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December 29th, 2012 at 01:12 pm

We're buying a new laptop for me to take to the UK. Just back from Best Buy (ugh) where I tried to buy an ASUS that was out of stock. I wanted it based on reviews, and now the clerk has offered me the floor model for $80 off. What do you all think? They'd send it over to the Geek Squad to have it checked and the demo software taken off. But that's almost 25 percent off the already sale price?

9 Responses to “Demo Model?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Does it have a warranty? If not, will they take more off? It likely hasn't had as much use as you might think since people are only playing around on it briefly. Will you have access to repairs if needed over there?

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    I agree with CCF, if it has a warranty that's a great deal. Smile

  3. My English Castle Says:

    It does indeed have the full warranty. I think it was a good buy. Not sure about computer repairs in the UK. Perhaps the university there can help me?
    We're going to do it tomorrow, I think.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    With a warranty - def. a good idea. The computer screen I had before my current one was a refurbished floor model. I used it for something around 8 years - it outlasted 3 computers. It still worked fine when I finally let go of it - only reason I upgraded was I needed a larger screen for a job.

  5. maryadavies Says:

    With a warranty it's not a bad idea. Just have your fav computer guru go over it next. ^^

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    I bought a floor model from Best Buy several years ago, a Sony Vaio. In fact it still runs (but it's like Windows 3.4 or something). Never had a problem with it other than the fan going out eventually. On the other hand I bought a brand new Asus from them and it broke after 3 months. Just stopped turning on. We've had it fixed 3 times in less than two years and it's just very cheaply made. It just quit working again. I wouldn't recommend it, especially if you are going to be in another country and can't get it serviced.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    We've had an ASUS netbook for a couple years with no problems. I'm hoping for the best.

  8. Jerry Says:

    I agree, the warranty needs to be the deal-maker-or-breaker. FWIW though, the best computer service I ever received (for my MacBook, but still) was in London at the Covent Garden Apple Store. They repaired my keyboard even though it was a month past warranty on the AppleCare insurance -- and they did it on the spot, no charge, and were incredibly polite and charming to boot. Not sure if that experience will translate directly to an ASUS, but it did lead me to have happy feelings about computer repair in the UK. Smile Good luck!

  9. My English Castle Says:

    Thanks, Jerry!

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