Money Magazine is running a feature that provides tips for getting the best deal for several specific purchases. As I’m I planning to put down some cash for a new notebook computer, I first took a look at Money’s focus on tech within the series. They didn’t address computers, but I loved their advice on cell phones. Here’s what they have to say.
1. Do business online rather than in the store. Salespeople are stressed and you can get a better product selection by shopping over the internet. I’ve seen “web-only” prices advertised, as well.
3. Samsung, not RAZR. My coworkers all love the Motorola RAZR. I have never used one so I have no opinion. Money Magazine says the Samsung A900 is similar, but better.
4. Threaten them. Threaten them to cancel, that is. The cancellation department (usually known in corporatespeak as the “retention department”) wants to keep your business, so they’re authorized to make deals that typical customer service representatives aren’t. Don’t be afraid to ask for various discounts. They wan’t your business.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published August 16, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.