Given the price of computers and their general vulnerability it often pays to purchase cheap refurbished laptops. A 100 dollar laptop will often last as long and be as serviceable as a new one. Laptops are often returned to the manufacturer due to minor defects. The computers are fixed and resold as refurbished laptops under a one-year warranty. A brand new laptop can run $1,000 or more, while a cheap, refurbished mode; may sell for a tenth of that price.
Upon launch, a new computer is sent from the manufacturer to a retailer. If you purchase a refurbished laptop, you are buying a machine that has been returned to the original manufacturer restored to factory perfection and sold again as refurbished.
You will have to choose from what is in stock. Once a laptop is sent back to the store, it is inspected by expert technicians, repaired and resold. New laptops can be tailored to the customer’s specifications, but because refurbished computers are sold from an overstock, you don’t get much in the way of customization.
If you are looking for a first computer for your child or an elderly parent, for example, it might be a good idea to invest in a refurbished or renovated machine, rather than an expensive new laptop.
Schools, libraries and corporations often sell their used computers when they install new equipment.
Cheap, refurbished laptops can sometimes be purchased directly from large retailers or laptop manufacturers.
You can check out what’s available on Ebay and Craigslist, but it’s best to buy from the original manufacturer if possible, or an authorized distributor.
Large electronic retailers often offer cheap refurbished laptops. These computers are sometimes only slightly defective, but cannot be sold as new. If you look around and engage in a little haggling, you can sometimes snag a great 100 dollar laptop. You will have to choose from whatever is in stock and give up the benefits of personalization, but if you only really need the features that allow you to do simple jobs on a computer, a refurbished laptop may be a good choice for you.