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Dell Refurbished Laptops

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mzpro5, Mar 14, 2005.

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  1. mzpro5

    mzpro5 Thread Starter

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    Anyone have experience with "refurbished" products from Dell? Particularly laptops? I have a friend that would like to get a laptop but has a pretty limited budget.

    It seems like they have some good deals but I wonder about reliability.
     
  2. wedor

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    I find the refurb Dell to be a far superior buy than new. When you buy new you are often the first person to ever turn on the system, a refurb has been turned on and failed so it is sent back for extensive testing not done to a new system, after testing to make sure it works properly it is now sold at a good discount.

    The refurb looks like new and has exactly the same warranty it just cost less. The only area where it is not a better deal is if you need some specific feature, you cannot order them built with extra parts beyond a few.

    Dell gets so many refurbs that the best method for buying one is to know what you want ahead of time and what you are willing to pay for it, they have new systems come up for sale several times a day so if you have the time and know what you need it can be a very satisfactory system purchase.
     
  3. Old Rich

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    My experience is that Dell laptops are like tanks . . nothing can hurt them! . . most of the referbs come from corporate lease programs and are usually very good value for money. I bought one in 1997 and the damn thing would not break . . I finally retired it, although it hurt to toss a perfectly good laptop . . but it was just too far out of date . . but it is still working!

    wrs
     
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