There are some things in life that are worth the amount they cost. We don’t usually recommend that anyone purchase something unless they can pay cash for it, but we’ve found that a computer is worth every penny, IF IT’S BEING USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. So if you have decided to bite the bullet and get a computer for your children to learn with, or even for you so that you can work on your computer skills in the evenings, then we would like to help you to find one that fits your budget.
Often, a computer repair shop will have lots of extra computer parts from past repairs on other computers. They will usually have enough spare parts to put together a complete system. We suggest that you go visit a computer repair shop and let them know that you have a tight budget, but are willing to purchase a computer that’s not the latest and greatest, and if they have enough parts to put together one for you. Many people who bring their computer in for repairs end up just leaving it there rather than repair it, because they’ve decided to just upgrade to another model instead of repair the old one.
The old one may be repairable with a couple of used spare parts, in which case, the computer repair shop may be willing to part with it for little or nothing.
The Trash Heap
To be honest, we’ve actually thrown away computers that actually worked. They were about 5 to 6 years old, which is nearly antique in computer age. We really didn’t think anyone would want them, but had we given it more though, we probably should have donated them to a local charity.
The point I’m making is that you may be able to get a computer for free if you look hard enough. Ask around at the local computer repair shop. You might be able to talk your way into a free computer. Maybe you could convince them that you’ll talk up their services amongst your neighbors as reimbursement. Hey, never discount the value of a referral!
Assistance from the Government or Charitable Organization
These days, the government is very much aware of the value of a computer-savvy electorate, so there are often programs to help citizens to obtain a computer, even current models. You might also find charities that help ‘budget-challenged’ individuals to get your hands on a computer.
If you really want a computer, then keep looking until you come across one that you can fit into your budget. You can often find one on Craigslist for next to nothing. When someone gets a new computer, there aren’t any good places to trade it in because it’s resale value is so low. So rather than just throwing away the old one, they will list it on Craigslist or Ebay just to recoup a few dollars.