If you own 5 or more computers (laptops or desktops), do you actually use all of them? If you do, how do you use them?
As this thread was probably a result of something I posted earlier today, I'll answer this too
What started out as a couple of 600X systems for my two daughters use (and for backups) has now blossomed into an eBay-fueled, feeding frenzy. Out of the 16 TPs you currently see in my .sig, about 7 of those are in constant use. The others are sitting around, eventually to be sold off. Two are with my older daughter at college, the third with my high school daughter here at home and I use at least two others myself. They use them for school, me for work and surfing. There are two systems available for "loaners" when my daughter's friends come over.
The remaining systems are kept charged, given some active time to keep Windows updates current, and then put back into hibernation, so to speak. Up to this point, all of the T2x systems I bought have had "issues" with them. I've targeted specific laptops on eBay and fixed them with the intention of eventually selling them. Not for much profit as I know these things are fairly old and don't command too much money.
The latest purchases, with probably prompted this thread, is my initial attempt at arbitrage. Well, not really arbitrage since there's obviously going to be some delay in getting these systems checked out, upgraded and sold. How about calling it a "refurbishing service"? 23 (that's right, twenty-three) 2647-4NU systems were recently sold on eBay from one seller. I was able to snag four of them as they were offered up in lots of about 4 each. I had guessed that not many people were willing to invest $800 or more in these lots, so I bid on a couple of them. Since these systems (built-in wireless) are sort of rare, I thought I could at least get my money back and maybe even make $50 on each system after I've upgraded the "pathetic" (thanks for that description Dan
) 6GB drives.
(edit: Just realized I didn't answer the last part of the questions... The only time I feel guilty for not using all of the laptops is when the wife stares at them and asks how many I've sold so far
. For the record, it's one.)