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One way to reduce the cost of your gadgetry and still enjoy some of the latest technologies and functions is to buy second-hand products.
So, for those consumers looking for a new laptop to carry around with them and use for studying, working and just having fun, a used product could be a great option to give you the specifications you want at a reduced price. There are risks involved in buying second-hand laptops, however, which is why I’ve put together this guide on how you can easily find a machine that is a good investment without being a computer expert.
Once you’ve worked out what you want from your new laptop, you need to find a model that you’d like. As you’re going to be buying your computer second-hand, it’s best if you select a couple of laptops that you’d like just in case you can’t find your ideal machine on the used laptop market in the condition you want it in. Read reviews of the models you’re considering so that you can learn more about how they perform and if they’ll be reliable enough to suit your needs.
When you start looking for your new laptop you need to explore a range of different platforms. As well as looking at the offerings of private sellers on sites like eBay, Gumtree and Amazon, try companies that specialise in buying old laptops and refurbishing them, as these firms will often give you a guarantee and better quality products.
Haggling to get a reduced price is a unique skill, and one well-worth practicing if and when you get the chance, but if the pre-owned laptop you’ve decided on is already a good deal then there’s no point. You’ll only annoy the seller and lose your chance to buy the laptop you want. If, however, you feel that the price is a little steep, then try to reduce it by negotiating with the seller. Larger companies that refurbish laptops often won’t respond to this approach, but private sellers might be amenable if you go about it the right way. Make sure that you lay out a convincing case for why the laptop is worth the price you’re willing to pay for it and give a justification for your reduced price. Be polite and make it clear that you’re interested, so even if the bargaining doesn’t work, they still respect you and want to work with you. They may offer you a reduced price that’s not as low as the one you originally asked for, but is still slightly cheaper than they originally quoted, meaning you’ll still get a good deal.