Electronics retailers everywhere have been planning their back-to-school computer sales ever since the start of summer. When retailers are this anxious to sell, usually, it's good news for us consumers. Usually, it can only mean plenty of student deals on laptops. Is that how it really works out this year though?
Certainly, the manufacturers are already announcing all kinds of tempting offers. Apple has a $100 gift voucher that it gives out with every Mac sold the voucher can be redeemed for any kind of iTunes purchase.
Dell has even better student deals on laptops. They actually give you a free Xbox 360. Best Buy has been trying to match that offer as well.
So this year is a bumper crop for student deals on laptops, right?
Well, personal-finance experts don't believe that this is as good as it can get. At the very least, you shouldn't ever venture out to buy anything, until the end of September, they feel. Do that, and you'll push the retailers even further down. It happens every year. From the beginning of summer to the beginning of school, prices drop by around 10% every month.
It's becoming a rule of thumb that you need to keep in mind. These companies know that prices will drop 25% by the time schools reopen. They want to sell as much as they can before prices head that far down. That's why they're offering these freebies. They actually make more money selling you laptops now when prices are high, even if they have to hand out expensive freebies.
Ask any computer retailing experts, and they predict that prices for ultrabooks will usually drop by $100 by the time schools reopen.
If you wait for the last week of July or the first week of August each year, many states even announced sales tax holidays on items such as computers, software and printers. This applies every year. Ms. always look for when the tax holiday starts.
They can also think about the year-round student discount that every manufacturer has. Dell actually has a $100 discount going all year round when you buy directly from them. But you need to be a current student.