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VAT Margin Scheme

At The Laptop Centre we are pleased to be able to offer our customers second-hand laptops for extremely competitive prices. One tool that allows us to be able to offer great pricing is the VAT Margin Scheme. Essentially, when we purchase some of the goods we sell on our website we don't have to pay VAT, meaning we can pass this saving directly on to our customers.

This option is available for second-hand goods so you won't see it on anything brand new. When this kind of product is bought, our business doesn't have the option of reclaiming VAT (20% of the item sale price). The result of this is that anything eligible for this deal keeps it's reduced price tag once it goes on sale on our website.

The way to make the most of these offers is to choose second-hand and refurbished listings, and then keep an eye out for our 'NO VAT' emblem. Indicating it on the individual product page means that you can be sure you're getting a bargain on whatever you're browsing.

Although this is of course a real benefit, if you are VAT registered please note that just like us you won't be able to reclaim that 20% when doing your VAT return. Of course, if you require it we can provide an invoice showing the figures broken down, but this section will show at zero. All refurbished Apple products are included in this Margin Scheme due to the terms of the Apple Buy-Back agreement.

The truest test of any product is time and in today's fast developing world of hardware you can find yourself being caught up in the consumer driven hysteria. But is newer always better? The question isn't ambiguous and the answer is straight-forward – No.

New products have their problems too, but what you want to be re-assured of is that if you encounter a problem can it be resolved and if so to who's satisfaction? We strive to keep up the highest possible standards when it comes to refurbishment, we do this by only selling the most reliable of business model laptops and providing a standard warranty of as much as 6 months – with selected models able to upgrade to a full year's warranty.

A full year warranty is the same as most new laptops are provided with, yet our laptops come with superior pound for pound performance; see how the Dell Latitude E6410 compares against a new Celeron CPU and Intel Core M processor.

With so many products to choose from on the open market, we look to provide a streamlined selection of the best performing laptops for any budget, with upgrades available for every laptop. If you need help optimising your laptop with upgrades or want help choosing the right laptop for you, contact us via phone or email for impartial friendly advice.

 

Apple Products

Since 2012 we have been working closely with Apple's Reuse and Recycling Program partner Dataserv GmbH, to provide second-hand Apple products for retail. All Apple products we sell come exclusively from this program, some of which are VAT exempt as they are eligible for VAT margin scheme.

Apple's brand of products have dominated the consumer market and continue to be the most sought after brand for mobile and desktop devices. We have a constantly rotating stock of Apple iMac's, iPads and MacBook Pro's, so if you miss out on a specific product you were after, check back with us soon or contact us with your requirements.

Recycling old IT equipment

We are keen to provide an environmentally friendly approach to IT equipment and in the cases that we cannot re-sell a system, we comply with the WEEE directive to ensure any hazardous materials are responsibility dealt with by registered recyclers. If you're purchasing a laptop from us, why not take advantage of our free recycling programme, contact us after purchase for details.

shipping Costs for UK Orders

All UK orders are sent through Parcelforce.

  • Order under £100 are charged at £7.95, or £4.95 for small items.
  • Orders over £100 are charged at £9.95

Shipping Costs for EU Orders

EU Orders are shipped via DHL's courier service, but cannot be tracked once they have left the UK.

  • Orders under £150 are charged at £35
  • Orders over £150 are charged at £49

Delivery Details

We aim to achieve the highest customer service levels we can and have been working hard to offer a next-day delivery service for selected products. All deliveries for orders are sent via Interlink who will provide a 1 hour delivery window on the morning of delivery, so you don't need to wait in all day. We provide both email and text message tracking for deliveries, but if you experience any problems taking receipt of your purchase please contact us. Saturday and Sunday delivery can be arranged for an additional fee, please contact us prior to purchase for a quote.