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Buying a used projector

With so many great projectors on the market who would want to buy a used one? Cheap Dave that's who.

With so many great projectors on the market who would want to buy a used one? Cheap Dave that's who.

OK I haven't actually bought a used projector but I would consider it. So here are a few pointers I would give anybody interested in a used projector.

First where to find one. I have been seeing used projectors on Craig'slist and I also saw my projector for sale at my company on our internal classified ads. I sent the word out to several people but a projector just isn't really an impulse buy for most people. But for $800 it was a great deal.

So if you are looking at used projectors do your research. Projectorcentral does keep old out of production models on their web site so you can go there to look up the specs on any unit you are interested in.

Keep in mind things like bulb life. Some models will tell you how much life is left in the bulb but I wouldn't be surprised if you might not find projectors that need bulbs. That is when I upgrade so that is when I might try to sell my old projector.

Another thing to watch out for is what kinds of problem projectors might develop. LCD projectors can get dust in the light path that will show up on the screen. DLP projectors have a color wheel and a motor to spin it. So that could burn out.

If you are buying it informally like from Craig'slist and the bulb is burned out see if you can get the seller to agree to take it back if once you replace the bulb it doesn't work right.

Or stick with a new one and get a warrantee. Tough choice. But if the price was right...