With proper care and use, laptops can give you more than five years of efficiency. That’s for your personal use, but did you know that with the fast pace of technology and new software being developed at record speed that businesses dispose of their laptop computers in just three short years?
So if you happen to succumb to the temptation of buying a new laptop or notebook, you can still make your cash work for you by looking into buying used laptop computers.
Here’s how to buy used laptop computers:
- Specifications. First, pull out the box and the information or service packet that came with your old laptop. Read through and note down pertinent details like manufacturing date, parts, delivery date, the date you purchased it and how much you got it for, modem number, and serial number. You will use this information by comparing the specifications with the new laptop you intend to buy dirt cheap. Use this as your benchmark and remember, you don’t need fancy technology built into any used laptop. You just need to find out if it will perform as well as your previous laptop.
- Find information on the used market, go through a broker or go directly to the manufacturer. Laptops depreciate in value as soon as the cash register rings up the purchase. For example, do not be surprised if a laptop that was bought for $3,000 now only sells for $500. This is not a bad thing. It’s an opportunity. Use this information when scouring websites that sell used laptop computers. Begin your search in Amazon Marketplace, Best Buy, eBay, Craig’s list, Directron, Dell, Acer, Apple, IBM, and other manufacturers of laptop computers.
- Warranty. You might think that buying used laptop computers jeopardizes the warranty it came with the first time it was bought. Again, this is not a bad thing. This actually works for you because you don’t have to worry about breaking any rule in the warranty certificate. Ergo, you can add your modifications or choose to upgrade your hard drive without voiding the warranty. Further, used laptop computers sell for less money because it isn’t burdened by warranty.
- Used doesn’t mean decrepit. Used laptops are sold not because there’s something wrong or askew about the system or its peripherals. As mentioned, businesses or personal laptop users upgrade to brand new ones because they are pursuing the latest technology in brand new laptop models. They are simply lovers of laptops and new technology. Ergo, once they sell their laptops to get new ones, you can guarantee that they have taken good care of their old ones. Besides, most laptops are so over-engineered that its quality cannot be questioned. In short, these are built to stay alive and function for a long time.
- System requirements. Be very specific about your system requirements when purchasing a used laptop computer. If you use your laptop for basic tasks like word processing, e-mailing, surfing, and old-school gaming, a 700MHz with a 20GB hard drive will be enough.
- Avoid lemons. Very closely check the obvious. Laptop surfaces and corners that have dents, cracks, and scratches tell you that it has been dropped; The screen flickers when turned on; Varying or uneven brightness; The sound of the cooling system when the laptop is turned on; How fast the laptop heats up when it’s turned on; Missing keys on the keyboard. When you see any of these and more, turn around and walk away.
Just a number of simple steps to help you buy used but still very usable and functional laptop computers.