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Old 07-28-06, 07:04 PM   #1
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Places to look for used/refurbished laptop?

I am considering the purchase of a used or refurbished laptop.
~1ghz for a processing speed.
256MB of ram
Any hard drive over 5GB is fine.
This does not need to be a super computer. It only needs to run two programs. There will be no media, so sound is not even necessary.

I have been looking on ebay, but can anybody suggest anywhere else I might have luck at?
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Old 07-28-06, 07:16 PM   #2
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Tried Tiger Direct? They often have refurbed/old stuff.
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Old 07-28-06, 07:42 PM   #3
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I bought one at a Ham Radio Festival (Hamfest) for configuring routers.
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Old 07-28-06, 10:52 PM   #4
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Try craigslist... they usually have quite a few used laptops (At least around here in Denver)
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Old 07-29-06, 07:52 AM   #5
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Garage sales. I picked up a Dell Latitude LS for $80 at one...those go on ebay for around $200.

He had it sitting out there, for $120, but he had to send it to a service center to have the drive wiped if anyone wanted it...I told him i would wipe the drive there on the spot, and he said he would sell it to me for $80 then, since the service center wanted $40 for a drive wipe....so I powered it up and formatted the hard drive....chatted with him while the 6GB drive was being cleaned up, and left with a nice sub-3lb laptop.

Reason he wanted to do a drive wipe first is he was a doctor, and this was his old buisiness laptop...he had to clear out customer data. I gave him some advice on portable storage solutions, so this would not be a concern in the future, as well as showed him how to format his own drives. Computer literacy is still not as common as I wish it was....but I do try to help when possible.
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I understand that some people like the FBI as a source for slightly used equipment.
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Old 07-30-06, 07:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for the ideas folks
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I understand that some people like the FBI as a source for slightly used equipment.
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You can sometimes pick up nice gear at a Starbucks or other wi-fi café...
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