Buyer's Guide & Sales,  Wacom

How I Saved $400 On A Cheap Wacom Cintiq Pro

In this post, we’re going to talk about the best places to get a Cheap Wacom Cintiq Pro on the internet, using the same site that saved me $400 on my Wacom Cintiq Pro 16″.

The best place to buy a Cheap Cintiq Pro is Amazon. Their price algorithm is designed specifically to undercut their competition’s prices, so you get the best price.  

If Amazon’s sales aren’t low enough for you I also provide some other affordable alternative options & products. 

If you’d like to skip to a specific section of this post, feel free to use the table of contents below to do so. 

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1. Amazon Scammers 

While I do promote purchasing on Amazon for its sales, you should be careful purchasing anything on Amazon. 

Before buying anything on Amazon it’s important to understand some of the risks. I don’t want to fear monger but not everything you see on Amazon is accurate.

In fact, the Wall Street Journal published a video on how foreign scammers, manipulate ratings of their competition, utilize fake reviews & sell counterfeit products. 

Plus there’ve been multiple reports of people unknowingly buying fake products from Amazon.

I wrote an entire post discussing the details of Amazon scammers here. 

The best way to protect yourself from Scammers on Amazon is to buy from trusted sellers.

2. Trusted Sellers on Amazon

To find out if someone is a trusted seller of Wacom Products, make a list of sellers you see on Amazon, then call Wacom & ask if there a trusted seller who has a relationship with the Wacom Brand. 

Luckily for you, I’ve already have done all that, here’s a list of sellers you can trust on Amazon. Below is a list of Wacom sellers you can trust on Amazon. 

  • Wacom
  • Amazon.com
  • Amazon Renewed 
  • Adorama Camera
  • Best Buy

Some of these might seem obvious, but keep in mind Scammers will name there Amazon store Wacom Art Products. & without knowing the official seller name of Wacom you can easily be misled into thinking that’s a legit seller. 

Another important detail that people often confuse is the “sold & shipped from” section.

When you buy a product you might see by Wacom. That doesn’t mean Wacom is shipping the product. It means the product is made by Wacom. You need to look for the sold & shipped from the section. This section lets you know who the seller actually is. 

3. Reduced Price/Sale

Amazon utilizes a pricing algorithm to undercut their competitions’ prices. 

This algorithm is also the cause of fluctuating prices. Prices typically fluctuate when there’s a change in demand, competition or other market-related variables.

The graph above represents fluctuations in the Cintiq Pro 24″ price from May21st to June 18th.

The highest price in the graph, $2.5k, is already $200 less than the competitor’s price of $2.7k.

On June 6th the price dropped to 2k. Which is $700 less than the list price. 

Usually, the shift in price isn’t more than 10% but it’s still enough to attract savvy shoppers.

If you’d like to know more about Amazon’s algorithm Tech Quickie Youtube Video covers it in detail.

Prices The Date This Article Was Published

13″ Screen

$7 cheaper than retail

16″ screen

$100 cheaper than retail

24″ Screen (No Touch)

$100 cheaper than retail

32″Screen

24″ Screen (Touch)

$101.24 cheaper than retail

4. Old SKU

Amazon also sells Wacom products with Old SKU, allowing them to cheapen the cost.

Old SKU stands for Old Stock Keeping Unit. Stock Keeping Units all have different numbers, through these SKU numbers, Wacom & Amazon can keep track of inventory.

The reason Old SKU products are cheaper is that they have been sitting in the warehouse for a longer time than new products have. Old SKU products often get confused with renewed products but they aren’t the same. 

In fact Old SKU, products are brand new products that have just been in the warehouse longer than usual. 

If you’d like to learn more about SKU, Vend wrote a detailed article all about it.

The only Cintiq Pro models that have an old SKU number are the 13″ & 16″.

Unfortunately, they are not from sellers I trust so I don’t advise you buy. But if you decide to do your own thing I left some links below with current pricing to those models on Amazon. 

Prices The Date This Article Was Published:

13″ Screen (Old Stock Keeping Unit)

$121.76 cheaper than retail

16″Screen (Old Stop Keeping Unit)

$20 cheaper than retail

5. Renewed

I wouldn’t suggest you buying renewed Wacom products anywhere. Renewed sometimes referred to as refurbished is when a seller attempts to restore a used product to factory condition. 

So there is a chance you’ll experience some minor problems like small scratches or the device not running as smooth as it should. 

Another issue I have w/ renewed products is there often sold w/ generic accessories, cables, & box. Most generic accessories aren’t made to work universally. & have caused issues like peoples iPhones exploding. 

My last issue w/ renewed is it’s often not priced fairly. Sure you can save a few 100 dollars on a renewed Cintiq Pro but you’re not promised it’ll work like new or come w/ the correct cables & accessories so the price should be drastically cheaper in my opinion. 

That said, this is my opinion & if you disagree & want to buy a renewed Cintiq Pro I can’t stop you. What I can do is provide you w/ the safest links & sellers to do so. 

What To Know When Buying Used Products

  • Only buy from
    • Amazon Renewed
    • Amazon.com
    • Adorama Camera
    • Best Buy
  • You might have to return the item.
  • The item might come in a generic box.
  • The accessories may be generic or older models.

To buy from one of the trusted sellers listed above, click the buttons bellow for the model you want, then click the Used & New section & click one of the buyers I suggested.

Then, when on Amazon’s site, click the “used & new” link to see and compare price options. See photo below for reference.

 

Prices The Date This Article Was Published:

13″ Screen

$230.99 cheaper than retail

16″ Screen

24″ Screen (Touch)

32″ Screen

6. Financing

To me, financing luxury art tech is the same as buying a used product. I’m not comfortable with the idea of both.

My suggestion is to save your money & wait for a sale or reduction in price on Amazon. 

But I know everyone has their own opinions & so it’s totally fine if you disagree.

Even though I don’t advise you do financing because it can be an annoying long term commitment; I’ll still provide you with what’s one of the best sites for financing:

Best Buy.

It’s actually tough to find a reputable site that offers financing options for drawing tablets.

In my opinion, Best Buy is the most trustworthy, & they don’t add interest if you keep up with the monthly billing.  

Prices The Date This Article Was Published:

24″ Screen (touch)

32″ Screen

7. Alternative Products

Quick disclaimer, the Wacom Cintiq Pro is the best Pen Display Tablet out right now. Which means any alternative I include in this section is a distant second place. 

I’m not trying to spook anyone– I just want the expectations to be accurately set.

The Cintiq Pro is a luxury piece of art tech; the alternatives are not so luxury. This doesn’t mean they’re cheap; they’re just a generation behind both in features & hardware.

Prices The Date This Article Was Published:

The Cintiq 16″

(non-Pro version)

cintiq 16

The Huion Kamvas 22″

huion drawing tablet

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