Are people unwilling to buy recertified laptops?

bluzbrother

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So I have a couple laptops that I purchased from Ubid.com. They are recertified from HP, and they're spotless. I am trying to sell them through work, friends, and word of mouth. I've found quite a few people that are interested or know someone interested, but I have yet to hear any follow up.... granted it's only been a few days. I'm concerned that I'm not going about this the right way, or is that people just expect something for nothing? Additionally I don't think it helps that there are so many scams out there. Am I asking too much? Any feedback would be appreciated. These are the prices I'm asking:

'Compaq Presario V6110us Turion64 X2 TL-50 1.6GHz 512MB 100GB 15.4"
DVD±R/RW DL / Wireless / WXP MC [Asking $625/$630 (1x512MB)/$650 (2x512MB)/$660 (1x1GB)/$700 (2x1GB)] HP Warranty ends 7/24/07 - 12/24 ($105/$155) extended warranty available starting after 7/24/07.]

PROCESSOR
AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-50 1.6GHz
(2 X 256KB L2 Cache)

MEMORY
512MB DDR2 (2 Dimm)
Maximum: 2GB

HARD DRIVE
100GB 5400RPM (SATA)

DISPLAY
15.4" WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) Display

MULTIMEDIA DRIVE
LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support

VIDEO GRAPHICS
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 (UMA) up to 128MB (shared)






HP Pavilion dv5230ca Core Duo T2300E 1.66GHz 1.5GB 120GB 15.4"
DVD±R/RW DL / Wireless / WXP Home [Asking $650/ $635 (1x1GB)/$675 (2x1GB)] 90 day HP Warranty - 12/24 ($115/$170) extended warranty available.
PROCESSOR
Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology featuring Intel Core Duo processor T2300E (1.66GHz)
(L2 Cache: 2MB)

MEMORY
1536MB 667MHz DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm - 1x 1024MB, 1x512MB)
Maximum: 2GB

HARD DRIVE
120GB 5400RPM

DISPLAY
15.4" WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800)

MULTIMEDIA DRIVE
LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support

VIDEO GRAPHICS
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 128MB (shared)

DIGITAL MEDIA
6-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Sticks, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia or xD Picture cards

HP Pavilion dv6225us Turion 64 X2 Dual Core 1.6GHz 1GB 120GB 15.4 "
DVD+/-RW / Wireless / Vista Home Premium [Asking $725/$730 (1x1GB)/$780 (2x1GB)] HP Warranty ends 8/2/07 - 12/24 ($135/$205) extended warranty available starting after 8/2/07.

PROCESSOR
AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-50 1.6GHz
(256KB+256KB L2 Cache L2 Cache)

MEMORY
1024MB DDR2 SDRAM
Maximum Memory: 2GB

HARD DRIVE
120GB (5400RPM) SATA

MULTIMEDIA DRIVE
Super Multi 8x DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support

DIGITAL MEDIA
5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards

HP FINISH & FEATURES
HP Imprint Finish with Integrated Microphone

DISPLAY
15.4" WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen Display (1280x800)

VIDEO GRAPHICS
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 (UMA) with up to 288MB (shared video memory)



*I will provide 30-days of on-site support including setup and installation. Prices are negotiable based on configuration and current retail pricing.'
 

lostandwandering

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I think that most people are just wary about buying something they don't know the history of. Sure HP says that it is in working order,but how do people actually know that it is? Me on the other hand, I don't really care. If it doesn't work it's not my problem, but the company that falsely advertised the "working" product. Currently I am typing this on a refurb Dell Dimension that was in excellent shape and has hardly given me any problems.I don't think you are going about this wrong, just that people tend to be cautious when something isn't "new".

As a side, where did you get the price for the first laptop? It seems a little high to me. Might just be me though.
 

bluzbrother

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Well my price is really based on how much I paid, and how much the new model costs. I agree, I think the price is a bit too high. I paid $550 including shipping. I think starting at $575 might be more realistic. Thanks for the input.
 

cfisherrktk

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I've never trusted re-certified machines. In my mind, basically, there is a chance they are machines that failed bad enough to be replaced; some are just open box type returns. I've heard tons of stories about people having to keep sending back their machines for problems like overheating and the maintenance shop only cleans it and applies more thermal paste... yet they keep overheating and eventually get a replacement. So what happens to it?
I think they get cleaned again and put back out as re-certified machines waitng for the next sucker to get it.... I push my machines, so I wouldn't trust a recertified machine.
 

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