Deciding on what kind of laptop to buy can be stressful enough, but figuring out where to buy one can make the whole process even more unnerving. When it comes to snagging the best deal on a laptop, you'll want to look online. Some websites offer laptop deals of the day or week, while others specialize in deals that include free shipping and extra software on top of the discounted base price.
○ PC Mag
PC Mag compiles a regular daily list of the best laptop deals available online, including the deal of the day. Here you can search the best deals compiled from various retailers. Laptops are sourced from reputable brands like Dell, Asus, HP, and even Apple. Retailers include Dell, Amazon, eBay, and more. PC Mag is published by Ziff Davis, a recognized global name in technology. Tech Magazine rates PC Mag as one of the Top 7 Computer and Tech Magazines.
○ Best Buy
According to PC World and Ranker, Best Buy is one of the top places to buy a laptop and score a great deal. When shopping online, choose from various categories like Deals of the Week, Deal of the Day, and Best Buy's Weekly Ad. There is also the option to purchase from Best Buy's Outlet which includes clearance, open box, refurbished, and pre-owned items. They offer a variety of brands including Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Asus, Microsoft, and Apple MacBooks. You'll also find that BestBuy.com offers a number of laptops not available in their stores. Deals typically range from about $100 to $300 off the regular retail price.
You might not think of this online auction site when it comes to buying a laptop online, but there are many electronic stores who operate shops on eBay. eBay is regarded by PCAdvisor as one of the best places to buy laptops. One benefit to buying here is that you get to see feedback about each seller from past customers, allowing you to make an informed decision. While you can bid on laptop auctions from individual sellers, the safest way to purchase a laptop is through a reputable online retailer who maintains a shop on eBay. Depending on the seller, you can get anywhere from 10-80% off regular retail prices on laptops. Just be sure to read each listing carefully so you know exactly what you're getting for the price.
Overstock.com is noted by the NerdWallet Blog as a recommended reseller for discounted laptops. Overstock offers many brands depending on availability, including the big name brands like HP and Dell. There are daily specials at the top of each page along with offers on refurbished laptops. While prices and deals change often, expect to save anywhere from around 5% to 40% here. You'll get free shipping on all orders over $45 as well.
When it comes to buying Apple products, it's not always best to walk into the Apple store and purchase direct. You'll find that discounts on laptops are rare at the store, but Apple Authorized Resellers often sell them for several hundred dollars less. As Brad's Deals points out, resellers like MacMall may have the best pricing, along with free software and rebate offers. Headquartered in Southern California, MacMall is owned by the parent company PC Mall. They buy Apple products in bulk, allowing them to sell laptops at a discount. Check out their Daily Deals page for limited-time (and limited-stock) offers for even more savings.
NewEgg.com is another option included in NerdWallet's list of great places to get laptop deals. Operating online since 2001, it scores well at BestCompany for overall prices, customer service, and shipping prices. Brands offered include Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, and Toshiba, both Intel and AMD powered. NewEgg has Shell Shocker and daily deals sections offering great discounts, and you can get an extra $10 off your first purchase there. Overall you can save from about 5% to 35% through this retailer.
TigerDirect.com has been called one of the "Top 25 Online Retailers" by the New York Times. You can typically find discounts ranging from about 10% to 35% on over 15 different brands including Apple, Panasonic, Toshiba, Dell, and Asus. Sign up for their email deal alerts to get early access to sales and further discounts.
InsiderMonkey notes that Amazon is the most popular online retailer, and it's rated as one of the best places to buy laptops per PCInsider and PC World. According to DealNews, Amazon is also a winner when it comes to finding deals on Apple MacBook laptops. Once you're on the site, search by a variety of criteria -- from operating system to number of USB ports. Check off all your key "must haves" and see if any exact matches pop up to save time sorting through hundreds of pages. You'll typically save about 5% to 25% off the regular price. If you have Amazon Prime, order a laptop that is listed "in stock" and you may get free one day shipping with your Prime membership.