Why Do People Buy Refurbished Electronics?

Refurbished electronics are pre-owned devices such as phones, computers, washing machines, televisions etc. that have been quality tested and restored to full working order and then sold on to customers as ‘refurbished’.

It is a fast growing industry and an increasingly important one as the amount of device wastage is having a big impact on the environment. Refurbished products ultimately cut down on wastage of electronics, allowing manufacturers to use less raw materials and incinerators and landfill sites to put less harmful chemicals into our precious planet.

Aside from saving the environment however, why are people buying these refurbished iPhones, cameras and PCs?

We summed up the 6 main reasons for you:

Why Buy Refurbished Electronics?

1. Massive Discounts

Possibly the biggest motivation behind these purchases are the massive discounts you can get when buying refurbished. Since the products have been previously owned, refurbishers sell them at a fraction of the retail price.

For phones and tablets, you can expect to save anything from 10-40%. Some computers go for up to 50% off and things like television sets can reach 75% off if you’re lucky. But it is not all a game of luck – if you’re buying a refurbished product, you’re guaranteed to get it for less than it’s original price.

2. 100% Functional

Some people think that refurbished products have defects. The idea of refurbishment is that the product has gone through a thorough quality check and any broken parts are replaced with new ones. Refurbished products are in fact 100% functional, just as they were when they were brand new.

3. Money Back Guarantee

One of the biggest advantages of buying a electronic product brand new is that it often comes with the security of a money back guarantee, just in case you’re not happy with the product after purchase. However, refurbished products are no different. You can still get a full refund if you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase.

But it is important to check with the place you buy the product, to know the duration of time that guarantee is valid for. For example, the Apple Store offers a 14 day money back guarantee and plenty of other refurbishers offer 30 day periods.

4. Warranty Period

One reason that refurbishers have thorough quality checks is so that they can be confident in the longevity of the product enough to offer a warranty to cover any necessary breakdowns and repairs. You shouldn’t expect a refurbished product to break anymore than you would expect a brand new product to.

Refurbishers often vary a lot on the length of their warranties so it important to check. For example, Apple offers a full 1 year standard warranty as all of their new products do, whereas some refurbishers offer a shorter warranty period, often in conjunction with their money back guarantee. Most do offer the ability to pay for extra coverage, so if insurance is important to you, you will be able to have piece of mind.

5. Product Support

When you buy a used product, you’re often buying straight from the previous owner, or through a third party. Therefore, you do not get any support with the device if something goes wrong. Whereas a refurbished product usually comes with product support, especially if the product was refurbished and sold by the original manufacturer.

6. Minimal Wear ‘n’ Tear

When you buy a refurbished product, it will often be graded on it’s ‘cosmetic condition’. This is because it’s possible that a pre-owned product has a small chip or scuff and there is no point in replacing that part (in order to keep the price low for the consumer). It is important to know that the cosmetic condition of a product does not impact it’s functionality. For example, you will never be sold a refurbished phone with a smashed screen or a MacBook Pro with a broken USB port.

So if you think you’re up for spending much less money on your next completely functional device with full warranty and product support, then you can head over to our website to browse all the refurbished products we have available. If the product you want isn’t in stock, be sure to set an alert and we’ll let you know when it becomes available. Save, save, save!

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