Checking ibook screen before buying(UK)


Original poster
Feb 17, 2003
Hitchin, Herts, UK
I realise this is related to the current dead pixels thread but it is sort of different.

Has anyone in the UK managed to check a laptop/screen before they handed over the cash? I guess John Lewis is your best (two year warranty too) but I wondered if anyone had played the 'I will buy this but I want to see it running first' card?


macrumors G4
No but then I've also never tried. As far as John Lewis goes, you might have trouble doing that these days since these days, their stock isn't held in a stockroom near the department but buried in the depths of the building. When you buy the item, you're given a receipt to go collect it from customer collections which is generally on the ground floor and somewhere you can park. Depends on which one you are going to but I know Oxford St, Bluewater and Peter Jones work on this principle now.


macrumors 68020
Aug 6, 2005
Yeah its an obvious benefit to be able to check it first, but you are covered by the Sale of Goods Act anyways if you take it home and see dead pixels..


macrumors 68020
Dec 27, 2004
I'm a US customer but when I bought my powerbook last year I made them let me look at it before I bought it. Good thing I did too as the first two of them I checked out had dead pixels :eek:


macrumors 6502a
Jan 11, 2005
Little grey, chilly island.
UK Customer

I purchased mine from PC World here in Britain, and I made them show me the unit working from the power plug.

As it happens, there were not any problems with it, and I got to see it working. Don't settle for anything less!


macrumors 65816
Mar 9, 2005
I didn't get to see mine working (12 rev a PB) but all turned out pretty well when I bought it (2 years ago.) Although, I do have one pixel that works great for all colors except stays a mid shade blue. To tell you the truth though, I've only noticed it maybe a dozen times in the 2 years I've had it, and I use this thing daily.


macrumors newbie
Jul 28, 2005
in europe we have a two-week-return warranty. here in germany i asked several retailers if i can open the package and try the ibook and send it back if i do not want it. they all (including apple shop) told me that it is possible and i even could use the machine for two weeks. the return would be without additional costs.

thats nice. i had a lot of trouble with my first alu powerbook (white spots, etc). now i would give it back immediately instead of waiting several weeks for repair...
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