How to tell the age of laptops

February 21, 2012 at 14:25:50
Specs: Windows Vista, 1gb
I would like to buy used laptops and refurbish and resell them, but I would like them to be fairly up to date hardware wise. Is there a website that maybe tells the age of various laptops, or do any of you guys have any tips? Thanks for any help...George

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February 21, 2012 at 14:38:26
Look for reviews of the model in Google. That will usually reveal the age. The OS the laptop came with can also be used as a gauge. The chip set in use will also help but that information is as readily available.

You had better be very careful buying used laptops. There are many stolen units out there.

You may not be aware of this but with all the security on modern laptops you may not be able to even boot or assess the hard drive. Additionally, if you don't receive restore disks you may need to BUY a copy of Windows to get it running.

With the price of new laptops I suggest you rethink this idea.

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February 21, 2012 at 16:19:22
"With the price of new laptops I suggest you rethink this idea."

I concur with OtH. Legally, you're required to provide the purchaser with a license of Windows (if that is the OS you intend to install) and unless you have some sort of deal from MS, that alone could drive the price out of reach for most people wanting to buy. Most "large-market" retailers purchase so many that they get the license (and any accompanying media) quite cheaply, and older OS's generally can't be bought from them at all...

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February 21, 2012 at 16:25:47
I have bought 6 used laptops on ebay over the years (and 1 on newegg) and have never got a dud. All but one is still running, and that one was left out in the rain.


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February 21, 2012 at 17:20:11
Since you ask, I'd then say you should re-consider.

Exactly what are you going refurbish? Replace parts? Test, insure, warranty?

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February 21, 2012 at 22:50:04
If you want to become a Trader, you need experience, you can not Google for experience it is something learnt.

Laptops are not good profit makers, neither are Tower PC's, unless you buy in bulk.

Legally you can not sell a machine with Windows without a CoA attached.

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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