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Feeling Used!! Part 1

Feeling Used??? Part 1
by Gary Woods

Most folks don't really need a new computer. They may want one, but need??? Let's face it, most people use a computer to get on the Internet, check their email, write a letter or two and balance their checkbook. They might do some editing of photos, but that's about the end of what they do.

People generally start thinking about a new computer when the one they have starts running so slowly that they can't stand it anymore. This slowness can be because the hard drive is completely full of music downloads or photos, or the machine is infested with all manner of spyware or just because every piece of software they installed wants to be first in line at boot up. So instead of archiving the music, defragging the hard drive, getting rid of the spyware and telling that software not to load at boot up they want a new computer.

What about instead of plunking down the big bucks for a new box with the latest and greatest stuff what about thinking about a re-furbished computer. "Refurbs" as they are called fall into 3 categories.

First, the computer was never used. It might be a cancelled order or a returned order because customers had second thoughts. Second it was purchased and then returned without really being used. This means it was set up and maybe some programs were installed and run but it was returned before the return-policy period. The third reason is there could be some sort of cosmetic problem with the case like slight nicks and scratches or one of the components didn't work properly.

Next week we'll talk about what to look for in a "refurb."

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc