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Refurbished Laptops vs. Used Laptops


There seem to be a trillion variations on laptops these days. There are laptops with keyboards that slide, with screens that flip, with hinges that bend backward. I have a strong feeling most of them will soon wind up in the junk drawers of history. Can you think of a remedy for this?

You’r­e a student in need of a new computer. That old desktop you’ve had for three years is just too slow to keep up with the pace of progress. So you’re looking to buy. You’ve got little cash, but you have your eye on a nice laptop that costs more than your budget would normally allow. You’re about to settle for a machine with a slower processor and a little less memory, when you spot a listing on the manufacturer’s website. It says: “Refurbished Computers.”


Refurbish, in everyday language, is “to renew or to restore to a new condition and/or appearance.” The term ‘Refurbishment’ is usually associated with electronics that have been previously returned to a manufacturer or vendor for various reasons. Refurbished products are normally tested for functionality and defects before they are sold.

The main difference between “refurbished” and “used” products is that refurbished products have been tested and verified to function properly, and are thus free of defects, while “used” products may or may not be defective. Refurbished products may be unused customer returns that are essentially “new” items, or they may be defective products that were returned under warranty, and resold by the manufacturer after repairing the defects and ensuring proper function.

To refurbish something means that it’s been renewed or updated in some way, and in general, that’s true for electronics. Perhaps an item had a bad circuit board, or the glass face on a music player got scratched and it’s been replaced, but in some cases, a refurbished item may have had its packaging damaged badly in the process of getting it to the store. The item inside may be just fine, but the retailer may have decided to send it back for repackaging. Or it’s possible that the shipping box could be opened and retaped.

The one thing the label means with any certainty is that a refurbished item can’t be sold as new. Because of that, and possibly because of the ambiguity of the “refurbished” label, consumers often shy away from buying refurbished products, even when they may be perfectly fine.

So what should you do? You could get your computer now and use the extra money for something else. Or will you just have to send the machine back after you’ve had it for just a few days? The decision you make just may have global consequences.

To buy refurbished gadgets (used laptops, used mobile phones, used tablets etc), visit: ReGlobe


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