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Guide to buying ex-display laptops

Did you know that you can make some great savings by purchasing ex-display laptops from stores rather than brand new, unopened laptops from their stock rooms? Although it's not something that people request too often, it's not uncommon to find display models for sale on websites or in store listed as either ex-display or b-stock.

As a rule, these machines are in almost brand new condition, but they cannot be sold for the regular retail price because technically they have been used by countless people, and do not qualify to be classed as new products.

If you decide that you are going to keep your eye out for some ex-display laptops for sale in your local electronics stores such as Dixons, Currys or PC World, then there are a few things that you should keep in mind at all times.

Firstly, you should check the price difference between the ex-display stock and the brand new stock. If the saving is minimal, then you're much better off just buying a new system - you'll get a superior warranty, plus you won't have the ongoing concern that there may be something wrong with your new machine.

If you do find one which offers a substantial saving, then you need to ask the staff if the device has been thoroughly formatted and had all the software and drivers reinstalled. You need to make sure that this is the case, because it represents a huge security risk to trust that nobody has installed malicious software onto the system while it was on display in the store. If it has been correctly formatted prior to being made available for sale, then you can be sure that any software that may have been installed has been removed forever.

Finally, always enquire as to the length of the warranty that will be offered to you should you decide to purchase ex-display. Some stores will offer the same length warranty for ex-display stock as for new stock, but in most cases you will find that you'll get a similar length warranty to that coming with refurbished systems - usually around six months.

Good luck in your bargain hunting, and remember - if the savings don't outweigh any potential issues down the line, then just keep walking!

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