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    need advice for value of old computer

    My associate is leaving the country and wants to sell his computer system. I told him I might be interested at a fair market price and said I would ask the experts on expat.

    He gave me this description:

    80 gb hd, intel celeron, 2.53 ghz, 500 mb ram, windows xp, flat screen monitor - 13 or 15 in - he is not sure of size, keyboard, mouse. He said it works well - only problem is that he put a new fan in. He said he thought it was about 2-3 years old.

    What would be a fair price to both buyer and seller?

    Also, he has a modem for stream internet - I am taking over his flat when he leaves. What value would this have.

    Thanks guys and gals

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgreen View Post
    80 gb hd, intel celeron, 2.53 ghz, 500 mb ram, windows xp, flat screen monitor - 13 or 15 in - he is not sure of size, keyboard, mouse. He said it works well - only problem is that he put a new fan in. He said he thought it was about 2-3 years old.
    Assuming that's a 533Mhz socket 478 Celeron 2.53Ghz I'd say that makes the machine more like 5/6 years old since they've been out of production since around that interval!

    500Mb of RAM, wow... or rather *NOT*... and such a tiny screen. Value, well you're looking at about $150 tops, but I wouldn't go that high personally, and that assumes you get an operating system with it...

    Nobody can tell you the value of the modem/router without knowing the specifications and make/revision...

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    Hmmm

    I think its worth more than $150...computers ARE more expensive here, place an advert see what happens,an old pc is better than NO pc
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    I would have to agree with Qdos.

    $150 tops. Computers here do not hold value at all. Also it being a fairly old pc.

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    2 rgreen:
    Owner should be quite happy with 150 papers, Qdos and RydeR are absolutely right. I wouldn't pay more than 100.

    2 kapione:
    computers ARE more expensive here - well... which place you compare to? 8)

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    Working with PC's... if someone asked to part-exchange such a machine I'd allow them $70 for it and move it on at $150 after a check-up. It's just not capable of that much, and certainly won't offer enough upgradeability for anything serious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgreen View Post
    My associate is leaving the country and wants to sell his computer system. I told him I might be interested at a fair market price and said I would ask the experts on expat.

    He gave me this description:

    80 gb hd, intel celeron, 2.53 ghz, 500 mb ram, windows xp, flat screen monitor - 13 or 15 in - he is not sure of size, keyboard, mouse. He said it works well - only problem is that he put a new fan in. He said he thought it was about 2-3 years old.

    What would be a fair price to both buyer and seller?

    Also, he has a modem for stream internet - I am taking over his flat when he leaves. What value would this have.

    Thanks guys and gals
    Maybe $50-75 for it here in the US at Salvation Army or GoodWill.


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    another option

    if you dont want to buy the pc , dont buy it
    I 100% beleive an old pc is better than no pc, and a lot cheaper , whenever u buy anything used you run a risk.... but you get it cheaper
    you also must know it isnt new, and wont last or perform like a new machine

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    Most people only want a PC to run a web browser, Internet explorer or Firefox. Old or new it will do that, and the specification is not so important.

    Its already sittin in the flat. you have a purchase and installation cost if you buy it elsewhere - your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumple_stilskin View Post
    Most people only want a PC to run a web browser, Internet explorer or Firefox. Old or new it will do that, and the specification is not so important.
    Not necessarily so, many folks nowadays use fairly intensive applications like Photoshop or CAD design software - and these will not play nicely with such a low specification system. Even using a webcam through Skype, ICQ, or Windows Messenger can drain an older systems resources quite a lot!

    Quote Originally Posted by rumple_stilskin View Post
    Its already sittin in the flat. you have a purchase and installation cost if you buy it elsewhere - your time.
    There is apparently a purchase cost with the system the OP's asking about too, but I can't see why anyone needs to have a computer installed by the supplier these days - you just unbox and set it up yourself

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    I thought "Second Hand" computers had zero value. Who knows what you are going to get, surely it is not worth the risk. If it was any good it would not be for sale.......

    I would offer him a couple of beers, or tops a dinner in a cheap bar....

    You are probably doing him a favour in taking it off his hands.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMB View Post
    I thought "Second Hand" computers had zero value.

    There's a bottom out recycle value for the precious metals of some $25.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rumple_stilskin View Post
    Most people only want a PC to run a web browser, Internet explorer or Firefox.

    For just portable browsing access, one will be better off spending the @ $300 on a new netbook like the eee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
    Working with PC's... if someone asked to part-exchange such a machine I'd allow them $70 for it and move it on at $150 after a check-up. It's just not capable of that much, and certainly won't offer enough upgradeability for anything serious...

    I am getting the impression "computers" are more expensive in Russia than the US. True ?


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    Everywhere outside the US and Taiwan costs more than you're used to...

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