As a small business owner, you probably know what a hassle it can be to shop for electronics and other business goods. You need products that are dependable, affordable, and easy to use. Computers, office equipment, mobile phones, and many other business necessities are available both online and offline, so you have many options to consider.
Tips for In-Store Buying
When shopping for electronics or computers at a local store, compare brand names, features, and pricing carefully. Sometimes a low price means sacrificing the quality or features you really need. For instance, if you’re planning to buy a computer desk, consider the design of the desk and all its features. Does it have drawers or shelves to make organization easy? Does it have a pullout keyboard or a desktop keyboard? Also, consider the size of the desk and the quality of its materials (steel, solid wood, or particleboard).
When buying a computer, consider the brand name, size of the hard drive, and memory, as well as any pre-installed software it may contain. Avoid buying computers that have “advertising” menu bars pre-installed on the Windows screen. These tend to hang up often and are not worth the hassle, although they are usually lower in price. Look for reputable brand names such as Dell, Pentium, Acer, and Compaq. Dependable laptops are available from these companies: Dell, Averatec, Compaq, HP Pavillion, Acer, Gateway, and IBM.
Avoid rebate offers. Rebates are often more trouble than they’re worth, and your name might get added to hundreds of mailing lists! Instead, shop around for a great value upfront to get the PC or laptop that will meet your needs.
With refurbished electronics or computers, find a reputable company that has a good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Some companies will advertise refurbished items, but will not follow through with a guarantee. Before buying a refurbished item, check for a guarantee and do a little research on the company to find out if other customers were satisfied with the products and services. If buying refurbished computers online, use the search engines to find out as much information as you can about the company.
Buying Electronics and Computers Online
Shop around online for great bargains on brand name electronics and computers. If you’re pressed for time, there are discount home electronics online superstores that carry almost everything you’ll need for your small business. Some products you might find include cables, office equipment, TV and video accessories, scanners, GPS, power protection products, mobile phones, digital recorders, formatted diskettes, CDs, and more.
Online electronics stores for small businesses can offer you better prices because they have few overhead costs when operating on the Web. You can usually expect to save up to 20% on items.
You’ll find shopping online to be a great time-saver because you can shop from your home or office without visiting busy stores.
Use these tips to find electronics, computers, and other products for your small business at great prices without sacrificing quality.