5 Ways to Score on Back-to-School Tech Deals

Let’s be honest, finding awesome back-to-school tech deals is one of the best parts of heading back to campus.

Unfortunately, it’s very easy to go overboard when you have an excuse, especially where technology is concerned. All the newest and best toys are hundreds or thousands of dollars, and not exactly in your budget.

But, you do need a laptop or PC to get all of your homework done (in between watching YouTube videos), and your old one is busted. Don’t worry.

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How to Save on Back-to-School Tech Needs
Back-to-school specials may be aimed at kids, but there are ways to score deals on tech for school by taking advantage of these sales.
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1. Buy Used/Refurbished
Years ago, I was determined to find the best price on a laptop, and I discovered that buying refurbished shaved hundreds off the retail price, while still giving me a one-year warranty. Three years later, I still use my laptop on a daily basis, and I’m glad I didn’t have to pay over $1,000 for it. Do yourself a favor and shop around the manufacturer’s website to see if they have a refurbished section, and take a look at the warranty offered before buying.
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2. Look at Slickdeals
Slickdeals is exactly what it sounds like – a website dedicated to really awesome deals on computers, tech, TVs, video games, cameras – any electronics your heart desires. Members on this site are constantly on the lookout for great deals, and when they find one, they post about it. It's forum format means that people can comment and offer their opinion on the deal. This is great if you’re not price-savvy or tech-savvy, and can’t tell if something is truly a good deal or not.
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3. Subscribe to Newegg
I’ve been buying technology products from Newegg for close to a decade, and they have some of the best deals. Instead of just browsing the site, I highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter. It offers exclusive promotional codes that are often time-sensitive and can’t be found on the site. Newegg offers price match guarantees on around 80% of the products they sell, and if you find it cheaper elsewhere (even Amazon) within 14 days of purchase, they’ll refund you the difference.
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4. Flipp App
This might sound old school, but looking through the weekly circulars of stores like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart is a good idea. Flipp makes it easy by being a one-stop-app for all digital weekly circulars, so you don’t have to get the paper and review them. You can also store loyalty cards in the app to free up space on your keychain.
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5. ShopSavvy
Follow Flipp up with ShopSavvy, a price comparison app. If you find what looks to be a good deal in a circular, confirm that by comparing the price of the item online and locally. You can also view deals and sales within the ShopSavvy app, but searching isn’t as organized.
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Takeaway

When looking for a tech deal, it helps to have a good idea of what you’re looking for, and what price that item usually goes for. There are tons of laptops that go on sale every week, but they aren’t all created equal. Learn the basics and you’ll be able to tell a good deal from a bad.

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Posted 08.22.2016 - 03:33 pm EDT