So you think you want to buy a used notebook? Many people do.
With the price of an entry level notebook in the $700 to $1000 range,
one can't help thinking that a cheaper notebook solution must exist.
However, just like informed judgment should be exercised when buying
a used car, a used notebook purchase requires similar scrutiny.
They are many aspects to buying a used notebook. In this article we
discuss; whether or not you should buy a used notebook, what you should
know before buying a used notebook, and what you should pay for a used
Should you Buy a Used Notebook?
While a $400 used notebook might seem like a great bargain
compared to a $1,500 new notebook, a used notebook might just be a $400
mistake. Several questions need to be answered before you even think
of shopping for a used notebook.
How will the used notebook be repaired? Since you
are buying a used notebook, you really don't know if the notebook has
been properly cared for. Used notebooks have a high tendency to break
especially when moved frequently. If you are going to pay $300 or more
for a used notebook, do you really want to pay a computer repair person
$50 or more every time something goes wrong?
Do used notebooks have a warranty? Used notebooks
sold by the original manufacturers (sometimes called "reconditioned"
notebooks) usually have some form of warranty.
Used notebooks may have a 90 day warranty if purchased from a dealer,
or they will have no warranty if purchased from an individual or an
You should never buy a used notebook unless you can have your money
returned if the notebook does not work, usually this is called a DOA
(dead on arrival) return policy. The best way to make sure your money
will be returned is to purchase the used notebook with a credit card.
|Warranty Hint: Keep in mind that a new notebook generally
has a 1-3 year parts and labor warranty.
So do you really want to pay $400 or more for a used notebook with