This topic is a great idea. Here's my contribution:
I've posted a question in the T series forum asking about what to expect from a "recertified" T42. Should I expect a shinning brand new TP or a noticeably used machine? The answers I got in this forum are not very encouraging. People simply said: "it's a refurbished." Nothing else.
The seller's description indicated that I should expect a brand new computer:
"These remanufactured products are sold by IBM with a W-Claim classification, which means that they are in brand new condition. These are brand new items which were either, (A) shipped to an IBM reseller or end user and then returned unused
, or (B) a custom ordered configuration which was cancelled or (C) brand new odd lot or overstocked inventory. They are carefully tested and recertified as new by IBM and come in a IBM factory sealed box. Computers include the original factory software load including OS and have a Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity (COA). They come complete with all original accessories and documentation and have an IBM Factory Domestic and International Warranty. ThinkPads have an IBM One Year EasyServ Warranty, Intellistations and desktop computers have an IBM one year On-Site Warranty next business day, and monitors have an IBM One Year advanced replacement warranty."
Yes, it comes with a 1-year warranty. I guess I can purchase more warranty from IBM (2 more years maybe).
Anyway, I ordered the machine and I'll let you guys know whether or not my machine has any wear once I get it. I ordered it on Wednesday and they shipped it on Thursday.
here's the ebay store:
By the way: did I get a good deal? Here's what I got:
US$1,449.00 + $60 for shipping from NY to Canada
Model Name: 2378FVU
Part Number: 2378XXQ
P M 735 1.7GHz, 512MB RAM, 40GB 5400rpm HDD, 14.1 SXGA+(1400x1050) TFT LCD, 64MB ATI Radeon 9600, 24x24x24x/8x CD-RW/DVD, Intel 802.11b/g wireless(MPCI), Modem(CDC), 1Gb Ethernet(LOM), UltraNav, Secure Chip, 6 cell Li-Ion batt, WinXP Pro