It’s true that people don’t buy them for value anymore, but the software and hardware support is absolutely worth it.
But if you are willing to do things differently, you should consider other options
Just because you can’t get one for 50$ easily doesn’t mean that they have bad value. They are far above most other options because even with this increased demand, only tards want them. Normies hate anything that isn’t a slim ultrabook.>>2
no shit you don’t buy a thinkpad for performance
they havent been good for almost 15 years, NPCs only buy them because it's a trend and some kind of anti-status symbol
so what good alternatives you would recommend then
I'd want something that can handle stuff like matlab simulink pretty well
Thinkpads are still very affordable on eBay. Models like the T470 and older can be found with good specs averaging below 200 bucks. Only the super memey models like the original X220 are steadily going up in price, but they have been ever since thinkpad fanatics have gotten together on /g/ and /r/thinkpad.
I bought into it cause it is almost as modular as a full PC and I can actually replace most of the shit in it and upgrade it. I have no problem with the performance on a t430. Meme or not it's the most reliable laptop I have owned.