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Daily Q&A: What tips do you have for saving money on electronics?

What tips do you have for saving money on the purchase of electronics?

Here are some tips from buying electronics from online shopping expert Andrea Woroch at www.PromotionalCodes.com:

• Look for older models. When it comes to electronics, an older model doesn't mean it's outdated! The upgrades on new electronics like TVs, laptops and computers are usually minimal and since updated versions of these gadgets are constantly released throughout the year, retailers reduce prices to push inventory of old models to make room for new ones. Therefore, you can score very new versions of popular electronics at deeply discounted prices especially during this time of the year.

• Opt for refurbished items. In the same way you can find a great deal on a used but like-new car, the same goes for refurbished electronics. Check Apple, Dell and CowBoom.com for discounted refurbished electronics. You can find promotional codes for even deeper discounts on already reduced prices on refurbished electronics — head to PromotionalCodes.com or CouponWinner.com for additional savings.

• Be social. Connect with retailers on Facebook and Twitter to find out if they are offering any exclusive deals to their social media fan base. Follow your favorite coupon sites to get immediate updates on new offers and exclusive coupons which populate your newsfeed for quick and easy browsing. For instance, FreeShippingCoupons.com, @FreeShipCoupons, tweets overnight, two-day and priority shipping deals.

• Buy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While electronics will be heavily discounted throughout the season, Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer up to an additional 20 to 30 percent off the discounted holiday prices. Don't wait in long lines or fight with crowds either — retailers will offer the same Black Friday sales online. PromotionalCodes.com and CouponWinner.com aggregate Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, coupons and special promotions on one page so you can easily browse offers from top retailers when trying to evaluate the best deal on any electronic.

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Daily Q&A: What tips do you have for saving money on electronics? 11/16/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 4:01pm]
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