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A Word from the Geek in Me.
A Word from the Geek in Me.
Anyone ever thinking about purchasing a new or used laptop or desktop in the future should seriously consider DELL products found on Eaby.
I just purchased a used laptop for a fraction of its worth and got an awesome deal.
Let me explain an awesome deal. One where price, quality prodcut offered and warranty come together in a single sale.
I am a huge fan of DELL products. I was an IT buyer for a local utility company and have used or affiliated with DELL products for over 5 years now.
One huge advantage of buying a used DELL as opposed to any other brand is with it SERVICE TAG number, you can view the entire service history of that PC no matter who owned it. Too, you can check to see how much warranty and what type of warranty is left on the unit.
All warranties are transferrable.
I found a deal where the laptop still carried 200+ days of typical warranty in addition to an insurance warranty package called Complete Care. This insurance was also for the 200+ days that remained.
Essentially, if you drop the laptop or play frisbee with it and it broke into many pieces they (DEL would replace it.
I used the Ebay seller, computerbrokerusa, who sells PCs (desktop or laptop) whose have been released from a corporate lease.
I got a P4 2.00GHz with 256mb RAM, 20GB Hard Drive, a CDRW/DVD combo drive, floppy drive, DELL branded laptop bag AND XP Professional (including the CD) for $545. For an additional $35 i had them add a wi-fi B/G internal card. Shipping was a very reasonable fee of $35 and was shipped and received within 3 days in a very nice and professional shipping container.
I then purchased a 256mb memory module from another vendor for $45 shipped.
I could tell from the Service Tag that the unit has never been service (which is a good thing) and it had warranty remaining until March of 2006.
The laptop looked unused with a couple of minor scuffs on the bottom.
I was very impressed.
Also, unless you are part of a large company that will buy PCs on your behalf with a corporate discount you will always pay more.
So, if you are seeking a new desktop, I would seriously do some research as to what you want to have on it, go to DELL's website and find one that you like (build it) then do a search on Ebay and compare the price. You will save easily 20 -40%.
Warranties are transferrable. There are a lot of sellers on Ebay that buy in bulk at huge discounts and can sell these to you as if they were selling then in the mall.
Now to distinguish from one good seller and the next depends on how much shipping and handling is . Some are reasonable and others use it to build in their profit. I have no problem with this as long as the price counters the high shipping cost.
As an example, the laptop that I just got was in a decent size box, 2 foot cubed. Sent from Missouri to Indianapolis for a whopping total of $35.
That is a fair and reasonable deal.
Also, check out their sales numbers and feddback information. Some of the sellers on there only do a few hundred a year while others do a thousand or more. Make sure their feedback is primarily positive. REad it. If there are negatives then read why...most of the time it is a newby buyer not understanding the rules of Ebay-ism and make the mistake.
I have been buying personally on Ebay for since 1997 and have had only one deal go sour. It was eventually corrected over a period of a couple of months. I feel that it is a safe and fair place to purchase anything you want. I tytpically do all my shopping at Ebay first before looking elsewhere.
8/13/2005 7:00 pm
I wanted to add that if anyone is in the market to buy something but are confused with all the models and options available then please post a comment and I'll be happy to respond within a day.|
As I stated earlier, I have been a buyer in a past life and have over 17 years of IT (information technology) experience. So, if I don't know it then I'm sure I can diect you to the answer.
Thanks for reading.
8/14/2005 8:57 pm
Pink? very retro.|
Always wanting to help.
I've bought just about everything from Ebay and have really gotten excellent deals. Never bought any kitchen eletrics though. Mostly jewelry, computer stuff and Coca-cola related items. Our kitchen is coca-cola themed. Almost bought a car but I changed my mind (of course, I didn't bid).
What other items have you purchased on Ebay?