Smart Computer Shopper Roundup

Five Tips for Buying Dell
“…practical advice on picking out a new Dell PC or laptop…”

HOWNOTTO: Buy a Laptop
“Always buy from a reputable source with a positive track record. Otherwise, you may as well be buying a paper bag covered with question marks…”

How To Buy a Laptop on Ebay
“Much of the advice is common sense but are good reminders to review when salivating over the latest i-Thingy, like verifying the repair history, seeing if there are any dead pixels, and making sure the CD/DVD drive isn’t filled with peanut butter.”

Ask The Consumerist: How Do I Sell My Laptop On Ebay Without Getting Scammed?
“Three times in a row, Ebay has canceled the auctions and refunded his listings fees because… three times in a row the winning bid was placed by a “compromised” account…. What can Wil do so shysters aren’t so drawn to his laptop auctions?”

American Express Extended Warranty Protection Buys You A New Laptop
“David was able to get the full cost of his computer refunded to him without paying for an extended warranty.”

(Photos: thelastminute, Vox_Efx)


Edit Your Comment

  1. Iron_Dragon says:

    My five tips for buying a Dell:

    1. Don’t do it.

    2. No really just don’t.

    3. Come on… Please don’t buy one. I’m only trying to help.

    4. You still want to buy one? I really wouldn’t advise it.

    5. Ok fine. Buy one. Just don’t come to me when you want to upgrade and can’t because of the cheap ass parts and limited motherboard.

  2. royal72 says:

    i’ve got a few tips for you:
    1. buy a mac. i know, i know… but the fact is you can now use your mac as a pc if you so desire. i’ve been using macs for almost two decades and have had only one computer that ever needed service and after that it worked flawlessly.
    2. buy the apple extended warranty. forget the “is it worth it” question, because it’s more for the resale value. which brings us to the most important part…
    3. get a new (or slightly used) mac about once a year. what many people don’t know is that macs hold their resale value tremendously. so if you are a savvy shopper you can expect to pay about $100-200 once a year to always have the latest and greatest.

    been doing it for years and it has worked wonderfully.

  3. olegna says:

    — get a new (or slightly used) mac about once a year. —-

    It’s comments like these that make me allergic to the culture of Mac.

    I applaud Steve Jobs for an amazing accomplishment.