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Buyers Awareness- A Guide to Buying Laptop/Notebook

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When you are buying a laptop/ notebook computers do consider the following:

1.  Battery Power!
       - This is one of the most important component part of the laptop.  Make sure the battery is in working order that is, whether it can hold charges at least 50% of the manufacturer specification (one hour or more).  Get it in writing from the eBay Sellers.

2.  No dead pixels or few dead pixels that is not noticeable on the computer screen.  Having dead pixels on the computer screen can be really annoying when your computer screen background is white.  So make sure that there are no noticeable dead pixels.

3. DVD player/burner
    - This is one of the component on the laptop that seems to break down quite often.  My laptop, for example, has DVD/CD player/burner, but only the CD is working and it is less than 6 months old!  Also be sure to ask about other important components such as built-in wireless network card, power plug, etc.

4. Check if the computer specifications you are buying is exactly what is described by the eBay sellers.  Once the laptop is delivered to you, you can check your laptop specifications by going to the Computer's Control Panel menu in the Start Button and click on the "Performance and Maintenance" menu and than click on "See basic information about your computer" menu (on the Windows XP version. For other OS systems consult your manual).

5. Get more information about your laptop model before you buy.  Check the user's reviews on the internet search engine.  Better yet, go to your local computer store and try out the laptop (call the store first as they may not have the models that you are looking for).

6. Check the eBay Sellers ratings and history of selling laptops.  Poor ratings (less than 95%), few ratings (less than 10), and/or no history of selling big ticketed items is a warning sign that you should avoid buying from this seller.

7.  Make sure you understand about the sellers delivery and return policy.  Is there insurance?  What kind of insurance?  How good is their return policy?  Is there a restocking fee and how much? 

8. Finally ask yourself if it is worth the risk of buying online instead of going to your local computer store and get one there.  Since buying at the local computer store, you can talk to the local merchant directly and deal with the problem right away and face-to-face.  The biggest flaw in online shopping is accountability.  So beware!

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