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So, the time has finally come. You need a new laptop, but you can’t afford to go out and buy a brand new laptop. Don’t worry about your budget, because you don’t necessarily have to buy something that is new and expensive. There are plenty of good quality, used laptops out there that you can get for a fraction of the cost of a new one. But, before you go out and spend any money, there are a few things that you need to consider. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you want to buy used laptop.

1. Know Your Needs 

The first thing to figure out is what you will be using the laptop for. Once you know your needs, you will know what to look for. Things to consider are memory and storage, screen size, webcam, etc. Will you be using the laptop for basic things, such as surfing the web and checking emails? Or, is this going to be a computer that you use for work or school? If you don’t think about these things, you may end up with a laptop that either has more than what you need, or doesn’t have all of the features you need.

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2. Check the Battery

When you are looking at used laptops, be sure to check the battery. Make sure that it has a lithium ion battery, because this will give you more battery life when you are not near a power supply. If the battery is weak, but there are no other issues with the laptop, you may want to consider simply buying a new battery. Be sure to ask the seller if they will take a bit off the asking price of the laptop if you have to do this.

3. Inspect It First

Never buy a used laptop without inspecting it first, unless of course you are shopping online, then make sure that you have a return policy if you aren’t happy with it when you get it. Things to check include the frame (no cracks, corners aren’t broken, etc.), the condition of the screen, keyboard, track pad, and the CD drive. Also, check to see how much memory the laptop has. You may have to upgrade it, but you can only do this if there are open memory slots you can use.

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4. Look at the Brand

Make sure that any used laptop you consider buying is made by a reputable brand. Sure, the lesser-known brands may offer cheaper products, and you can get them even cheaper if they are used, but they aren’t always quality devices. Lesser brands offer cheaper quality products. A low-end laptop may not be nearly as durable as one from a better brand, and if you buy the cheaper one, you could end up having to replace it in a few months anyway, so you won’t be saving any money.

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5. Get Your Money’s Worth

Don’t go out and buy the first used laptop you see before you do some shopping around. Do your research before you actually are ready to buy. That way, you will know what the going rates are for the popular models, and you will be better able to negotiate a deal that works for both you and the seller. There are lots of websites that will give free quotes for laptops. All you have to do is enter some information about the device, and you will find out exactly what it is worth. By doing this, you aren’t going to end up spending a lot more than you really have to.

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