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Name the first online auction site that comes to your mind. Can you even think of any besides eBay? For most of us it’s the only online auction site that matters, but if you’re browsing through eBay to find great deals on computers, you may be better off using an alternative auction platform.

Why look somewhere other than eBay?

If you need a very specific item and price isn’t a top concern, by all means keep using eBay. The site is so massively international that you won’t find a better selection of items anywhere else. However, if you’re curious to see what’s out there besides eBay, you won’t regret checking out these sites.

Dell Auction

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Dell is a popular brand if you don’t care about building your own computers. Purchasing their computers at retail price can drain your wallet pretty fast, especially if you customize your order, but you can save a lot of money by going through Dell Auction instead.

With Dell Auction, you can bid on refurbished Dell laptops and desktops that have been restored to fit Dell’s quality specifications. It doesn’t cost anything to place bids and each purchase comes with a 30-day satisfaction return policy.

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As you might expect, the selection here is somewhat small since they only serve up Dell products. However, I’ve seen a number of great laptops and desktop systems priced under $200 so there’s a lot of money to be saved here. Listed prices do not include shipping.

Regional Availability: United States.

uBid

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Though uBid has expanded to include many different auction item categories, they’ve always had a strong root in computers and computer-related products. Here you’ll find plenty of affordable equipment from top-name brands like Dell, Lenovo, HP, and even Apple.

Like eBay, uBid has two types of product listings: Auction and Buy Now. At the time of writing, I see dozens of awesome computer auctions that are about to end between $100 and $200. The Buy Now products are just as affordable but typically limited to 1 stock.

If you’re looking to buy a computer at auction, you really can’t pass up uBid. The combination of price and variety is unmatched by any other site.

Regional Availability: United States.

Public Surplus

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Public Surplus is a place where public agencies can put up surplus merchandise (otherwise known as overstock) for sale at super cheap prices. All sellers on Public Surplus are required to register and pay regular fees, meaning this site isn’t an open auction where anyone can sell anything they want.

You’ll find a lot of variety in items but each item won’t have too many stocked, so if you lose an auction you likely won’t have another chance. The good thing is that not many people know about Public Surplus, making it easier to grab that particular item that caught your eye.

Regional Availability: United States and Canada.

Liquidation

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Like Public Surplus, Liquidation is a place where overstock is auctioned off at incredibly cheap prices, except Liquidation’s range stretches all over the globe. There are dozens of computer systems on sale at any given time, sourced mostly from the United States but able to be shipped to most countries.

Liquidation has a clean website layout that makes it easy to find what you want at a price within your budget. Items are graded on conditions like New, Used, Refurbished, Returned, or even Salvaged. The selection is somewhat small but it’s the perfect place to find those once-in-a-blue-moon deals.

Regional Availability: International.

Conclusion

The next time you need to buy a cheap computer, consider buying from an online auction site that isn’t eBay. You’ll run into fewer auction snipers, the products tend to be more reliable, and you’ll be distancing yourself from those common eBay scams 5 eBay Scams To Be Aware Of 5 eBay Scams To Be Aware Of Being scammed sucks, especially on eBay. You invest all of that time into selling a particular product or you spend a lot of time researching the perfect item, complete the transaction, and then… nothing. The... Read More .

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Know of any other computer auction sites? It’d be great to hear about them. Please share with us in the comments!

  1. David
    April 2, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I have compared Dell's auction to ebay, the problem is that Dell's site charges shipping and tax, so they are consistently higher than the prices on ebay, even from Dell's authorized ebay account.

    • Joel L
      April 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Good point. Thanks for bringing it up!

  2. Grace
    April 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    So what this article is saying is that there really isn't anything comparable to eBay. And NEVER EVER participate in auctions sites where you have to buy your bids. It will end up costing far more in the long run than paying the regular price for a brand new item at the store.

    • Howard B
      April 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Yes, Quibids is one of these, for those who haven't heard about it.

    • Joel L
      April 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      That's not really what I was saying but if that's how you feel about computer auction sites, you can stick with eBay. There's nothing wrong with that. :)

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