Cheap Laptop for my Mommy

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Cheap-Chopstix, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. Cheap-Chopstix macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2003
    in a tree
    Since it seems like alot of you peoples have experience with a lot of laptops both Mac and PC I was wondering if you guys could give me some tips on buying a notebook for my mother's business. All she needs is a cheap notebook to get store sales off cash registers and into a spreadsheet program on a computer. I am looking into getting A) a used notebook or B) a refurb. Any tips on what to look for when buying used or refurb. Looking to spend under $800 canadian pesos.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. tazo macrumors 68040


    Apr 6, 2003
    Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA actually
    well at 800 canadian that is just under 600 US, which really limits your options for a used 'book.

    A mac notebook that will run a modern OS like OS 9 or OS X would be a clamshell
    which i found for 600 dollars US here:

    For a used/refurbished pc notebook I would look to dell.(com/ca) and their refurbished section []

    Don't take anything less than a 300mhz g3 for macs, or 600 mhz for a pc.

    Hope that helps.

  3. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    I've seen refurb white ibooks (base model) going for about £500 ($750US) in the Apple refurb store. This is a little bit more than you wanted to pay but it'd be quite a bit faster than a clamshell....also the UK price includes 17.5% sales tax so if you can find similar where you are it'd be cheaper
  4. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    Look around on eBay and other auction sites - You can usually get a great deal there. I had a great experience, though, selling my 800 MHz TiBook on They have a classifieds section where people sell their used machines. It's a great forum, and you could probably find a great deal on an iBook.

    I just looked, and as an example, a fella is selling the following:

    Dual usb white 600mhz ibook
    256 ram
    16mb vram
    20 gig hd
    24x cd-rom
    airport card installed
    brand new lcd screen
    brand new screen latch
    brand new ac adapter
    applecare warranty through spetember 03

    -asking $700 +shipping

    Screen/latch and ac adapter were replaced by apple through remaining applecare warranty

    That would probably be perfect for your Mam's needs. BTW, the iBook part is near the bottom of the classfieds page.
  5. cushion macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2006

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