The Best Time to Buy a Laptop is…

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Your computer has been running slow, your keys are stuck, and it might not even turn on. I have even heard that the shelf life of a laptop is about as long as your warranty…lol. Well, it is time to buy a new laptop! So, when is the most economical time to buy one?

Timing is everything…

Did you know that the worst month to purchase a laptop is February. Perhaps it is because the holiday sales have ended and the newer models have yet to hit the stores. While February appears to be the worst time to make this type of purchase, the late winter months and the early summer months aren’t any better. If you can wait, and I am sure you can, Back to School sales are right around the corner.

Special Offers and Discounts

Apple in Education: College students and parents buying for college, as well as K-12 and higher education faculty, are eligible for Apple education pricing. Currently Apple has a promotion that for people who plan to buy a Mac for college. When you buy a new qualifying Mac with Apple education pricing* from June 16, 2011, through September 20, 2011, you’ll get a free $100 Back to School Card to use on the Mac App Store, the App Store, the iTunes Store, and the iBookstore.

Those eligible to purchase from the Apple Store for Education Individuals include faculty, staff, students and parents as follows:

K12 – Any employee of a public or private K-12 institution in the United States is eligible. In addition, school board members who are currently serving as elected or appointed members are eligible. PTA or PTO executives currently serving as elected or appointed officers are eligible.

Higher Education – Faculty and staff of Higher Education institutions; and students attending, or accepted into a Higher Education institution are eligible to purchase. Purchases from the Apple Store for Education Individuals are not for institutional purchase or resale.

Higher Education Parents – Parents purchasing on behalf of their child, who is a student currently attending or accepted into a public or private Higher Education Institution in the United States, are eligible to purchase.

Dell University: According to , “Once you’re there you have to choose whether you’re a student, student’s parent, alumni or faculty at a higher education institution. You then choose your state and then school in that state. Not all schools are part of the program and each school has their own arrangement with Dell so discounts will vary. In general the discount will be from 5% – 12% off the price of a Dell branded product. When the discount shows up in your cart summary it is referred to as the “EPP Member” discount, which stands for Employee Purchase Program member. It doesn’t mean you’re an employee, it’s really just a bit of marketing to make you think you’re getting a deal similar to what an employee would get.” One thing that would be helpful to remember is that Dell displays the final discount on a product after you have configured it and priced it out.

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