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Old 10-23-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
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Best time to buy hardware

I'm looking to build a new box soon and I'm trying to figure out when the best time to buy is. I've been talking with people and they either say that I should buy during the holidays because of the sales, or right after new years because new models come out and prices drop or something. What's the best time to buy? I'm probably going to buy everything on

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Old 10-23-2007, 03:33 PM   #2
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In the hardware market you almost always face the situation of the latest model and previous models. Whenever a latest model comes out it usually sells for the historical going price. The older models drop in price when the latest model comes out. So you can buy the latest model at the going price or buy a cheaper older model.

If you wait a while then a new latest model will come out and you can then buy the current model at a reduced price. This PC hardware pricing scheme has been in effect for about 25 years. So you are always in the position of buying the latest model for full price or an older model for a cheaper price. If you wait for a new model to come out then the current model will step down one position in the price heirarchy.

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:14 PM   #3
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so if i'm buying some less-than-bleeding-edge components, the price won't vary that much. i guess i should just go for the holiday deals then, maybe get some free shipping or something? thanks
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The best time to buy computer components is just before school starts between the end of July to October. Holidays are not always cheaper. Prices usually go up during the holidays.
Old 10-24-2007, 08:58 AM   #5
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The best time to buy , is NEVER!

"Moore's law" supports this view in that technology is growing exponentially fast and what you buy NEW and LATEST today is worthless in, about 6 months.

The best time to buy , is never , get it FREE if you can !

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Old 10-24-2007, 09:02 AM   #6
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I always check the Sunday newspaper sale ads for CompUSA, OfficeMax, Circuit City and a few others. If I see something good for a good sale price I might get it. I've gotten really good deals from OfficeMax, such as a 160GB hd for 50% off. And a store's anniversary sale is often better than a holiday sale.
Old 10-24-2007, 09:17 PM   #7
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My 2 cents: no matter what you buy, or when you buy, 6 months later you can get the same thing for a lot less. Personally, the best time to buy is when the current top-of-the-line product is replaced by a new top-of-the-line model. My own example: (circa 1996) The Pentium 133Mz was the fastest thing out there till the 150Mz and 166Mz models were introduced. As soon as that happened, prices on the 133's dropped, and that's when I bought
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Since it appears you are building one. The best time to buy your parts is when you see the best price for what you want! Linux uses less resources to run, so you don't need bleeding edge anything in order to get good performance. How about adding a removable drive tray in the front. Buy a couple smaller disk drives and load a "few" distros to play with. * More cluck for your buck bucko! mike
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my family had second christmas, we'd have small things, things that could fit in a sock, like, the time my ma got me and my bro a lump of coal each, half a pound of black rock candy. a year later i found it under my bed, looked like a dead rat, till i gingerly picked it up to dispose of it and found it was not a rodent. aaaanyways, we'd get tons of stuff after the new year, when there was a ton of cheap overstock and display units, much is unchanged.


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