If you’re looking for a quality laptop, new or used, it’s easy to get beset by the number of options available. Here, we’ve broken it down for you some points as what to buy, where to shop safely and find reasonable prices.
What to buy
If you’re looking to reduce costs on tech purchases, a good bet is to buy refurbished. You can find the latest and greatest by going directly to Items and the like, but many of those retailers also offer used products, often with good warranties. Here are some options to consider:
Refurbished and “scratch-and-dent” laptops. These are pre-owned laptops that are return to the seller for various reasons (malfunctions, the owner chose to buy a different model, a cosmetic flaw, etc.). They’re fixed up if essential and sold at a lower price. The resold laptops even typically come with a warranty.
Corporate off-lease sales. Companies often rent laptops from retailers for two to three years, and then return them once the lease expires. The retailer then turns around and sells the laptops for a lower price. Off-lease laptops are a subset of refurbished laptops, but they can actually offer improved quality. They weren’t returned because of a problem; they were returned because of a contract.
Where to buy
Finding reputable laptop resellers can be tricky. Many dappled companies assure great deals and never deliver. Stick to safe, well-known sites with rating systems or buyer protections, particularly if you don’t feel comfortable evaluating the product yourself.
Here are some good sources for laptops:
The manufacturer itself. You can buy refurbished laptops from Apple, Dell and so on. Just check for the “refurbished” notation. This is one of the safer and more reliable ways to go.
Other reputable retailers. Website like Items also offer warranty protections and guarantees.