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Guide to Buying a Used Laptop

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Buying a used laptop or used notebook is a sure sign of going green even if the main aim is to save money. You still want a used laptop or notebook to be in perfect working condition though. More people everyday are discouraged in buying used products from Craigslist and eBay because of all the negative stories on obtaining merchandise that does not work. Many things can be purchased secondhand, but computers are something to be careful off. Having some knowledge on computers, even basic knowledge is required and doing some, research will be able to let you purchase a good used laptop.
Use the following checklist in obtaining a used laptop to still some of your fears:
• When the decision is made in obtaining a used laptop, decide exactly what you want and what you will be using it for. Check out and do some research on the available used laptops going on the present market.
• Determine where you will buy your used laptop or used notebook from and stick to it. When buying from eBay or craigslist make sure that it is a regular on these websites with a good review.
• Checking for cosmetic issues is not important, as you want the inner workings of the machine to be perfect and not the outside.
• The used laptop screen is very important, as you do not need to replace a screen soon after purchase.
• Testing all the wireless connections, sockets, and plugs as it is quite costly to replace. A broken USB port is all right if you have some spare.
• Faulty hard drives are not a serious issue as it is not very expensive to replace.
• Battery life is important as you will be able to drive down the price significantly of it is a short operating span.

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Difference between Used Laptop and Refurbished Laptop

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You will find that vendors use the terms second-hand, used, refurbished, and new interchangeably. It is very inaccurate and you should know what the term refurbished laptop and used laptop means in order not to be buying something unwanted or un-bargained for.
As opposed to a used laptop, which typically did not undergo any checks before selling, a refurbished laptop is thoroughly checked, reconditioned, and returned to its as-new status. This is very different from a used laptop or used notebook even when it is offered to you with the same assurances. Vendors often try to sell a used laptop as a refurbished laptop in order to charge more for the laptop.
A refurbished laptop often comes from the manufacturers that made it as they may be returned to manufacturers with minor faults, from scratches to software glitches. A company will inspect and restore the laptop to working as new and for all intent and purposes be new. However it is not new and cannot be advertised as such, that is where reconditioned or refurbished laptops come in.
Buying a refurbished laptop in other words will allow you to buy a laptop with much higher specs than you originally anticipated for a much lower price. Look out for the price of a used laptop as oppose to a refurbished laptop. A used laptop should be significantly cheaper than a refurbished laptop, the same as a refurbished laptop must be cheaper than a brand new laptop.
A used laptop or used notebook will not operate exactly like a new or refurbished laptop and you can expect minor problems, depending on the price you pay. A refurbished laptop on the other hand must work in exactly the same manner as a new laptop. If someone wants to charge you the price of a refurbished laptop for a used laptop then the used laptop must have absolutely no issues or problems.

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Where to Buy or Sell Used Laptops and Notebooks

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Looking to sell your used laptop or used notebook for a good price, you can look at some of the following online places that buys used laptops, notebooks and computers. Some companies even buy broken laptops and computers as they salvage undamaged components in the laptop for refurbishing other laptops. You can buy a used laptop or used notebook or computer from the same places, as they have different makes and models of computers, laptops and notebooks, either new or used.
BBTronics.com has a comprehensive and easy to navigate web site for the selling of used as well as broken Dell laptops at top value. Sellers of their laptops, computers and notebooks have a choice of payment method, either via PayPal, Money Order or Check.
AliExpress.com buys and sells any type of used laptop, used notebook, used computer, tablets and more. Full descriptions of all their products are displayed, as well as the status of the used laptop or other products as well as pictures are included.
Ebay is another very popular spot to buy and sell almost anything, including your used laptop or if you are looking to buy a used laptop, notebook or computer.
TokyoPC.com buys and sells any make or model used laptop, used notebook, used tablet or used computer for very reasonable prices.
UsedLaptops.com buys and sells quality used laptop and used notebook computers to businesses and individuals. The advantage a buyer has here is that every unit he or she buys second-hand is that it gets thoroughly tested. The same goes for sellers as they cannot sell their used laptop for examples and state it is good condition, when indeed it is not.
Dfsdirectsales.com comes highly recommended if you are looking for a used Dell laptop, notebook or computer as their products come with a 30 day return policy. Sellers on the other hand will not be able to receive top prices for their used laptops if they want a good price and the product may be damaged. They do however buy and sell as-is used products, refurbished and more.

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Is it Safe to Buy a Laptop under $100?

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When you are looking at buying a used laptop and do not want to spend a lot of money, you will find that there are used laptops for sale for under a $100. You must remember that technology advancement causes many people to replace their current laptop for newer versions and not because something is wrong with it. Laptop prices have fallen over recent years and a reasonable price for a decent and brand new laptop can be as low as $400.
If you do not have the capital and want to go for something cheaper than that, you will find a refurbished or used laptop for under $100 and it can be a decent quality used laptop. A refurbished laptop is more expensive than a used laptop, but the advantage you have with a refurbished laptop is that problems it may have, has been inspected and repairs done if needed.
You must know that you will not find a decent used laptop for under $100 if it is relatively new. It will be an older model and even so it will be sufficient for use of basic office applications, web browsing and more. You obviously will not find a top of the range gaming laptop for that price, so you must be realistic when looking at cheap used laptops. You need to inspect the laptop’s specifications, like the hard drive size, CPU, screen size and RAM.
Battery capacity is another factor to be on the lookout for when you purchase a used laptop or used notebook. It also depends where you want to use the used laptop as most people basically buy a laptop or notebook for its portability. If the battery is constantly charging and discharging over years, the battery capacity diminishes significantly and you will need to be plugged in to work.

