I would not buy this kind of thing on craigslist. Besides the issue of it being potentially stolen or used for a crime, laptops are rather delicate things, and you have no idea how it was treated. Laptops are cheap enough that you can just buy one online through a reputable web site. Or Costco, as mentioned (though I've never tried this).
I also would not buy refurbished. I would buy a refurbished lamp, but not a computer. Check out the following places. I have purchased quite a bit of equipment from all three -- I've bought printers, monitors, and a laptop (at Tiger Direct retail store). They often have deals of the week and we're in a good times for promotions, from now til February probably:
Direct Canada: https://www.directcanada.com
Tiger Direct: http://www.tigerdirect.ca (also have retail stores in Toronto & Mississauga)
I think Tiger Direct is online only now. There is also a chain called Canada Computers here in the GTA.
Unlocked phones are not necessarily refurbished.
I'm not sure what your point is. My point is to counter James' argument that he would by a refurb lamp but not a computer. The Samsungs I bought were refurbished.
Last edited by Video_Frank; 2016-09-14 at 08:13 PM.
Perhaps it was just the phrasing that was ambiguous.
Well, I recently purchased HP Elitebook 8570, it is core i5 and does the job perfect and I got it used not new.
Best way is to read some reviews on websites like Cnet or go to a local store and play with some laptops to find out which one will good for your needs.