In general, electronics items very rarely offer sales or discounts that make the product less expensive than the manufacturer's suggested retail price. This is especially true for brands such as Apple. In some instances, deals can be found, especially if a customer is willing to make concessions such as not buying an item as soon as it is released or purchasing a reconditioned unit.
Wait for Price Reductions
When electronics items fail to hit the markets with massive sales, some companies choose to reduce the cost to consumers.
Price reductions can also occur when a company is liquidating old inventory to make room for the new goods. For example, the price dropped by $100 on the iPad2 when the New iPad was released.
Look at Refurbished Models
Refurbished models of tablets are available in several retail outlets, including Best Buy's Outlet Center and on Amazon. Refurbished units can sell for $30-$90 less than the new models.
Check Two-Year Contracts
If customers are willing to sign up for a two-year contract with a carrier, many tablets are available for less than $300. Typical discounts with two-year contracts are $150-$250 off the retail price.
Read Return Policies
Some stores allow customers to return electronic items within two weeks or a few months of purchase if a customer is dissatisfied with the purchase. Best Buy has a 14-day window for returns. Costco offers a 90-day window on returns.
Check for Shipping Deals
For items purchased online, look for discounts on shipping from online retailers such as Amazon. Wal-Mart offers $0.97 shipping on many of its tablets.