Tips To Consider Before Buying Used/ Second Hand Electronic Products

In the struggle to save money, many people choose to buy secondhand or used products. While certain items are fine to purchase used, such as cars or DVDs, there are others they may actually cause you to waste money in the future. Here is a buying guide that you should follow in order to fetch the best deals.

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It isn’t as hard as it may seem

So before you ever rush over to a secondhand electronics dealer selling items out of storage units, you should make yourself aware of the electronic items you should never buy used. Three of those items include:

  • Laptops

A refurbished laptop is different from a used laptop. A refurbished laptop has had new parts incorporated into it and they generally come with a warranty. A used laptop has all the old parts and systems and generally come without a warranty which is what makes them a poor purchase decision. While you may be able to turn on the laptop and skim around, you won’t be able to take it apart on the spot and see the condition of the laptop’s interior. Within a few days, the laptop could easily crash on you, leaving you out of a computer and a wasteful expense.

  • Plasma and High-Def TVs

Plasma and high-definition TVs have a much higher success rate than they did when they first entered the market, but that doesn’t mean that they are now great to buy used. You want the warranty and extended warranty that comes with your flatscreen TV as it protects you from any high repair costs. If the screen of your used TV was to go out, the cost of the repair would most likely be more than the TV is worth. However, if you buy your TV new and have the correct warranties, the cost of the TV repair would be free.

  • DVD Players

Purchasing used DVDs is a great idea; however, buying a used DVD player is generally a not wise move. The lasers tend to wear out and when you buy one used, you won’t have any idea how often it has been used. The cost to replace the lasers in DVD players is generally more expensive than the unit is worth, and anymore you can purchase a new one for a fairly reasonable price.

Purchasing new electronics is usually a high cost to anyone, and one that we often groan and grumble about. No one likes spending a grand or more on a TV or computer, but if you want an electronic that is both durable and long-lasting, then it is best to buy a new one.

Anymore, most electronic stores offer zero percent financing (available in many countries) on larger purchases allowing you to get the electronics you want at a price you can afford.

  • Mike Alexandre

    Wow, there is so much wrong with this article was this written by an idiot?

    1. Used Laptops: If you don’t know how to fix it or reinstall the OS then you shouldn’t be buying a used laptop. If you do then there are some things you need to do:

    a. Make sure the Drivers CD and Reinstall CD comes with it or you know where/how to get it.

    b. Look for a bad HD. Bring a USB drive with Hiren’s Boot loaded on it and do a diagnostics test. If it comes with bad RAM or a Bad Sectors on the HD then I recommend Upgrading with more ram (if it comes with 2gb then go to the max that laptop supports) and a SSD Hard drive. If the NIC or Wireless doesn’t work then drop it like a bad habit.

    b. Wipe the drive and reinstall the OS. This will give you a Fresh, out of the box experience. If their is no Reinstall CD be ready to shell out $100 for a new License.

    2. Just go LEDs There are no issues buying used and warranties are transferable.

    3. Wow you are a bigger idiot than I thought. DVD/Blu-ray players are through away. You can easily test them with your own DVD/Blu-ray. make sure to have a Black/Dark Disc DVD with you along with a Silver one. Players with Misaligned lasers have issues with one or the other. BTW you can refocus the laser yourself. They are several DIY guides on how to do this.