Today’s article provided by a Bizzie Living guest contributor
The sad news of the passing of Apple co-founder and pioneer Steve Jobs had me immediately thinking how much the products he led the creation of affected my creative identity over the years. Remembering the first time I laid eyes on the candy-colored original iMac I recalled how even back then it felt like we were looking into the future. Times have changed and so has the technology – drastically – and now Apple is the premier product creator and licenser for creative-minded individuals with a fascination for gadgetry and cutting edge software. But it’s as true today as it was in 1984 and 1998 – this stuff is expensive!
Here are some tips for getting yourself the most inexpensive Apple products possible. Keep in mind their hardware and software never comes cheap, but saving several hundred dollars is serious business.
-Take Advantage of the Apple Store for Education
If you take classes or teach them, you’re entitled to a serious discount from the Apple Store. Those enrolled in college courses can save up to $200 on a new computer. Educators can potentially save even more. The rules and regulations are pretty relax, so it may be wise to consider finding a friend or relative in school if you are not, who may want to buy an Apple product “for” you.
-Put Your Entrepreneurial Advantages to Good Use
Whether you have the best business credit cards out there or the ability write off technology purchases (honestly!), then take advantage of these means to lower the cost of Apple product purchases. This is especially useful for self-employed individuals and those with small businesses, who will most certainly be using their new bought technology for business related purposes.
-Rebates, Resells, and Refurbishes
Apple.com constantly offers a wide variety of refurbished Macbooks, iMacs, and other products for you to purchase with hundreds of dollars slashed from the original price tag. Take advantage of these deals: Apple quality assures every single refurbished product that is sold. But it doesn’t stop with Apple; there are hundreds of licensed resellers of Apple products across the country. Above all, however, you have to take advantage of rebates whenever possible!
For those who appreciate the technological integrity of Apple Computer, it’s hard to say no just because of the high costs of these well made machines and programs. Luckily there are ways to reduce the amount you pay to enjoy Apple-made technology. Look into these options and get yourself an iMac to take complete control of your creative nature without spending a fortune in the process.