Looking for a great deal on a computer? Try Goodwill. They have a spin-off store called Goodwill Computer Works that sells used (and sometimes even new) computers at a deep discount, and we're not talking about old clunkers either.
When you walk into a Computer Works location, you'll find laptops, desktops, printers, gaming systems, and even flat-screen TVs as neatly displayed as they are at any electronics store, and just as well equipped. Each device's specs are clearly noted on the price tag, and computers are turned on, so you can take them for a test drive before you buy.
To ensure you're getting a quality computer, trained technicians test and refurbish all electronics before they're put up for sale. At the Charleston, South Carolina, store, for example, they install new hard drives and the latest operating system on every computer that they sell.
And if a computer isn't deemed up to par, it gets dismantled for the parts. Anything worth salvaging is sold in a store, and the rest gets recycled. That also makes the store a gold mine for anyone who wants to build their own computer, as well as anyone who's looking to repair or upgrade a computer. You'll find power cords, cables, battery packs, memory, hard drives, graphic cards, monitors, keyboards, mice, and more.
And like any well-stocked electronics store, you'll also find DVDs, Blu-ray disks, video games, and cell phone accessories, plus a few surprises, like all the parts you need to fix your flat screen TV.
The only things you won't find at a Computer Works are the big price tags and the pushy salespeople. Expect to pay half as much as you would at a regular retail store. Many locations even offer a 90-day warranty and complimentary computer support.
Goodwill Computer Works stores are only in a handful of states so far, but they seem to be expanding the program. Here's a list of their locations:
412 N. Fairview St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Phone: (714) 543-9272
GoodBytes Computer Recycling Store
72nd & F Street
4115 South 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68127
Phone: (402) 731-4888
The Grid (formerly called Computer Works)
9605 North Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: (704) 916-1655
125 51st Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Inside the Lawrenceville Goodwill Retail Store
Phone: (412) 696-0092
100 Houghton St.
Providence, RI 02904
Inside Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island Headquarters
Phone: (401) 487-1029
Palmetto Goodwill Computer Works Store
813 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29406
8965 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758
Inside Macfarlane Retail Store
Phone: (512) 637-7501
919 N. Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: (214) 823-2481
To donate a computer or other electronics to Goodwill Computer Works, refer to DellReconnect.com or contact your local Goodwill store for more information.
Normal Goodwill stores and Goodwill Outlet Stores almost never have electronics so if you're looking for a computer or nearly any other technology item, be sure to head to a Goodwill Computer Works.