Want to make a smart buy and save money on a laptop? Buy refurbished laptops! An average refurbished laptop computer can be just as good as new... Here is a quick comparison example: I was recently shopping for cheap recertified laptops at Dell.com, and I found one that I liked. Later I found the same laptop, but new, and compared the two. This new low-end Dell Inspiron 1100 had the same exact parameters as the recertified one: Pentium 4, 2.0GHz, 14" XGA, 30GB Hard Drive, 24X CD-RW, Standard battery, Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics, NIC & 56.6K Modem, Windows XP Home edition. - A new one with a 1 year standard warranty was priced at $1067, and with a 3 year warranty it was $1126 - A recertified one with a 1 year standard warranty was priced at $837, and with a 3 year warranty at $956. Savings on buying the refurbished one would be: With a 1 yr. warranty: $1067 - $837 = $230 With a 3 yr. warranty: $1126 - $956 = $170
Personally, I wouldn't go with more than a 1 year warranty. Simply because it's recertified - meaning that all the problems have already been found and fixed. The good thing about Dell is that the same standard warranties and extended warranties apply not only to new laptops but also to refurbished ones. What does it take to become recertified? Demo- used laptops that are in good condition but also get recertified.If a laptop get damaged physically such as a minor scratch or dent it is returned and resold as refurbished.If there is a defective part in the laptop it will be replaced by the manufacturer, tested to make sure there is no more problem and sold again as refurbished.What is another good reason to buy a recertified laptop?
Think about recertified this way: it is a brand new computer except someone else has already figured out all the defects and spent their efforts to mail it back in. Now you're getting it virtually problem free, and are still covered for another 1 year by the manufacturer warranty.Buying refurbished computers lets you afford more expensive high-end models for less. You can get the same 1 to 3 year warranties for a few extra dollars. For example, if you want to get the Dell Inspiron 5100 which is a high end Inspiron model, then getting it recertified is the way to go. It comes with the same Windows XP home edition, plus more memory, more hard drive and so on. Plus, you save lots of money and still have a warranty!Where can I shop for the cheapest recertified laptops?
Brand Name manufacturers:
Most manufacturers will offer 90-day warranty for recertified laptops. When buying a recertified laptop from a brand name manufacturer you can save an average of $200.
Online Discount Warehouses:
You'll get even more of a price break here... When buying it refurbished it comes with a 90-day warranty. But ... you can get an extended warranty for up to 1 year for the average of $99 from the Discount Warehouse, and that includes complete replacement.I suggest you shop for your cheapest recertified laptop at online discounters because they have recertified laptops that brand manufacturers don't carry any more because they don't have the latest parameters - they give them to discount warehouses, and that is why you'll get the best price from them:
Here's another example of my recent shopping experience:
From TigerDirect.com: IBM ThinkPad T20 / Intel Pentium III 700MHz / 128MB / 12GB / DVD / 14.1" XGA / Windows 2000 Professional / 56K modem / 3 Months Limited Warranty / Factory Refurbished $649.99 (1 Year from Purchase, Replace Warranty is offered for $114.99) From IBM.com: IBM ThinkPad T20 / Intel Pentium III 750MHz / 64MB / 20GB / DVD / 14.1" XGA / Windows 2000 / 56K modem / 3 Months Limited Warranty / Factory Refurbished $759.00 (no extended warranty is offered)
Savings from TigerDirect.com would be:
$759 - $649 = $110 The laptops had almost the same parameters but there was a big price difference: IBM offered less memory for higher price. The difference in hard drive size won't be matter if you're just doing simple things like emailing or Internet browsing... TigerDirect.com is an online megastore where you can get great deals on recertified laptops. I have heard nothing but good things about them from my friends. I purchased some items from them myself and have no complaints. Make sure you look at their laptop clearance center. Their customer service is great. TechDepot.com is an Office Depot company and they offer the same great service. They have an extensive site that focuses on all types of office equipment, but the place you have to focus on is the huge clearance center that includes really cheap recertified laptops. Since the service at your local office depot is great you can't go wrong. You can't finish a list of product retailers without mentioning Amazon.com. Yes, including everything else they have recertified laptop computers. Another great source where you'll find cheap used laptops at great prices.