Yep - I've seen that trap on a quick wander through Ebay. Lot's of nice sounding kit but many say that battery life cannot be verified. If buying second hand and a new battery is needed then, for some of the offers, it would be cheaper to buy a new machine anyway. Cheapest Dell on their web site was 430 quid.. bones -----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alastair Sent: 23 September 2005 13:23 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Last Night's FPI Bones Have a look at the weekly magazine "Micro Mart", plenty of 2nd user/refurbished laptops, from reputable suppliers, however, if buying 2nd hand check on the condition and guarantee on the battery, as it is quite an expensive item to replace (as you know) Alastair Bones wrote: At the moment my temptation is to look for a laptop at long last but I > can't justify a new one. I might just hunt around for something second > hand. I don't want anything exotic but it must be running XP..