If you see a product advertised with “We’ll beat any price”, it does not necessarily means it’s the cheapest deal for this particular product. Look at least in three other stores. Also, if you are paying cash (not a “cash cheque”), you can easily negotiate a good discount.
Advertising comes at a cost (so does this website). So the sellers negotiation margin is often larger if he has not invested that much in adverts.
Technology is getting sophisticated, and complicated. And a salesman is not knowledgeable in all field. So when you walk in a store and tell the salesman “I don’t understand much in computers...” you’re giving the salesperson a license to sell you the hardest of his stock, or the old stuff that has found no buyer yet.
A technician will give you precious advice happily, provided he is assured some kind of return. Experience is not free, but one can absorb it in one's profit margin. An qualified person would tell you, for example, that it is useless to get a PC with lots of memory if the operating system will not be able to take advantage of it. Printing, in particular, is a field where there are multiple snares.
Also, avoid supermarket style shops, where you may get “crashing” price, but no support at all.
Finally, do not forget to include side expenses in your budget:
Naturally, as goods Mauritius imports everything from overseas, transport cost increase the cost of our goods substantially. Buying computers abroad may not be a good idea, however. The difference in price (often around a thousand rupees) is not enough to cover the troubles you come encounter:
The IT market is very competitive.
When you come to Nexxit (or when Nexxit comes to you) you have the opportunity to learn about the right computer or printer for the best value for your money. We are always offering great deals on Dell, HP, Samsung computers, printers and other hardware (including other brands).