Buying refurbished PC's
Has anyone here ever purchased a refurbished PC? I was looking around and came across these ones offered at Costco:
I have had good luck with Dell Refurbished. Often, they have not even left the building. I also have a friend who buys Gateway refurbished and is also happy.
I bought a refurb Apple PowerBook Duo. Bad idea. Every part was scarce, expensive, and not really available to you since you didn't bundled them in the first place. Replacement parts were non-existent and the refurb agreement makes you a non-existent customer of Apple after the 90 days was over. It was pure hell, but it was a fun machine to play with. If you are buying a brand name highly recommend getting real warantees, don't go overboard with 3 years or 4 years or business onsite, but at least 3 years parts and labor.
i bought a refurbished HP Pavilion a265c, 2.8ghz, 512mb 2700 ram, 160gb hdd, 17" lcd, wireless mouse/keyboard, 7 in 1 media reader, dvd drive, dvd+rw burner....have had it for about 6 months, no problems $750
My current notebook and desktop computers are both 'refurbished' HP machines. Never had a problem with either.
I have a refurbished Dell Inpisron 500m. No problem whatsoever. I am very happy with it. Also saved about $300 by buying refurbished.
I bought a refurbished Micron many years ago. Complex software like games, compilers, and raytracing would usually crash or have errors.
I'd only buy something that was a standard configuration. Refurbished or otherwise.
I buy "refurbished" Dells from Dell Finance on Ebay. They are former lease machines that are still in good shape and have been cleaned up.
There's various levels of refurbishing.
I am writing this on a HP Vectra that I bought used at http://www.pcretro.com This is a local store that sells PCs they get off lease. They aren't really refurbished, just checked out. You get a 90 day warranty. I have only had this one for about a month, but no problems so far.
I had one bad experience with (almost) buying a refurbished notebook seven years ago. I found a good deal for a "factory refurbished" name-brand notebook in the back of a Computer Shopper magazine. (From a small New York City dealer.)
Thanks for all the feedback. It got me over my fear of "refurbished".
apw, want to share your source?? That was a steal
eCost.com has it now for $629 no monitor or keyboard though. The box mine came in lists the model number as a265c-b. eCost lists a265c. I guess the -b is the monitor/keyboard bundle.
There is a good point about batteries above. For used or refurbished laptops the machine might be fine, but you can't be sure how much life is left in the battery. For "refurbished" you might think they would put a new one in, but "used" probably not. In any case, check on what you're getting and figure a new battery in to the price if that is what you need.
I hope your experience with the a265c HP Pavalion is better than the new one I bought from Costco last fall. The hard drive went bad in less than six months, and so after a long chat with India I sent it back in the Fedex box that HP provided. I got it back 10 days later, only to discover now the computer won't even turn on. (at least I have my old Mac) So here I sit with a dissertation due and no PC to run the Windows progams that I need. The guys in India suggested that I take it to COMP USA to get it fixed, but I would have to pay for the repairs myself. I used to have really high opinion of HP products, but after this I'd be very cautious to buy HP again....new or refurbished. I'm taking this as a sign that a company that once strived for, and obtained, excellence is now sadly starting to settle for mediocre.
I've been buying refurbs for years. Mostly positive. Try to stick with Factory Refurbs if possible, they cost a few bucks more but are well worth it.
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