If you’re the type of person who loves gadgets, then you’ll love what we’ve been researching this week! Since our tech toys are typically expensive in retail stores, we took some time to look around for tips and tricks that the most savvy technophiles are using to get their gadgets at a discount.
We’re finding all sorts of innovative ways to save money in this area, and it was tough to narrow down the list of choices. That being said, here are our 4 favorite ways to get a great gadget deal!
4 New Ways To Save Money On The Cool Gadgets You Want
1. Smartphone Scanners. Of all the things we love about smartphones, UPC scanners are probably our favorite function, when it comes to finding deals. Sure, there’s nothing like offline shopping when it comes to taking a look at gadgets (Apple Stores are a great example of this), but once you know what item you want, that’s when the price competition begins.
Scan the UPC code of the product with a solid barcode scanner app, and watch the low-priced results pile up before your very eyes! But you might not have to take action on it, to get the deal. That’s where our next pro tip comes in.
2. Ask for a price match. It’s not highly publicized by retailers, because they don’t want to give away discounts they don’t need to give away, but many retailers will price match the prices that you find online. Whether that’s a price scanning app or a simple search on Amazon, take your finding to the customer service area (or to any manager) to ask whether the store can match the price you found online.
The other benefit of this approach is that you’ll save on shipping, which, depending on the size of the gadget, might save you a good bit more!
3. Craigslist. Craigslist, for better or worse, is considered to be the new “Wild West” of classified advertising. Most of the ads are free to place, and that’s resulted in two things: a lot of spam garbage, and a lot of great deals! Of course, for today’s purposes, we’ll look at the great deals half of that equation.
Craigslist has a “free” section within its “for sale” sections, and that’s exactly where you’ll want to look. If your item is unique and hard to find, did you know that there are sites that allow you to search multiple Craigslist locations?
4. Build it. Well, not necessarily from scratch, but many gadgets can be bought at a discount if you’re willing to do some assembly or fixes. Perhaps it needs something as simple as washers or gaskets, and you can find those by searching the site of a discount supplier that specializes in the parts you’re looking for. Get the parts needed, finish the gadget yourself, and use the savings to buy your next toy!