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Beliavsky
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Computer shopping

Post by Beliavsky » Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:57 pm

If you are looking for a new computer but are not in a rush, what are some ways to get a good deal? Whenever I visit the sites of computer vendors, they always say there is a great sale going on. I have noticed that if you browse a manufacturer's site and leave, sometimes a $100 coupon pops up to get you to stay.

Are there especially good "tax refund" sales just after April 15? It looked like it. Are there other seasonal sales? Besides the manufacturers' sites, what are some good places to shop? I am aware of Newegg, Ebay, and Amazon. Is it a good idea to buy refurbished?

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by fogalog » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:22 pm

https://www.apple.com/shop/refurbished/mac

i have used this a few times. fully warrantied.

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by mega317 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:25 pm

There are always sales but it's a moving target with a false anchor point, so whatever.

I think refurbished is a great idea--make sure there is a return window.

One other idea is Best Buy. They frequently have open-box computers for a big discount. If you know specifically what you want, check online. Or you could walk into the store and see what they have, there will be a cage full of them.

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by RickBoglehead » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:26 pm

Figure out what you want and watch prices.

I have bought 4 year old boxes at my local major university's property disposition department. Lately $25 without drive.
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Re: Computer shopping

Post by mega317 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:44 pm

RickBoglehead wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:26 pm
Figure out what you want and watch prices.

I have bought 4 year old boxes at my local major university's property disposition department. Lately $25 without drive.
This is a nice idea. What do you do for OS?

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by mrmass » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:49 pm

I like woot.com I'm not afraid to buy refurbs as I can overcome any issues that arise.

Also Dell has the Dell outlet. Just google that and you'll stumble on it.

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by RickBoglehead » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:50 pm

mega317 wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:44 pm
RickBoglehead wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:26 pm
Figure out what you want and watch prices.

I have bought 4 year old boxes at my local major university's property disposition department. Lately $25 without drive.
This is a nice idea. What do you do for OS?
In the past, they have the OS tag still on the box.
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Re: Computer shopping

Post by iasw » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:50 pm

Can you pay with a credit card that offers price protection? A Citi card for their price rewind thing, for instance

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by mancich » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:52 pm

Try Dell Refurbished. Different from Dell Outlet. The Refurbushed site has super good deals on Latititudes, Precison, and Optiplex (off lease business PC's). I've seen Latitiudes as low as $189, and they're very solid builds

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by yangtui » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:13 pm

RickBoglehead wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:26 pm
Figure out what you want and watch prices.
+1

This is what I have always done. My current machine is a 2012 refurbished HP laptop purchased four years ago. Still going strong.

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by breakfixit » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:29 pm

In my experience "back to school" sales are the best time to purchase laptops. I haven't bought a new laptop in 3 or 4 years, but lenovo.com had the best prices in July and August. They also have an outlet. I suspect other manufacturers do the same thing. Also I've had luck using google and pricewatch to shop for specific models and compare prices.

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by rich126 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:39 pm

Usually the Nov/Dec time frame, typically near Black Friday.

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by YttriumNitrate » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:43 pm

My last two computers have been 2-3 year old gaming computers bought off Craigslist in the $300-$500 range. They tend to be good for everything but playing the absolute latest and greatest games at max settings. I'm not sure why I need a water-cooled CPU and monster GPU to do word processing and internet browsing, but by golly I like it. :D

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by billfromct » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:48 pm

HSN seems to have some good deals on laptops, basic or more advanced.

I use my basic laptop for checking e-mail, getting into my financial accounts & spreadsheets.

I normally use my cheap tablet (from HSN) to browse the internet.

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by DaftInvestor » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:50 am

The major manufacturers (Dell, HP, etc.) tend to rotate through sales of various machines. Once you figure out exactly what you want - watch prices over 4 weeks to see what happens. There are some cyclical sales where items tend to drop a bit more for each manufacturer (example: Dell-End-of-Fiscal-Year (you miseed it - it was Feb)) but if you watch over a few weeks you are likely to find a nice discount on what you want.
Of course with computers - the price per performance only goes in one direction over-all and that is downward. If you are willing to buy a system with a Gen-7 Intel processor versus a Gen-8 some good deals are at the manufacturer outlets or refurbished machines and close-outs can be found on sites such as NewEgg, BHPhoto, etc. Someone mentioned Apple - if you want half the performance for twice the price that is definitely the way to go :)

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by bloom2708 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:56 am

This eBay Store/Seller has a great selection of demo/refurb HP laptops.

https://www.ebay.com/usr/viaelectron?_t ... 1543.l2754

This is my work laptop and I bought one for home use. The one I purchased still had the shrink wrap on the power cord. Could not tell it was used.

i5/256 SSD

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-Elite-x2-10 ... SwVDpcnwzN

i7/512 SSD

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-Elite-x2-10 ... SwbzxclFGj

Great keyboard, can be a laptop or tablet, pen comes with. Very compact and portable. I use it with a USB 3 Docking Station for 2 monitors, etc.

I think you set your budget and then find the best computer that fits your needs. i5 or i7 with 256 SSD is baseline. 8GB RAM.
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Re: Computer shopping

Post by c.coyle » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:35 am

mancich wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:52 pm
Try Dell Refurbished. Different from Dell Outlet. The Refurbushed site has super good deals on Latititudes, Precison, and Optiplex (off lease business PC's). I've seen Latitiudes as low as $189, and they're very solid builds
+1.

Refurbs from a legitimate refurbisher are the way to go. Most of us don't need the latest and most powerful machine. 99% of what we do is browse the web, send and receive emails, waste time on social media, and occasionally work with spreadsheets and word processor docs. Probably the most demanding thing most users do is stream video.
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Re: Computer shopping

Post by rantk81 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:44 am

I've had wonderful luck with refurbs on Amazon. Look for ones that were likely just someone's office computer that was replaced. Typically from a seller that has a lot of inventory of the same kind of computer model from a major brand (like HP, Lenovo, etc.) Last year I was able to score an i7 with 8GB ram, a solid state hard drive, Win7 Pro, desktop for about $115. Bought a refurbished LCD display for about $30 too. It was an amazing deal. These refurb computers are great for general home-desktop machines, as long as you aren't planning on doing any crazy computer gaming that needs the latest-and-greatest hardware.

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by quantAndHold » Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:00 am

If you’re working, you might be able to get a corporate discount on whatever your employer uses. Laptops meant for work use tend to be more expensive than consumer models, but they’re more sturdily built, and they usually come with better support.

Or else just go to Costco and get whatever they have.

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by sunny_socal » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:36 am

Found a good deal for you:
https://www.costco.com/.product.100454283.html

Lenovo Y7000 Gaming Laptop
- 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics
- 16GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
- 1TB HD
- Intel i7 processor

On sale for $899. Look no further, if you don't mind that it runs Windows. (I'm a huge Apple fan but this is a LOT of computer for the money!)

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Re: Computer shopping

Post by mega317 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:48 am

Just guessing because the OP didn't specify, but I'm guessing someone looking for good deals on potentially refurbished laptops doesn't need a dedicated graphics card or want to spend $900.

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