How To Turn $500 into $1,000 In Two Days

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The idea i'm about to share is one that I have done and a friend of mine does on a regular basis.

I'm going to share this idea in a nutshell to keep it simple and to the point.

This idea will require you to need the following:

1) A Windows XP OS systems install CD
2) Internet Access
3) A Cell Phone
3) A Computer Recycling Store
4) $500 (which will be doubled to $1,000 in two days)

Now, what you are going to do is simply go to the computer recycling store and make a deal to buy 8 wiped clean, but working laptops, such as a IBM thinkpads R51 for $50-$60 a piece, so with $500 you will be able to buy 8 laptops and cover taxes.

Now what you are going to do is install the Windows XP OS on each laptop, which will make the laptops function, but they will be just basic bare bone working laptops, nothing fancy.

Then what you are going to do is use Craigslist and sell each laptop by creating a for sale ad in the computer section and sell them for just $99 or $120 each which will double your money depending on weather you paid $50 or $60 for each laptop.

Then you simply wait for people to call or email you wanting to buy a laptop and at the price of just $99 to $120 you will get plenty of calls and emails and should have no problem selling all 8 laptops in a day or two.

My friend has sold as many as 14 laptops in one day and averages selling 6 laptops a day, so I know for fact this money making idea is gold and works.

To your success,

Martin
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  • Profile picture of the author dunkinbbb
    Hey Martin,

    I'm no computer wiz, and a fan of yours, but . .


    don't you need a separate Windows license for each install?

    And ethical issues aside, is it physically possible to do that with XP? One CD installed on 12 PCs?
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      Like I said this was the idea in a nutshell, but you would need a Windows XP OEM install CD, which allows you to install on an unlimted number of computers as long as you have a valid product key number, which when you buy a laptop from a computer recycling store there should be a product key sticker on the laptop.

      I hope this answers your question.

      All the best,

      Martin

      Originally Posted by dunkinbbb View Post

      Hey Martin,

      I'm no computer wiz, and a fan of yours, but . .


      don't you need a separate Windows license for each install?

      And ethical issues aside, is it physically possible to do that with XP? One CD installed on 12 PCs?
    • Profile picture of the author Dr Mukherjee
      Interesting and its good if you can tell where to buy OEM dirt cheap? Its an easy way. Thanks for sharing
  • Profile picture of the author Site87
    Interesting method. People think of all kinds of ways to make money now-a-days. Not my cup of tea but I'm sure a lot of people can reproduce this method and sell laptops like this on CL.
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      I just wanted to add that this idea works best with laptops, as they are the most wanted and desirable for a low price. I did try this method with desktops and found it hard to turn them over quick even at a low price, so i suggest just sticking with laptops if you impliment this idea.

      All the best,

      Martin
  • Profile picture of the author Richard II
    Martin, you certainly have a Niche for Business Ideas! Absolutely Fantastic!! LOL
  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    My brother works for AT&T and they give him open source software he's allowed to install on any of his "clients" machines. So naturally what he does is install it on all his family members computers, and all his friends. I don't think its 100% legal, but he's been doing it for 20 years, and AT&T has never said a thing.

    There are other places where you can buy OEM software for dirt cheap, again not sure how legal it is, but its just something to look at.
  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    I would not answer the door as I think now that you have put it out there in public you may be getting a visit soon.

    A better way to do it would be to add one of the many lynix systems like Ubuntu and a few other programs like open office and then it would be fully legal.

    Q
    • Profile picture of the author maricelu
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      lynix
      Q
      Linux .
    • Profile picture of the author XponentSYS
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      I would not answer the door as I think now that you have put it out there in public you may be getting a visit soon.

      A better way to do it would be to add one of the many lynix systems like Ubuntu and a few other programs like open office and then it would be fully legal.

      Q
      Using the same Windows CD to install on 1 or 1,000 computers is completely legal IF each individule PC has its own license.
  • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
    I have a friend who is a computer repair guy for a local school system. He does practically this same thing. He calls them "web machines". He gets old, refurbished or recycled desktops and laptops, cleans them up and sells them for $99 to $199 or more. He posts ads on craigslist and ebay and sells 1-2 a week. The main thing is, he markets them as a second home computer or a great starter laptop for the kids. Most of his clients are people who have a main machine but want an extra one for surfing the web, word processing or other simple tasks. He uses maintenance and upgrades for his upsells. It's a decent way to put extra money in his pocket.
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      swwilliams09,

      Thank you for sharing about your friend and proving that this idea is legit and that besides selling the laptops for a one time sale, that you can try and upsell other service for backend money and make even more profits.

