Should You Buy Refurbished Electronics? - GoTechTalk


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Should You Buy Refurbished Electronics?

Refurbished Electronics

When you hear the word "Refurbished" do you think of a great opportunity to save money or a collection of second-hand junk that's been dropped, spilled upon or are generally mistreated also, we always tackle the tough questions around here isn't even possible to just furbish something, oh I guess it is anyway these refurbished goods are a common sight in pretty much every major gadget store but what exactly does that term mean well let me explain you.

A good number of these items are returns from regular customers that could be for any number of reasons maybe it was a toaster oven that someone simply had second thoughts about because they decided to go on a diet, other refurbs may have been damaged not necessarily by consumers but maybe in shipping when they were originally sent to a retailer or warehouse and finally what about demo or floor models even once they aren't the latest and greatest anymore they are usually fully functional and many stores decide to flip them for a few bucks.

The bottom line is that when you buy refurbished you don't know where that product has been, but that doesn't necessarily mean that your chances of getting a lemon have to be higher, you see often times new electronics come right off an assembly line get packaged up and are shipped out and in most cases this is fine but sometimes that brand new shiny that you just bought might not have had a careful inspection before it was sent to you, by contrast when a unit marked for refurbishment is being prepared for sale by a reputable dealer somebody has to specifically examine it for functional or aesthetic defects determine if it can be repaired and tested so that they know that it won't generate a costly and time-consuming return and in mind that fixing up a product doesn't usually mean that it was actually damaged by the previous owner, it is so expensive and complicated to repair modern electronics that anything beyond a scratch on the screen that won't affect performance or an easy replacement of a defective component or accessory is beyond the capabilities of a typical retailer to deal with anyway of course that doesn't mean that refurbished products are always going to be pristine in the case of expensive items it is possible for more advanced reworking of parts or products to be done, so you usually see this either if you buy directly from large-scale manufacturers or from a very small shop that specializes in repairing items that others have written off just make sure in either case that you are checking the warranty terms carefully some manufacturers or stores will warrant refurbished items that they sell for up to a year giving you similar peace of mind to a new item others though might offer only a month or even as little as a week and it is common for there to be no recourse beyond that time if something goes wrong so that's where factory certified refurbished items come in this term or something similar usually means that regardless of the warranty being offered that at least the refurbishing process was handled by the company itself or an authorized third party to meet a certain standard of quality.

Dell and Apple for example are  notable for trying to restore these certified products to as close to a like-new state as possible now of course for certain kinds of electronics like new isn't really possible once an item has been used so we would recommend avoiding certain things like hard drives or SSDs or certain types of TVs and monitors that only have a limited lifespan those are not worth saving a few bucks.

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