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Are Refurbished Laptops a Scam?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dukane, Dec 14, 2009.

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  1. Dukane

    Dukane Thread Starter

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    I've never purchased used or refurbished computer gear.

    The last couple of days I was looking at some refurbed laptops for
    a friend. He wants to install 98SE. 512 MB of memory is about the
    limit for 98, so an older model laptop is probably a good idea.

    I asked someone who has purchased several dozen refurbed (not used)
    laptops for his business. I believe what he told me told me, but it doesn't
    make a whole lot of sense!

    All these so called "refurbished" laptops still needed new hard drives
    and battery packs. Even the CMOS battery, which only costs three
    or four bucks had to be replaced.

    There is a popular Dell refurb that I've seen listed for $239.00. The specs
    would be perfect for running 98SE. If a service contractor found a defective
    hard drive or battery pack and replaced it, the retailer could never sell this
    laptop for such a low price.

    So, what's the final verdict on these laptops. If my friend buys one should
    he expect to spend more money replacing some of the major components,
    or are there online retailers selling refurbed laptops that have been completely
    tested and repaired?
     
  2. aka Brett

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    I wouldnt install 98 its outdated and unsupported..go with xp...512 ram is fine for it.
    Secondly be sure that the refurbished model is 2 or 3 years old at most
     
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    Refurbs are fixed and ready to be used, the newer models are usually something gone wrong at the factory line, then later fixed and it's just as good as a new would be, olders are warranty returns that have been fixed too late to be sent back to the owner.
     
  4. Dukane

    Dukane Thread Starter

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    Of course 98 is an outdated and unsupported system. On the other hand,
    there is an entire community of folks creating unofficial service packs for
    this system. I won't mention the name of the forum, but it's very popular.
    I admire people who are smart enough to tinker with or even recreate entire
    operating systems. I'm definitely not one of them, but my friend is.

    The whole concept of a refurbished computer is still confusing to me. If a
    service contractor completely tests and repairs an older model desktop or
    laptop it has to add a lot to final retail price. Yet, many of the refurbs seem
    too cheap, which means that are not being repaired. Makes sense, I hope!
     
  5. aka Brett

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    I had seen some dells on ebay going for about that price..they had 40 gig hard drives..which is a good indication they had some age to them.
    I scrolled on past.. an older laptop like that probably has alot of battery wear...It will have slow speed ram maybe pc 2100....a possibility of just a cd rom..rather than a writer....The price a high IMO a used laptop isnt worth much...Do you have the specs of them?
     
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