We are living in exciting times. Every month there seems to be a new innovation, something new to get excited about and, in some cases, something that seems to have been plucked straight out of 1950s sci-fi novels.
But all of this technology is not very exciting if it’s not at all in reach. What’s the point of living in an age of high-tech advancements if you can’t afford any of it yourself?
To help you get access to the latest tech like virtual reality, here are some tips on how you can make them more affordable.
- There are Always Cheaper Options
If you just won the lottery, are claiming workers’ compensation benefits or have successfully robbed a bank (we’re not here to judge) then, by all means, invest big in Oculus and Playstation VR. You’ll certainly get a kick out of it. But if you’re like the rest of us and you’re not even sure if it will be to your liking (maybe you’ll get dizzy, maybe you’ll just get bored) then there are cheaper options.
When it comes to VR the best option is to simply get an app for your smartphone and then use this in combination with a VR headset. You can buy top of the range plastic sets for $30 to $50, but you can also get cheaper ones that are just as effective. The power lies within the smartphone, the app and the ability to separate what one eye sees from what the other sees. This doesn’t require great expense.
- Wait —
Whatever tech you’re buying, whether it’s 3D or VR, you should always wait. As soon as the technology is announced as a preorder, it will be incredibly expensive. When it is released and has been available for some time, often just a matter of months, that price will start to come down. When more manufacturers get involved and start releasing their own versions, the marketplace becomes more competitive, new tech replaces old tech, and the thing you had your eye on at $3,000 could now cost just $500.
This industry moves very quickly and you can often get big savings like this simply by waiting 6 to 12 months. To learn more about the biggest advancements in virtual reality and what they will mean for your wallet, take a look at Real New World.
- Buy Secondhand
Tech is one of those things that we are reluctant to buy secondhand. It feels old and dated when it comes from someone else, but its price will reflect this as secondhand tech tends to be incredibly cheap.
Just make sure you buy directly from the previous owner and not from secondhand stores that buy and sell on. They will always try to make a substantial profit and in most cases, you’ll only end up paying 10% less. This is simply not worth it.
If you’re getting something that is no longer the latest version and is secondhand, you should be getting a discount of at least 50%. And don’t fall for the “refurbished” trick either. Stores that sell used tech like to slap this label on to make you think they’ve brought it up to scratch and done a lot of work on it, but in most cases, they’ve just polished it and put it in a generic box.
- Try Before you Buy
One of the big issues with new tech like VR is that it’s not for everyone. This is why it’s important that you try it out first before you commit to making a purchase. Pay a visit to your local tech store and see if they have it in stock. Have a look, a play, and a feel to decide if it is in line with your expectations.
Don’t buy there and then if it is. Give it a few days, think it over and then return. If you are still as excited as you were when you could be onto a winner. If you’re no longer that interested, then this is likely going to be one of those things that lose its appeal within weeks and ends up being a costly mistake.
We could all do with being a little less impulsive when it comes to big buys.