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Old 07-05-2009, 04:01 PM   #1
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suspicious laptop deals


I think the market for laptops, especially used ones, must be too saturated to be anything but a buyer's market. I had to accept a paltry US$75 for my old laptop; and now I am finding many suspiciously cheap laptops at eBay--some starting at the absurd price of US$.01. A penny laptop?? With free shipping, no less?
I haven't found any overt signs that they're scams (such as the description being rendered in Engrish), so I think they may be cases of sellers expecting bidders to get into bidding wars until the item fetches a more reasonable price. (Spare me any lectures about eBay, thank you; they would simply make the lecturer look overbearing. I've heard them before and have rejected them.)

I think I'm going to bid on one of these and see what happens. If I get a piece of junk, I've only lost a penny, and in exchange, have had a good laugh at someone for effectively paying me to take their valuable property.
 
Old 07-05-2009, 04:59 PM   #2
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I've been looking at getting a new (to me) lappy from eBay for several weeks now. I have yet to see one of those penny laptops go for less than USD $250. If you get one for a penny, you're much luckier than I. My budget will only allow me to go up to USD $100 for one. After 5 weeks and dozens of bids, I still don't have a new/refurbished lappy from the Bay.

Just FYI.
 
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Well, if the penny laptops have always gone up to $250, then my guess--that the sellers rely on bidding wars--is right.
 
Old 07-05-2009, 07:57 PM   #4
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They'll sell you the laptop real cheap. Oh, you need a battery? $75. The power block? $75. Do you want the key caps for your keyboard?

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Old 07-05-2009, 09:10 PM   #5
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Aha! Thanks, I hadn't thought of that.
 
Old 07-06-2009, 03:05 AM   #6
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I won't lecture you on ebay, but if you get a laptop for $0.01 on ebay, I'll bet you $100 it will not work, and it will likely be a box with a picture of a laptop or in the form of a laptop.
 
Old 07-06-2009, 04:25 AM   #7
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Possibly, except that such a box is probably worth more than $.01.

It sold to some poor fool for about $300.

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Old 07-06-2009, 08:50 PM   #8
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"If it sounds too good to be true, don't waste your time and money on it."

Your own neighborhood is stuffed with used computer equipment that nobody can get rid of. Just look around.
 
Old 07-07-2009, 09:26 PM   #9
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I won't lecture you on ebay, but if you get a laptop for $0.01 on ebay, I'll bet you $100 it will not work, and it will likely be a box with a picture of a laptop or in the form of a laptop.

I built my laptop off parts from ebay, no problems, you need to be very careful of what you are buying, really read the whole page.
 
Old 07-08-2009, 03:50 AM   #10
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For example:
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:27 PM   #11
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I should start a thread about eBay and how some of the transactions are not fraudulent, unethical, etc. and some of the stuff bought is what the buyer expected. Online booksellers were the only places I could find the out-of-print Doctor Who: New Adventures novels, and the best deals I could find were at eBay and Amazon. Trying to get them on interlibrary loan was unpredictable, because of course ILLs are other libraries' discretion.

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