If you’re trying to save some money, and squeeze the most value out of every dollar of your next laptop purchase, consider buying a refurbished unit. While you won’t usually find the latest and greatest products being sold as refurbished, you will often be able to save a lot of money and get noticeably more functionality by considering a product that’s not fresh off the factory line.
Why Buy A Refurbished Laptop?
Price: This is the most obvious advantage of purchasing a used computer and the primary motivator for most people. Due to the “slow economy” many people and businesses are looking for used computers as a way to save money. It’s most likely the primary reason you are reading this article and considering a used computer. While older computers typically have lower specifications, they often provide far more capability than the average user requires. Even the most basic computer can be used for word processing, spreadsheets, using the Internet, or viewing photos.
Convenience: If you’re purchasing a used computer from a local computer business, it’s much easier to get repairs done. Try taking a new computer back to a local PC shop for repairs. You’ll likely have to box up your computer and head for the post office. How long can you afford to wait? And yes, new computers sometimes have problems. In buying a used laptop from a local shop hopefully you’ll be starting a relationship with a repair person there, also.
You Won’t Pay For Things You Don’t Need: The primary difference between a current computer model and one that’s 3-years old is a faster processing speed, more ram and better graphics. These improvements aren’t necessary for 75+% of computer users. Why pay for more than you need? Also, many used computers already have expensive office and antivirus software and that is another expense you will not incur.
The trade-offs with buying refurbished are that you’re never usually going to get the latest and greatest model. And with that you lose out on any improvements to overall performance and battery life, for one. Newer versions are almost always better, but if you’re making a good saving it might be a trade-off you’re willing to make.
You may also have to put up with a lesser warranty, and in some cases, visual defects on the laptop such as small scratches or chips to the body.
As good as refurbished laptops can be, it’s important to remember that they’re not new, no matter how much has been done to them. You have to balance the savings you’re making against the individual product you’re buying.
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