What to Know Before Buying Used Computers
Buying a used computer can end up saving you money; however, some people are resistant to the idea due to various risks. You can take steps when purchasing a computer from someone else to ensure that you don’t get ripped off and that the computer is fully functioning. Here are some tips on what you can do during this process.
Buy from a Trusted Seller
Even though there may be some better deals on Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji, Craigslist, eBay, or other online marketplaces, you never know what you’re going to get and from whom. When you buy from a trusted brick and mortar store or company that sells refurbished or used computers, then you can ensure that it’s coming from a reputable source. Many businesses want to maintain an excellent reputation and do not want to receive negative Yelp reviews, so they can end up being a more trusted source for a used computer purchase.
You can also inquire into whether there’s a return policy or a warranty. Plus, with businesses, you have access to their contact information in case any issues occur.
When shopping for a used computer, you’ll want to know exactly what you require. Whether it’s a certain processing speed or type, memory, or another factor, learn as much as possible before purchasing a computer. It all depends on what connectivity you’ll need and its function for your individual needs.
Find Price Comparisons
Buying a computer second-hand doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a good deal. Computers decrease in value the older they get, and whoever is selling it may not be doing so at the right price. If you don’t do your research when it comes to price, you may end up paying new computer prices for a used one.
Also, it’s a red flag if a buyer wants a fast sale. If they are putting pressure on you, they may be trying to pawn off a computer that is not functioning well.
Check the Battery Life
If you are purchasing a used laptop, it is imperative to check the battery life. Many people are selling their laptops because the battery is no longer working well. To test the battery life, unplug it and see how quickly it drains. It would be a shame to buy a laptop and then discover that it dies only a few minutes later.
When you do your check, if it dies quickly, look into how much a new battery would cost and if it is worth it. For some discontinued computer models, buying a new battery may not even be possible. If you still want the computer despite the poor battery, you can negotiate at a lower price.
Testing it Out
Before buying any used computer, test it first. Power it up, try out some browsers and tabs, and see how it runs. If you notice errors or random shutdowns, you may want to reconsider. If a computer can’t operate well with a few programs open or has problems with its operating system, there are many other more suitable options out there.
Even when you buy a used computer, it should work the entire time. To be absolutely sure, let the computer run for 30 minutes before deciding on your purchase.
Inquire About Refunds
If you buy from someone on an online marketplace, there is very little chance that you will receive a refund. However, if you purchase one from a store, ask them about their return policy.
If they can’t offer one, then take extra time to make sure it is running properly. Even without a refund policy, most stores will help you if errors come up or if you have issues with specific programs. They might be able to determine the problem and help you fix it.
Run Antivirus Software Immediately
To keep your computer as secure as possible, run an antivirus scan right away. Even if you have purchased a used computer where the factory settings have been reset, it’s always a wise idea to play it safe. Download an antivirus program and then scan the computer; you never know if viruses or malware have been installed. Most often, you won’t find any issues, but you should always proceed with caution since identity theft is so common.
It is especially important to ensure laptops are secure and that they still have their serial numbers. Also, check that there is no personal information on the laptop and that you have its original invoice or warranty. An ideal scenario is that you would purchase a used computer with the original boxes, receipt, cables, booklets, and other accessories.
Finding the Right Deal
If you follow all the precautions, you can find a good used computer and score a great deal. Buying a used computer can be convenient when you can’t afford a brand-new one, but still want something of decent quality. All you need to do is be careful and find a reputable seller.
By following our previously mentioned tips, you should be able to buy a used computer that will meet all your requirements; it can be an excellent investment as well.
Why choose Michaels Global Trading?
Since 2013, Michaels Global Trading has been a first-rate boutique firm that helps companies of all sizes manage their surplus inventory and assets. Our professional services include an appraisal, auction, liquidation, and decommission, and we cater them specifically to each client. We have always offered a high level of professionalism, top-quality services, and transparency.