Author Topic: Fixed Computer, Keep or Sell  (Read 1993 times)

junglejim83

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Fixed Computer, Keep or Sell
« on: July 21, 2016, 12:21:10 PM »
At the end of the day, this is more a question of principal and practicality than much savings but I would like to here your thoughts.  There isn't much money involved but each mustachian decision adds up.

I have a 2012 Samsung Chromebook.  It is slow as could be and has a dull and small screen.  If I sold it with the two chargers I could probably get $50-ish for it.  It does work fine even though it is 4 years old, but rock bottom performance. At that price it might make sense to keep around for a backup.

Anyhow, I just bought a Dell chromebook 13 w/ an intel i3 processor w/ a broken display for $160 + $70 for the replacement screen.  All in, new, it is a $566 comp (after tax) which i just got for $230 (with a slightly dented case).  I was planning on selling it for probably a $350ish. 

BUT I replaced the monitor and the Dell 13 has a much purtier display than anything else I would get on the used market , Chromebook or PC.  Now I am asking myself the likelihood that  my old comp lasts much longer.  When it dies I will have to buy something else anyway. So given the deal I got, am I missing the forest through the trees on this one.

The flip side, is keeping the Dell is a $300+ swing, at lest temporarily. 

What do you think?  Side info, this is a second computer - sort of.  I have a work laptop I can bring home but I am also in night school so I prefer not to be lugging my work comp around too much. 

Your thoughts are much appreciated.

-Jim-

Rubic

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Re: Fixed Computer, Keep or Sell
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2016, 12:59:47 PM »
Except for the rare collectibles, used technology hardly ever goes up in price.  Sell the Dell for $350 and keep using the Samsung until it dies, at which time you'll probably be able to purchase more chromebook bang for your buck on ebay anyway.

junglejim83

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Re: Fixed Computer, Keep or Sell
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2016, 07:36:53 PM »
Good point Rubik,  thanks for your thoughts.

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Re: Fixed Computer, Keep or Sell
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2016, 08:03:20 PM »
If you can get those prices for that hardware, whatever you are doing now is not your calling.

You should be selling banged-up old computers for a living.

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Re: Fixed Computer, Keep or Sell
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2016, 05:49:25 AM »
What would the equation be if you could only get $300, or even $250?

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junglejim83

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Re: Fixed Computer, Keep or Sell
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2016, 07:10:18 AM »
I think I would still be leaning toward selling it, even if I could only get $300 for it.  It is still not something I really need.

I don't have any classes that require typing this fall so if anything a prettier screen would not benefit me the way it would have with 100's of hrs spent staring at a screen the last 6 months

I saw a couple of the same chromebook with a Celeron (a lesser processor than then the i3 processor) go for $350+ yesterday.  I will keep you all updated.

 

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