Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Buying Used Dell Laptops, PCs and Servers on eBay - How to be successful > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Buying Used Dell Laptops, PCs and Servers on eBay - How to be successful

Two years ago I needed a way to refresh more PC's and Laptops at my company without spending more. New Dell laptops were great but expensive and over the years we had accumulated many Latitude C series parts. The C series ran from the CPX C600 C610 C400 and C640 models before their new D line of Latitude laptops were released. The docks, drives and many other parts are usable in any of these models so we decided to take advantage of this and purchase used Dell laptops. eBay was where we sourced these. Over the years I've learned some valuable things about buying these expensive items. Here are some tips and some recommendations of sellers I've found to be very reliable.

Know what you are buying.

Don't just go by the model and specs of the machine. I'm seeing two types of units out there. Those that are complete PC's sold as used units. Also refurbished units that have no serial number on the bottom or in the bios. These units can be had at very good prices and so far I've found them all to be in great condition. The problem is that without the serial you can't even get tech support from Dell and obviously there isn't a warranty. If you don't mind this from the right seller these are great. For my use at my company it just isn't worth the appearance of a model with no serial number. I'm passing on these for now.

Always pay using Pay Pal or some other service that lets you use a credit card.

Even when you use a credit card on Paypal your covered by the dispute and charge back protection provided by your credit card company. I've had two instances where the seller did not ship my laptop and I had to dispute the charge with my credit card company. In both cases I received a credit back from my company and had no trouble from Paypal. Before disputing open a formal case with Paypal as they require that before you do a charge back. I'm not sure what the consequences would be but better to appear as if you are trying to use their system.

Buying regularly? Try to form a relationship with a couple reputable sellers.

After doing business with a handful of sellers I trust I now completely bypass eBay. The sellers love the money they save on fees and I can often have them hunt down mint condition Latitude laptops. Some will even customize the laptop to your specs.

Check the sellers feedback.

Look to see that the seller regularly sells Dell equipment. This tells you two things. One that they are a reputable seller and have a history of people who bought the exact same item and were happy. The other thing is that if you see positive feedback regarding non-similar equipment you can assume that they will have no spare parts or service ability. If you see many sales of similar Dell equipment you can be sure that if you have a problem and notify them right away they will probably be able to fix your laptop.

Ask about warranty or warranty transfer assistance.

If you are lucky the unit you purchase will come with some warranty left from Dell. However Dell will not transfer the warranty into your name unless you have the original owners name and address. If you can find a seller willing to provide this you just struck gold! Note, this is not common at all. You can still get Dell to service an in warranty unit but they won't transfer the ownership to your name.

Buying Servers? Look for Dell refurbished units with a warranty.

I don't know how it works but there are many resellers of Dell Servers that are new or refurbished from Dell. These come with the Dell warranty and are transferable. When the server arrives its in the original Dell box still sealed up. The price can't be beat and I've never had a problem. My suspicion is that for those with the right connections, Dell will sell you volumes of over production and refurbished units far below pricing you'd see in their Dell Outlet site. http://www.scsistuff.com is a great vendor for this type of buy.

About The Author

John Gall is a full time IT Manager and self employed IT Consultant in Minnesota. He runs several hobby web sites related to technology and travel from http://www.gallconsulting.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

Luzerne County back-tax auctions nearing
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Hundreds of Luzerne County property owners are expected to pay delinquent real estate taxes this week to avoid Thursday's main annual first-stage auction. As of Friday afternoon, 1,480 parcels were eligible for the sale, said Sean Shamany, of county ...

and more »

Livestock auctions
Cadillac News
Clare County Livestock Auction, LLC. Sale every Monday at 3 p.m.. Sept. 17 results: advertisement. Choice colored steers, $95 to $111; choice colored heifers, $90 to $107; good colored steers and heifers, $80 to $100; choice Holstein steers, $70 to ...


Architectural Digest

Memorabilia from Frank and Barbara Sinatra's Estate Will Be Up for Auction This December
Architectural Digest
And this December, fans of the Sinatras will get the chance to purchase parts of the famed couple's estate in a series of live and online auctions that will put their personal assets on the auction block. According to Sotheby's, the auction house that ...

and more »

Art Newspaper

Red tape is stifling German auctions
Art Newspaper
German auction houses are struggling with increased bureaucracy and a shortage of high-quality consignments after the introduction of the country's cultural heritage protection law in 2016 by the culture minister Monica Gruetters. Some have even ...


