My co-worker’s son who has a small home-based computer business offered me the following deal:
I was talking with my mom the other day and she mentioned you may be interested in a laptop. I hate to sound like a salesperson, but I do distribute a formerly corporate owned refurbished laptop. It is an AWESOME laptop for anything outside of video gaming. I carry them for $320, but for you I’d be happy to let one go for $280. This would come ready to use out of the box, with office 07 and full antivirus/anti-spyware.
What a deal! I can almost picture myself sitting in front of the TV blogging away.
Fortunately, I stumbled across Mr. Credit Card's guest post "Not all deals are created equal" on Simply Forties.
He writes about electronic retailers who sell cheap out-of-date products on Black Friday:
There is nothing inherently wrong in selling old models, but one of the problems I have encountered is buying an old laptop that had "new software" installed on it. If you looked at Black Friday 2009, there were a lot of laptops going for under $200. Yes, under $200. But the problem was they had Windows 7 installed on them! Unfortunately, there wasn't enough memory in those laptops to really run Windows 7. Folks who bought those laptops would be shocked that they took so long to boot! When they add Microsoft Office and a Norton Security Suite, they will find their new laptop runs like a snail! Additionally, many Black Friday deals lure you to buy a product and then the product does not work until you buy additional software!Thank you Mr. Credit Card! You’ve just prevented me from making a $280 mistake.