When It's Best To Hold Off On Buying The Newest Gadgets
CHARLOTTE, NC- If you're determined to own cutting edge gadgets, experts say it can often drive you to the poor house.
But with technology moving so fast, the advertised gear may not really be that much different.
Experts call it the "shiny technique". Phone, television and computer manufacturers are constantly making small tweaks to get you with the glitz and glam.
"Most of the changes they make don't affect the computer's performance. They just make it look different. Makes it look sleeker, brighter... maybe add some extra colors too it," said Elon Craig, computer expert at Slayton Computers & Laptop ER.
If you still want something that's never been used and easier on the wallet, manufacturer refurbished computers sell for 50 to 80 percent below retail.
"That usually just means that it's open box, a cancelled order or a scratch and dent, which went down the assembly line and just do a ding at the end," said Craig.
A 13" Mac Book would cost you a thousand bucks retail priced, but the used version at Slayton Computers would cost you $349 dollars - saving you about 600 for just a few nicks.
If you must have the latest and greatest versions that just hit the market, places like Game Stop will buy or trade your old stuff.
"Since the new iPhone just came out and people have their old iPhones that's contract isn't over, they definitely trade it in to one of our locations," said Steve Key, Game Stop general manager.
They also sell gently used Apple gadgets as low as $20 dollars.
So, when you're trying to figure out if it's best to hold off on buying cutting edge - do your research and ask if it's really worth breaking the bank.