If you’re looking for a cheap tablet, you’re in luck.
Several years ago, I made a prediction early in that year that tablets would be sold for $99 or less by Christmas. Keep in mind that tablets were the hottest item of the year back when I said this.
Well, as it got closer and closer to Thanksgiving, it started looking like I was going to be a liar. But then the Black Friday sales eventually came in at $99.
Today, you have to work hard to get to $99 when you’re buying a tablet! That’s because tablets has fallen out of favor thanks to the bigger-screen phones.
If you do want a tablet, I’m predicting you’ll find 7-inch screens for around $19 through this holiday season. Amazon is planning its own $50 tablet. And I’m already starting to see the off-brands pricing out routinely around $29, $39 or $49. (iPads are getting cheaper too, but they won’t be that low in price!)
Right now, I’m seeing tablet brands you’ve never heard of for around $20. MicroCenter.com has one for $29, though it’s for in-store pickup only.
AliExpress.com is also a place to get a cheap tablet. I’ve seen prices starting at $25 with free shipping. If you want a larger screen size, those will be more. Look for 10-inch screens starting around $35.
Are any of these tablets any good? I have no idea!
If you wind up ordering from a Chinese website, be sure to look closely at shipping. A lot of the sites have free shipping. But if you don’t pay attention, you could pay more for shipping than for the tablet itself!
These cheap tablets make a great gift for a kid. If a kid breaks a $20 tablet, you won’t be as upset as if they break a $100 or $200 tablet!
Clark Howard — Save More, Spend Less, Avoid Rip-offs — for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog
Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Find more answers to your consumer questions at Clark’s website.