Vision Investment Recovery, Inc

Vision Investment Recovery, Inc

12 Linscott Rd. Woburn; (617) 935-5332

With the cool, carpeted refinement of an office itself, Vision fills both a spacious showroom and a large warehouse with deals on new and used computers that must be seen to be believed.

Or you can trust Mine, who discovered that the vast majority of this stock is factory-refurbished, and therefore virtually new, but selling for anywhere from 20% to 50% below the original retail price. Recent specials included an AST multimedia desktop system, a Pentium version with similar features, and an Apple Performa system, all easily $300-$500 less than the going department store rates at the same time.

Inkjet printers from Apple go as low as $199, while laser printers can be had for $299. A library of color notebooks, including active-matrix screens, carry a six-month factory warranty; Vision’s own refurbished laptops from Toshiba and IBM (as low as $645) offer 90-day warranties. Vision does a little bit of everything, according to one employee, including networking, configurations, and all types of repairs. Navigate a sea of industrial parks to track them down, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

And while you’re in the area, check out the nearby Electronic Superstore at 20 Normac Rd. Woburn; telephone (617) 932-6800. With less in the way of computers but more in the way of accessories, you can pick up salvaged transformers, converters, and the like for $3 from open trays lining the aisles; used keyboards cost as little as $25. Package deals may take you all the way back to a Packard Bell 286 system, without a monitor, for $299 (but you can grab one for $50 more), or a classic old IBM system (with a big 5 floppy drive) for $185 complete. Hours are

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 12-5 P.M. Sundays.

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