      All the best,

      Martin

      Originally Posted by swilliams09 View Post

      I have a friend who is a computer repair guy for a local school system. He does practically this same thing. He calls them "web machines". He gets old, refurbished or recycled desktops and laptops, cleans them up and sells them for $99 to $199 or more. He posts ads on craigslist and ebay and sells 1-2 a week. The main thing is, he markets them as a second home computer or a great starter laptop for the kids. Most of his clients are people who have a main machine but want an extra one for surfing the web, word processing or other simple tasks. He uses maintenance and upgrades for his upsells. It's a decent way to put extra money in his pocket.
  • Profile picture of the author trevstar22
    Hi Martin. Fantastic IDEA! I usually just lurk on the forum but I had to congratulate you on this one. A simple doable down to earth money maker that would be difficult to satuate.
    My question do you buy the computers 10 at a time to get a bargain price or is just more convenient. Would I be able to buy just 2 or more laptops without programming for the same $50 to $60? Thanks
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      trevstar22,

      I have a deal with my computer recycling store that if I buy certain laptops of 8 or more at a time, I get them for the price of $50, but If I buy less than 8 at a time I have to pay $70 a piece.

      My computer recycling store does offer laptops that are ready to go without programming, but you will be paying $100 to $150 a piece, so for what I'm trying to do, those prices don't work for me, but you can do what works for you, my goal is to at least double my money on each sale.

      I hope this helps,

      Martin

      Originally Posted by trevstar22 View Post

      Hi Martin. Fantastic IDEA! I usually just lurk on the forum but I had to congratulate you on this one. A simple doable down to earth money maker that would be difficult to satuate.
      My question do you buy the computers 10 at a time to get a bargain price or is just more convenient. Would I be able to buy just 2 or more laptops without programming for the same $50 to $60? Thanks
  • Profile picture of the author KyGunator
    What's a "computer recycling store"? example of one?
  • Profile picture of the author stone2010
    $500 to make $1000 2 days, go to the casino one hand of black jack or put it on black LOL just kidding... that's a good idea
  • Profile picture of the author snakez0r
    What you're doing with the windows installing is illegal.
  • Profile picture of the author gjabiz
    Can't test in the store without OS, right? So, do they guarantee the laptop works?

    You must live in an unique place, because in North East OHIO, S. FL, San Diego, CA., North Carolina...and New Mexico...all places I've been in the past year...LOOKING for said computer recycling stores...

    And I haven't found ONE. OH, I've found a few...but NONE of them had a computer, a working computer...for under 100 bux.

    And recently I did buy a clean one and it took me a couple of hours to install a legally purchased Windows OS...the thought of doing 8 using ONE disk...well, it seems it would take forever.

    I've sold a few laptops on craigslist this past year...and I've met a handful of guys who routinely sell one or two a week...

    But, I've yet to meet someone like your friend, could you introduce him to me, we could write a special report, which you could sell.

    Not doubting you Marty, it just doesn't resonate with my experiences, perhaps you could shed some light on the supply...

    And give us all a little bit more information...

    from my perspective of buying and selling things, it seems like a LOT of work to make a very LITTLE bit amount of money.

    In the world of CHATTELING (buying and selling stuff)...this just seems to be a lot of work when there are so many things which are more profitable...heck, a ROOMBA or a Keurig could net you that per item without all the depending on a source, installing OS,...

    I think I could make more money recycling pallets or installing door peep holes, ya think???

    gjabiz



    Originally Posted by MartinBuckley View Post

    The idea i'm about to share is one that I have done and a friend of mine does on a regular basis.

    I'm going to share this idea in a nutshell to keep it simple and to the point.

    This idea will require you to need the following:

    1) A Windows XP OS systems install CD
    2) Internet Access
    3) A Cell Phone
    3) A Computer Recycling Store
    4) $500 (which will be doubled to $1,000 in two days)

    Now, what you are going to do is simply go to the computer recycling store and make a deal to buy 8 wiped clean, but working laptops, such as a IBM thinkpads R51 for $50-$60 a piece, so with $500 you will be able to buy 8 laptops and cover taxes.

