Friday, April 10, 2009

No brainer of the day

A while back I took advantage of an offer whereby my employer "leased" me a laptop, payment for which has been coming off my monthly salary before tax, giving a nice cheap and easy way of getting the equipment.

It was always stated that at the end of the lease period, 3 years, I would be offered the chance to buy the laptop for a nominal amount (£50 was suggested as typical) or return it with no penalty or anything.

It's near the end of the 3 year period and the other day the letter arrived, and it states that if I want to buy it I need to make an extra payment of £51.97, which is pretty much what I was told 3 years ago.

And my other choice is to return it whereupon I must pay an uplift charge of £39.

So either way I need to pay at least £39, but for an extra £12.97 I get to keep a perfectly serviceable, albeit 3 year old and therefore no longer anything near cutting edge, laptop.

I think I'm going to keep it! What do you think?


  1. And who would give a computer back to an employer when, within, it may yet hold sensitive information about yourself? The polis might even get involved!

  2. I'll have you know that there is nothing incriminating on that laptop, which I have always been aware has been owned by my employer.

    Now the home PC however .........

  3. What do I think ?

    (Wot makes YOU think that 'thinking' is something i'm ever up to ?) x

  4. PS. But I'd put money on you being right about your solution to this dilemma. x x

  5. uplift charge? What a racket! They aren't really giving you a choice in terms of purchasing it are they?