Most don’t flinch at the idea of buying a used car, but the thought of a used computer sends them squirming. The tech industry tries their hardest to keep it that way: they advertise new products in such a way to render the previous models perceptually obsolete; they block even the simplest hardware upgrades; and they sell bottom-of-the-line models that simply break too easily.
However, don’t let all the bad rap on used computers deter you from buying one. Always keep in mind that technology changes everyday, and technology as a whole carries a lot of imperfections. Instead with some research, determination, and basic knowledge you can buy a dream machine at a fraction of the price.
So, in order to ease your fears of buying a second-hand computer, here are a few tips on finding a used computer which will save you quite a few bucks, and that isn’t a high-tech lemon.
DECIDE ON WHAT YOU WANT
I’ve been using laptops for years. Because I don’t mind cracking it open and upgrading the hard drive or memory, I’ve usually just bought them from used computer stores. In those places, the laptop is usually sitting there where you can physically touch it and test it that way you want to.
Buying reconditioned from the manufacturer outlet online stores such as Dell is a pretty good place to find great deals. These laptops or desktops typically need less tweaking other than installing your own antivirus and software that you use.
Have you ever purchased a second-hand computer before? What was your experience like?