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The best way to advertise a sealed laptop

I am thinking of listing an MSI GX60 3CC laptop which I bought last week from Gumtree, the laptop comes in the outer MSI brown box with retail box inside but it is brand new and the outer box is sealed, how do I advertise on here after breaking the seal?

Take photos with date on before breaking the seal then after? With dates on etc?

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What sort of price you you after?

seriously? You bought a sealed cardboard box from a random on gumtree?

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LOL thanks for replies. The chap I bought it from was selling on behalf of his grandfather who bought it from Amazon.co.uk for £826. I was sceptical at first as to whether he would send it as was he about if I was going to pay and how. He wanted cash on collection from Brighton which is about 8 hours from Stockton

In the end he sent me screen grabs showing the web screen shot from the Amazon purchase with dispatch date, price paid and his home address. I paid cash into his actual bank account as neither of us trusted paypal etc. The laptop arrived the next day via RMSD and amazingly he had simply written my name and address on the MSI outer box (which is MSI sealed) and his name and address on the back LOL. Thankfully the RM is not full of shady characters!

Price wise I think I would advertise at £575 with RMSD. I paid £625 having sold pretty much the same laptop with a 17" screen because it put too much pressure on my knees on its cooling mat.

This laptop has the new r9-m290x, backlit keyboard etc etc so was a cracking price for £625. I had nearly the day before paid £790 for the same laptop and thought I would check Gumtree one last time.

advice?

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whatsThePoint

why have the hassle of posting it, just sell it on gumtree



Wider audience? Although the 17" version went to a chap just up the road in Durham!

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whatsThePoint

so no demand for that laptop at a cheap price in your area?



Not sure, but it is no longer unopened as I opened it. I can confirm it is brand new as the Retail box was sealed too. I managed to take a few photos before breaking the seals and the battery etc is still sealed. Will have to have a think about here or Gumtree.

Ebay? Just s thought...

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dancedar

Ebay? Just s thought...



The fees are shocking on eBay. I have a load of feedback on there though nearly 800+ve it's just the % they want for hosting a website!

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Graham1979

The fees are shocking on eBay. I have a load of feedback on there though … The fees are shocking on eBay. I have a load of feedback on there though nearly 800+ve it's just the % they want for hosting a website!



nothing shocking about the low fee's

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whatsThePoint

nothing shocking about the low fee's



With the paypal and ebay fees it will cost about £50+! Bearing in mind sellers get little protection and I am still liable for paypal reversals etc.

if you can video opening the outer box and therefore breaking seals. its something I've done since receiving an allegedly brand new item that wasn't. paid off when bought another item listed as new, recorded opening and then seeing scratches all over it. contacted seller who apologised explaining it should have been listed as ex display and offered big discount to save returning and refunding.

would stress record it from opening parcel as its received then you have clear proof of any issues.

hope it helps, its worked for me.
james.

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whatsThePoint

sounds a small price to pay for the vastly wider audience which will give … sounds a small price to pay for the vastly wider audience which will give you a higher price than on here, talking of here what protection does this place offer the buyer?



I guess the fee would be fair enough but as I say seller protection is dubious at best. I have sold a few things on here to local people so was hoping for that. Gumtree it is to begin with.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP GUYS ADVICE MUCH APPRECIATED

Might I ask why you were so keen to purchase a laptop you weren't intending to use?

Gumtree first then eBay or specialist forums for selling computers

Graham if it is indeed the real deal inside that box then you are a very lucky man.

Never, ever, ever, send money via BT to some random person you saw selling an item on Gumtree. This is how hundreds of people get ripped off every day, even PayPal is dodgy as you would have to jump through hoops to get a refund as it was not through Ebay.

I would really not sell it on unless you open the box to make sure, is there no way you can peel off the seal without damaging it?

Anyway, as a port of sale I would try AV Forums, they have a good market place for this kind of thing, only problem is you have to join the forum and participate in some threads before you can get upgraded to a market place seller.

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NEtech

Graham if it is indeed the real deal inside that box then you are a very … Graham if it is indeed the real deal inside that box then you are a very lucky man.Never, ever, ever, send money via BT to some random person you saw selling an item on Gumtree. This is how hundreds of people get ripped off every day, even PayPal is dodgy as you would have to jump through hoops to get a refund as it was not through Ebay.I would really not sell it on unless you open the box to make sure, is there no way you can peel off the seal without damaging it?Anyway, as a port of sale I would try AV Forums, they have a good market place for this kind of thing, only problem is you have to join the forum and participate in some threads before you can get upgraded to a market place seller.



I had photos of screen grabs and all personal details but YOU are totally correct. I think the "want and desire" outweighed the "common sense"

Another one for no bank transfer...

I sold a MacBook which was sealed, the buyer collected so I sold it as new sealed, and then broke the seal in front of him, you have to check it is there or the buyer could say it isnt and leave you out of pocket.

If you have to send it, put on the auction that it is new sealed, but you will open it before sending to check its contents.

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Cash on Collection is KING although if the notes are drawn in crayon it might be best to say no thanks!
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