Laptop Battery Way Too Expensive!!!

@gudheart (12740)
April 18, 2016 8:30am CST
My dad's laptop battery stopped working so he asked me to do some research and ask how much it would cost to get a battery replacement. I went to Dell's official website as that is make of the laptop and they quoted £125 just for a replacement battery! The generic one cost £20 on Amazon and our local laptop fixer says he can get Dell battery for £30 Dell are rip offs!!!
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@LdeL0318 (6435)
• Philippines
18 Apr 16
It's kinda expensive yeah. But your dad needs it.
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@gudheart (12740)
18 Apr 16
He can get a new laptop for that much though! £35 is more reasonable.
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@LdeL0318 (6435)
• Philippines
18 Apr 16
@gudheart Well, you must think of what to do weather buy a new battery or buy a new laptop instead.
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@gudheart (12740)
18 Apr 16
@LdeL0318 Battery is cheaper if I go for the unbranded one.
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• United States
18 Apr 16
That's why you have to shop around. I had a laptop for abut 6 years and never had to replace the battery.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
The one my dad has is around 6 years old, so it could be time for a new one.
@owlwings (40029)
• Cambridge, England
18 Apr 16
The Dell branded battery will doubtless be made to higher quality standards and may even give you a little more power but generic batteries are very often made in the same factory. I suspect that what your local laptop fixer actually means is that he can supply a battery "to fit your Dell laptop" and that it will actually be a generic one (the price is too close to Amazon's price for it to be anything else unless he has a VERY special deal with Dell). I would go for the Amazon generic battery (or, if you want to keep your local dealer sweet, buy his). Even if it doesn't last as long as a 'genuine Dell' replacement, you will certainly not be out of pocket!
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@gudheart (12740)
18 Apr 16
I think it comes with 1 year warranty so I might just go for the Amazon one. Although the laptop fixer did say it was a dell branded one...not sure I believe him though!
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@yukimori (9098)
• United States
18 Apr 16
@gudheart If it is indeed a Dell branded battery, chances are that it's actually a used battery from another computer rather than a brand new battery like you would be getting from Dell.
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@owlwings (40029)
• Cambridge, England
18 Apr 16
@yukimori That's a possibility (though, hopefully, an unlikely one). I was thinking that it is more likely that Dell authorised distributors can get spares at the real price (presumably around £20) and that some (honest) ones choose to pass them on at a small profit.
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@shshiju (10550)
• Cochin, India
18 Apr 16
If you cannot travel desktop is apt one.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
Prefer laptops :D
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@DianneN (91439)
• United States
18 Apr 16
I don't know anything about batteries. I hope you can find one at a better price.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
Thanks. I think my dad will get the £35 one.
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@irishidid (8732)
• United States
18 Apr 16
My laptop battery has been sitting in the case since I bought it. Never used it. Of course, if you transport the laptop a lot then you would probably use the battery.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
The dell battery is pretty poor, always needs charging.
@marlina (80524)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
That is a rip-off all right.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
Yep, no way paying that much for a battery!
@Susan2015 (22165)
• United States
18 Apr 16
That is way too expensive for one battery. And they probably all do it.
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@gudheart (12740)
18 Apr 16
I was shocked as that is how much a second hand laptop would prob cost!
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@BelleStarr (40244)
• United States
18 Apr 16
The problem is that on Amazon some of those "Dell" parts are cheap Chinese knock offs and even the one that the fier gets may be too. I bought a Dell charger cord on Amazon and it was a piece of crap and even though it looked to be real I am quite sure it was not. So caveat emptor as they say.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
You could be right. Not worth the risk.
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@BelleStarr (40244)
• United States
19 Apr 16
@gudheart No in all honesty you can get a new laptop these days for a song. But can't he operate it with the cord anyway?
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
@BelleStarr It needs a battery to operate at all.
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@miniam (9228)
• Bern, Switzerland
18 Apr 16
£125 only for batteries I'd save a little more and buy a new laptop
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
I would never spend that much on a battery!
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@miniam (9228)
• Bern, Switzerland
19 Apr 16
@gudheart You are right,get a new computer
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@miniam (9228)
• Bern, Switzerland
19 Apr 16
@gudheart Use the old one and save, Acer laptops are cheaper about $300,that`s $180 more and you have a brand new laptop.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
18 Apr 16
They are all like that. You can get a battery from Amazon for much cheaper, but be aware that it's an inferior battery. I bought one that won't hold a charge over a couple of hours and takes all day to recharge. It also won't stay in the computer, but falls out now and then. Just so you know.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
It comes with 1 year warranty, that is why I was thinking I would give it a try. But after some thought I think it is safer to get it from the laptop fixer :D
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@peavey (16876)
• United States
19 Apr 16
@gudheart I think you're right.
@Poppylicious (10077)
19 Apr 16
Yikes. I wouldn't buy one off Amazon. Instead go to the local fixer-upper. That way, if things go wonky you can pester him. Plus, you can ask him relevant questions {is it really Dell? is it secondhand or new?} beforehand. And, you're keeping a local business going. Added bonus!
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
True. I think we will go for that one :D
@mammots (3271)
• Philippines
19 Apr 16
The "original" batteries are priced way to high just because it bears its brand name. I think its the brand name we are paying. I'd choose the generic one if its the same quality as the original.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
Exactly, and dell is not a very good make either.
@youless (94715)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Apr 16
Some time ago I went to a little computer store and it is a place to fix laptop. Since my dad asked me to buy new battery for his laptop. I must say that the price is reasonable and I am satisfied with it. I spent little money but my dad's laptop can work properly again. This is why I don't go to buy new battery from the official store because it is much more expensive and it is not worthy.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
You are right, way too expensive and a rip off.
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@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
19 Apr 16
The generic one is a risk, and the laptop fixer will get you an old one instead of new battery with warranty. Dell is selling the new, original version that comes with warranty, that is why the cost is so high.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
I think we will go for the laptop fixer :D
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@JudyEv (141210)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Apr 16
It is really annoying to be charged so much for a battery.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
It really is, considering that a second laptop and even a new one can cost £120!
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@kaka135 (14130)
• Malaysia
18 Apr 16
That's really expensive! But I guess it's good quality and may last longer if it's from Dell itself. Hope you'll get a good deal.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
I am not sure, dell have not been a good brand for me so far.
@just4him (132257)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Apr 16
That's a lot of money for a battery.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
Way too much!
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@Corbin5 (122551)
• United States
18 Apr 16
That is an awful lot to pay for a battery. Glad you can shop for one that may cost a lot less.
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@gudheart (12740)
19 Apr 16
Yep. I can't believe people actually buy battery replacements for that much.
@sueznewz2 (10156)
• Alicante, Spain
20 Apr 16
Most manufacturers are... it pays to shop around .....