Our daughter needs a laptop. Is it worth buying a second-hand one? – The Guardian

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

Needing to buy our 15-year-old daughter a laptop for homework and teenage stuff, we looked on eBay. A friend who claims some tech expertise says it’s a false economy and we should buy new. Is he right – do used ones rarely last? Tell us what to buy.

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