Electronics & Computers

Spending money on electronics is an increasingly large part of our budget making it all the more important to find ways to cut costs without losing value. Whether you're looking for discounts on computers, deals on TVs, tips to cut down your phone & cable bills or just some great advice on purchasing new and used electronics...this is the place to start. Get the LOZO on Computers: Desktop, Laptops & Netbooks, Internet Service, Printers & Accessories Get the LOZO on Electronics: Camcorders, Cameras, Cell Phones, GPS Devices, Music, Telephones, Televisions and Video Games


  • Save on software with Family upgrades | Desktop Computers | Laptop Computers

    Now that many homes have multiple PCs - desktops, laptops, netbooks - it's getting very expensive to try to upgrade a whole household.  That's where family discounts come in. Anti-virus software companies were among the first to offer [...]
  • Split up your purchases to maximize use of multiple coupons | Music & Home Audio
    Shoppers who have The LOZO know to always try to use coupons whenever they make a purchase. Some stores are quite stingy with the coupons they offer, so you're happy to get your hands on any of them. But some stores are known for frequently issuing [...]
  • Don't trust just any reviews; read these
    Many people know that it's a good idea to read reviews before buying, especially in the ever-changing world of electronics. They help you understand the pros & cons of a particular item and give you an overall sense of what's [...]
  • Always comparison shop
    Ok, so you've read the reviews and have a good idea of the electronics product you want. Now it's time to comparison shop to find the best possible price. Many of the reviewers also offer comparison shopping tools, so check there first. Shopzilla [...]
  • Don't overlook the big warehouse clubs
    Although "warehouse" retailers like Sam's Club, BJ's and Costco might not be the first places that come to mind for electronics, they often have good deals. Don't overlook them as you comparison shop. They also often have more generous return [...]
  • Coupons, coupons, coupons
    To get the best electronics deals, always check for coupons before you buy. Check your local stores and the Sunday newspaper, but the best coupons are usually found online. Visit the manufacturer's website to see if they're offering any coupons.  [...]
  • Buy a slightly older model rather than the newest one
    Electronics and computers upgrade rapidly which means there's always a deal to be had on a slightly older model. Once a new model comes out, manufacturers and retailers tend to knock down the prices of the older models. The deals are often great [...]
  • Pay for the features & accessories you'll use
    As a general rule: the fewer the features, the lower the price. Just because you need a car doesn't mean you need a Mercedes. With electronics, there will always be a higher end version that offers another bell or whistle. This goes for [...]
  • Shop during the holidays
    Shopping during the right time of year can save you a ton money on electronics. Traditionally, Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is one of the best days for great deals since retailers consider it the kick-off to the holiday shopping [...]
  • Buy "open box" or floor model electronics
    Buying "open box" and floor model electronics can be a great way to get new or nearly new items at a discounted price. Check with retailers to see if they offer either. "Open box" items are items that work perfectly well, but were returned by [...]
  • On big electronics purchases, it's better to go with a brand name
    Although we recommend generic brands in a lot of other categories, that's not necessarily the case here. With electronics, although you'll pay more for a brand name, it'll often save you money in the long run because the item will live longer and [...]
  • For accessories, it's better to go with lesser-known brands or even generic
    I know, I know, we told you that brand name electronics are often better than generic electronics. Well, we stand by this for the main purchase. For accessories and various supporting items, however, brand names often cost a lot more for [...]
  • Buy refurbished electronics
    Many manufacturers repair (or 'refurbish') used and slightly damaged electronics to "like-new" condition so they can re-sell them. This allows you to buy a high quality item at a substantially lower cost. As an added comfort, refurbished models [...]
  • Buy used electronics
    If you're willing to buy used electronics, check out or Besides finding good prices, you might also find convenient and exciting packages where the main electronics items comes with a bunch of accessories. If you're [...]
  • Check Overstock for potential electronics deals
    Overstock specializes in liquidating excess inventory through the internet and will often have top-notch electronics brands being sold for greatly reduced prices. It can be hit-or-miss, but you have the chance to land some good deals when it does [...]
  • Factor shipping costs into the total
    Shipping costs can change a great original price to a not-so-great final cost. Some sellers advertise a compellingly low price, but then try to make their profit by hitting you with excessive shipping fees. Or, they may offer a great shipping deal [...]
  • Haggle for a better deal
    Believe it or not, good old-fashioned haggling can yield great results. Even at major retail stores, the salesperson is likely to have some leeway. Sometimes they can give you a better price, sometimes they can give you a free accessory. By [...]
  • Skip the extended warranty
    Extended warranties can be great for peace of mind, but the reality is they're not the best way to spend your money. Why? We'll give you three reasons: 1. Manufacturer's warranties already give you basic coverage at no additional cost. 2. Most [...]
  • Use rechargeable batteries
    Since many electronics burn through batteries at a regular pace, you'll save money by buying rechargeable batteries. The electricity it costs to refill them is a fraction of the cost you'd pay on disposable batters. Plus, you'll be helping out the [...]
  • Buy electronics that are EnergyStar compliant
    From computers to major appliances, if a product is energy efficient, it will save you money over time. For example, an EnergyStar compliant computer can use as much as 25% less energy than a non-compliant computer. That will translate to healthy [...]
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