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Where Can You Buy Refurbished Hardware, Now?

Cliff posted more than 12 years ago | from the used-computers-for-sale dept.

Hardware 33

theGoodWitch writes "Since went bankrupt (that new 'powered by' site they have not is not the same thing), I'm having trouble finding good deals on used/refurbished/end-of-stock PCs, servers, hard drives, tape drives, and such. Ubid has some, but not nearly the selection. eBay has too much, and it's too hard to sort out who the sellers are. I don't want to buy from individuals, only from commercial suppliers with (at least limited) warranties and minimal guarantees. was perfect, but now they're gone. What happened to all the stuff they were getting? Who is selling it now?"

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Ya, I hate that (5, Funny)

dimator (71399) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847469)

eBay has too much

Whenever I'm looking for something, and I find it in mass quantities, I get really pissed too.

Re:Ya, I hate that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2847474)

Much in the same way that when one goes into a bakery, the last thing one expects to find is FUCKING BREAD!

Baskin Robins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2848560)

31 flavors of ice cream to choose from? Do I need this kind of pressure? For an ice cream cone??

Yea, ebay has too much to choose from and that search engine thingy that they use is *SO* complicated.

News for nerds?

Re:Baskin Robins (1)

DEBEDb (456706) | more than 12 years ago | (#2860959)

31 flavors of ice cream to choose from? Do I need this kind of pressure? For an ice cream cone??

You know, there are open-mike nights at your local comedy club. Check it out.

Hopefully you won't make it out alive.

Frisky Piss (-1)

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM (537317) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847477)

Please define 'hardware'. Are you looking for dildo or butt plugs? The glowing Jesus in the dark are purdy amazing.

Computer Surplus Outlet (4, Informative)

funkman (13736) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847531) []

I got memory from them with no problems. They also carry a lot of other crap too.

Re:Computer Surplus Outlet (1)

Howie (4244) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847559)

Heh. Including the 5.25" Floppy Drives [] that other guy was looking for yesterday.

Re:Computer Surplus Outlet (1)

StandardDeviant (122674) | more than 12 years ago | (#2852907)

Man, one meg cache ppro 200s. For under a hundred bucks. Holy shit, I feel old now! :-) I'm only 23, but I remember when those f*ckers would have cost more than a semester's tuition for me...

I think I speak for everyone here... (-1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847564)


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Re:I think I speak for everyone here... (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847582)

werd. for fucks sake, it't like a bunch of women sitting around sipping coffee yapping at each other.

Here's another idea, try eBay god dammit.

"Waaah waaah waaaah" (-1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847600)

Wimp: "But eBay's got TOO MUCH stuff! My little brain can't handle it! Boo hoo hoo! Can't someone else do the thinking for me?"

CmdrTaco: "Of course we can. We'll reject all other stories to get your plaintive cry heard by the several thousand drones which inhabit Slashdot on a daily basis. Just remember to spell 'Microsoft' with a dollar symbol and you can become part of the herd"

Compgeeks (3, Informative)

bats (8748) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847588)

'nuff said.

Re:Compgeeks (2)

Snowfox (34467) | more than 12 years ago | (#2848334)

'nuff said.

I'm not sure how to post this without getting it tagged as flamebait. I've had major problems with Computer Geeks, as have several friends and coworkers.

Rather than taking my word, ask around in your own office, put a query on a newsgroup or what have you. See what you hear.

That said, for older hardware, searching for specific item names on both pricewatch and is usually your best bet. You can find virtually anything there, from super old hardware to "new" refurbished stuff.

Re:Compgeeks (1)

silicon_synapse (145470) | more than 12 years ago | (#2848924)

I've dealt with compgeeks several times and have never had any trouble. I've gotten some really good deals there. Can you be more specific about what trouble you've had?

Re:Compgeeks (2)

lizrd (69275) | more than 12 years ago | (#2857082)

I too have had some troubles with them. Getting a RMA number from them usually seems to take about a month and is just a lot more hassle than it should be.

