What it is: A buying guide helps you time your purchases so you get the product you want at a lower price than normal.
Everyone likes saving money, but the best way to save money is to get exactly what you want at a lower price rather than settle for something cheaper that really isn’t what you want. To help you find the best prices on different Apple products, visit the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide. Run by the Apple news site called MacRumors, this buyer’s guide uses Apple’s product cycles to predict when a new model of a particular product will likely appear. That way instead of paying full price for a Macintosh that immediately drops in price when a newer model arrives, you can time your purchase so you buy the latest model as soon as it appears.
Once you know approximately when anew model will arrive, you have two choices. You can buy the new model at the same price as the current model and get better technology for the same price. Or you can buy the previous generation’s model for a lower price. Either way you win.
The MacRumor’s Buyer’s Guide tracks the lifecycle of Macintosh computers, iPhones, iPads, and even iPods. By browsing through its contents you can see which models will likely be dropped soon (such as non-Retina MacBook pro laptops) and which models will likely be updated soon. As long as you can afford to wait, you can make sure you get the most for your money.
If you’re shopping for iOS or OS X programs, here’s a secret. Many publishers routinely raise and lower the prices of their products sold through the App Store to test whether higher or lower prices bring in greater profits. Because prices change on apps fairly often, you can time your purchase to buy the app you want at the lowest possible price. For iOS apps in particular, publishers often drop their prices to free to get more people to use it and tell others about it as well.
To time your app purchases, visit App Sliced or App Shopper. Both sites track the latest price changes in the OS X and iOS app stores and also let you identify a particular app you might be interested in so the site can send you an e-mailo notice when the price drops. As soon as you receive that price drop notice, you can buy the app you want at the lower price (which may even be free).
Timing is everything. Use buyer guides to help you get exactly what you want at a lower price. All you need is a little bit of patience and you can make your money go a little further getting what you want with no compromises other than having to wait for the right time.