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Three Tips For Making Smarter Laptop Purchases During The Christmas Sales

With the festive period comes a multitude of sales and special offers that if you shop smart will save you hundreds, but if you don’t they’ll eat into your Christmas savings. Just because an items has a big red discounted sticker on it, it doesn’t mean you’re actually grabbing yourself a bargain. This year with early sales, Black Friday and Cyber Monday it’s easy to get drawn into the sales and with laptops and tablets set to feature heavily in online and in-store sale offerings, it’s important to shop smart. Follow these tips to ensure you get the best deal for your money when making your next purchase.

Research

This might sound like an obvious thing to do before you make a big purchase but it’s not unknown for retailers to up the price of a laptop and then slash them so they’re only selling it for what it was originally priced at anyway. Sales tend to run for a few weeks and most retailers will advertise items that are going to go on sale in advance. Make a note of anything you’re looking at and then make sure you go online to price compare and check reviews. Check out blogs that review and do your research that way you will be more likely to make the right buying decision.Avoid High End Laptops
Laptops and tablets are one of the most heavily featured items in the pre-Christmas sales. Most of the time you can find some great deals, however that’s not true of the high end laptop. These laptops might be tempting but they’re often priced with the discounts already built in or they don’t receive any discounts at all at this time of the year. Remember not every product promoted in the Christmas sale is on sale, sometimes it’s just what the seller considers to be a low price. If you want a really good deal often refurbished laptops offer you the best value for money.

Don’t Worry About Warranties

Extended product warranties can cost anywhere between £30 -£100 or more, these extended warranties often cover a multitude of services and damages that generally overlap with your standard warranty. Typically laptops come with a guarantee and this normally covers key parts of the laptop or tablet for up to one year and if you’re done your research and bought the right laptop for your needs then generally the laptop won’t require work or repairs within three years anyway which is normally what most extended warranties offer. Think smart before signing up to cover and warranties, if you’re going to purchase a laptop, use it for a couple of years and then replace it then your warranty isn’t valuable, so consider whether it’s worth it. However, if you are worried and want to take out a warranty make sure that you do your research and know what you’re covered for and what you’re paying for.

Christmas shopping and the sales are one of the highlights of the season, but just because you’re in the festive shopping mood and stores are offering discounts, don’t be fooled – it doesn’t always mean you’re getting a good deal. Always do your research, avoid high end laptops at this time of year because they won’t have any discount on them and be able careful about warranties. Happy Christmas shopping!

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