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At worst, used computers, as sold on to you, have minor blemishes, scratches, dents or wear. This is always just cosmetic and does not affect either performance or value of computers in any way. What you receive is a fully-working computer, same working condition as new, but at a price well below that of new. You can often pick up recent high-specification models second-hand and save hundreds of pounds. Of course there are lots of bargains to be had whatever model or type you decide to purchase but note you will sometimes find it difficult to get anything as stock can go very quickly some weeks.
2. Unused Computers
The other main categories of computers are overstock, surplus, liquidated, superceded, discontinued, open box or end-of-line stock. These are all basically same in that they are all UNUSED computers. So these are not what you would really classify as second-hand, ie they have not personally been owned and used by any business, college, individual etc. They will often be in their original packaging.
The reasons why these computers come on to market are because:
- a manufacturer has brought out new models and wants to get rid of 'old' superceded stock in his warehouse
- a store wants to raise some urgently needed cash and sell his unsold stock
- a factory or store becomes bankrupt and computer stock is sold
In most of these cases, stock gets sold to specialist dealers who buy in bulk and who then sell it on to public, businesses etc. They then either provide a new warranty themselves for equipment, or ensure there is a full warranty from original manufacturer. You'll often find Toshiba, HP, Compaq and other brand name computers offered with a 12-month warranty from original manufacturer. Note that sometimes suppliers refer to open box as meaning refurbished - they will usually state in description what they mean.
So that's it. Two main categories of computers, quite different from each other but both offering great deals on branded equipment. Either way you will save money and still get a peace-of-mind guarantee on your computer purchase.
One last point. Make sure you check what you are getting for your money. Sometimes computer may come without Windows installed or without a monitor. Don't assume - check. This will ensure you are happy with your savings AND your purchase.
The author is an experienced computer user, having worked in IT management for a number of years. Now heavily involved in the purchase, use and distribution of thousands of computers at http://www.1st-4-used-computers.com