Craigslist Computing Success
A few weeks back my wife’s ancient Dell laptop finally died. She needed a new one and suggested a budget Windows unit. I hesitated because her desktop computer is an iMac. She likes Apple products (I don’t) and doesn’t need to slow her learning curve by using another Windows machine. On the other hand, the prices that Apple fans are willing to pay for new Macs astounds me. Enter Craigslist.
In our community, dozens of new listings of used computers of all kinds go up for sale each day. Many of them are Apple products. There were many listings of iBooks but these are older units that are not upgradeable and do not handle Flash well. The MacBook listings were generally overpriced or had some serious flaw (e.g., no battery, no power supply, cracked case, etc.) But I kept watching.
Finally, I an interesting listing showed up. A gently used MacBook with Core 2 Duo processor, upgraded memory and software (including Microsoft Office), a carry case, fully functioning battery, and all of the necessary software CDs. It was owned by the IT manager for a church near us. I called Mrs. ToughMoneyLove and she drove over to check it out. She made the deal right then because others were calling as well.
It was an excellent unit for the price. A physically “like new” MacBook for the cost of a bargain Windows machine. Yes, the hardware in her MacBook is a couple of years old but that will have no effect on her use of it. She is very pleased.
Thank you Craigslist for this success.
Meanwhile, I tried finding a bicycle for me on Craiglist. Although there are hundreds of listings, I could not find what I was looking for. Instead, I bought a new comfort bike.
Have any of you readers had any major spending successes on Craigslist?