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Buying Refurbished Products

Friday, December 21st, 2007 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Is there anything you can tell me about refurbished computers? Should I stay away from them completely or are there just certain things I should look out for? Please explain!

Ah, very good question! When people think about refurbished items, they often write them off right away, because they think they’re poor quality, etc. And that’s just not always the case! Refurbished products are sometimes the best you can find. If you’re looking to buy a refurbished computer or a piece of computer hardware, I say more power to you! Of course, there are some things you should ask before you finalize your purchase, but nothing real major. Let’s take a look, shall we?!

First of all, just to make sure we’re all on the same page, refurbished means that the product has already been opened and/or previously used. A referb may be something that is a little on the older side, but it has been examined and restored to work like new. With that said, the first thing you’ll want to consider is how to tell if an item is actually refurbished or not. Some manufacturers mark their computers and parts as refurbished, but not all of them. The best way to tell is to examine the product yourself. In the U.S., it’s required that manufacturers and retailers mark their items as refurbished in some way, so you should be able to tell just by looking it over.

If you can’t tell, most manufacturers do keep a record of their referbs by a model number and/or serial number, so you can always call them and find out for sure. Just give them the numbers they ask for and they should be able to look it right up for you.

The next thing you’ll want to think about is what advantages you’ll get from using a refurbished product. The biggest advantage is the price. Most refurbed computers and parts are cheaper than regular models. Also, referbs are usually retested to make sure they’re in proper condition. They’re usually repaired and updated to make sure they won’t fail. That helps to give you a little peace of mind when buying a new computer product!

As with everything else, there are some disadvantages of referbs as well. First of all, most refurbished products are not covered under the same warranty as a brand new item. They sometimes don’t even have a warranty at all. You should always check with the manufacturer to make sure you are getting some kind of warranty with your product. That’s just something you need to do to protect yourself in the long run. Another disadvantage is that some referbs may have missing parts. For example, they may not come with a user manual, documentation, installation CDs and so on. You have to remember that refurbished items have been used before, so all of their parts may not be intact.

The last disadvantage I can think of is possible failure. You can never know for sure how much a refurbished item has been tested and if some parts weren’t fixed properly, they could end up failing on you. Of course, there’s always that possibility with everything you buy, but it’s going to be a little higher with refurbished products. Just make sure you look over all the details of any referb you purchase and be sure it’s going to work out for you. If you have any doubts, look elsewhere. There will always be referbs available and if you’re truly in the market for one, you’ll be able to find something that works perfectly for you. I hope you have found this tip to be helpful!

~ Erin

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