Back to-school savings: Where to find great deals

The new school year is about to start and you still have so much shopping left to do. No worries. It’s not too late to snag some bargains.

Why pay full price for that laptop, tablet, cell phone or other piece of technology your child needs? Think refurbished and you can save 20 to 30 percent on these just-like-new products.

“This is pretty much a no-brainer if you’re trying to save money on back-to-school technology,” said Rob Caskey, vice president of Secondipity, a site that specializes in refurbished electronics.

And don’t let the “refurbished” label turn you off to these deals.

“The refurbished products we offer come with the manufacturer’s warranties, just like a new product would,” Caskey said. “They’re reconditioned to factory specifications. So, you’re really getting a product that is like new, but you’re paying a lot less for it.”

Many online electronics stores offer refurbished items, as do many big name manufacturers. A quick search on the Acer website turned up a number of Aspire laptops (with Windows 8) for between $150 and $475 off suggested retail. They all had a standard one-year warranty.

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