    Now what you are going to do is install the Windows XP OS on each laptop, which will make the laptops function, but they will be just basic bare bone working laptops, nothing fancy.

    Then what you are going to do is use Craigslist and sell each laptop by creating a for sale ad in the computer section and sell them for just $99 or $120 each which will double your money depending on weather you paid $50 or $60 for each laptop.

    Then you simply wait for people to call or email you wanting to buy a laptop and at the price of just $99 to $120 you will get plenty of calls and emails and should have no problem selling all 8 laptops in a day or two.

    My friend has sold as many as 14 laptops in one day and averages selling 6 laptops a day, so I know for fact this money making idea is gold and works.

    To your success,

    Martin
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      There have been a few who have made some negative comments on my laptop money making idea and that's fine I'm not going to dwell on it or call those people out who either don't have a clue what they are talking about or they just want to assume they do and have never really tried to make money with my laptop idea, so with that said let move on

      I can't say for sure that in ever area there is a computer recycling center, but I know of many areas that do and my area of Rochester, NY does have one and here is there website eWaste.com for those who would like to check it out.

      The idea I presented on making money with laptops was one that a good friend of mine does on a regular basis, so no I can't guarantee that you will have the same success as him, but you won't know unless you try and that goes for all my money making ideas, if you don't work them and put them into action, then you won't know if they will make you money or not, but the reality is what do you really have to lose, you won't really be any worse off then you already are now, so pick an idea that excites you and motivates you enough to take action and stick with it untill your making money.

      I share my money making ideas here, because I really do want to help others with ways to make extra money and I like to hear everyone's comments and success stories, so for those reasons I will keep sharing my ideas weather a select few approve of them or not.

      All the best,

      Martin
    • Profile picture of the author ahlexis
      Originally Posted by gjabiz View Post

      Can't test in the store without OS, right? So, do they guarantee the laptop works?

      . . . And recently I did buy a clean one and it took me a couple of hours to install a legally purchased Windows OS...the thought of doing 8 using ONE disk...well, it seems it would take forever.
      The secret to why techs can install faster is, we don't use the CD except to boot up the machine . . . and then copy the installation directory onto the hard drive.

      Once you've copied the cab files in the installation directory over to the hard drive the install speeds up tremendously. Using a CD/DVD can take up to or over 1-1/2 hours. Copying the files to the hard drive, which spins faster than a CD or DVD drive, can cut anywhere from 20-40 minutes off the time, depending on the options and how you choose to install it.

      Another benefit of copying the installation files to the hard drive is, if ever one needs to install a peripheral device later, the install files make it so you don't need to hunt around for the CD/DVD because you just "browse" your way over to the directory where the install files are located. So if you only have the one disk to install from, your customers can still install device drivers without it if they need to in the future. (In corporate America that often reduced a tech support call to phone support instead of having to get a tech to take an elevator up 3 or more flights of stairs or walk halfway across a campus to do a device driver install. Phone support can just walk some callers through how to do it themselves. Especially handy when 3 out of 7 techs are out sick with the flu! That really happened one November day, believe it or not.)

      And once Microsoft and the hardware manufacturers realized this, that's why they stopped including the disks with the machines and then offered it to you as an upsell if you were determined to have it. They got to cut expenses of including the disk with every machine, and they got to make a profit if you ordered the disk from them upon realizing it wasn't included in the box . . .



      P.S. Now that I think about it, once you have copied the files to one hard drive, you can then take the disk out and move to the next machine and copy the files to it. And then so on and so on for 8 machines, and then launch the install process on the first, then the second, and then the third and on and on, so that it would probably take you about 2-3 hours or so (maybe even less time) for the installs to run on ALL the machines because they would all be running pretty much at the same time . . .
  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    It looks like Martin's starting to take a beating here...I just want to applaud his ideas and creativity. I normally don't even come into this forum as I like the online world better, but his headline was out in the main forum and I clicked it.

