Craigslist is a terrific resource for nabbing great deals on everything from furniture to bicycles to electronics. Not all listings are frauds, it’s smart to take extra precautions when buying from strangers.
Craigslist is the most popular classified ads website in the world, and if you’re really careful you can find some real bargains on used computers on there that don’t last long because of how good the deals are.
Ask detailed Questions About the Item You Want to Buy
Does the laptop come with all the installation CDs and has a virus scan been done on it recently? For an apartment rental, what’s included in the rent or what amenities are nearby? What problems or issues with the item has the seller had? Why is this person selling the item? What’s the exact model number of the item? Asking questions like this not only gives you more information about the product, it verifies the seller has firsthand knowledge of it.
Look up Common Problems with the Item and How to Spot a Fake
Look up “common problems with [product] or how to spot a fake [product] to find the right questions to ask and things to look for when testing out the item in person.
You can also check for recalled items at several government sites before you buy or start asking questions to see if there is a 100% chance that you will incur a problem with your purchase.
Look the seller up
Search the seller’s email address and phone number on both Craigslist and Google.Look up the seller’s name on Facebook and White Pages services (see if the address matches, too, if you’re given one).
Is Buying Refurbished Electronics a Good Idea?
For Starters it saves you money. Opting for a refurb instead of a new Electronic can save you anywhere from 20% to 80% off of what it would cost you to buy a new electronic device such as a smartphone.
The quality and reliability of refurbished PCs are guaranteed by the manufacturer. Most computers aren’t returned because they are defective. They are actually returned due to either buyer remorse or the inability of the user to learn how to use it correctly.
Should you buy a used laptop?
The prices of new budget laptops have dropped to the point where they can now be considered disposable items. Why pay $200 for a used laptop that might have all kinds of hidden problems.
When you can pay $350 and get a brand new one with a warranty, for various reasons, the useful life of a typical laptop is around 5 years. After that you’re running on borrowed time, and paying for the privilege rarely makes sense.
Buying a Mac From Craigslist is a Great Idea!
Refurbished macs can offer great savings over retail, but for the stout of heart, the best deals are found on eBay and Craigslist. This is by far my favorite way to get deals, but you really have to know what you’re looking for and how to weed out the duds.
Getting a great deal on a Mac is a combination of luck, knowledge and skill. Here are a few practical tips that will help you along the way. Like any computer, a Mac’s price depends on what’s inside. Major savings can be had by determining what you need and what you don’t. Unlike PCs, Macs tend to be priced by screen size then by processor. Decide if you can live with a 13” screen or if a 17” screen is really necessary. Then there’s the processor. Do you really need an i7? If you’re not doing video editing, probably not. The i5 is a very capable and all most people will probably need for now. If your Mac will just be doing basic email, web and office documents, you can save a bundle by going with a Core 2 Duo.