I struggled for the longest time weather to purchase used or refurbished, I read many horror stories and have been skeptical for the longest time, than my neighbor asked for my help cause he knew nothing about computers and very limited with money, I also am no techie but know enough about basics.
I explained the ins and outs about refurbs or used from what I read, we decided to take a chance with globalcomputer.com, same people as tigerdirect.com, why they use different names I dont know, but I helped my nieghbor a refurb gateway for 300 bucks, it had plenty of bells and whistles also, more than he needed, that was a year and a half ago, till this day it runs great, he and all 3 of his kids use it, than his oldest son wanted his own and we got him one from the same place, another gateway for the same price, that was 6 months ago, so far no problems.
Than 3 months ago I ordered one from the same company, this was a little faster computer and it was also a gateway mediacenter, it was $350, it runs very fast, the hardrive does grind some when I defrag, I know that could run into a problem later maybe but so far none.
Than I also got a HP media center from craigslist.com I saw this guys add, he was in new jersey, I'm in Pennsy and close to the jesey bridge, so it took me about 45 min and I was there, this thing was like brand new, it also was a media center with the biug slot up front for an external hardrive, I use to see them new at bestbuy for like $1100, I got this baby for $400 and his 19" widescreen viewsonic lcd monitor to boot, so I must say I have been extremly lucky, but dont forget, like most people said on this issue, I did do my homework, I asked many questions, talked to many people on different forums about opinions and made my decisions from there.
So dont be afraid, you can diffinatly get much better deals, just do some research and homework. I also will add that I have seen some friends that bought new computers that had more trouble than I had.
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