Heads Up for Cheap monitors @ CeX
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Heads Up for Cheap monitors @ CeX

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LocalFound 13th Mar 2016
EDIT: I went back today and they had an Acer AL1511 on display for 50p including a power cable which I got too. Works great.
I went to CeX today to get a refund for a broken 250GB HDD and spotted a sad-looking 17" monitor behind the counter. It had no sticker on whatsoever, but they ran it through the system and apparently the price was £1. They actually honored the deal! It didn't include the 14V PSU but I have one spare and they chucked in a free VGA cable too! It's a Dell Ultrasharp, an older model (2002) but has VGA and DVI ports. Just what I needed as a server status display that's only going to be used to setup new OSes and change BIOS settings.

They also had a (what looked to be, it was hard to see) Sony 20" TV for £18 and a couple of other displays.

I'd been previously also and managed to find a 19" Dell display for £6 which was also hidden behind the counter which works great as my main display. I had no idea CeX sold displays until recently - just remember to ask staff if they have any.

Proof for the display I got today (I lost the receipt for the other one) - i.imgur.com/QfF…jpg - it looks like any 17" monitor would be £1 looking at the product name

Picture of the display - i.imgur.com/QLy…jpg - yeah I know it's old but for what I need it for it's great.
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I'm pretty sure it's national as I've seen monitors in other CeX shops too - it's just today I decided to ask. There's still a few generic ones left in Guildford. This post is more of a heads up that if you do see one it's worth inquiring about the price.
http://i.imgur.com/QfFrd2B.jpg
They also do DVD writers for a quid.
lol they have some strange stuff
I did a store search and we have two in Glasgow
I've walked past these shops so many times and didn't realise what they were I thought they were - like cash convertors or pawn shops Thanks OP heat.

24 month warranty as well for your £1 monitor...bargain!
I read somewhere it was 36 months now...
I can't find a PSU anywhere for it actually - the one I thought I had was only 12V whereas this monitor needs 14V. To buy the PSU on Amazon is £10 so instead I'm going to grab another monitor from eBay for £10. However they normally include the PSU so if you find this elsewhere hopefully it will come with one - basically they explained that this particular model had been in the store for a while and they'd lost the PSU, but everything else they sell comes with one. Apparently they purchased the monitor for £0.30 lol
thecoolguy

lol they have some strange stuff


Other strangely cheap stuff:
uk.webuy.com/pro…CMD - 512MB RAM for 10p, I can only think of it being useful for testing desktops now (they also do it for the same price for laptops)
uk.webuy.com/pro…D11 - 40GB IDE hard drive for £1.50. Guessing it would be useful for fixing an old PC?
uk.webuy.com/pro…A11 - Pentium E2180 for 50p. Could be useful for testing a 775-based motherboard I guess or including in a sale just to show it works
uk.webuy.com/pro…PA1 - generic PS2 keyboard, 50p. Might be useful for an old PC.
uk.webuy.com/pro…7AA - 16MB (yes, MB) SD card, 5p. The only use I can think of is holding the boot files for the Raspberry Pi to allow it to load Linux from a USB. Same price as a plastic bag.
uk.webuy.com/pro…BAA - GeForce 8500GT, £3. Would add dual-monitor capability to a PC and allow it to play (basic) games
uk.webuy.com/pro…ENR - 4GB MP3 player for £6 - useful for travelling or where expensive iPods might get broken?

Edited by: "meagain0" 14th Mar 2016
They have cheap desktops aswell.... reckon they will suitable for browsing etc?
ed1980

They have cheap desktops aswell.... reckon they will suitable for … They have cheap desktops aswell.... reckon they will suitable for browsing etc?


You'd be a lot better eBaying for that - I've found the desktop prices there to be a bit more that what you'd get on eBay. What are you looking for? Something like a Lenovo M57 / M58 or Dell equiv. would do nicely for browsing and can be around £17 + RAM and HDD or £30 prebuilt. If you're looking for something more powerful, eBay is still the way to go except in rare cases (like that system posted two weeks ago).

