Buying a Laptop

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The choice of  wich laptop to buy.

    •        First of all, do not search from the search bar! Go to the home page and click the link for BUY at the top of the page. Then to computers, laptops. A search takes the words you use and compares them with the listings. This is only any use if you want a particular model. ie:- If you wanted to buy a Compaq Armada, and that was your only choice then of course use the search bar. Else you have restricted yourself quite a bit. Some listings do not even have the word laptop in them, so that would out of the question .
    •                Make a list of what you want from a laptop.
    •       Click the button (left hand column) that says, pay with paypal,(you do not have to pay with paypal )  the reason behind this is ,if they do not use paypal , then you have no protection from anything going wrong. If they sell you a dud there is really very little to be done except a small claims court, and if you lose??
    •       If  you are not looking for a laptop that needs repair, (unless you are very technically minded its a minefield, no it is not just like a pc.) type into the box (minus) -spares, the search will then weed out the spares and repairs.
    •    Look then, (quick review) at as many laptops as you can.  
    •       Each time you view a laptop, you would do best to click the link near to the top of the listing that says "Watch this item" You will be looking for the number before mhz ,or ghz. This is the number that tells you how fast the laptop is. ie:- 900mhz, or, 1.7ghz. nb:- 1ghz = 1000mhz.
    •      Todays laptops are running at 7-800mhz for a cheap but fairly slow model.    For medium range laptops, 1ghz up to 1.8ghz this would be a more modern laptop than the old "black bricks" Medium to high would be 2ghz to 2.8ghz and top models are anything above. 3ghz.                                      Do not be tempted by sellers saying very fast  466mhz!
    • Each of the following items are expensive so check carefully.
  •  Battery
  •   Microsoft license.(for windows operating system)
  • screen 
  • type of cd-rom ie:- dvd rewriter or just plain old cd-rom. 
  • Power supply.
  • Hard drive. This is how much information your laptop can hold.  Try not to go lower than 10gb, usually quite enough for most users. Do not be tempted by sellers saying massive 6gb hdd. 
    1. If nothing is written about any one of these make sure you ask the seller. If he does not reply or semms vague, Do not buy!!    
    2. A lot of sellers fall into three broad categories. Top reasons for selling.     (1) My son/daughter has finished uni and no longer needs it.
    3. (2) I got a laptop from work and so do not need it now.
    4. (3) The laptop was broken (in various ways/forms.) My insurance company let me keep it. I got a new one so do not need it.
    5. Last but not least. I really did see a listing that said. "only used once a week by a very old lady to take down the church notes" no, no, I am not  kidding.
    6. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. 
    7. Pick your price from the start, do not budge!  Time will tell.
    8. Unless you will not be available for the end of the auction, then try to save bidding as late as you can, otherwise you may only succeed in outbidding your own price.     Also be aware that it is possible for a seller to ask his friend to bid just to boost the price. SO...decide on a price before you buy.
  • A price guide?    

  • Please read this very loosely on price guides    

  • Up to 700mhz I would not buy, so sorry no price guide there.

  • if the speed is in mhz above 700mhz up to £100 including post.

  • 1ghz to 2ghz I would pay £120 to £200

  • 2ghz to 3ghz   ....    £200 to £300.  

  • Anything above 3ghz I would not buy , if you have reached a level where you need this speed and performance, I would suggest that you do not need a price guide. 

  • Please remember this listing is only my opinion, not nessecarily shared with others.

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