Black Friday deals may cost you more in the long run

You’ve got your well-thought-out business IT budget in hand.  But it’s Black Friday, and you’ve got your shopping game plan, map, extra-strength coffee, and some protective gear. Time to go grab some awesome deals on PCs, laptops, and tablets for your business.

Not so fast!

It’s a little-known fact in the business world that buying business hardware from a brick and mortar vendor — even at Black Friday or Cyber Monday prices — is not actually a bargain.

I love a good deal as much as anyone, but there are a few problems with focusing on those unbelievable prices instead of your actual business needs.  For example, the PCs, laptops, and tablets you’ll often find on a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale are designed and packaged with software licensed for personal use (like Windows Home) — which you’ll need to replace with business licensing (like Windows Pro).  By the time you pay for the software upgrade license and the labor to install it, you’ve negated whatever savings you got on the hardware itself!

And that’s not all…

The hodge-podge of equipment procured on Black Friday pushes your company further away from standardization.  The more brands, models, types of licenses, and compatibility variables introduced, the less standardized your business hardware will be.  There’s a cost associated with not only the IT service component of your mix-n-match hardware, but also the software and training it’ll take to get your team on the same page with it.

So now that I’ve taken all the fun out of Black Friday, how can you get the best savings on your new business PCs, laptops, and tablets?

Here are a few tips:

Take advantage of our partnership discounts — We have partnerships that can mean huge discounts on hardware for non-profit organizations, as well as volume discounts for for-profit businesses.  In some cases, we can beat retail pricing, in some cases we can’t, but we’ll always be straight and honest with you.

Use a standardized suite version — Microsoft Office is a good example. If you have the same suite and the same version, you’re going to save a lot of compatibility headaches and training hours.

Think about what you need, not just about sale prices — This is where it’s good to sit down with us and get a good idea of your needs. You’ll need to consider variables like Mac vs. PC, mobile vs. desktop, if mobile – desktop replacement vs. ultra-portable, and if desktop – tower vs. small form factor.  The options are endless, but as with most things… the least expensive approach in the long run is to have a plan, and stick to the plan.