EDIT: I've put together a list of stuff that looks like it would fit your requirements that's still in the moderation queue but essentially you can get a dual-core, 250GB, Windows 7 system for £30, which is better than anything you'd get at CeX.
Edited by: "meagain0" 13th Mar 2016
meagain0

You'd be a lot better eBaying for that - I've found the desktop prices … You'd be a lot better eBaying for that - I've found the desktop prices there to be a bit more that what you'd get on eBay. What are you looking for? Something like a Lenovo M57 would do nicely for browsing and can be around £17 + RAM and HDD or £25 prebuilt.



Would only want one for facebook/ebay and general browsing... No games/streaming etc.

Any recommendations
Any recommendations? Please don't take this as self-promotion, but:
ebay.co.uk/itm…980?hash=item2a41db5a54:g:yjMAAOSwVFlT6fTW - low price, grab some DDR2 from CeX and install Linux and it should be great.
ebay.co.uk/itm…898?hash=item2808bda042:g:1xwAAOSwQTVWAsCQ - again, could do with a bit more RAM
They should be fine but not brilliant - if you wanted to spend a bit more:
ebay.co.uk/itm…166?hash=item23621c6806:g:nNsAAOSwCQNWeXCV - includes Windows 7 Pro / 10 Pro assuming you're OK with installing it yourself using media like USB created from here microsoft.com/en-…iso - I've ordered the exact same PC from them and it's been great - running Windows 10 like a dream, can take up to 16GB RAM (mine has 8GB which was £10 at CeX), and up to a quad core CPU (mine has a triple core one at the moment) but still runs great without upgrades - just needs you to install Windows using the key on the side of the case.
ebay.co.uk/itm…315?hash=item1c623f7d5b:g:jG4AAOSwFNZW0aGA - All-in-one with laptop components but should still be good.
ebay.co.uk/itm…704?hash=item2ca993f3b0:g:vXUAAOSwxp9W2FA- includes Windows 7 too - again, you need to install it
ebay.co.uk/itm…211?hash=item2a62c1e71b:g:nnMAAOSwr7ZW3BaP would be nice with a bit more RAM - Windows 7 preinstalled from the look of it

Personally I'd go for the HP 6005 - I actually own one and it's great - go grab 2GB more RAM from CeX and possible a ATi 5450 / 5670 and it should be great.

This will fit your requirements well even without the upgrades I suggest. If you have more to spend I can help you find a i5-based system, though that would be overkill.
Edited by: "meagain0" 13th Mar 2016
meagain0

I read somewhere it was 36 months now...I can't find a PSU anywhere for … I read somewhere it was 36 months now...I can't find a PSU anywhere for it actually - the one I thought I had was only 12V whereas this monitor needs 14V. To buy the PSU on Amazon is £10 so instead I'm going to grab another monitor from eBay for £10. However they normally include the PSU so if you find this elsewhere hopefully it will come with one - basically they explained that this particular model had been in the store for a while and they'd lost the PSU, but everything else they sell comes with one. Apparently they purchased the monitor for £0.30 lol



Should run fine off 12v
Lucky you
Awesome find. Hot!
Jaaron

I did a store search and we have two in GlasgowI've walked past these … I did a store search and we have two in GlasgowI've walked past these shops so many times and didn't realise what they were I thought they were - like cash convertors or pawn shops Thanks OP heat.


they are
Might be that price because theyve stopped trading monitors?
Does anyone know if they do Motherboards? I'm looking for a cheap 1155
wiggywig

Might be that price because theyve stopped trading monitors?



​no, they still do. the 19" dell was new stock apparently, came in about a week before I got it 2 weeks ago
handsomejesus

Does anyone know if they do Motherboards? I'm looking for a cheap 1155



​no, sadly. check eBay I guess
wiggywig

Might be that price because theyve stopped trading monitors?



