Archive for December, 2008

Final Review:

Okay, so my initial quoate from them was 265 for a newer Toshiba laptop and 65 for a really old Dell laptop.  I should mention that neither of these laptops functioned, the dell’s mouse cursor was screwed up – it was always clicking which in a windows environment meant it was non functioning.  The toshiba literally had a battery and a/c adapter explosion – after which – it would not function with a battery installed (just outside of warranty).

The Toshiba was shipped, they emailed me saying there was a “hard drive failure” – which is crap, there was nothing wrong with the HDD – I wiped it clean, however, there probably was an undiagnosed motherboard problem.  They offered me 235 for it – took it, absolutely.

The Dell was shipped they emailed me saying there was a “battery failure” + laptop was in poor condition, they would offer me 35 dollars for it, again, took it, absolutely.

So here is the rub, they use stupid excuses to bring down the online quotes – but their online quotes are disproportionatley higher than ALL of the other laptop buyers on the internet, because they don’t ask enough questions to judge the condition of the laptops.  So is it a bit of a bait and switch, sure – but you still will probably end up with more cash in hand than with the competitors.

All in all, very happy with, the 270 has already been spent on christmas presents.


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A little website devoted to my pursuits of a good deal, penny-pinching strategies, and views on personal finance.
December 2008
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