A few years back my dad was asking me to get him a refurbished IBM notebook from here and mail back to Malaysia for him. The price was expensive even for a refurbished one. It was almost close in price as a new Dell Inspiron laptop which I bought a few weeks before he emailed me.
A few days after I received his email, I saw another smaller and lighter Dell laptop - Dell Inspiron 700m on sale. I couldn't pass the opportunity and bought that small portable one for myself. As for my dad, I gave him my 4 weeks old Dell.
It was a few years back and the laptop is still working fine and my dad is still using it for his daily internet surfing.