Tips on Buying a Used IBM Laptop

My IBM T23 laptop is slipping behind the technology curve. I can use it for basic Internet and computing tasks with no difficulty, but it is not able to handle my current graphics needs. The hard drive is small, the CPU is slow, and I would like a larger display.

Getting behind the technology curve happens to me on a regular basis. I buy quality, re-furbished laptops on eBay from established dealers. Dell, and IBM laptops have been my choice, and they are usually about three years old when I buy them.

I enjoy buying a quality laptop for a fraction of its’ original cost, and eBay has given me some great choices. It took me a couple of auctions to catch the rhythm of how the bidding worked on these laptops. It wasn’t the usual ping-pong parade of bids.

The finish of these auctions reminds me more of a cattle stampede. Winning bidders seem to place their bids moments before the auction ends. The eBay computers sort it all out, but a lot of action can take place in the last minutes of bidding.

I learned a trick on eBay that works quite well. You offer an odd dollar amount above the largest round dollar number you were going to set as your highest bid. That means that a $400 bid, becomes a $401 bid.

That trick recently helped me win a IBM R51 laptop for $401 on eBay. That bid was one dollar more than the next closest bidder. It is very important to research the item you wish to buy. Check the manufactures specifications, reviews, and current prices for similar items, for the item you wish to buy.

Once you have gathered your facts, you decide your highest bid, and then you wait. When you see the item you are looking for, read the description of the auction item closely. See what you are getting, and compare this information to what you know is standard equipment for this model laptop.

Mentally adjust your bid if necessary, reality check your cash, then place your bid no more than five minutes before the auction ends. I have used three minutes, but that can be cutting it close, if you don’t have a high speed Internet connection.

Buying a used, high end laptop can save you a great deal of money, while satisfying your current computing needs at the same time. You spend pennies, compared to the cost of buying a new, current model laptop, yet you have what you need.

Next year you can buy a newer laptop, should the technology curve start to move ahead of you once again. And all you need is Ubuntu to keep your OS current on an older laptop. It all adds up to big savings, and that is money that stays in your pocket.

May you find your new laptop in a perfect way, for a perfect price, and in a perfect place. It does happen. Smiles. ET

Published in: on April 13, 2008 at 10:02 pm  Comments (1)  
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