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Pethegreat VIP Member

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#1 6 years ago

I figure to make a few bucks while looking for a job I am going to build computers for people in addition to removing spyware and viruses.

The plan right now is to offer a system at $600 for $550 in parts + OS. I also have a $1000 system that costs $900 in parts + OS.

Here is the $1000 system

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I am going to see what Tom's Hardware has for their $500 budget PC tomorrow before I make any decisions.




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#2 6 years ago

Tough way to make a buck. A lot of people don't realize the time and effort it takes to do such work, esp if you pick out the parts, oversee the shipping and receiving, piece it together, test it, and ship it (at their expense of course). Then a lot of them expect free consultation support on the software end afterward.




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#3 6 years ago

To save a bit you can trim down the PSU to a good 550W. More than enough to power a 6950. Everything else looks good though. I'm thinking along the same lines as Omen when I say you should make it clear that you offer a parts-only warranty. You even hint that you offer any kind of after-sale support - or even don't, and leave it ambiguous - and you'll have people after you in no time asking why (among other things) they can't find MS Word on their machine.




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#4 6 years ago

I had my ad up 4 hours and someone wants me to fix 43 computers by next Wednesday.

Here is the e-mail I got, not sure if serious

Hello. I saw your list placed on the Craigslist.org..i am Mark Davis by name i am a man from North Carolina,I actually have some used PC of 28 set and laptop of 15 set.which i want you to check and do a general service on them for me. . I bought them last 3years and have not been in town.Not use for about 2 years. First i want you to get back to me if you will be available to fix them and anything you will be needing to get them fix up before 28th of December as i will be arriving on or before that 1st Oh January and i want them fixed and ready to be use because am planing to set up a small company with them on the 10th of January so please i really want you to tell me the real fact.Awaiting your response.



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#5 6 years ago
>Omen<;5595041Tough way to make a buck. A lot of people don't realize the time and effort it takes to do such work, esp if you pick out the parts, oversee the shipping and receiving, piece it together, test it, and ship it (at their expense of course). Then a lot of them expect free consultation support on the software end afterward.

Been there, done that. Stopped just shy of a dozen machines in under a year and swore it off for good. However from time to time you can make a good buck off it. It all depends on the customer's PC awareness.

Now for cleaning pc's. If you have a slew of maintenance programs, and current subscriptions. That's much more economically viable and less of a hassle. Now and then, I have farmers bring in their machines due to their kids surfing a few too many pron sites, or bad torrents. For some I'll even do it for free, just too be neighborly.




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#6 6 years ago

Sounds like that text went through a machine translator. Dodgy. No harm in giving it a try though, just maybe try to get paid up front?




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#7 6 years ago

Add a labor time fee, then you make more for the computer and maintenance times.


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#8 6 years ago

Sounds very iffy.

What does a general service cover? Is it something you've offered or is it just a term he's made up. He's essentially given you nine days to do 43 machines. That's five machines a day, (and a bit - but you can't do .3 of a machine.) If there's anything seriously wrong with them it's just not going to happen.

Similarly there's no way you can tell what you'd need to fix them before you've seen them.

Just sounds like he's some random moron who wants to take you for a ride really. If you've got some standard pricing structure with the specific services you offer at what prices and decent estimates of how long it will take and what you'll charge for your time plus bits... then I might be inclined to send that on... But he honestly sounds like more trouble than he's worth.




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#9 6 years ago
Now for cleaning pc's. If you have a slew of maintenance programs, and current subscriptions. That's much more economically viable and less of a hassle. Now and then, I have farmers bring in their machines due to their kids surfing a few too many pron sites, or bad torrents. For some I'll even do it for free, just too be neighborly.

That is mainly what people want done with their PCs. They just want all the crap-ware off and a virus scan run on them. I am going to do that for the person and addition to dusting out the insides and cleaning them up. I am charging $20/PC. Hopefully I can get some steady business rather than just and here and there job.

They guy agreed to the 15 laptops rather than 15 laptops and 28 desktops. The nice thing with the laptops is that I can work on several at once since they don't take up much space.

Similarly there's no way you can tell what you'd need to fix them before you've seen them.

Thankfully laptops are a "its broke or its works" type of computer. If there is a serious hardware problem and the system is out of warranty a person is better off with a new system.




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#10 6 years ago

$20/computer isn't worth it imo. If you drop a laptop or something goes wrong with one you're SOL.

That is unless you have them sign a waver that you are not responsible in case anything goes wrong, or any problems arise when fixing them.




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