This latest story about saving comes from a loyal reader, my little sister!
So my phone crapped out on me today, and its no longer under warranty. I went to the AT&T store to see what I could do about getting a new one. They gave me three horrible options: pay $120 to get a new phone under my insurance or since I was eligible for an upgrade, or spend $199.99 for the phone I already had, or spend the same amount for the Blackberry Bold 9700.
I decided that it was just to much since I bought my Bold on sale for $99.99, and that I would take my chances and get a cheap to-go phone and wait to see if they had a sale.
I headed over to Walmart to grab a to-go phone to tide me over and I heard angels sing when I went to the counter and saw that they were selling the Blackberry Bold 9700 with an upgrade for $78.88.
I thought after seeing the AT&T prices I had hit the goldmine. I snatched the phone and proceeded to buy it. After the deed was done, I called my husband to brag about how much money I had saved. $122.00 isn’t anything to sneeze at, right?
Well he looked up the phone on Walmart.com and proceeded to tell me it was free with an upgrade (when you renew your 2-year contract) online!
Needless to say tomorrow I will be back at Walmart seeing if they will refund my money and if not I will just return it and buy it online.
The moral of the story? Check prices in stores, at rivals, and online before you buy.
- If you find a deal online, stores will occasionally price-match their own online sites if you have a print out or can show them the price on your smart phone.
- If you want to negotiate, ask for the manger and go when the store is not busy so s/he has time to hear you out.
- Amazon.com has great prices for cell phones, but the deals almost always come with a 2-year contract.