Take advantage of holiday prices

Don't buy in January what you can get at a discount today.

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Small companies rely on the retail channel for much of their IT. Even the largest multinationals buy consumer-grade products at times, such as for home office workers and small remote offices. So take advantage of holiday pricing to buy things you will need early next year.

Has your IT manager finally agreed to start a pilot netbook project? Prices plunged for the holidays. Need a department shredder to hide incriminating papers from auditors? Office supply stores mark down products for the holidays, too. Take a look at your purchase requests for January, and see which items can be had for a discount during the holidays.

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This tip is adapted from "10 End-of-Year IT Tasks to Do Now" by James Gaskin.

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