Tech Buying Tip: Adopt An Early Adopter

by Randy Murray on July 20, 2010

If you want a new phone, computer, or gadget of any type, but you want to spend as little as possible, there’s one easy way to have access to great items at a fraction of the cost: become an enabler to a early adopter.

You probably know one and probably kid them about their gadget obsession. But they can be a resource for you. They have to be the first in line to get the latest iPhone, the newest laptop, and marvels like the iPad. Yes, they’re a source of comedic relief, but they can also save you money.

Rather than chide them about their obsession, feed it. Ask them about the latest product announcements and debates over which new widget will dominate the world. Seek their opinions about the trends in technology. Develop a relationship with them, and when they’re ready to buy the latest gadget, offer to purchase their current model to help them finance their next purchase.

Not only will you get a great price on a nearly new item (typically no more than one year old), but you’ll also get an item that will have been lovingly cared for. Literally babied. It will be like new. And your pet early adopter will usually have lots of nifty accessories to pass along with the device.

Don’t go out of your way to tempt the early adopter. It’s not necessary - they’ll do that on their own. Just become a friend to a fanboy or fangirl.

But be warned: the more time you spend around the technology-obsessed, the more likely that you will become an early adopter yourself. If you do, let me know. I might want your nearly new gadget when you go to stand in line for the next.

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