Affordable Generators: How to Find an Affordable Emergency Generator

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Emergency generators were once exclusive to the rich and famous. Now, they are becoming as common as lawnmowers. - an online generator superstore - offers some expert advice on how to find an affordable generator.

Several years ago, emergency generators were simply too expensive for the average homeowner.

Now, prices are falling, and generators are becoming as common as lawnmowers in some regions - especially in Hurricane country.

Many homeowners acknowledge that they need a generator, but they still think the price isn't right. According to Jon Hoch, founder of Electric Generators, you can finally afford that generator if you follow these four tips:

1. Comparative Shop

Many Americans miss the mark when it comes to comparison shopping, warns Hoch.

"The biggest savings comes from comparing brands - not stores," says Hoch. "In some cases, it's not worth your time and gas money, driving across town to save a few bucks."

Hoch recommends learning all that you can about products before your buy and that includes using the web to comparison shop. There are many good web sites, like Electric Generators, which can help you to compare prices between brands.

For example, he discovered that four nearly identical generators can vary in price by up to two hundred dollars.

2. Consider Reconditioned Models

Homeowners can save an additional money by purchasing reconditioned instead of new generators, says Hoch.

Reconditioned generators are returned to the manufacturer by one of their retailers for a number of reasons. Most are returned with no apparent defect and little sign of use. Many, in fact, have never been used. Others show some minor use or wear.

The manufacturer tests and, when needed, services these products, guaranteeing they meet 100% of new product performance specifications.

"Think about it," says Hoch. "Even the most basic generators are designed to last hundreds of hours. A reconditioned generator may have been used a few hours, but it costs considerably less."

3. Buy Online

Internet retailers offer three important cost-advantages:

First, Electric Generators ships orders directly from the factory to the customer's door. By eliminating the need for warehouses and stores, they can pass considerable factory-direct savings onto the customer.

Secondly, you can save up to 7.5% (depending on your state) by simply not paying state sales tax. For example, Illinois residents would save an extra $33.75 in tax on a $500 generator.

Finally, many web sites are now offering free shipping on all generator orders. This is a great option for larger generators that are too big to fit in your car.

"Instead of lugging it home from the store, you can reinvest the time and energy into more important things," says Hoch.

4. Pay By Check

Yes, credit cards are convenient. And, the frequent flyer miles or the one percent cash discount is tantalizing.

But most shoppers don't realize that merchants already increase their prices by at least 2% in order to cover the credit card fees.

So instead of giving 2% of the sale to the credit card companies, some creative merchants, like, are actually passing the savings onto the consumer if they pay by check instead.

The discount really adds up, especially on larger purchases like home standby generators. For example, you can save between $50-$350 on your purchase by simply mailing a check.

"Do the math," says Hoch. "You can save hundreds of dollars by simply licking a 39 cent stamp. Sounds like a good trade to me."

Electric Generators Direct is an online emergency generator superstore owned and operated by Power Equipment Direct, Inc.

The Romeoville, IL-based company also maintains Pressure Washers Direct and Air Compressors Direct.

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