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4 Computer Money-saving Tips

Here are four tips that’ll save you money when buying your next computer.

Tip #1 -- Rebates: A rebate is not always a bargain. Computers with rebates are often close to being discontinued. You may pick up a good deal or purchase technology that's about to become yesterday’s news. What's more, stores will often package computers with a bunch of free items to make it look like you're getting more value. Chances are the extras are either poor quality or items you're unlikely to use. Also, they’re counting on you to not redeem your rebate, a very common occurrence.

Tip #2 -- Extended Service Warrantees: Buyer Beware! They're a gamble, but not always a bad idea. If you're purchasing a laptop and you plan to travel a lot, an extended warranty that covers replacement of the monitor/display can be a good gamble. Replacing a display can cost $400-$600, making the warranty worthwhile. On the other hand, if you plan on buying the warranty for routine maintenance; save your money. Oftentimes it can take weeks for the store to send your PC out for service. Also, remember the store where you purchased your computer does not always do warranty work during the first year, instead you may have to ship it directly to the manufacturer. In general, extended warranties cover electronics [things you can't see]. They don't usually cover physical damage. Most extended warranties have large gray areas, leaving the warranty provider a lot of room to reject claims.

Tip #3 -- Monitors: Don’t throw away your monitor if it's still working properly. Instead, keep it and save a chunk of money by just replacing your old CPU [computer tower]. Monitors last much longer than CPUs and the technology is usually compatible between your old monitor and the new CPU. However, if you’re dissatisfied, then monitors, keyboards and mouses are the three tools to spend extra money on, since you use them every day!

Tip #4 -- Networking: How are you connecting to the Internet? If you're using a high speed Internet connection, such as cable broadband or DSL, you'll want to make sure you have a network card built into your system. If you have a wireless network at home or at the office, save money and installation time by buying the wireless card built right into the computer.

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where can i find the rebates page


Savings2go is a known scam .If you have done business with them, check your credit card statements and your bank statements. Check out the following consumer complaint board, http://www.complaintsboard.com/bycompany/savings-2-go-a104220.html

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Repair is cost prohibitive, time to get a new refrig. Look into the energy star rebates available in your state. Most states are running, or will soon be running, the state energy star rebate programs similar to the Cash For Clunkers car rebates. Each state sets up their own program, and when the funds are gone, you are out of luck. In my state, the program starts March 1, 2010 with a $100 rebate, or $200 rebate with certified "demanufactuer of old refrig" (recycling by a proper recyler)

Feb 05, 2010 | Amana ARS2661B Side by Side Refrigerator

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1994 dishwasher doesn't clean as well as it did a few months ago. Are there filters to clean or service tips? Seems to cycle OK.


Most dishwashers have self cleaning filters which would not require attention unless unusual items or amounts of debris were in the dishwasher. Your most likely problem area would be the holes in the spray arms are plugged with debris.
By the way, the average life of a dishwasher is 9 to 11 years. Newer models are generally quieter and more energy efficient, and many states are just rolling out their government sponsored energy star rebates. (similar to the car " cash for clunkers" program but much less money, and administered by each individual state. These rebates vary by individual states, and will go fast. (where I am, the rebate is $150 for dishwashers and starts March 1. 2010) Might be something to look into.

Feb 05, 2010 | Dishwashers

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I sent in a rebate request on 07/24/2009. I still


Rebates are notoriously flaky.
I believe the percentage of people who actually get rebates after mailing them in is below 50%.

Jan 11, 2010 | HP Q2613A OEM Genuine Black Laser Toner...

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Hey pbastle,
Our Best Buy™ stores, and BestBuy.com don't have any rebates on this camera right now, but BestBuy.com does have this camera on sale right now. I did find some internet retailers that were advertising this camera with an instant rebate, but their price with the rebate was the same as the BestBuy.com sale price. I hope this helps!

Sincerely,
Allan
Go Ahead. Use Us.

May 18, 2008 | Cameras

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