    I think this idea is absolutely brilliant! For those of you who don't have a "used computer store" or something similar in your area, here's another way to get cheap computers: Put an ad on Craigs List for them! You can actually become a laptop flipper, so to speak. I did this last year and got two nice laptops in one day for less than $100 total. It didn't occur to me to resell them as I was going to try to use them to create a home network, but I might go back to the idea and try it again using Martin's approach now.

    -- j
  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    I can see the percieved value of a functioning laptop being way beyond $120, so its easy to see how these would sell if you could buy them that cheaply. They may even sell for $150 like hot cakes.

    The trouble is; where would you find a consistent supplier to keep you up with 5 laptops per day? Lets say 100 per month. Otherwise, this could work just as easily on ebay, with which I have some experience.

    Sam Walton Always Said "A Deal Well Bought Is Half Sold...".

    This is a classic no brainer plan/model that would not be a hard sell. One could reasonably make multiple daily sales with this, although, unlike IM services, there aren't the back end advantages...

    For instance; this is a one time $99 sale, whereas, with an online directory listing you could sell it for $99 per MONTH and create a passive income stream instead of just a "sale".
  • Profile picture of the author bryson
    Sounds like a primer to a WSO.

    Used laptops search for used computer stores they are everywhere.
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      Sorry, no WSO in mind for this idea, I just wanted to share the idea for free as another possible way to make extra money.

      All the best,

      Martin

      Originally Posted by bryson View Post

      Sounds like a primer to a WSO.
  • Profile picture of the author ideabreaker
    I was giving this strategy for FREE ! but someone said me spammer without testing out and that got me pissed off,so I closed that thread.
    • Profile picture of the author sandalwood
      Martin,

      I was gonna start a thread titled:

      How To Turn $1000 into $500 in less than two days

      and since I live in NV sell my how to play texas hold 'em book. But after reading yor post, I thought better of it.

      If anyone knows anything about the game you can look at the 50% in several ways. The most obvious is a guy still has 50% of his bankroll to start again. And, with this 50% he can use your idea to run it back to $1000.

      In other words even a loser can use your idea to make money.

      Keep smiling,

      Tom
  • Profile picture of the author PSinPS
    Martin,

    I bet those guys who are bashing your idea are little angels who have never done anything questionable in their lives... right!

    I thank you for sharing your idea.
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      PSinPS,

      Thank you for your positive comment and suport.

      All the best,

      Martin

      Originally Posted by PSinPS View Post

      Martin,

      I bet those guys who are bashing your idea are little angels who have never done anything questionable in their lives... right!

      I thank you for sharing your idea.
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      PSinPS,

      Thank you for you positve comment and for your support.

      All the best,

      Martin

      Originally Posted by PSinPS View Post

      Martin,

      I bet those guys who are bashing your idea are little angels who have never done anything questionable in their lives... right!

      I thank you for sharing your idea.
  • Profile picture of the author JScoppa
    Martin-
    I love reading your ideas - they are easy to get started for anyone...It is also neat to read them since I am in VERY close proximity to you (east side of Rochester)! Sometime perhaps we can grab a beer and chat about some ideas!

    Jerry
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      Jerry,

      Sounds good, PM me with your phone number and I will give you a call sometime, so we can talk and maybe figure out a time and place we can meet.

      Martin

      Originally Posted by JScoppa View Post

      Martin-
      I love reading your ideas - they are easy to get started for anyone...It is also neat to read them since I am in VERY close proximity to you (east side of Rochester)! Sometime perhaps we can grab a beer and chat about some ideas!

      Jerry
  • Profile picture of the author Muhammad Iqbal
    waw....great share...thanks
  • Profile picture of the author WF99
    Very informative thread ..
    Clever one ..
  • Profile picture of the author adam2526
    Sounds like it could work, its def not something i would due to not understanding how one cd can add the same program when its a one license deal, but thansk for the post gets the wheels turning either way
    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      Adam,

      You will need a Windows OEM OS cd which will allow you to install windows on a unlimited amount of laptops as long as you have a valid product key for each laptop and the laptops I buy from my computer recycling center all come with their own windows product key sticker, so this is how it's done.

      I hope this helps,

      Martin

      Originally Posted by adam2526 View Post

      Sounds like it could work, its def not something i would due to not understanding how one cd can add the same program when its a one license deal, but thansk for the post gets the wheels turning either way

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