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How to Find the Best Computer and Technology Deals for Your Business
Technology purchases for your business are about as essential today as tires are for your car. Businesses require technology to run smoothly, but these expenses can add up quickly. Most business owners are always looking for ways to save money when it comes to purchasing computer or technology equipment. After all, you are not printing it, are you? If you need some ideas for saving a little cash on your technology purchases, here are 5 tips for finding the best deals for your business.
Forget Buying – Lease Your Equipment Instead
One sure fire way to save money on technology purchases is to not make those purchases at all! You might be thinking, “But I still need to have that equipment in my business, how do I get it?” The answer is through leasing. Often, leasing can end up being less expensive overall than a traditional purchase when factoring maintenance and upgrades into the equation.
There are many equipment vendors who lease computers, point of sale terminals, servers, and other types of technology equipment to businesses. It is extremely costly to replace all your equipment every few years to keep up with the pace of changes. However, with a lease agreement, you will be getting new equipment about every 3 years. This can save you a lot of money on maintenance and upkeep of that old equipment, plus your IT staff will love the fact that you are not using outdated computers anymore!
Timing Makes a Difference
Believe it or not, the time of year makes a difference in the pricing of computers and other pieces of technology. Most businesses have big computer sales in late summer when the back to school shopping season is in full swing. Searching for deals at this time of the year will often lead to big savings in your computer purchases. Obviously, you will be using the computers for business instead of school, but who cares! The sale prices typically have no usage requirements, so the store still makes the sale and you still get a great price.
Consider Buying Refurbished
Many people balk at the word “refurbished” when it comes to computers. However, you should not let that immediately scare you away. Most refurbished models today are returned completely to factory specifications, and some of them even include warranties. The best part, they are a fraction of the cost of buying brand new! Buying refurbished can be a great way to get what you need for a lot less money. One tip – when buying refurbished, always try to buy directly from the manufacturer. This helps ensure that the equipment is indeed in the same condition as when it first rolled off the assembly line.
Ask About Volume Discounts
If you are buying multiple computers or pieces of equipment for your business, ask your supplier about a volume discount. Most suppliers will offer this type of discount, and the volume required for obtaining one might be lower than you think. In some cases, this discount can be quite substantial depending on how much equipment you are purchasing. You might only have to purchase 3 or more computers to get a discount, so it does not hurt to ask!
Use a Managed Services Provider
What if you could entirely do away with the need for a lot of your technology equipment? Sounds too good to be true? By partnering with a Managed Services Provider (MSP), you eliminate the need to purchase and manage most of your own equipment and infrastructure. Your services provider owns and maintains all the equipment while you simply access your data and applications through the cloud. This not only eliminates the need for you to purchase some of the most expensive technology equipment out there like servers, firewalls, and other infrastructure items, but it also saves you money in resource expenses because your IT staff no longer needs to patch and maintain those items. Going this route can save you a ton of money, plus you get built-in expertise through your new partnership with an MSP. It is a win-win all the way around!
Curious to find out how much you can save? Get in touch with 3nom, the leading MSP in New York, New Jersey, and Florida, today!