MSE News: Currys and PC World launch laptop scrappage scheme – any good?

Former_MSE_Guy Posts: 1,650 Forumite
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edited 26 November 2010 at 10:53AM in Shop but don't drop
This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

"The giants are offering up to £100 off a new computer if you trade in an old laptop, but is the scheme any good? ..."


  • Mobeer
    Mobeer Posts: 1,851 Forumite
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    MSE_Guy wrote: »
    This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

    "At least 13.5 million households will be hit by the hikes, just as the bitter winter cold snap takes hold ..."

    oh no it isn't!
  • Annabee
    Annabee Posts: 642 Forumite
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    'PC world say most laptops bought within the last seven years should fit their criteria' for the 'scrappage scheme'.

    Ironic considering my local branch told me my 18 month old laptop having packed up (harddrive, motherboard, hinges, DVD drive, etc all not working properly) was 'just one of those things'. and I shouldn't really expect it to last beyond the 12 month guarantee!

    (After several letters to their Chief Executive threatening legal action, they finally repaired it for free). However I wouldn't buy so much as a packet of printing paper there again!

    Be careful, people.
  • wizk1
    wizk1 Posts: 911 Forumite
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    Why do they call it a scrappage scheme if they expect it to work?

    EDIT: Actually, it seems the term "scrappage scheme" has been coined by none other than MSE Guy in this context. I Revoke my question!
  • DrScotsman
    It must ... power up and log into an OS,

    Bahaha, what rubbish. There are so many things wrong with that.

    What good would it possibly do if you turned up with a laptop that booted to - as opposed nothing - FreeDOS for example? I guess it would show that a minuscule portion of the hard drive and RAM are probably okay...That's about it really.

    Surely they'll be testing these laptops with automated LiveCDs that run stuff like memtest and SMART? Seems to be little point in an OS.
  • *Kat*
    *Kat* Posts: 1,827 Forumite
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    What's the point in that? I'd rather sell it on ebay.
  • Taff_major
    What happens to all the data that is sitting on the hard drive? It seems that the insistence on the machine working means that they are going to pass it on somewhere. They should demonstrate that they have wiped the data completely before doing so. In fact you should do this yourself before letting go. Just deleting it is not good enough.

    Taff major
  • DX2
    DX2 Posts: 8,275 Forumite
    edited 26 November 2010 at 10:54AM
    MSE_Guy wrote: »
    This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

    "At least 13.5 million households will be hit by the hikes, just as the bitter winter cold snap takes hold ..."

    Me thinks Guy needs a coffee break now and again ;)
  • Pincher
    Pincher Posts: 6,552 Forumite
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    Just called PC World. My SONY VAIO does NOT qualify!
    800MHz Mobile AMD Duron is not on the list of processors.


    *Limit of one trade in per new laptop purchased. Trade in unit must be a laptop and must have one of the following processors: Intel® Celeron™, Intel® Pentium™ 4, Intel® Pentium™ M, Intel® Pentium™ dual core, Intel® Core™ 2 Solo, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, Intel® Core™ 2 Quad, Intel® Centrino™, Intel® Extreme Edition, Intel® Core™ i3, Intel® Core™ i5, Intel® Core™ i7, AMD Sempron™, AMD Athlon™ X2, AMD Turion™ X2. It must also have an optical drive (e.g. CD/DVD), power up and log into an OS, include the correct power supply and battery, not be locked by a password and not have any significant cosmetic damage, i.e. the keyboard and screen must be undamaged and the casing and hinges intact.** 0% APR Typical

    What kind of moron compiled this list? Apart from iNTEL Pentium M, iNTEL Centrino, and AMD Turion X2, which are mobile versions, all the others are power guzzlers.

    Core i5 and i7? Trade-in a one year old laptop for £75?

    Basically, they want to get maximum publicity, and trade-in as few as possible.
  • asim2002
    asim2002 Posts: 14 Forumite
    edited 27 November 2010 at 10:58PM
    Pointless scheme as far as I can see...
    All the models mentioned that they accept as trade-ins should be able to sell for around or more than £100 on ebay anyways.... so i dont really see the point of all this.

    Plus they could reject almost anything based on unclear criteria like "significant cosmetic damage"... while someone would consider a large crack in the casing as significant damage, another person might think that a scratch across a couple of keys for example is significant
  • forsythfamily10
    forsythfamily10 Posts: 2 Newbie
    edited 28 November 2010 at 4:42AM
    Ok, so their list of processors includes Intel Celeron.... Celeron processors are awful! :( They're basicly a pentium but on crutches.... 128k of L2 cache insted of 1M etc..........

    Anyway, I've got an old IBM ThinkPad in the loft which I havn't used in donkeys years....

    It has an Intel Celeron Processor 366mhz, 64mb RAM, 4.3GB HDD, CD-ROM Drive, it's got it's battery & original charger, no damage anywhere and it's got a Windows 98 COA under it and Windows 98 installed on it....

    eBay value.... £1.04 if i get two bids which I doubt because it struggles to run Notepad....

    PC World Value....

    £70 Discount :T

    I think they actually mean MODERN celeron processors (1.8GHz+) but it doesn't specify the SPEED.... only the type of processor :rotfl:

    Martin Lewis will be so proud of me:money:
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