I used to work at CeX (unfortunately), some stores want monitors, others don't. A lot of hardware is put under "generic", this doesn't mean they're complete tack, if they can't find it under the system and don't bother to send off for a price check then they'll put it as generic. A lot of these are hidden in boxes underneath the displays so you could ask what generic items they have in store. I grabbed a 720p HD HP webcam which they had to list as generic for something stupid like £1, was still in the box not even used. It is particularly good for PC hardware because it's not as popular and the staff don't really care or know about the products so just put them down as generic
simonturner69

Should run fine off 12v



​it's also the power connector - looks like an aerial type coxial jack which is annoying as I have nothing that fits
I picked up a really nice iPod speaker dock for £1 from the Gateshead store. It's an unbranded copy of the Apple iPod Hi-Fi (remember that?) - and it sounds great. Crazy price.
Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor that badly and who still uses desktops?
amyvx

I used to work at CeX (unfortunately), some stores want monitors, others … I used to work at CeX (unfortunately), some stores want monitors, others don't. A lot of hardware is put under "generic", this doesn't mean they're complete tack, if they can't find it under the system and don't bother to send off for a price check then they'll put it as generic. A lot of these are hidden in boxes underneath the displays so you could ask what generic items they have in store. I grabbed a 720p HD HP webcam which they had to list as generic for something stupid like £1, was still in the box not even used. It is particularly good for PC hardware because it's not as popular and the staff don't really care or know about the products so just put them down as generic


Interesting. Why "unfortunately ", if you don't mind me asking? I've always seen it to look like a fun job but I've never worked there personally.

Also, I just wish they'd list monitors on their website too instead of me having to peer over the counter to see them!
Edited by: "meagain0" 14th Mar 2016
mattyh333

Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor … Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor that badly and who still uses desktops?


Oh yeah, some of us don't have hundreds to spend on new monitors if we need something cheap.
No one uses desktops? Frankly I'm too tired to rant about how most of us do but that statement is so wrong.
It is a fun job! Like every other job there's ups and down, but personally I've never worked for a company like it. It's hard work and sometimes you have to deal with very difficult customers, but you get used to it, don't let negative comments put you off.
moleezy

It is a fun job! Like every other job there's ups and down, but … It is a fun job! Like every other job there's ups and down, but personally I've never worked for a company like it. It's hard work and sometimes you have to deal with very difficult customers, but you get used to it, don't let negative comments put you off.


I'm under 18 but I'd hope to work there as a Saturday job or something, but I'm pretty sure they don't do that. Still, maybe in the future...
mattyh333

Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor … Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor that badly and who still uses desktops?


Err...me, for one.

I wouldn't fancy cooling my 4690k @ 4.7Ghz in a laptop or tablet, I don't think my H110i would fit.

Are you always this stupid, or are you trying especially hard today?
Jaaron

I did a store search and we have two in GlasgowI've walked past these … I did a store search and we have two in GlasgowI've walked past these shops so many times and didn't realise what they were I thought they were - like cash convertors or pawn shops Thanks OP heat.



They are, just a little more discerning in what they purchase.
You can't beat a desktop and a decent keyboard and mouse! Much more comfortable than being hunched over a laptop!
mattyh333

Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor … Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor that badly and who still uses desktops?


Wow. The troll is strong in this one. Who uses desktops? Hah

Are you sure you use hukd coz I could swear desktop pc components get hot here pretty regularly?
Edited by: "jsty3105" 14th Mar 2016
My experience of Harlow CeX store . I saw some memory in their window and waited ages inside with a queue and only one person serving , with 3 other employees faffing about behind the counter . I spoke up asking cannot any one else help serving people ? This responded with 2 more people serving and the queue quickly went down to me.
I asked about the RAM memory in the window the guy showed it to me and I agreed to buy it . The guy then took the memory back from me in both hands and lowered them behind the counter which I thought was odd and should have trusted my instinct and walked out.

