How are these tricked out Thinkpads selling so cheaply on Ebay?
October 18, 2013 1:14 AM Subscribe
I'm thinking of getting a Lenovo Thinkpad x230 to replace my aging laptop and noticed that Ebay had sellers with seemingly good ratings offering machines with higher specs than you can get in the Lenovo store for much cheaper. Is this too good to be true?
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e.g. machines with top-of-the line processors, 16GB RAM and 256GB SSDs for $1400 or under.
I gather they open up machines they buy and replace HDDs with SSDs and upgrade RAM from third party suppliers. Sounds fine to me in principle. I contacted one seller and they said they use Crucial RAM and Samsung SSDs, which are, to my knowledge, good suppliers.
But should I be running away screaming from the prospect of a $1000+ purchase from Ebay? Would I be to likely to get a box of rocks--or do the 1000s of good ratings these sellers have actually suggest that a purchase would likely be kosher? I mean, they claim the 1-year warranty would still be good and everything.
(I am an Ebay novice, so don't assume much knowledge on my part.)
(I am also open to suggestions that I should wait for Lenovo to have a final firesale on these after the release of their new x240s--which are way out of my price range at the moment, and seem to have come with some compromises, like non-upgradeability of RAM, that the current models don't have. If you have any other good Lenovo purchasing tips, please weigh in.)