Axios

Comcast outbids Fox in a $39 billion takeover of Sky
CNBC
Comcast outflanked rival Twenty-First Century Fox in a $39 billion takeover of British broadcaster Sky on Saturday, submitting a much higher bid in a rare three-round auction that pitted two of America's largest media companies against one another. The ...
Game Theory Part of the Art of the Sky DealWall Street Journal
Comcast prevails over Fox in dramatic settlement auction for SkyAxios
Comcast wins auction for SkyPhiladelphia Business Journal
The Independent -Mirror.co.uk -Evening Standard -Sky News
all 2,014 news articles »

Autoweek

Bring a Trailer's LaFerrari auction was internet gold
Autoweek
However, the real action during the auction was in BaT's comments section. BaT users racked up over 1,600 comments on the auction page, resulting in plenty of internet tomfoolery. The comments section was so hot near the end of the auction that the IT ...


The Packer

Massive fruit processing equipment auction scheduled
The Packer
Fruit processing and packaging equipment at a former Seneca Foods facility in Modesto, Calif., will be sold during a series of online auctions. The facility, used for packaging and warehousing the company's peach and fruit cocktail products, was closed ...


Reuters

Mexico's new president should postpone oil auctions: former Pemex official
Reuters
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A former Petroleos Mexicanos [PEMX.UL] board member said on Wednesday Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has enough political support to change the nation's energy law and should postpone planned ...

and more »

Business Insider

Comcast, Fox to Settle $35 Billion Takeover Battle for Sky in Weekend Auction
Wall Street Journal
The U.K. Takeover Panel, which polices deal making in the country, laid out rules for the auction on Thursday. It is a process the regulator hasn't run many times previously—and never before with such a large company as the prize. London-listed Sky ...
'The market is betting on a bidding war': The fight for Sky is likely to come down to a rare sealed auctionBusiness Insider
Fox, Comcast $35 billion takeover battle for Sky heads for one-day auctionCNBC
Comcast, Fox takeover battle for Sky to be decided by weekend auctionUSA TODAY
Reuters -Financial Times -Bloomberg
all 868 news articles »

South China Morning Post

Halt Hong Kong auctions ahead of laws on e-waste
South China Morning Post
Auctions have long been used by the government to get rid of confiscated items, surplus inventories and unwanted office appliances, and for good reason. Not only are they a convenient way to dispose of such items, but they also rely on market forces to ...

Google News

How To Write a Traffic Pulling eBay Auction Title

Selling an item on eBay should be simple but it... Read More

How To List Your Items On eBay

Listing your items on eBay can be very confusing if... Read More

Make BIG MONEY on eBay - Your Unlimited Cash Cow

Let me be brutally honest; until recently, I had never... Read More

eBay - The Basics

I began selling on eBay in 1999 and have found... Read More

Making Money On EBay Can Be So Simple, Just Let Somebody Else Do All The Hard Work For You

OK, so you've been bitten by the eBay bug!You've ransacked... Read More

Effective Online Car Sales on Ebay Motors

Remember back when selling online was a new experience? Dealers... Read More

Increase your eBay Profits the Easy Way

Sometimes the simplest things can boost the number of visitors... Read More

Profitable Paper Piecing on eBay--Part 1

Why sell paper piecings on eBay?eBay is a great way... Read More

eBay Consignments: The Giant Opportunity Hiding on eBay (Part I)

More and more, people are becoming aware that they have... Read More

From Ebay Zero To Power-Selling Hero: What It Takes

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be "the... Read More

3 Unusual Formats For Auctions on EBay

eBay users are accustomed to only two "standard" formats for... Read More

Online Auction Fraud

eBay sales may have grown 51% last year over the... Read More

E Bay.com HTML Auction Templates: Which is Best for Ebay Selling?

There are a plenty of free e bay.com free auction... Read More

How To Sell On Ebay: Pricing Strategy

Many new Ebay sellers make one of two mistakes: either... Read More

eBay: What Should I Sell?

There is an art to picking profitable products. It's not... Read More

Do You Sell Tires By Mail? Maybe You Should eBay

I just received an interesting email from eBay and it... Read More

Online Auction Sellers - Seize Control Of Your Business!

As the online auction model of business continues to evolve... Read More

Joint Venture For eBay Success Too!

Whether you're succeeding in your online auction attempts, just getting... Read More

Six Steps Towards Successful Buying at eBay Auctions

Buying on eBay can be very rewarding, either in terms... Read More

Profit through Other Peoples eBay Errors

There are many issues that influence how an eBay auction... Read More

The 3 Minute Auction and Minute Auction Explained

Am I the only person who doesn't know what a... Read More

Used Cars For Sale On EBay

There are thousands of used cars for sale on eBay... Read More

Be Realistic When Selling on eBay

As some of you know, I spent many years buying... Read More

Using Paypal for eBay Purchases

Paypal is the preferred payment choice for many buyers because... Read More

The Top Sellers On eBay & What We Can Learn From Them

A fascinating eBay case study is the number one seller... Read More