When I tried the memory out at home it did not work so I took it back and the guy refused to give me my money back or replace it. What the guy had done behind the counter was deliberately bent the memory with both hands before putting it in the bag , so that it would not work, and because I had spoken up asking could more people serve!

If this is an example of how they trade then I would not trust their guarantee. I should have sued them on principal but for £20 I was too busy. I have bought stuff in some of their other stores and the people have been very friendly and on the basis I can make my money back on buying a few bargains . But just remember buyer beware !
mattyh333

Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor … Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor that badly and who still uses desktops?



​Who uses skips?
meagain0

Other strangely cheap stuff:https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SMEM8CMD … Other strangely cheap stuff:https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SMEM8CMD - 512MB RAM for 10p, I can only think of it being useful for testing laptops nowhttps://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SHDD460D11 - 40GB IDE hard drive for £1.50. Guessing it would be useful for fixing an old PC?https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SCPUIENA11 - Pentium E2180 for 50p. Could be useful for testing a 775-based motherboard I guess or including in a sale just to show it workshttps://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SPERK2GE2PA1 - generic PS2 keyboard, 50p. Might be useful for an old PC.https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SMEMD7AA - 16MB (yes, MB) SD card, 5p. The only use I can think of is holding the boot files for the Raspberry Pi to allow it to load Linux from a USB. Same price as a plastic bag.https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SGRAAFHG4P10BAA - GeForce 8500GT, £3. Would add dual-monitor capability to a PC and allow it to play (basic) gameshttps://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SMP3GENR - 4GB MP3 player for £6 - useful for travelling or where expensive iPods might get broken?



Shame none of those keyboards near me, handy for work. Some of our hw has usb disabled for security etc.
Proveright

My experience of Harlow CeX store . I saw some memory in their window … My experience of Harlow CeX store . I saw some memory in their window and waited ages inside with a queue and only one person serving , with 3 other employees faffing about behind the counter . I spoke up asking cannot any one else help serving people ? This responded with 2 more people serving and the queue quickly went down to me. I asked about the RAM memory in the window the guy showed it to me and I agreed to buy it . The guy then took the memory back from me in both hands and lowered them behind the counter which I thought was odd and should have trusted my instinct and walked out.When I tried the memory out at home it did not work so I took it back and the guy refused to give me my money back or replace it. What the guy had done behind the counter was deliberately bent the memory with both hands before putting it in the bag , so that it would not work, and because I had spoken up asking could more people serve! If this is an example of how they trade then I would not trust their guarantee. I should have sued them on principal but for £20 I was too busy. I have bought stuff in some of their other stores and the people have been very friendly and on the basis I can make my money back on buying a few bargains . But just remember buyer beware !


Aye, their guarantee isn't worth the paper it's written on. Bunch of shysters will try anything to wriggle out of it. Tried to return a broken DSi a while back but they conveniently couldn't find anything wrong with it. Only when I showed them video evidence of the fault did they give me a refund, and that was at their current (lower) price. Somehow, I doubt they would have given me more money back if the price had risen. Sounds like a particularly bad store though - I can't believe someone would break an item out of spite just because they were asked to do their job
CEX has lots of deals if check frequently
mattyh333

Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor … Junk ! Rather go through an old skip if I need to find an old monitor that badly and who still uses desktops?



Uhh.. everyone? How else do you play modern games on pc? with a crap overpriced laptop?
So, you went to a CEX shop and you're bragging about it ....

I have an old monitor I use on my HP microserver, works great and its NOT 16-9 so suits it really well.
Edited by: "GwanGy" 14th Mar 2016
Jaaron

I did a store search and we have two in GlasgowI've walked past these … I did a store search and we have two in GlasgowI've walked past these shops so many times and didn't realise what they were I thought they were - like cash convertors or pawn shops Thanks OP heat.



​where abouts in Glasgow ?.is there one near town ?
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