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Old Yesterday, 04:02 PM   #1
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Toshiba laptop, value?

I'm thinking of downsizing to a Samsung 4 tablet around 7-8" to check emails, a bit of surfing, not much else. I've got a 2-3 year old Toshiba C855 that works great, I just need more portability to use it on the bike and the road.

Is this laptop worth anything? Best Buy couldn't even find it on a list of trade ins they take.

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Old Yesterday, 04:46 PM   #2
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Maybe a hundred or 2 to the right person. Typically I would say not worth anything. Really I do not know. I usually look on ebay to see what things have sold for in the past. Then drop it by %25 or so for a local sale.

Are you sure you did not recently acquire said laptop. Wouldn't happen to live near St Louis would you.
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Old Yesterday, 04:54 PM   #3
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Na, it has been with me a couple years. No reason to have a used computer in that city today...

My brother has a CD to wipe it clean and have it ready for the next user. I was hoping it was of some value, ebay search has all kinds of prices up to about 350. I hate to give it up but it really just isn't compact enough for my needs now.

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Old Yesterday, 07:04 PM   #4
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It's worthless. Someone will buy it for $150-200, if they get in a pickle or they just don't know computing.
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Old Yesterday, 07:22 PM   #5
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Well, something is better than nothing!

Thanks for the replies, I'll give FM/CL a try with it.
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Old Yesterday, 07:33 PM   #6
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You also may want to part it out. It may be worth more in parts. I had to buy a battery for my old laptop, because I didn't want to buy a new one... $90 later, I was not a happy camper.

$25 battery
$25 keyboard
$25 LCD
$25 HD
$25 RAM
$25 Motherboard
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$150
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Old Yesterday, 08:41 PM   #7
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keep it for a backup. or hook it to your TV for netflix and stuff.

load google chrome browser on it.
get a chromecast for the hdmi port on the TV: Chromecast on amazon $32 with prime


you can throw youtube videos to the tv in milliseconds.
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My wife has about an eight year old Toshiba laptop. It was always a piece of junk, until I installed Linux Mint on it a couple months ago. Really sped it up nicely without all that Toshiba bloatware and Windows on it. It makes a decent machine for surfing the web and doing some simple stuff. She's really impressed with the OS, and she's not a computer geek.
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Old Today, 12:08 AM   #9
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I'm thinking of downsizing to a Samsung 4 tablet around 7-8" to check emails, a bit of surfing, not much else. I've got a 2-3 year old Toshiba C855 that works great, I just need more portability to use it on the bike and the road.

Is this laptop worth anything? Best Buy couldn't even find it on a list of trade ins they take.

Thanks!
I wouldn't sell it. It's not worth it really if you don't desperately need the money. You could probably get about $150 for it if you're lucky. A tablet can't replace a laptop yet.
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Old Today, 12:14 AM   #10
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I like your choice of tablets though. That's the one I have and you should check the black Friday deals too. Also, I have a laptop from 2004, and one from 2008 which are still in use. Wiping the hard drive and starting over makes a difference. I keep one around incase my wife's Mac dies... although I'd probably buy her a new one if it did.

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For a Toshiba the value is determined by the numbers that come after the series number: C855-Sxxxx.

Having said that it really is nothing special. Fairly basic, modern components but nothing makes it worth buying used because even a broken screen can be replaced brand new for under $100.

As others have suggested the best thing to do is re-purpose it or give it to someone in your neighborhood who needs a computer.
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Old Today, 06:51 AM   #12
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Thanks guys. I'm just trimming the fat in my life, it doesn't fit the needs I have and space is at a premium. I appreciate all the advice.
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