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    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
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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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    Tried Tiger Direct? They often have refurbed/old stuff.

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    I bought one at a Ham Radio Festival (Hamfest) for configuring routers.
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    Try craigslist... they usually have quite a few used laptops (At least around here in Denver)
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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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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    I understand that some people like the FBI as a source for slightly used equipment.

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    Thanks for the ideas folks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    I understand that some people like the FBI as a source for slightly used equipment.
    BA Da Crash!
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    You can sometimes pick up nice gear at a Starbucks or other wi-fi café...

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