How to get the best bang for your buck in online retail
Computers are no longer just for kids.
Today’s tech-savvy are looking to save on the price of their computers, which are now getting significantly cheaper, too.
This is no longer the case, as the cost of buying a new computer can be quite a bit cheaper than it used to be, according to the online retailer, Escritorio.
In fact, the average price of a laptop computer has been dropping for years.
But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
It can save you money, said John Mowry, senior analyst at research firm Ovum.
“You can buy a laptop and use it to work and it can get to work a lot quicker than a laptop with an external hard drive.”
Mowary said a good way to look at that is if you have an older laptop and you can use it for work, then that’s a good deal.
Mowy added that older laptops can cost up to $200 less than a newer laptop.
For instance, the Dell Inspiron 17 13 15 15 is now $199, while the Lenovo IdeaPad 15 15 15 7-inch is $399.
And if you want to save money, you can even upgrade to a higher-end computer like a Dell XPS 15 15 13 15.
MOWry said the average cost of a computer at a computer store is $5,600.
“We’ve also seen that the cost is going down,” he said.
“The average cost is dropping significantly, especially for laptops.
The average price for laptops is going up, so that’s encouraging.”
MOWary said that in some areas, there’s an increase in sales because of online retailers that are selling online.
But that’s not the case for everyone.
He said that some customers are buying online and buying cheaper than they could on the shelf, so they’ll buy the older models and sell them at a discount.
“But that’s usually only because they’re not paying as much for them,” Mowery said.
And while Moway is not the only one who has heard of people going online and finding cheaper deals online, he said the overall trend is positive.
He added that the online retail market is a very competitive one.
“It’s still quite competitive,” MOWY said.
Mowery added online sales have been growing at a faster rate than brick-and-mortar sales.
“For every $1,000 of growth in online sales we’re seeing growth of 1 to 2 percent, which is encouraging, but we have to be cautious because it’s still a niche market,” he explained.
Mowsary said the trend could continue to expand as more people move to the internet and become more active online.
“When you’re online, you’re doing a lot more stuff, you have more freedom and you’re also getting better at doing it,” Moweray said.
But for some, it’s not so easy.
Some of those who are looking for cheaper deals might be disappointed, especially if they’re a regular shopper, said Mowany.
Mowing said some people are just using online shopping as a way to make money.
“Some people who are using the Internet to make some money, are really trying to take advantage of the system,” he added.
For example, he explained that someone who’s selling their car, is looking to use online shopping to make a quick profit.
Mowers said people buying computers online may be able to get a lower price online, but it’s more expensive.
“That is an entirely different story, if you’re buying a computer, to buying a used computer, because you have to get it serviced, so you’re not going to get very cheap,” Mowsay said, adding that some online retailers may have a 30-day return policy.
But if you need a new laptop, Mowury said you might be better off going to a brick-store.
“I don’t know if you can go to the hardware store, but if you go to an online store, it’ll probably cost you the same as if you went to the store,” Mowers explained.
If you’re looking to buy a computer for yourself, MOWRY said it’s also worth looking into the warranty, since there is some extra money to be made.
“If you have a warranty, you will be able get the computer for less money than a used one.
So it might not be a good idea to buy it online.”
With files from The Associated Press.