Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Computer - Unite IT Services | Huntington Beach, CA

April 29, 2021
Unite IT

Are you thinking about purchasing a new computer? Whether you want a laptop or a desktop, there are a few things you need to know before spending your hard-earned money on a second-hand piece of tech.

What are the Pros of Buying a Used Computer?

1. Good Deals

Take a look on Craigslist or another classified suite, and you’ll find hundreds of computers for sale. You’ll find plenty of options, from the latest models still sealed in their box to a 10-year old laptop with 250MB memory.
Since you’re buying private, you have more room for negotiating a good price. Set a budget and start calling; you might find it surprising how many people will accept a low-ball offer.

2. Free Upgrades

When you’re purchasing a used computer or laptop, you can find great deals on models with upgrades. Some people build PCs or laptops with custom GPUs and extra RAM.
If you’re purchasing second-hand, you get all of these goodies included with your machine at no extra cost. Like a car, adding aftermarket components to it doesn’t transfer into the resale price.

What are the Cons of Buying a Used Computer?

3. Damage

Your used PC or laptop might come with damage the previous owner fails to disclose to you. Always make sure you test the machine before finalizing the deal.

4. Scams

There are plenty of classified ads out there for used computers. However, there are dozens of scams where the seller might ask for payment upfront before delivery. After making your payment, you never hear from them again.

5. Preloaded Malware

Some bad actors might load malware onto your machine in hopes of accessing your data, such as your banking password.

6. No Warranty

When you purchase a new computer from a licensed retailer, you get a warranty on your purchase. There’s no warranty for used PCs or laptops.

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