Why buy Used when New is almost the same price?

Here's some things to think about: Low priced, "New" systems are not always as they appear. First off, be sure to read the fine print. Advertised prices are shown after "Rebates." That means you write a check for the store's real price and hope some affiliated entity mails some cash back to you. Such rebates are offered from a variety of external organizations, such as AOL. They almost always require you to take some action before you get money back. Sometimes it's as little as mailing in a copy of the receipt & bar codes from your purchase, others like AOL, requires you to commit to their dial-up internet service for some fixed period of time, for another fee of course. Second, it is important to recognize that Price, by itself, is not a good method to determine if a system is right for your need. Low priced systems are designed for consumers who value Price over other factors such as Reliability. we sell brand name business-grade, off-lease, laptops like the Dell Latitude, IBM Thinkpad and Compaq Armada series. These tend to be top of the line professional grade system with an Intel processor. It was designed for business customers who place a higher priority on reliability then price. When "New", these systems generally sell for prices between $2,000 and $3,000. Here's a true story to consider: A lady was looking for a computer to communicate by email with a son living in Germany. Her family bought her an eMachine computer on sale at Office Depot. The price was just $100 more than our Used product. Her requirement was for almost daily home use, limited to just 30-45 minutes per day. The eMachine device was perfect for just thirteen months. But, it died in the fourteenth month, presumably by an electrical surge that caused repairs costing more than the system was worth. The cause of the problem could not be confirmed as no other electrical appliance in the house was affected like would occur from a lightning strike. The next system she acquired was from Affordable Computers and is running today, almost three years later.