Given the price of a new laptop and the state of the economy today, not many people can afford a brand new laptop. The solution: Buy used.
To reduce the risk of being taken to the cleaners when purchasing a used laptop, be sure to check it out thoroughly before opening your wallet. This means assessing your needs and making sure the laptop in question fits those needs – Is it portable enough? Is the battery life long enough? Does it have sufficient memory?
Once you have settled on a particular laptop, do an online search of the make and model number to locate its specifications to ensure that this is indeed the product you’re about to buy. Also, before you complete the transaction, check the reviews to see what other users think about the laptop’s performance.
The next thing you’ll want to look at is the physical condition of the laptop. You’ll want to make sure that there are no cracks or dents on the machine. Equally important is making sure there are no loose screws or missing parts. And, just like with an automobile, you’ll want to take it for a test drive to see if the screen is in good working condition. Check for blinking lights or discolorations in the display.