Used or Refurbished Laptops
Once you have selected a laptop type that will suit your needs, it is now time to choose what kind of laptop to buy.
If you don't mind not being on the cutting edge, used or refurbished laptops can be purchased at a much cheaper rate than their new counterparts. Refurbished laptops are laptops that have been returned to the manufacturer, repaired, certified, and then sold at a discount. They no longer have any problems with them, and generally come with a warranty. Apple is a popular retailer known to sell refurbished Apple laptops at excellent prices.
One easy way to find used laptops from local sellers is on Craigslist (www.craigslist.org). Craigslist is an online classifieds service that allows people to place listings for items they wish to sell. A lot of times people are looking to get rid of their laptops for numerous reasons, and are willing to sell them at reasonable prices locally. Keep in mind that these laptops will be mostly secondhand, so make sure to inspect them thoroughly and make sure that they work before purchasing.
Another good site to use is eBay. eBay is an online auctions site, and is used by millions of people across the world. The advantage of eBay over Craigslist is that a reputation system exists. Users with a higher reputation on the site will tend to sell products honestly, and will not try to scam you. Although, since you will not be dealing with people locally (like you would with Craiglist), be prepared to have to pay a shipping cost in order to receive the laptop, which can be costly. To minimize shipping costs, try finding sellers from your country who have laptops for sale, as domestic shipping rates tend to be much lower than international ones.