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How to Buy a Used Laptop or a Used Notebook

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We all know the prices of laptops and notebooks and if you do not know the going prices, then research is a definite must, especially if you consider buying a used laptop or used notebook. There will be no point in acquiring a second-hand product if the new selling price is very close or similar. Especially if it is your first time ever to purchase computers, laptops or notebooks. Do some research and have basic knowledge about computers and follow some of the following tips.
If you decide on a used laptop then you must attempt to buy one of the best models from a top manufacturer. It will be a second-hand product so go for the best second-hand product as they will be more durable and reliable. You can choose to buy a privately owned computer from family or friends, second-hand shops, dealers or web sites like amazon and e-Bay. Wherever or from whomever you must make sure there is enough time available for proper inspecting and testing before you hand over your money. You want to check the charging cord and ports as well as the battery. The screen is very important and make sure it is clear. Clear outer signs of wear may be an indication whether a laptop have been dropped.
You must take into consideration that you will be the operator of the used laptop or used notebook and wherever possible you must choose an operating system that you are comfortable with. Both Mac and Microsoft Windows have their advantageous and disadvantageous and it is a matter of personal choice and preference. Many Mac users such as Apple’s Mac-book and MacBook –pro or the Air flow, swear by this operating system, whereas a PC with a Microsoft windows system are the only choice of other users. Decide which one you prefer before you make your final choice.

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Acquiring a used or refurbished laptop

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A brand new laptop is an expensive expenditure and shopping around for a used laptop is often a better investment and choice. A normally expensive laptop brand new will sell at a much lower price for exactly the same product, if it is in good working condition. Shopping in the used laptop market can lead for you to own the ultimate laptop and there are more advantages than just money that’s involved in this market. Sometimes a used laptop or notebook may still be under warranty from the factory.
When you look for a used or refurbished laptop there are several online websites to explore or a computer shop near you will also have second hand laptops. You must first of all know what it is that you want to suit your specific needs when looking at used laptops. A sale should at least cover a minor warranty if possible and a reputable seller is very important to consider. Buying a used laptop that will cost you hundreds more in repairs, might often work out more than an initial new laptop would have cost.
According to your needs you must know exactly what price you are willing to pay for a used laptop. If you purchase from a second-hand dealer in computers, make sure of after-sales customer service, return policies and warranties.
You must also take into consideration that an expensive laptop offers more features and that in the used laptop market the pricing isn’t always according to features. You will pay more for an ultraportable used notebook or laptop, but sometimes a laptop can come with accessories such as swappable drives, extra batteries, networking cables, and carry case. You must decide beforehand if you really need those extras according to your needs. You may find exactly the same used laptop for a much lower price if you take it without accessories.

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Buy Used Laptops with Confidence

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With Technology evolving at such an enormous rate, a laptop’s cycle doesn’t last long for some people and companies in need of constant latest technology. Many people benefit from a used laptop in different ways, you may want it for your own personal use, whereas a computer geek would like to see and investigate the inner workings. Nobody will strip or open up a brand new computer with a warranty, but with a used laptop it is possible. Upgrading is often possible and upgrading of some of these components allows for the ideal opportunity in teaching yourself.
A laptop, notebook or computer is usually not sold because something is wrong with it, but someone wanting to upgrade to the latest technology. It is a fact that everyone always look after their computers and laptops, even companies using laptops as no employee will mess up an employer’s equipment. Thus for you to purchase a used laptop stays a bargain as long as you know what to look for.
If you need a used laptop for general tasks, web surfing and emailing then a 700 MHz laptop is sufficient. It doesn’t have to have a large storage capacity and anything from 10GB – 20GB will be sufficient. Look out for any signs of impact on the used laptop before making a selection. Being dropped is a common injury a laptop sustain and although often isn’t seriously damaged. An uneven brightness or flickering screen is something you should never accept when looking at second hand laptops and used notebooks.
Testing the battery and the AC adaptors connector and the power jack is another must-do and the light shouldn’t flicker when you wiggle the connection. You must also test to ensure the cooling system is functioning properly by testing the laptop for heat and noise from the fan. Testing the keyboard keys, playing a cd and listen for hard drive sounds that may sound strange. Make sure wireless and networking interfaces work properly so that you are able to connect to the internet.
Different models and brands to be on the lookout for are IBM, which is very durable; Panasonic, Toshiba and Fujitsu also build solid laptops. Apple is another very durable quality and the cheaper brands such as Sony Vaio and Dell unfortunately are cheap laptops and for a little more you can buy it brand new. A durable used laptop is what you investigate so stick to purchasing a durable brand.

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