This is an old post I wrote in March and never properly finished, so here it is now for your viewing pleasure.
Well, guess from the title what I bought that week? Yep, that’s right, a Toshiba and an Acer. Oh, a Sony too.
Pretty standard fare, this. Celeron dual core, 2GB RAM, 160GB hard drive (which was dead, so was replaced with a new one at £10), but mint plastics, the webcam model, and a good battery mean I should make decent money on this. Came with a cracked LCD, so I swapped in a spare 15.4″ (I have loads of these from scrapped machines so it’s no biggie).
Price Paid: £10
Price Sold: £50
Profit: around £25 if you count the cost of the charger and not the screen
Acer Aspire 2920
Pretty awful buy. Has various bits of damage I can’t be bothered or can’t fix, such as a buggered battery (it claims the capacity when full is 14 times that of what it can actually hold), smashed headphone jack, some damage to the palmrest and hinge covers, and 3 missing keys (which are expensive to replace – I have to order them in from Poland!), but does run OK, has a Core 2 Duo T5450, 2GB RAM and a 120GB hard drive with intact recovery partition for Vista. Restoring to factory and listing as soon as I decide what to do with the key situation.
UPDATE: As of now, this is still sat in my storage pile. The odds of anything other than maybe the keys being sorted are low at best. Its charger has been sold with something else.
Price Paid: £7 (inc charger)
Tesco Hudl 1 (purple)
This was a chance. Powered on to a flat battery sign, but wouldn’t charge. These are known for USB port failure, so I changed the USB board. No joy. Changed the cable between the motherboard and USB board, and it worked fine. Cost me £4 for the board and £5 for the cable. Came with a tatty folding case. Runs Jelly Bean, not too bad as a tablet actually, quicker than I expected it to be.
Price Paid: £5
Price Sold: £25
And now, the highlight…
Sony Vaio F11S1E (PCG-81112M)
A pretty powerful machine! This had an i7-720QM quad core processor, 6GB of RAM, an Nvidia GT330 GPU, a 500GB drive, a Bluray drive and a full HD screen! Bought for spares with a broken DC jack, but I couldn’t help but test it – turns out most Vaios of this era take the same battery, namely the PCG-21313M I had in (Now scrapped!), so I charged the battery in that, and put it in, and what do you know, it worked perfectly! Restored it back to factory and updated it while waiting for the DC jack to arrive (thankfully not soldered! £5 part, but a pain in the arse to fit), and sold it a week later! I think this is my best profit yet on a single item, the closest I’ve ever got was £100ish on a Toshiba C660 back when they were a bit newer.
Price Paid: £30 (!)
Price Sold: £200 (!!)
Profit: around £160 (assuming £5 for the charger I had in stock) (!!!)