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    How much is it worth?

    Okay, one of our staff has donated a laptop to school, not a great piece of kit, a Toshiba satellite 2410-603 15"TFT / 30Gb HDD / P4 / 256MbRAM now one of the SMT want it for their daughter who's going abroad and have offered to pay for it as it was donated to school.

    Question is how much do i tell them it's worth? can't get onto e-bay here to see how much they normally go for and all shopping sites show reviews and prices from 2004/5ish

    Help!

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    Top Price £200, Fair price £100 - £150.

    Based on the fact that you can buy brand new ASUS laptops from ASDA for £299 that are of higher spec and come with a warranty.

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    Toshiba's are lovely laptops but I wouldn't expect more than £200-220 for it, maybe £250 if there was a last minute bidding war and the buyer doesn't realise you can get a brand new laptop for just over £300...

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    Well with this spec available with warranty for £299 i'd say not much over £100-£150.

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-6392.aspx

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    It's *really* old. I have a similar spec compaq that must be 6 years old now. Isn't selling donations a bit iffy?

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    Laptops are still surprisingly expensive though on Ebay - I think a lot of non techy people assume that they will get a bargain just because it's an auction and bid accordingly, not necessarily knowing what the real world prices are like if you know where to look. What it's worth and what it would sell for aren't necessarily the same thing...

    Why not give the laptop back to the member of staff and ask them to arrange to sell it privately to the member of SMT? Save yourself the hassle and the red face when they ask what happened to it...

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    How about a donation to the school of £100 and they get to keep the laptop...?

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    how about they buy a new laptop for the daughter? She may as well buy one in the country she is going to then there are no nasty voltage mixing.

    Use the laptop you got given in the school.

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    I wouldnt pay more than £100 for it. No good comparing it to ebay as the average IQ of an eBayer is getting lower by the second, why oh why would you pay more for something 2nd hand than what you would in a shop?

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    We throw laptops out or break them down for parts at that kind of spec, just ask for a donation of £50 or something.

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    Ask for £150 and then go spend it on beer, pizza and loose women......

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    I wouldn't pay anymore than £60 for it. I feel some of the prices quoted above are way too much.

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    I agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I wouldn't pay anymore than £60 for it. I feel some of the prices quoted above are way too much.
    ....those who would value it at 150-200 are off their rocker...what do they think it is ? a 14inch ibook G3 or something.

    it definitely wouldn't be worth more than 100 for a spec of 256meg of ram and 30gig hard drive.

    The reason i say 100 absolute maximum is that we have some celeron satellite A40's that were purchased around that period that still do a great job, and the screen is really nice - trouble is no wifi of any description and a wee bit on the bulky side. Otherwise great for most tasks....although i personally think they're not worth more than 70, infact i'll change my mind and say top price of 80 for the P4's. Can you tell i'm not a great ebay buyer ;0)
    Last edited by torledo; 5th March 2008 at 08:06 PM.

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    With only 256MB, I'd tell them their daughter doesn't actually want it, and will likely replace it in a year (unless their daughter is about 8yrs old and wants something to play Barbie Princess games on).

    If they are intent on buying it, ask for £50-75 to charity (keeping the money for the school could cause issues in terms of finance and electrical safety laws, not sure - thinking out loud there).

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