Why Some So Called PDA Bargains Are Really Not A Bargain At All?

By: Gregg Hall

It seems that nearly everyone who buys a PDA either brags about how much they spent or what a bargain they got. While it is true that many PDAs are very expensive and some are cheaper, there are some bargains that you could do without altogether.

One of the most telling factors when it comes to the price of a PDA is its name brand. All the major name brands will cost more than the lesser known ones. However, there are several popular brands that are not as expensive that work just as well, depending upon how you intend to use your PDA.

Most people who can afford it would like to have a brand new PDA. They would not think of anything less. This is usually quite pricey, but there are ways to get a bargain that will not leave them with buyer's remorse.

Sometimes, computer stores will sell PDAs at rock bottom prices if they are discontinued models. If you are not one who feels the need for the latest up-to-the-minute technology, you might be able to find a PDA that will work perfectly well for the way you want to use it. These PDAs usually come with warrantees and probably have never been taken out of the box.

Because many PDAs are also mobile phones, cell phone companies will often offer a discount on these devices when you commit to a contract with their service. This is a good way to lessen the cost of a PDA, but only if you want to use that company's services for the specified amount of time.

Of course, you can always try E-bay or some other internet outlet to find a used PDA. This is never a wise move. There is a slim chance that you will get a PDA that will work and provide you with all your needs without problems. However, it is more likely that the PDA will not work immediately or will show problems over time. What is more, there will be no warrantee to back up the workmanship of the product.

Other sources of used PDAs are from pawn shops and from friends. Pawn shops are notorious about selling items that do not work. Some of them will take nonfunctional items back if you return them immediately, but do not count on it. This is no way to get a PDA, and you never know what will be stored on a PDA gained in this way.

When you buy a used PDA from a friend, you are taking your friendship into your own hands. Your friend may have the best intentions, and you may be open to the idea that the PDA is a fine piece of equipment. Yet, if something goes wrong, there will be hard feelings on both sides. Better to buy a new PDA and spare your friendship the stress.

A PDA bargain is really a bargain when you get a working PDA that you can count on for a reduced price. There are several ways to go about it. Almost none of them include buying a used PDA.

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