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Checklist before buying a used Monitor

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Monitor is one component which is frequently bought and sold second hand. Unlike most of the other computer hardware, if you buy it carefully, monitors can be trusted to buy second hand and still lasts long.

If your monitor seems to have a problem, here is a list of troubleshooting steps to try fixing computer monitor problems.

  1. A monitor which is offered as refurbished in second-hand market can mostly be trusted. This is because most of the monitors are returned by buyers simply because they didn’t like the looks of it or there is a small defect which is hardly noticeable unless you specifically look for it.
  2. Another problem is the presence of stuck or dead pixels which can easily be resolved by the manufacturers. Stuck pixels are those pixels which only display just one color irrespective of the changing color on the screen. While dead pixels are those pixels which don’t power up at all and it remains as black dots. Usually, LCD screens have a couple of stuck or dead pixels. If you can live with that anomaly, you can save a lot of money on a monitor which is almost a brand new monitor.
  3. Another decision to make is the type of monitor. Unless you are in the hobby of collecting old electronic equipment, you don’t need an old CRT monitor. CRT monitors are more likely to malfunction mainly because of its age and nearing the end of its lifespan. On top of it, it consumes a lot of power compared to LCD and LED monitors. In every aspect, LCD and LED monitors are a safer bet than CRT monitor.
  4. Finally, if you are looking for a second hand or cheap monitor, look for a refurbished monitor. The problem in these monitors are so minor that you may not notice the presence of dead or stuck pixels at all. If you are lucky, you may even get monitors where the manufacturer replaced the entire LCD panel by keeping the existing shell and sold as refurbished.
  5. You may also get monitors with minor scratches, dents, and scuffs. Considering the lower price, this is something that you can overlook if it is negligible.
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Before buying a used one, check the performance and picture quality first hand. Check if you can get a returns policy over a short period so that you can check if the monitor is running to your satisfaction. If you are bargaining for a discount, try to get a minimum 40% discount which is the standard discount offered by eBay on a refurbished monitor.

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