Competition means better gadgets for teens
With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gift-giving.
Do you have teenagers? If so, electronics continue to be a hot item for that age group. With Apple’s new iPad Mini just released, Google putting out its Nexus Android tablets, new smartphones, handheld video games and all kinds of other stuff, buying tech stuff for yourself and family can get expensive in a hurry – unless, that is, you know how to find deals.
Check for sales from the usual suspects
If things like video games, movies, tablets and smartphones are your aim, you probably already know where to go. You can nab great cash back deals from Target, Walmart, Best Buy and, Radio Shack – anywhere you’d normally associate with everyday electronics. The key is patience and vigilance. Just because something is full price this week doesn’t mean it will be full price next week.
If you know a thing or two about new release items, you can also clean up on older models. The brand new iPad coming out means that iPad 2s are going to be at a discount at most places, for example. If you’re willing to go with older models, you’ll likely find some good prices.
Variety is your friend
There are the usual suspects when it comes to gadgets, and then there are the hidden gems you might never expect. Overstock.com is a great place to look for video game systems, DVDs and the like, and often has big discounts along with as much as 75 percent cash back.
If cool novelty and nerdy items are more your speed, consider ThinkGeek, which supplies awesome stuff ranging from T-shirts with built-in LEDs to movie and video game memorabilia. ThinkGeek also packs 3.5 percent cash back for your purchases, too.
Finding the coolest new (or old) gadgets at the right prices is often about paying attention, so check your various options on websites, and avoid impulse buying. There’s almost always a better deal to be had than paying full price, or one that is coming if you’re patient.