Buying Cheap and Smart

When ever I am torn between purchasing something cheap, I always remind "You'll get what you paid for". I've bought some items in the past which I thought were bargain but turned out to be junk a couple of days later.
Buying cheap products usually has its trade offs. Most cheap products have lower quality in terms of materials and craftsmanship and often have terrible after sales. After purchasing numerous cheap alternative products such as gadgets and clothing, I learned to compare the value with its price.

Not all cheap item are low quality. There are some items that are actually sold at a bargain price. All you need to do is examine the item before making a purchase. Affordable quality products can be purchased if you know where to find them. Below are some of the ways I purchase items at a bargain price.

Buy Online

Most of the best deals I bought were from online stores. Ebay and Amazon are great sources of bargain deals. I bought a handful of items at almost half the mall price from online sellers.

Wait for a Sale

Sales are opportunities to purchase items at low prices. Sales are one of the ways stores dispose their old inventory.

Buy From outlet Stores or Factory Over Runs

You pay less when you directly purchase items from the warehouse or their outlet stores. Most factory over runs are sold at a huge discounts. You get the same quality products at huge discount.

Buy Older Models

Most gadgets depreciate very rapidly. If you want to purchase cheaper items at lower prices, try checking out last years model. Most old cameras, phones, and netbooks are more than capable of achieving what you need.

Buy Used

There are a few advantages in purchasing slightly used items. Used items are usually cheaper compared to their brand new counter part. You can also negotiate the prices for these items. Used items are also tested which lessens the chances of buying a defective product.