Sales tax holiday helps students buy new laptops

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Laptops can get expensive when you add all the accessories that go along with them, but the sales tax holiday can help save big on technology. And then combining the no sales tax deal with other student discounts can help students save up to $250.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the guidelines for the sales tax holiday is that any computer or tablet under $750 qualifies to have no added sales tax when purchased. Jacob Stollfus, Geek Squad Manager, said that people can use the student discounts to get a computer discounted so it will then be in the $750 range to qualify for the no sales tax offer.

"With the tax free event, it allows students to upgrade into the I-7 processor instead of the I-5, helps them get more storage, and a solid state hard drive, which is going to be faster than your standard drive and it's really going to help them get into that computer that is going to fit their needs," Stollfus said.

Father Brandon Ryan and his daughter Olivia were able to buy a laptop that they might not have been able to afford without the deals. Olivia will be an incoming freshmen at UW-Green Bay and needed a new laptop for school.

Originally, Brandon wanted her to get a Dell because it was affordable and reliable. But, Olivia really wanted a MacBook. With the student deal the MacBook Air was brought down into the $750 price range.

"I'm so excited, I wasn't expecting to be able to get a MacBook air, but I'm really excited," Olivia said.

The Ryan's ended up saving $250 total on the new computer. If you have a student going to college they qualify for the student deals, you can register for the deals online here: Best Buy Student Deals.

The deal does not apply to orders made online, but if you order online from the store you will still get the sales tax offer if the item qualifies.