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6 Ways to save money on Apple Products

Part 4 – Dont buy cables and adapters from the Apple Store

For those who love becoming the owner of a new piece of technology, nothing really competes with a new purchase from Apple.

Be it an iPhone, iPod or a shiny new iMac, all are objects of desire with just one snag – the price.

Apple products are notoriously expensive, although their millions of fans feel they get value for money in the long run even if it is very painful at the time of purchase.

If you try shopping around, there are usually very retailers who will discount any Apple product, but there are a few ways that can save some money when it comes time to treat yourself.

Here is the fourth in a series of six ways to save money when making your Apple purchase. Be sure to check back for the rest of the series.

Purchase Cables and Peripherals on line from non-Apple sources

If you need to purchase any additional items such as cables and adaptors, these will always be very (and many would say outrageously) expensive if purchased from the Apple store.

There is no doubting that the Apple store will only sell official, approved and high quality accessories but it is not uncommon to pay in the region of £30 for a cable or plug that can be purchased for just a few pounds from a retailer on Amazon or e bay.

The quality is often not the same, but very often the cheaper quality is good enough and the price saving makes this a worthwhile option.

Good Luck

Once I have posted all 6 tips, add a comment and let me know if there are any other ways to save on Apple products that I have missed.

Accountant Chelmsford Transform AccountingAccountant Essex

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Cloud

It appears that accounting and bookkeeping software authors Sage have finally woken up to the potential of cloud based computing by announcing a strategic alliance with IT giant Microsoft.

They hope to be able to offer a cloud based accounting software solution so that their customers can choose to either host their own systems (on premise) or to access via the internet to a system running sage software (cloud), meaning that the user will not have to worry about software installs, backups, updates etc. The cloud based infrastructure will be provided by Microsoft’s substantial data centers.

But, these offerings are not expected to be available from some time in 2013.

Sage hasn’t had a lot of luck with its system development recently with its Sage One system being criticized as being too basic for many businesses and its offerings for iXBRL tax filing were dogged by development problems resulting in Sage announcing two weeks before the due implementation date that it wouldn’t be ready and having to resort to using Thomson Reuters One source system as a stop gap until it was ready.

Microsoft has also hardly set the world on fire with their accounting system offerings in the UK in the last decade, despite a number of high profile acquisitions.

The expectation is that the combination of these two companies will result in excellent integration between the cloud based Sage products and cloud based versions of Microsoft’s office suite.

But the acid test will be once the products are actually available. With many competitors already offering impressive cloud based solutions, and the Sage/Microsoft offering still a long way off. Many potential new clients who specifically wanted cloud based software will have chosen their competitors, and Sage may have trouble persuading their current customers to make the switch. For this to succeed, Sage will need to modernize their current products before their cloud launch and increase the flexibility in their pricing model.

I fear an online version of their current products just won’t cut it.

If you are going to be late to the party, you better be good!

Accountant ChelmsfordTransform Accounting – Accountant Essex

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