Does anyone else have a good place to find them? My only real care is that the chassis inst bent and there are not cracks in the plastic (minor scratches are fine, and I have a method to recondition the lids). Keyboard condition doesn't matter to me, as I will be using NOS NMB boards.
Its obviously less of a hassle to source a machine to rebuild than it is sourcing each part individually (and shipping from china can add up).
Ill ask this on r/thinkpad as well.
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I have a 2623-D3U that i bought from a former coworker, which was SUPPOSEDLY working. However, once i had a chance to test it, it doesn't boot at all, even after removing devices one at a time. I don't feel like digging back in and swapping system boards.
Ideally I would want ones with worse screens, as it would be a waste to swap an LED flexview in place of a CCFL one if it works.
Now for a dead unit one must pay the likes of $50-70, and the shape is not throwing me on my knees.
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But that must have been the time when prices bottomed out for these laptops. There have been quite a few Youtube videos in the last 2 years about how to upgrade them etc, and those things always push up prices (just have a look at the 2503 Advanced Dock prices, it's insanity, they were going for ~£30 not that long ago). But the other reason is availability, there just isn't as many units on sale at a given time now. Also these are one of the last 4:3 aspect ratio mainstream laptops, something that more and more people appreciate.
Thinkpad T601, 15" Flexview, with mods (Xiphmont's LED mod, T500 heatsink, cpu pin mod for FSB change and undervolt, reinforced frame)
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As Zoltan87 pointed out - here in the UK - with stock drying up leading to scarcer availability and still an interest in the 4:3 form factor worldwide - prices have certainly increased
Ill likely just go through eBay, and keep an eye on craigslist and local ads when Im buying.
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While I was working at an electronic recycler, it's just easier palletizing them to a bulk buyer, than to list them & deal with fees or returns.
For the profit margins, time is better spent on listing pricier items, and saving them up, just takes up more space.
Sometimes bagging a cheap flexview T60 takes a modified eBay search, like
IBM ThinkPad -i3 -i7 -i5 -SSD -T400 -X1 (IBM, Classic, Old, broken) etc etc
Searching through them will take awhile, but I find the fun in that.
Its how I found a 701C at a 'big' discount.
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