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5 Ways to Save Money on Your Office Gadgets

28. May 2013 12:39 by Danielle in clickinks, office supplies, savings  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Office Gadgets {Guest Post}

David Bakke is a small business owner, Internet reseller, and contributor for the popular personal finance blog, Money Crashers.

Whether you're a small business owner with a passion for digital technology or you're simply obsessed with grabbing the latest gadgets for yourself, there is tech temptation at every turn. The iPhone 5 was just released, as was the iPad 4. Just because the next latest and greatest gadget enters the market, however, doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune. In fact, there are ways that you can keep up with cutting edge technology without breaking the bank. Read on for some go-to money-saving tips for gadgets:

1. Purchase Online It's true that one of your best strategies to save on office gadgets is to look online. Use eBay or Amazon to begin with, but if you truly want to save, sign up for email updates from a website such as FatWallet or Slickdeals. That way, you can get an aggregate of all the deals both online and in-store where you can save the most money. Just be sure to factor in the shipping costs so you don't end up spending more money on online purchases than you would in-store.

2. Buy Used Shopping online is great, but take the idea to the next level by checking out used listings when you're shopping Amazon or eBay. You can sometimes uncover a deal where the product may be opened but it is virtually unused. Just because it's listed in the "used" category doesn't mean its tainted goods. It might be an item that was simply unwanted or one with a UPC code removed for a rebate promotion.

3. Track Clearance Sections This can involve a bit of leg work, but if you check out Staples, Office Depot, Office Max and Clickinks on a regular basis, you can find some nice items in their clearance section. These items aren't limited to traditional office supplies – you can even get display model laptops and other devices at significant discounts.

4. Go Without Although abstinence is never fun, sometimes it's best just to wait a while before making your purchase. You're never going to be able to keep up with all of the latest electronic releases, so your best bet may be not to buy new office gadgets at all. At the very least, wait unit the next model is released and you're going to save money by purchasing the previous model.

5. Sell Your Old Gadgets When you do upgrade your smartphone or other office gadget, be sure to sell your unwanted items. Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist are typically the best places to make a sale. Be sure you package your items safely and securely and ship them fast as well - you want to avoid getting returns.

Final Thoughts If you find yourself in the position of saving a few hundred dollars on a laptop computer, consider investing that money where it can do your finances the most good. If you don't have an emergency fund in place, start one. Got credit card debt? Get those balances knocked down. It's great to save on office gadgets, but using your savings in a meaningful way is even more important.

What ways can you think of to save on office gadgets?

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