Tips on Buying Technology for Businesses and Personal Use

For many people, purchasing or upgrading technology is a hassle. In the past few years, very frequent (almost every 4 to 8 months) upgrades in technology are causing trouble for the consumers to keep themselves technologically up-to-date. According to a study by Cambridge University, this constant battle between frequent technology upgrades and the consumers’ constant efforts to keep themselves up to date has caused feelings of dissatisfaction among the lives of the consumers.

By technology, I am referring to everything from computers to smart phones to software. By the time you decide what you want, there’s a newer version of the product available. This causes frustration and agony.

Being an IT professional and a techno buff, I will share a few tips that will help you when you decide to purchase or upgrade technology for your business or personal use.

  • Always carry out extensive research before you decide to buy/upgrade. For details about the product, like the correct model name and the specifications, always use the company’s official website. NEVER be impressed by the pictures and the qualities/features that are mentioned on the official website. Go to good forums or review websites for an honest review and opinion. For instance, before buying a cell phone I would always read the expert reviews on gsmarena.com or if I want to buy a new computer I would read online reviews from websites like cnet.com.
  • Talk to your friends who are experts of the field. If you don’t know anyone from the field, then you can always find experts in good online communities for the product.
  • Be sure to buy stuff that has good resale value, so in case you plan to sell it, you’re sure you will get good money back for it.
  • It is always a good idea to talk to your employees/colleagues at your workplace. Always discuss with your teams and ask about their requirements before making a purchase, because if not, then you might spend more than it’s needed.
  • Always compare products before making a decision. There might be a chance that there is something better available out there.
  • Always look for after-sale services.
  • If your budget is a bit tight, but you still want to upgrade or buy, then it’s always a good idea to go with the immediate predecessor of the product (if there is one). You can also consider leasing instead of buying to save money. When you lease something, the agreement generally includes maintenance and support, which is more fruitful when you don’t have an in-house IT expert. Check out Advantages to Leasing Office and Technical Equipment for further details.
  • As for upgrades, I always follow one rule: “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it!” Only upgrade if you really think an upgrade is necessary.
  • If all of this doesn’t help, then I’m always here to help you :)

I hope these tips will help you understand the technology better before you decide to spend your hard earned cash.

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About Farhan Niazi

Farhan Niazi is an experienced web developer with a passion for blogging. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand and is currently working for McCarrison Hayes as their Chief Information Officer. He is the founder of SMB Tech Guide and writes for several blogs and magazines including Two's Company, Stirring Media and TMR Direct. Follow him on Twitter.

  • Kevin Samolis

    Farhan states “For many people, purchasing or upgrading technology is a hassle.” I agree. But he then recommends “Always carry out extensive research before you decide to buy/upgrade.”  Isn’t this the “hassle” part of technology upgrade?

    • http://twitter.com/NiaziFarhan Farhan Niazi

      Hi Kevin,
      Even though it’s a hassle but there is a point in time when you have to upgrade technology for example it’s impossible to browse the internet on a Nokia 3310 handset.