Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
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I've never actually met someone who has resold their laptop...

Edited 2012-03-27 23:32 UTC

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tylerdurden Member since:

Perusing eBay I can't find a single used laptop for sale, so your single data point must be a correct representation of the overall reality.

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satsujinka Member since:

But that applies to the other point as well. Both claims are at best skewed by personal experience and at worst wrong.

To make this clear, being able to find something on ebay doesn't mean that most people are selling that item. It simply means that some people are.

At the moment there are 18000 used laptops up for sale on ebay. There's probably double that on craigslist and about as many on Amazon. All told there might be in the neighborhood of 100,000 used laptops on sale.

In Q4 of 2011 120.2 million laptops were shipped. If we assume that by the end of the week all 100,000 used laptops are bought and another 100,000 are put of for sale (and this repeats itself) there will be roughly 1.3 million used laptops on the market this quarter. Which is approximately 10x less then the number of new laptops sold Q4 2011.

Given that estimate, I think it's fair to conclude that only about 1/10th of all consumer laptops are resold, thus it makes far more sense to claim that most people do not care about resale value than to claim most people do.

Edited 2012-03-28 00:43 UTC

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steogede2 Member since:

Who would buy a used laptop? It'd have to be pretty cheap. Even if there was nothing wrong with the device itself, there's a good chance it'd need a new PSU and/or battery.

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laffer1 Member since:

I've sold two laptops in the last 10 years. The first was an iBook G4 800Mhz. I kept it 3 years and sold it for $400 with some software. It cost $950 (education discount) US. The second one was a Toshiba that was 2 years old. I paid $300 for it and sold it for $150. It was in great condition but I wanted something faster.

The laptop sales helped pay for their replacements. The iBook was replaced with a $600 refurb thinkpad. I gave that to my mother. The toshiba money went toward $550 toshiba quad core amd a6 which i currently use. It runs debian and midnightbsd. Love it.

I've also sold an iMac to a coworker previously. Macs do better in resale value, but you still have to find someone that wants it. We couldn't offload PPC macs after the intel switch easily.

Apple laptops are a no brainer if you need battery life. They are also the best choice if you like small displays. I won't pay PC prices for a 13 inch laptop when a mac is so much better. I settled for a 15 in monster because it was cheap. I don't like the form factor.

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David Member since:

NIce to meet you. I have owned mostly Apple laptops over the years, and I typically own them for 2-4 years then sell them on ebay for about 30% of what I bought them for.

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AdamW Member since:

I've re-sold, um, at least three.

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