Buying technology without breaking the bank
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 17:10
Technology is one of a student’s most expensive needs for classes, but there are plenty of discount offers throughout the year that can make their money go further.
Best Buy assistant manager Matt Salazar said the best time to find tech deals is during holidays such as Christmas, Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of July.
“Christmas is typically the big selling season, but if you look at the smaller Memorial Day, Fourth of July type sales we typically run some ads that will be bundle deals that are typically better deals,” Salazar said.
Salazar said January is a good time to buy tech products too.
“That’s when the new technology comes out, so we discount the older products,” he said.
Anyone can join Best Buy’s “My Best Buy,” which sends discount email offers and coupons to participants, as well as, bonus cash when the consumer makes purchases at Best Buy.
Shirlicia Bolden, assistant manager of Radio Shack at the Mall at Turtle Creek, said the store gives a 10 percent student discount on all items other than Apple, Beats and Bose products.
“We have a trade and save program,” Bolden said.
Students can trade in their iPhone 4 for $100, a 4s for $150 and the iPhone 5 for $200. Radio Shack also offers this service for Android users. In addition to phone services, Radio Shack also has affordable laptop options, the lowest price at $299.
“We have a touch screen laptop you can use your ID discount on too,” Bolden said. She added the best times to buy technology are during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Target also has special sales targeted to college students during the fall. The store drops prices on items students tend to buy before the beginning of the semester. Target also has a discount card anybody can apply for with only a checking account number. It gives students a five percent discount on anything in the store.
On campus, students can visit the IT Store where they can get Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows 7 for free. All software can also be downloaded from the IT Store website.
Apple retail is $50- $100 more expensive than the Educational pricing that the IT Store offers. Sometimes there are markdowns anywhere between $50-$100 off on Apple products from the Apple pricing. The store also offers other deals and sales throughout the year.
“Graduation, the week before Thanksgiving and back to school, those are the big ones,” Heather Boothman, manager of the IT Store said.
Boothman also added next week will be the anniversary sale for the store, and each week will have different deals. Monday, students can receive $100 off any Macbook or PC, Tuesday 30 percent off headphones, Wednesday 50 percent off hard drives and $30 off iPods, Thursday (the store’s anniversary) will promote 50 percent off gaming accessories and consoles and an extra discount for those in costume (Halloween), and Friday a 10 percent discount will be given to those wearing Red Wolf apparel.
According to nbcnews.com the best Black Friday deals of 2012 were available at Best Buy, including the $159 Amazon Kindle Fire 8GB Tablet with a $30 Best Buy gift card, a free Motorola Droid Razr with 2-year Verizon contract and the $195 8GB iPod touch 4th Generation plus $50 Best Buy gift card.
Cyber Monday 2012 was led by Amazon.com, which placed discounts on technology including tablets, games, software and e-books. Amazon.com also sold Canon Digital DSLR cameras for $699 that were originally priced at $999.
Students looking to buy online can also join Amazon Prime which costs $79 normally, but only $39 for students, which includes unlimited, free-two day shipping with no minimum size order, free release-date delivery on games, DVDs and books, unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows.
Photography students looking for good deals on cameras and equipment can visit http://www.keh.com where individuals post used photography equipment at low prices. A used D2XS SLR Nikon 12.4 Megapixel with battery charger and CF card can cost the buyer about $919, compared to $2,500 new. Keh.com also offers repairs to professional cameras for the low price of $230 and cleanings for only $12.
Students looking for a break on high-priced software can visit http://www.journeyed.com where software is available at a fraction of the actual cost. This site offers Windows 8 Pro Student for $69.99 and a student can purchase Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2013 Student for $249.95 instead of $7,995. Students can purchase Adobe Photoshop CS6 for $180 instead of the Adobe price of $699.
Another great software site for students is http://www.studica.com, which offers discounts up to 86 percent off on certain software. The site also has a “March Madness” sale that lowers prices, including Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate 2013, which can be purchased for $131.95, a 99 percent discount from the original price of $11,495.