Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger
Found the following online for $850 cash. Guy says it's brand new in a sealed box with a transferable warranty. Should I do it? Anything I need to bear in mind? The HD seems a little small, but then again, it's just a traveling toy so I won't be using any very large apps.
Intel® Pentium M Processor 725(1.60A GHz with 2MB L2 Cache), comparable to P4-3.0G;
12.1 WXGA TFT Wide screen 1280*800;
512MB DDR PC2700 SDRAM memory;
30GB Hard Drive;
Sony CDRW/DVD Combo Drive;
Intel Pro 2200 Wireless 802.11b/g, 54Mbps;
standard battery, 4-cell;
Microsoft Windows® XP Home Edition;
USB2.0, Firewire, SD card reader;
Aluminum alloy screen cover.
Brand-New! All accessories are included in SEALED original box. Dell 1yr Warranty.
I don't really like cash, b/c you have no recourse. Are you near his place? Are you buying on ebay? How much is he charging for shipping (I saw a guy bating with $900 then charging $150 for shipping)? Make sure you have him send an email exactly what he is selling for how much. if you do not have the question thread included in corresondences someone other than you has no reference as to what you are talking about. I always buy with the mindset that if I get skrewed what information do I need to protect myself if the deal goes bad.
One thing is for sure, the 700m does not come with an aluminum alloy screen cover. It is plastic, it looks like it's metal, though. I would have him send you a copy of the invoice, or have him give you the order number and customer number to download the invoice from dell's website. Make sure you get the service tag number. Have that included in the email. If you do not get what he says, then take to smalls claims court. make sure you are using subscriber paid emails, I'd get concrete telephone, name, and address so you can track him down if need be. Again, always keep in mind to protect yourself. also is he going to ship insured to you? it can take 14 business days for a warranty to transfer, and even that, the basic warranty does not guarantee accidental damage.
with that said, take into consideration that a new 8-cell battery (which you definitely want, the 4-cell lasts about 2hrs) will cost about $150-$200 (depending on your source), add in a larger HD for another $100 or so for a larger HD and that puts you right around a dell refurbished. Even just getting the battery puts you close to a dell refurbished. Go to this linkhttp://outlet.us.dell.com/Dispatcher...Detail=compare
check out ZR7Z4C91 and EZ1ZDJG6, both have 8-cell, 40GB or 60GB HD, both have CDRW/DVD, both have 256MB RAM ($825 and $885 respectively based on HD size). you do the math. now of course if you are unlikely like me and live in a state where dell has retail stores, then you will be paying tax too. Don't know if they tax refurbished. probably do. but with tax (for me it's 8.25%) it is $893 and $958 respectively. you do the math and see what is cheaper then. i say the dell refurbished, and you have that assurance of buying from dell itself.
You will want at least 512MB RAM, but you can buy 256MB RAM from many places for cheap and it won't be as much as the battery you'd want to buy.
also, make sure he does transfer the warranty, or gives you all his info listed on this link http://support.dell.com/support/topi...n/tag_transfer
so you can input it the info yourself so you know it is done.
also, if you don't get it before 30 days from the invoice date, you won't be able to get complete care extended warranty if you want it. you can still, however, get regular onsite or mail in warranty if wanted it.