How to Buy a Used Monitor

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How to Buy a Used Monitor

Technology changes at an alarming rate. It seems that a new and better product hits the market every month. All this constantly changing technology equates to a large number of perfectly functioning items that were quite suitable for their use a month or two ago, but are now outdated. This includes a wide assortment of technology items, including computer monitors.

Not every computer user requires the latest and greatest computer setup and many can lower the overall cost by considering the purchase of used items, including a used monitor. Many models of used monitors are perfectly suitable for almost all home use and are even perfect for the majority of work-based situations. In fact, for many users, a better value is found by consciously making the choice to purchase one of these previously owned, high quality, functioning computer parts. Those that use recent technology, while not being the absolute most current model, represent a clear bargain.

A consumer who is shopping for a used computer monitor should take the time to understand what can affect the price of the monitor. Technology can increase the value of even used equipment, and this can affect a monitor's price, as can the monitor's age and its condition.

The Price Should Reflect Quality of the Used Monitor

When in the market for a used computer monitor, keep in mind that the price should reflect the quality of the monitor. A number of factors can determine the monitor's quality, but in general, the most important things to consider are its age, the technology used in its construction, and the condition it is in at the time of purchase.

The Technology of the Used Monitor

A good reason for putting money towards purchasing a used monitor instead of a new model is that a used one may include technology that is only available on high-priced new monitors, often outside the price range of the typical user. This is especially true of computer users who are interested in recent advances in technology specifically designed to enhance a certain viewing experience that is of particular interest to that computer user.

Such enhancements include those designed to improve the experience of online gaming, photo editing, and video playback, among others. It is possible to find a bargain on a high-end, used computer monitor that includes recent technological advances even though they may not be the most current technology available. The price tag on such a used monitor can easily be compared to the purchase of a new computer monitor that includes only basic technology. The high price, however, of such a used monitor reflects the better technology incorporated into its design.

The Age of the Used Monitor

The age of the computer monitor affects its value for a number of different reasons. For one thing, there is an astounding number of used computer monitors available that are at least 10 years old. The easy availability of some models affects their overall value. Older monitors also represent older technology, and are thus less valuable than monitors that include more up-to-date technology. When this is coupled with the fact that an increased number of years in use often equates to more likelihood of damage, it is clear to see that an older model monitor should reflect a price considerably lower than one that is one or two years old.

The Condition of the Used Monitor

Regardless of the manufacture date or the technology incorporated into the used monitor, the price tag attached to it should reflect its condition at the time of purchase. A monitor that has been mistreated in any way or has malfunctioned should be advertised at a lower price than a comparable one in prime condition. A consumer in the market for a used computer monitor should carefully consider all aspects concerning its condition, including how well it functions and its overall appearance.

Conditions That Warrant Caution

When in the market for a used computer screen, there are several key indicators that can help the consumer gauge its overall condition before purchasing. The following chart lists a few things to keep in mind while shopping for one.



Scratches on the Screen

Scratches on the screen indicate clear mistreatment of the monitor, can affect viewing, and can lead to problems down the line

Damage to the Casing

Cracks and gouges on the casing of the monitor can indicate internal damage that may show up at a later time

Missing Parts

The monitor should at least include the power cable connecting it to the computer; some also include a speaker bar

Low Quality Image

The image quality should clearly reflect that of the technology the monitor should include

Of course, there are other indicators, and the consumer should wisely consider the condition of any electronic item purchased used.

Indications of Mistreatment of a Used Monitor

As computer monitors become thinner and more lightweight, they are more susceptible to damage that can occur when the monitor is handled carelessly. Damage to a computer monitor can change the quality of the image it displays, a very important factor for many users. Before purchasing a used monitor, look closely for signs of such damage, including broken, cracked, or chipped areas on the casing or screen itself. Even a small to moderate sized scratch on the casing or screen can be a sign of a fall or other mistreatment and warrants further explanation from the seller.

Image Quality of a Used Monitor

One of the main things to keep in mind when purchasing a computer monitor, whether new or used, is the quality of the image it produces on the screen. The way that the monitor is used determines how important this is when determining the cost the consumer is willing to pay. For everyday use, most users are happy with many of the crystal clear screens manufacturers have produced in recent years. Users who are in the market for a screen that includes specific technology or that has been optimised for a certain type of computer use should research recent advances in the technology and have an understanding of the specific features before shopping.

Determine the Image Quality of the Used Monitor

Regardless of the features and technological advancements of the type of monitor being considered, how well the specific used monitor displays the image is of prime importance. Although most monitors that are well cared for hold up for many years of use, because it has been previously owned, it is possible the monitor is no longer displaying images as well as it originally did. It is important to determine this before purchasing. Seeing the monitor display in person is, of course the best way to do this.

Sometimes it is not possible to examine the monitor in person, as is the case when making an online purchase. In these instances, it is very important to know everything about the monitor before purchasing it. It is optimal to see several images of the monitor. One image should be with the screen off, so that nothing obscures seeing the overall condition of the screen. Another should be with the screen on and hooked up to the computer and displaying an image on it so that the consumer can judge the quality of the image the monitor produces.

When viewing an image of a monitor on a computer, it is important to realise that there are several things that can affect the quality of its appearance that are unrelated to the monitor itself. The lighting used while taking the picture, the camera's quality, and the quality of the screen the image is viewed on can affect how the image appears to the viewer. For these reasons, focus on the image quality of the monitor in the picture.

In general, look to see that the image quality appears clear and that it is consistent across the screen. Look for areas where the quality seems to suffer. A monitor screen can have areas that are damaged or malfunctioning while the rest of the screen remains clear. Individual pixels can be affected, or a patch of them may be, so it is important to look closely for indications of this. Optimally, anyone who is selling a used monitor that has any defect makes that clear in the description of the item so that there are no surprises upon purchasing.

Buying a Used Monitor on eBay

There are several good places to turn to when looking for a used computer monitor. These include thrift stores, garage sales, and electronic repair stores. There is no guarantee about the quality of the monitor when purchasing from some of these options, and it can be difficult to locate a monitor that suits the users need at the right price. For these reasons, many consumers prefer to turn to eBay, for the items description provides the necessary information for making the purchase, and the variety of monitors available for sale ensurers the consumer's ability to find just the right one they are looking for.

Consumers who have a specific make and model of monitor in mind should easily be able to locate it by entering the brand and model name or number into that search box on eBay main page. For instance, a consumer who is in the market for a 17" LCD monitor, made by Dell, should enter "Used Dell 17" LCD Monitor" into the search box. A large number of results should appear. If not, try a search for the brand name first and narrow the options down from there.


Just because computer technology is advancing at an astounding rate does not mean that it is necessary for every computer user to have all of the most up-to-date equipment. It does, however, mean that there are a large number of used items available that are in perfectly good working order that often represent some of the most current trends in technology. These pre-owned bargains include a large number of used computer monitors that can be added to almost any computer setup, allowing many users the chance to update without breaking the bank.

When shopping for a used computer monitor, it is best to start out with an idea of the features and technology that enhances the way the monitor will be used most often. Some monitors have been designed with features that optimise its use of for certain computer tasks, such as gaming, photo editing, and video. It is also important to consider the overall value of the monitor, and how its age, technology, and condition affects its price. With these things in mind, it is easy to find a used monitor that suits the needs of the average computer user.

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