10-19-2019 01:31 PM
I'd like to hear about how you find selling your ThinkPads when upgrading?
I consider myself lucky when I put the old 64 GB Xeon P50 on eBay as the chap that bought it knew what he wanted as he was looking for something to run Qubes. I was expecting it to be snapped up 'cheap' by some random computer reseller but very glad it went to an enthusiast.
Currently I've got the P72 down in my signature and although this machine should last me for a good few years I like to swap for the latest and greatest frequently.
10-19-2019 01:37 PM - edited 10-19-2019 03:25 PM
I hate to break it to you, but the P72 that you love and cherish will be worth maybe $250 at the end of 3 years. You might make more by parting it out, but otherwise..... I sold a W520 3 years ago that was 3 1/2 years old, fully decked out with a large HDD, max memory, FHD screen and the fact that I could get support from Lenovo for Windows 10 on that system doomed it to misc $$$$$. Perhaps things are different where you are located, but the systems keep getting better and better with more speed, capacity, integration that the older systems are just not competetive. Perhaps you can donate the system(s) to a school or church.
10-19-2019 08:08 PM
I would argue that the $250 figure is low. On eBay, P70 machines (3 years old) are selling for about $500 - $700.
10-21-2019 03:38 AM - edited 10-21-2019 03:40 AM
You are correct. I was using my W520 experience as the reference point. The issue is that new technology is becoming better and more integrated as is the OS. If a new release of Windows X came out which required new drivers, etc and Lenovo chose not to support certain older models, then the value would be very limited. That's what happened to my W520 when Lenovo decided not to support drivers for Windows 10 for that system. There might be other limitations like the amount of memory that can be installed vs a newer system like WiFi-6 vs WiFi-5, higher speed memory 2133 vs 2666, etc. There's also the issue of warranty expirations and parts availablity. For example, the system board on my T42p stopped working if it was connected to AC power, but worked fine on battery. I could not obtain a new system board to restore it to health so it sits in my storage closet unused.