There are many instances where purchasing new electronics is best. This may not always apply to computers. Buying used computers often offers many benefits over buying new. I have had several of each and have come to prefer used over new for many reason. If you are looking for a computer then read this first before you decide if you want a new or used computer.
Refurbished is another term for used. The difference is that these have at least been tested by professionals and possibly redone as well. You can usually count on them at least having a fresh installation of the operating system when you receive them. With these you can usually be sure they will be in good working condition when you receive them. A lot of these also come with at least a limited warranty.
While most used computers will be in good working condition, it is still advisable to test them if possible. If you are buying online and no warranty is offered then you should be very careful about what you buy. Don’t be afraid to ask questions so you know what you will be getting. It’s important that you will be happy with your purchase. It’s also a good idea to know you will be getting everything you need. You may find it is much cheaper to buy the monitor and tower together rather than separately.
You may want to get a computer that comes with a restore disk. If you don’t have this and you ever have the need to reformat your computer then you may have to spend a lot of money to buy an operating system. The restore disk will restore the computer to the original setting but anything you have downloaded or saved may be erased.
Warranties on new computers really aren’t as great as most people think. Most stores won’t accept a returned computer for any reason after 15 days. Past that time you have to call the company that made the computer and they will send you parts or ask you to send the unit in for repair. This can be a headache and take forever to get your computer back to running even if the company does as promised.
While I have known a lot of people who didn’t have problems with the warranties, I have had a lot of problems in this area. I have had so many problems with this that I have come to prefer to just buy a used computer and then fix it myself if needed. This tends to save time and money for me. Of course you need some knowledge of computers to do this.
The main difference between new and used computers is that another person used them before you did. While you should make sure that the computer will do everything you may need it to do, that doesn’t mean you have to buy it new. You can often find used computers that are just as good and reliable as new ones.
If you are looking for a computer then you can get a great deal on used computers if you shop around a bit. These tend to be much better deals than the ones you can find at leading electronics store and with the money you save you can buy as many as you like.