupon codes are an all-time favorite of mine when it comes to saving money. All you have to do is apply one of these codes during online checkout, and the discount will be immediately added to your order. Find codes for 35% off refurbished items at Dell Consumer, or a $200 discount on select computers and accessories at Alienware. Codes are always changing, so if you see a great one, use it while you can.

Shop Around for the Best Sales

Lots of computer stores offer price match guarantees, so it pays to be a diligent shopper and compare prices. Whenever you shop for a new computer, open up a few different browser tabs and check the price of the computer you want at other stores. This will ensure that you get the lowest price.

If by chance you order your computer and then find it elsewhere for a lower price, check to see if the store you originally ordered the computer from offers any sort of price match guarantee. HP.com has price matching and price protection policies, so don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price if you’ve found it at another store for less, or ask for reimbursement if they lower the price on a computer you’ve just ordered!

Look for Free Shipping

Always try to find free shipping every time you shop online. Having to pay for shipping frequently can really add up over the course of a year. Every time you don’t have to pay to have something shipped to you, consider it a small savings victory!

Use a Store Credit Card

When buying expensive items like computers, use credit cards that have rewards associated with them. The Target REDcard, for example, gives you a 5% discount every time you use it to place an order. Other stores offer rewards programs as part of their credit card, and after you earn so many points (spend so many dollars), you get free store credit and gift cards.

Rewards Program Savings

Check to see if the store where you’re buying your new computer has a rewards program. The My Best Buy rewards club gives you points for every dollar you spend. Once you earn 250 points, you get a $5 reward certificate. If you’re spending all that money on a new computer, you might as well earn some rewards points for it!
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