Phone cases, charging cables and other mobile accessories are usually last-minute purchases. But since popular accessory brands like Aukey, RAVPower, Speck, and Anker are constantly selling, you can save a ton of money by snapping good deals or setting up a price tracker to send discounts to your inbox. Really, there is never a good reason to pay full price for mobile accessories.
Mobile accessories are almost always on sale
Mobile accessories from popular brands such as RAVPower, Aukey, Belkin, TaoTronics and Anker are almost always available for purchase. They regularly appear in Amazon’s Daily Deals, and their Amazon pages often include clickable coupons that don’t require a promotional code. This isn’t just anecdotal – we’ve got the coupons to prove it.
One of our favorite deal search tools called Camelcamelcamel tracks the price of every item on Amazon and charts every price change on a graph. A quick look at the Camelcamelcamel listings for products from RAVPower, Anker, Belkin, Speck and other popular brands reveals a price drop once every one to three months. (Note that Camelcamelcamel does not consider Amazon’s one-click discount system, which mobile accessory brands use generously.)
Of course you don’t have to wait three months to get a charging cable at a discount. Mobile accessory brands all sell nearly identical products, so if a particular brand’s charging cable or portable battery isn’t for sale, there’s usually another brand to fill the gap. As I am writing, Anker’s wireless earbuds are full price on Amazon, while similar earbuds from Aukey are $ 20 off.
But what if you don’t have time to browse Amazon listings and find a great deal? What if you can’t wait for a discount, or if you want to save money on a specific product from a specific brand? Well then it’s time to set up a price tracker and let the deals come to you.
Find and track mobile accessory sales
As I said before, mobile accessories are almost always for sale, so you are not need a price tracker to save money on cables or wireless chargers. In fact, you can usually find a great deal by checking out the Today’s Deals tab on Amazon or by visiting Kinja’s The Inventory, a website that finds and publishes remarkable discounts every day.
But if you’re looking for a specific product on sale or just want to enjoy a good deal, stop looking for deals by hand and use a tool like SlickDeals to find discounts the easy way. SlickDeals is a community-driven price tracker that brings together discounts from all over the internet. After creating a SlickDeals account, you can set up the website to notify you when specific products or brands are on sale. SlickDeals can even follow common terms like “charging cable” or “mobile accessories” and notify you by email, browser popup (Chrome / Firefox extension) or smartphone notification (Android / iOS app) when a discount matches your search.
Another popular price tracking tool is Camelcamelcamel. That’s right, Camelcamelcamel isn’t just for checking the history of Amazon prices – you can set the website to notify you when specific products drop in price. And because Camelcamelcamel is automated, it can alert you to discounts faster than SlickDeals. The only downside is that Camelcamelcamel cannot follow broad product categories such as “USB-C charger” and the website only works with Amazon.
Need more information about price tracking? Read the in-depth article “Set Up Pricing Today to Save on Christmas Gifts Tomorrow”. It leans toward Christmas shopping, but the tools covered are useful any time of the year.
Avoid OEM accessories if possible
Everyone has that moment when their trusty charging cable, the one that came with their phone, is lost, stolen, or destroyed. With no time to wait for an Amazon package, you find yourself buying a no-name charging cable at a gas station or drugstore. But something strange happens – you realize your gas station charging cable sucks. It charges slowly, it won’t stay in your phone and it feels like it could fall apart at any moment.
This experience may lead you to purchase a replacement cable directly from your phone manufacturer. That is understandable, because the accessories sold by brands such as Apple and Samsung are reliable and solidly made. There is only one problem; these are OEM accessories extreme too expensive, especially when compared to accessories from brands like Anker, RAVPower, Spigen and Aukey.
Check out Apple’s USB-C to Lightning charging cable. At $ 19, it’s about 25% more expensive than Anker’s $ 15 USB-C to Lightning cable (which, as I mentioned earlier, is often on sale). And while Apple’s charging cable is only 4 feet long, the cheaper Anker cable is twice as long – 6 feet long.
To be fair, Apple is known for selling overpriced products. But this trend is spreading to other OEM accessories, like Samsung’s phone cases and Google’s screen protectors (open the link for a good laugh). Unless you find these OEM accessories on sale or need a specific product that other companies don’t sell (like a OnePlus Warp Charger), it’s better to stick with the popular accessory brands we’ll be focusing on in this article.
That just means one thing: if you plan ahead, you’ll never pay the full retail price for a mobile accessory again. In fact, it’s never a bad idea to grab an extra cable or charger when you see a good deal, just to have it on hand in case yours breaks.