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Tech Buzz 09/03

Rebates on old handhelds; an update on IT outsourcing

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The Great Rebate

How about turning your old computers into a down payment on newer technology? An increasing number of rebate opportunities are popping up from vendors caught in a three-year PC sales slowdown and trying to encourage repeat business-or any business.

For example, Palm ran a promotion earlier this year offering a $50 rebate for trading in an older PDA. Hewlett-Packard also had an offer in which brand-name trade-ins could be worth as much as $220 off the price of a new Evo desktop. HP even took care of shipping costs for the old equipment, saving entrepreneurs a significant amount in disposal costs. Retailers' desire to tap local small- and midsize-business markets also works to your advantage Manufacturers are reaching out all the time through store sales channels, so don't overlook the availability of rebates at the electronics store or small reseller down the street.

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