Very cheap laptops are rare. Have you really searched high and low for half price laptops? Have you thought about it from a retailers point of view? Perhaps not…
Firstly, turn the question around. Why would a retailer want to get rid of very cheap laptops?
Typically, a retailers storage and distribution overheads accounts for a noticeable percentage of the overall costs. So stock that is staying sat in a warehouse is losing money – shifting stock that isn’t moving is important. And so marketing departments have cottoned together the term – “clearance laptops”. Now back as a consumer, what do we do best? We Google!
Ah, but that’s assuming you only want small savings. The goods will still likely be new and unopened condition. Perhaps they’ll be shifted at cost price, perhaps at a minor loss – but there’s no massive saving nearer the 50% mark.
So here's our little Top Tip...
Notebook computers depreciate very quickly, especially if they get cosmetic damage such as scratches and marks. However, this can play to a buyer’s advantage.
If someone buys a new laptop, then they sell it, the likelihood is that the computer has some sign of wear – for example, scratches. Given that the condition is not nearly likely to be as good as a brand new ‘out-of-the-box’ model. As a result, the value plummets.
So the original buyer essentially subsidizes YOUR discount, even after the retailer has covered the costs of obtaining the goods, glossing them up and selling them. Although this ‘discount’ varies according to basic market principals – supply and demand – you can get much nearer the coveted 50% off than any other everyday method of buying a very cheap laptop.
Used and refurbished goods are usually graded according to their condition, as follows:
The goods are new, unopened and as they’ve rolled out of the factory. As good as it gets.
> New Open Box
The goods are new, but the box-seals may have been broken.
The goods original box has been substituted with an alternative.
The goods were previously on display for prospective customers to trial for themselves. They may have minor cosmetic marks from use – (but no shop’s going to make goods for sale look shabby, so there’s not much to worry about.)
> Grade A
These are as-new condition. Typical examples include customer returns – but that’s still enough to shave a huge volume off the price. Grade A goods are a fantastic bargain!
> Grade B
These goods are in good condition, but may have minor cosmetic marks. Packaging may differ from the original.
We don’t recommend you buy anything below Grade B since you’d perhaps need to look at getting it “cleaned-up” a touch – unless you’re in the business of repair and refurbishment..
When buying graded goods, always check the condition and/or description before proceeding to buy. Under UK Distance Selling Regulations, consumers are entitled to a full and complete description prior to purchase, so if necessary phone the retailer up or drop them an email – a good test of customer service in any case, always useful when buying a used item.
So where do you buy very cheap laptops from the used or refurbished market?
provides a range of cheap discounted laptops, cutting out expenses such as high-street shops. As one of the largest suppliers of laptops in the UK, LaptopDirect also negotiate discounts with manufacturers and distributors alike.
LaptopsDirect provide a regularly stock of used, refurbished and clearance laptops. Last check saw a range of sub-£100 laptops in good condition – hence why I’ve used LaptopsDirect before to help a friend find a cheap laptop; and it was delivered promptly the next day.