Don’t pay over the odds for your next iPod [guest post]

More than 250,000,000 iPods have been sold since its release a decade ago, although Apple have made sure that their new models of the iPod are as desirable as possible, meaning that they’re still popular as ever ten years on. Keeping up to date with the newer models of iPod can become an expensive pastime, but there are ways to save money on the new iPod releases. Here are a few ideas on how to get the best price and how to save money on music…

Compare prices

It has never been more important to compare iPod prices before you buy. The electronics market is very competitive right now because of the recession, and many retailers will be offering products like the iPod at lower prices to draw in custom. By comparing prices first with a shopping comparison tool you’ll get a better scope on what is on the market and you are more likely to get the best overall deal. Some places may offer deals where you get some free accessories or vouchers for iTunes with your purchase, which you should consider if you’ll be looking to buy these as extras at a later date.

Use vouchers

Never buy anything without checking for discount vouchers or online codes first. People don’t have much disposable income at the moment, so when a company offers a money off voucher it can help the retailer keep a large customer base even in these economically unstable times If you’re buying straight from a shop, check online first to see if there are any printable vouchers available to use. If you’re buying your iPod online, make sure you check for an online voucher code to use at the checkout. You could get a big discount off the final price or get free delivery on your purchase. The vouchers industry is growing rapidly at the moment, so never purchase anything (whether big or small) without checking for a discount first.

Trade in old models

If you have old iPod models lying around, or even old mobile phones, old games consoles or any other gadgets that you won’t use anymore, trade them in for cash to put towards your new iPod. This is particularly useful if you’ve got an old model of whatever gadget you want to trade in, because the likelihood is you wouldn’t get as much money for it if you tried to sell it yourself.

Buy a refurbished iPod

If you can’t afford the price of the newest iPod model then consider buying a refurbished iPod. You can buy these directly from Apple and can relax knowing that experts will be refurbishing your iPod for you. You can also buy from exchange companies or from individuals on eBay, or other online market places. It’s probably best to go with the professionals, but sometimes you can get very good deals by buying from individuals instead. Even though the iPod will have been used by someone else, you can get some which look as good as new. Be aware that a used iPod battery might not be as powerful as a brand new one, so always enquire about how much it has been used previously. Where possible, try and buy one which has some of its warranty left on it to be on the safe side.

Buy a video-free iPod

Don’t buy the newest, most flashy model of iPod on the market if you’re not going to use all of the features. If you simply want to use your iPod for music, don’t splash out on a video enabled model which with all the added extras; you can save a lot of money by buying a less fancy model which will fulfil your needs without upsetting your bank balance. The same goes for storage- if you anticipate that you won’t need 160GB of storage space (perhaps you only have a small collection of music), then buy a model with less storage space, which tend to be a lot cheaper.

Don’t give up on CD’s

Burn any CD’s you can find around the house onto your iTunes library. It may take time, but it can save you loads of cash instead of re-buying the music. Have a rummage through the garage and ask your parents if you can lend their old classic CD’s and spend time uploading them to your library. It may also be cheaper to buy actual CD’s than buy from the iTunes library. Many clearance style music shops have older albums for a fraction of the price (due to the humble CD’s lifespan coming to an end), and you can then sell them off after you’ve downloaded the music. This may take longer than simply clicking the ‘download’ button, but it could save you packets of cash.

Don’t buy official accessories

The iPod accessories market is huge, which everything from speaker systems, headphones, iPod docks, car accessories and chargers, it can be easy to get carried away when buying things to improve the use of your iPod. However, official iPod accessories can come with a hefty price tag. Look for non-Apple accessories which will more than likely cost you a fraction of the price as an official one.

Written by Rachael from the Shopping team at moneysupermarket.com

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