A couple of my recent blog posts have generated a lot of interest, questions and comments.
Those posts discuss the potential benefits and pitfalls of buying a used/refurbished computer instead of a new one.
Here are the links to those posts if you would like to check them out:
After reading all the feedback I received on those two posts, I thought it might help to clarify a couple of points.
First of all, in order to get a great deal on any brand/model of used computer, it’s important to do a little homework first.
Check on eBay to see what similar systems have sold for in the very recent past and use the average price of those deals as a guideline when deciding how much you’re willing to pay.
Once you decide on a maximum price for a particular computer brand/model, stick to it. After all, there will be plenty of other deals to choose from if a particular seller refuses to reduce the price.
Next, understand that buying used typically means the item(s) come without a warranty of any kind. Once you buy it, you own it – problems and all.
This is why I often recommend buying a refurbished computer instead of a used one. Most refurbished PCs come with at least a very basic limited warranty (usually anywhere from 90 to 180 days).
That at least guarantees that the machine will working correctly when you take it out the box.
Bottom line: Buying a used or refurbished computer can save you a ton of cash if you don’t need the latest and greatest hardware and you can live without the safety net of a full manufacturer’s warranty.
Just be careful and do a bit of basic research before you buy, and in most cases it should work out for the best.
Bonus tip: This post offers 10 reasons why I recommend buying tech gear from Amazon.