Let’s face it, technology can be expensive. In the GERD’s super-secret East Coast electromagnetic fortress I have many examples of such expensive items. A long time ago I learned that when it comes to electronics, you get what you pay for. However, over time I also realized that you can pay less for the same thing; thus the rise of the “alternative” shopping sites. Long before Amazon became to end-all be-all place to shop online, the GERD searched the web from end to end looking for better prices for good technology. It started with MP3 players, then DVD players, PDAs, and then…the mother lode…iPods! I managed to acquire quite the stockpile of gadgets (for the coming electronic apocalypse) for less than factory prices. I could keep this critical information to myself (I do have a security clearance, you know!), but that would be most un-GERD-like of me. Before I let you in on the secret, here’s the catch. These are almost always older models, usually one version off of the current one, but still a deal for those looking for one. Here are my top three “Alternative” tech shopping sites;
Ubid.com – Sign up for an account and then let the bidding begin. Not restricted to just electronics, Ubid.com really got me to research prices and find great deals for MP3 players, DVD players, even desktop computers. Find the current price and outbid it, repeat as necessary until either you win or decide the price is too high for you. You can monitor the bidding process or sign up for email alerts when you are outbid. Go with known brand names; everything comes with a 30 day warranty – I’ve never needed to return anything. Look in from time to time and occasionally you can really snag a great deal!
AtAuction.com – A Ubid-like bidding site that offers more than just tech. Both sites even offer collectables, including Coins. Between Ubid and AtAuction you should be able to find something interesting.
Newegg.com – This is not a bidding site but it offers great prices, especially for components and accessories like flash memory cards and headphones. A set of Sennheiser Wireless Infra-red Stereo TV Assistive Listening Sound System (Set 830-TV) that lists for $210.09 at Amazon goes for $179.95 on Newegg.
Listen to the GERD; if you are going to keep buying electronics and you’re not Donald Trump, use these sites to find the best deals to feed your Tech Monster!