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Selling NOT HERE Linux (Mint 17.2 Rafaela Mate 32bit) laptops vs W7.

zapjb 734 175 November 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM
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Sold used laptops with W7 for years & I'm sick of working on them. Recently a friend I sold one to over a year ago borked it with a virus. He wanted to be able to use it again. He mentioned wiping & reinstalling W7. I mentioned Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Mate 32bit, how easy it is to maintain & how it's supported till April 2019. We discussed the limitations afaik Libre Office vs M$ Office & no native NetFlix support. I installed & updated Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Mate 32bit. It was FUN & a PLEASURE. It runs MUCH better than with W7.

I stopped fixing & selling W7 laptops 4-6 months ago. Like I said, I am SICK of them. So I have 5-10 laptops sitting around losing value & taking up space. Of the 100's of laptops (over many years) I've not sold many than with Linux.

I want help advertising these on CL (experienced CL'ers preferred). Suggestions of good CL ad titles & ad copy for Linux laptops appreciated.

I've sold W7 C2D 2GB RAM 160GB BT 3USB DVDRW laptops for $125-$160 in the last couple years. In the past I've gotten less response/sales if I price the same W7 laptops at $90-$120. Should I price them at $90-$125 with Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Mate 32bit? Or at $125-$150 & come down to $100-$125 when asked?

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For pricing, see what they're going for on ebay or what microcenter is selling similar refurbished machines for.

Sick as you may be of windows, I think you've got a better shot of selling it with windows than linux. If it were an old machine that's still on xp, then I'd put linux on it. If you want you could load up some free software on windows.

Craigslist is always a bit of a crap shoot. Sometimes people will buy things for more than they should, but usually they'll show up and low ball what they already agreed to.

Use a Google Voice, Ring.to, or prepaid cell number to interact with people interested in your ad. I usually don't give a phone number in the ad, but say they must provide their phone number when they reply (and possibly a good time to reach them). Cash only and bring a uv light or currency testing pen.

If no responses in ~3 weeks, delete the ad and re-post it. Pictures always help.
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We discussed the limitations afaik Libre Office vs M$ Office & no native NetFlix support.
So, off topic a bit, but you mentioned this. I use Linux personally. I don't use Netflix, so can't confirm this. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/watc...-easy-way/ So unless the Mint team changed something, it should work that way. Also, wouldn't hurt to at least mention Office online, Google Docs, etc. Dropbox works, Google Picasa installs easy with Wine (basically install WINE, download Windows version of PIcasa, install like on Windows, automatic backup may take some work, never used that, but good photo organizer and light editor), etc.

Dual boot would be an idea, or cheaper with Linux only, something like that.

I don't use Craigslist much. Closest town to me that it lists is 90 miles away, so people from much of the state and beyond post there. So if I want to find something close, depending what it is, I have to search through the listings. Not all of them list the town or area, and just searching in that closest town I have to look through results that can be over 200 miles away just to find any of the villages that are in my area. Annoying, unless they've added a zipcode search radius since I've looked. I have heard of lots of scam activity even in this area, so I'll second the "fake" phone number suggestion.
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We discussed the limitations afaik Libre Office vs M$ Office & no native NetFlix support
Netflix works fine if you install the proprietary version of Chrome from Google (which is bundled with flash and the encrypted media extensions to make Netflix work)

You could probably make the open-source version (Chromium) work with pipelight but unless you're Richard Stallman it's easier to just go with the closed-source version.

For me, on Arch linux it's in AUR as google-chrome but all that does is download the .deb so there's going to be a Mint version too.

This page has more info
https://chromium.googlesource.com..._chrome.md
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Thanks for the responses. I'm a longtime CL user so I have alt phone #s. Just wanted to flesh out some ideas about selling Linux possibly ChromeOS on used laptops. Since I'm SICK of refurbing, installing W7 on used laptops. I'm a perfectionist so even with W7 images it's much easier to install Linux Mint. And much more fun. I actually dread (sometimes my stomach hurts at) the thought of putting W7 on these laptops. Many reasons why & one is because I know Mint runs much better.
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Thanks for the responses. I'm a longtime CL user so I have alt phone #s. Just wanted to flesh out some ideas about selling Linux possibly ChromeOS on used laptops. Since I'm SICK of refurbing, installing W7 on used laptops. I'm a perfectionist so even with W7 images it's much easier to install Linux Mint. And much more fun. I actually dread (sometimes my stomach hurts at) the thought of putting W7 on these laptops. Many reasons why & one is because I know Mint runs much better.
That's understandable, but they will be harder to resell with linux. You can automate various aspects of reinstalling windows and other software. I used to have a pretty slick setup for this when I used XP.

I can't remember the name of it but there's a program I used to use that will back and restore drivers it would even download updates for certain things. Windows 7+ are better at finding drivers through windows update, but if you want to expedite re-installation it's still helpful to have a backup of the previous drivers.
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Unfortunately the market decides what the market wants, not you. As others have said, the vast majority of people are going to want some version of Windows, not Linux. In fact I'd venture to say that if someone is willing to take on Linux, they are probably also the type that could just install any OS on their own so why bother installing an OS at all?
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....In fact I'd venture to say that if someone is willing to take on Linux, they are probably also the type that could just install any OS on their own so why bother installing an OS at all?
LOL you'd think. But of the few Linux laptops I've sold almost all have been to 1st time Linux users. Mostly those that have been slammed with viruses on Windows machines.
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