I am looking for a computer. I am a disabled lady and would love to have one to use as a way of keeping up with the world. Where would be a good place to look for one?
Debra from Martinsville, VA
I would start with freecycle if you have it in your area. If there is one available it will be free.
craigslist.com has a person desiring to sell her one year old HP computer as she upgraded. Might wanna check this out.
Some thrift shops in more prosperous areas have computers - There is one in Pasadena where my husband got some for his students.
There is a lot a equipment around if it doesn't have to be state of the art - You might even contact a computer repair place and see if you can cobble something together from their old stuff. It's hard to throw away, so there is always stuff lying around. You just need a keyboard, monitor (lots of older ones), a mouse and - most of all the hard drive & a printer if you like.
ex-rental computers are over half the price of a new one and the hard-drives are wiped before you get it.
look at places that both rent and sell furniture and electronics and ask about ex-rentals
Yes freecycle.org. register with freecycle for your area, and then explain and ask for any components anyone may have. Then see what you get and ask for the other parts you still need. People give computer parts (keyboards monitors towers etc) all the time.
Hi Debra. I live near to you in Reidsville, NC. There is a place here called Archer Computers, on Scales St. (the main street in Reidsville). They have a lot of used and refurbished systems for sale really cheap, some are less than $200. Also, there are probablly places like that in Martinsville, since it's a bigger. Try looking under "computers" in the yellow pages. Also, if you get any assistance or CNA type of help check with the agency that provides that, they may know of some type of program that will help you get a computer. Also, prehaps check with your local "Council On Aging" or other type agency. Good luck!
Before you commit to a used computer call around for prices on lower end new computers. Look at all the ads you can find for computers. Like Staples, Best Buy, Office Max, and Office Depot. Read all you can about them.
For NEW computers here are some ideas.
Walmart somewhere around $300 for the lowest priced one.
Remember, you will need a monitor, speakers, and the wires (sometimes included--sometimes not). Also keyboard and mouse, if you buy things individually.
To hook up to the web you will need to have an internet provider. $9.00 and up -- for dial up. and up to $50- $60 for high speed cable internet access. PER MONTH.
To print you will need a printer, and printer cord.
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