Originally Posted by Myth
Right, and it takes longer to make sure every aspect of the laptop is working
Sure, it would take a minute to check every aspect.
But just to make sure the hard drive is running sufficiently shouldn't take more than two minutes. Make sure the computer runs, try putting in a cd/dvd and run an anti-virus scan (SpyBot is free and quick!).
I get both points of view, but anytime you buy on Craigslist is liking purchasing an item at a garage sale. Buyer Beware.