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Happy belated Easter everyone. I spent Easter weekend communing with nature — i.e. backpacking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. We took the South Kaibab trail down Saturday morning, spent the night at Bright Angel Campground, and hiked back out on the Bright Angel trail on Sunday. Good times! I will post pictures later. It was my first trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and let me tell you, it’s a completely different world down there. Hiking to the bottom is far more impressive than peeking over from the top of the rim. In fact, from this perspective, it reminded me a lot of Zion, which as everyone should know by now is my favorite NP :) 

I received my new D410 on Friday, but since I was in a rush to get up north for our trip, I didn’t have time to boot it up until today. It was just like I remembered, small and petite and quite attractive for a laptop, if I do say so myself. And I was able to connect to the internet using the wireless card quite effortlessly. In fact, the previous owner hadn’t erased her documents off the desktop, and from her past Google searches, I am now privy to the information that she was looking for cosmetic surgeons in Venezuela. Also, there were spec sheets for hyaluronic acid on the desktop — a common facial filler material used for facial injections.  My laptop’s previous owner was some well-off aunt who had purchased a business laptop with far more speed and power than she could ever use. Finding that she didn’t really use it, she decided to sell it and use the money towards something more beneficial — like plastic surgery ;)

Anyhow, it was obvious that this laptop was very minimally used, other than light surfing. It did have two deep scratches on the outside, but those had been listed in the ad and were purely cosmetic. Overall, I was very happy with my purchase.

Unfortunately, the specs were not what was listed on the ad. The actual processor speed of the laptop is 1.86 GHz. I paid for 2.0 GHz, which is a big difference in the world of laptops. That equates to a cost difference of $100-150 on Ebay, depending on the warranty and type of external drive (DVD +/-RW being the most expensive — this one has a CD-RW/DVD combo). Also, Mark noticed that the ad stated that it was a Centrino, and this laptop has a Dell wireless card. For a laptop to have the Centrino label (which this doesn’t, it was just misrepresented in the ad), it has to have all three Intel components: Intel processor, chipset AND wireless card. Minor upgrade, and not worth returning, but something for them to fix in their ad nonetheless.

I have requested a return of the laptop, and if they’re not willing to do it outright, I can go through Paypal and file a SNAD (significantly not as described) claim. If Paypal settles on my behalf, I will get a full refund of the purchase price, including S&H. I will only have to pay the return S&H, which is about $15.

It’s really too bad, since I’ve been looking forward to having this laptop for so long. But I wanted the fastest processor I could have, and 1.86 GHz D410s are a dime a dozen on Ebay. I would not have bid on this one had I known its true processor speed, and I SURELY would not have paid as much as I did.

I’m sure it was a case of copy and paste, where they just saw another ad for the same laptop and copied their specs. It was obvious the previous owner didn’t know much about laptops, and the person listing the item was actually the nephew of the owner, so he was going by what his aunt told him; but I just assumed the specs were at least accurate. You never think to question the specs when they are listed in the ad. I guess from now on, I will request a picture of the Windows Systems Properties screen for verification.

Oh well, I’m not worried. I’ve fully protected myself, and the most I’ll have lost is return shipping costs and the time it takes to look for a new laptop.  If for some reason they’re not willing to give a refund, I can always do a chargeback on my credit card (this is why you should always pay using CC for large purchases on Ebay).

\le sigh. Now it’s time to hit the books hard, for my two upcoming midterms.

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