You can get great prices on Dell desktops, laptops, printers, and accessories if you are willing to do a little research.
Dell computers are available EVERYWHERE:
- Direct from Dell's multiple websites (home, business, government, etc.)
- From online retailers like Amazon and Newegg
- From Wholesale Clubs (Costco, Sam's Club, BJs)
- From Big Box stores (Walmart, Target, Best Buy, etc.)
- Direct from your employer, college, or university
This means the price for the same model dell computer can vary greatly depending on where you buy it AND when you buy it.
Dell regularly runs lots of sales, through their various websites and in newspaper advertisements. Sales can be in the form of percentage discounts or cash discounts.
The best Sales tend to be over holiday weekends, near the end of the month, and at the end of the quarter. Depending on the monthly or quarterly sales figures, end of month, and end of quarter can be quite good, as Dell employees work to meet or beat their sales goals.
The other sellers of Dell equipment (online retailers, wholesale clubs, and big box stores) will also run sales in their weekly circulars, through coupon books, and through their own websites.
To get the best deal you must first identify exactly which model of desktop, laptop, printer, etc. that you would like to purchase.
My personal recommendation is to select a desktop or laptop based on the Intel Core i series of processor (i3, i5, or i7) as these deliver optimal performance for the price. The system should have a minimum of 4GB of RAM, a 500GB or larger hard drive, and a DVD Burner (Blu-Ray if you like to watch movies on your computer).
If purchasing a Dell laptop, I recommend also buying the extended warranty including the accidental damage option. Dell has one of the best extended warranty programs in the business. I have seen them replace multiple parts on a 3 year old laptop making it as good as new!
If you are purchasing for a college student buy the computer through the school. They almost always come with a complete care four year warranty (extended warranty plus accidental damage coverage) which means if anything happens to the computer your student will get a free replacement.
If you don't mind refurbished equipment, you can check the listings at Dell's outlet site, where you can get some nice used equipment at discounted prices.
Once you have your model and options configured, you'll need to go to each of the dell sites (home, business, etc.) and see what the current price is for that computer. You will then continue checking the prices at the other sellers of Dell equipment. You could end up with 9-10 different prices for the same item of which one will be the best deal.
Finally check the online coupon sites (Fatwallet, Slickdeals, Techbargins, etc.) to see if there are additional coupon codes for your model. Fatwallet is particularly good, as you can sign up for a free account, that offers a percentage rebate on purchases that originate from their website.
So with a little patience and some research you can get the best deals on Dell!