Offer for Alienware Laptop m17x

Apstone

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How much do you think I could get out of a Alienware m17x R3 with an i7, radeon hd 6790? something like that? I cannot remember exaactly whats in it until tonight, 500gb HDD, 8gb ram? Give me a ballpark price I could sell for?
 

g-unit1111

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No the best starting method is to take what you paid for it, subtract the salvage value (if there is any) and then divide it by the life of the PC, then multiply by the month of sale, that will give you the estimated value. It's called "straight line depreciation", accounting 101.

For instance:

Say you paid $1100 for the laptop and you've had it for two years and there's a salvage value, say $350.

(($1100 - $350) / 2) = $375.

That's the depreciation rate. To calculate that, simply subtract:

Year 1: $1100 - $375 = $725

Then for year two you take the $375 and multiply it by the month of sale (January = 1/12, February = 2/12, March = 3/12, and so on).

Year 2: $375 * (2/12) = $62.50
$725 - $62.50 = $662.50

That will give you the book value of the system. If you sell over the book value you sell your laptop at a gain, if you sell it under book value, that will give you a loss.
 

ram1009

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IMHO, the best starting point to answer your question is to ask yourself what you would pay for it if you had nothing but the seller's word as to it's condition. Try to be objective. FWIW, I wouldn't buy a used laptop from my mother.
 

g-unit1111

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No the best starting method is to take what you paid for it, subtract the salvage value (if there is any) and then divide it by the life of the PC, then multiply by the month of sale, that will give you the estimated value. It's called "straight line depreciation", accounting 101.

For instance:

Say you paid $1100 for the laptop and you've had it for two years and there's a salvage value, say $350.

(($1100 - $350) / 2) = $375.

That's the depreciation rate. To calculate that, simply subtract:

Year 1: $1100 - $375 = $725

Then for year two you take the $375 and multiply it by the month of sale (January = 1/12, February = 2/12, March = 3/12, and so on).

Year 2: $375 * (2/12) = $62.50
$725 - $62.50 = $662.50

That will give you the book value of the system. If you sell over the book value you sell your laptop at a gain, if you sell it under book value, that will give you a loss.
 

ram1009

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Good luck with that.
 
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