On the other hand, I still do business with them because they have good prices, a good selections and tend to ship things promptly. If you purchased things from a lot of them probably came from computergeeks. They were the supplier for a lot of the stock on the auctions.

dead drive (-1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 12 years ago | (#2858368)

I bought a used compaq pII 300 with a 4gb scsi drive. On arrival the drive made the familiar *kerchunk click click click* noise. They issued me an RMA and told me to send the drive back. They couldn't find a replacement so they credited me for the cost of the whole computer, $129. So I bought a new 40gb maxtor and umax scanner with the credit. I guess you could call that good.

Re:Compgeeks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2889575)

Another thumbs up for CompGeeks -- I've bought lots of stuff from them with nary a glitch.

ebay/pricewatch (3, Informative)

redhotchil (44670) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847620)

ebay has its, has its not-exactly-new section.. [] []

karma - whore it like you mean it.

Now, I shop at: (3, Informative)

qurob (543434) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847663)


Clearance/Refurbished sections of PC Mall, PC Warehouse, Insight, CDw, etc

I remember buying from Egghead when they were "Surplus Software", they used to have the big black and white news paper type ads they'd mail you. They always had a page or two in Computer Shopper, also.

They used to sell LINUX distros, way back in the early 90's!

Team Excess (2, Informative)

DJ Easy Dick (87570) | more than 12 years ago | (#2847984)

This place also has that type of hardware.

logic box (2, Informative)

danielrose (460523) | more than 12 years ago | (#2848067)
all types of refurb stuff some new stuff too

Logic Box (1, Redundant)

Tim Locke (137705) | more than 12 years ago | (#2848144)

We use Logic Box [] .

Re:Logic Box (1)

danielrose (460523) | more than 12 years ago | (#2850490)

What type of hardware do you buy off them?

Re:Logic Box (-1)

penguin_punk (66721) | more than 12 years ago | (#2858949)

Cheap stuff. Mostly Christmas gifts, ie. mice, $40 digital cameras, bulk 56k modems, and flats of 14" monitors. Their weekly fax list containing specials is seriously the only thing I receive with my fax machine and I love it. I'm sure my dad loves the new p266 he got in his stocking this year.

RePC (2, Interesting)

lostboy2 (194153) | more than 12 years ago | (#2848278)

RePC [] is a good No-Frills place for old/recycled stuff. You can sell them your old equipment too.

-- D.

PC Liquidator (2, Informative)

fro_less (546447) | more than 12 years ago | (#2848510)

PC Liquidator [] and haven't given me any problems.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2848584)

You're free to sift through my garbage on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm sure you'll find a really good deal there, just don't whine about it. Ok?

This is FUCKING RIDICULOUS. (0, Troll)

Jonny 290 (260890) | more than 12 years ago | (#2852596)

I swear to fucking Christ, even K5 has more informative articles than this, and they're first-class fluffmongers.

Are /. users so goddamned incompetent that they can't find a used hardware site? It's not "News for Nerds." Nerds have fifty million channels that they can get shit through. And it certainly doesn't matter. -- central Texas, nice guys (2)

StandardDeviant (122674) | more than 12 years ago | (#2852920)

but don't forget the hyphen! :-) I've never personally dealt with them but members of the local unix community always had nice things to say about them (I mean, if anyone devours "old" hardware it's us freenix fans [for a while they had dual ppro 200s for like $149!]). Anyway, they ship so don't worry if you don't happen to live in the land of Shiner Bock, Sun-baked Hippies, and Crazed Germans (aka central Texas).

Louie (1)

cswan (6058) | more than 12 years ago | (#2856977)

Don't forget your old friend, the Drive Dawg:

It's mostly crap, but it's always a motley assortment.

For old server stuff... (1)

MattT (130844) | more than 12 years ago | (#2857530)

Try centrix international (

EuroPC (UK) (1)

robin (1321) | more than 12 years ago | (#2861261)

EuroPC [] (based in the UK) sold me a firewall for GBP 70 + VAT (+ GBP 15 postage); apart from needing a keyboard to boot (I use a KVM switch) it's been fine. They seem to have quite a high throughput of stuff, so it's worth checking back every now & then to see what they have.
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