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Are Refurbished Tech Products Worth Buying?

Usman Aslam Written by Usman Aslam · 1 min read>

You’re probably in the market for a new phone or a laptop but you find that product to be a bit too pricey in one store. So you most probably have hunted for the products in different stores but you find them a bit unusually cheaper.

Though the deal sounds fantastic, there are chances that the phone or you may be buying is refurbished. Many consumers think of it as some random term to ignore but the term ‘refurbished’ is more than just some label stamped on a box.

All about refurbished tech products

Refurbished tech products, mostly laptops or smartphones, are devices that have been reconditioned or remanufactured in order to sell them again.

Though this may seem like something of a used product, such an item actually is a second-hand product that users can tell through careful observations. However, with refurbished products, it is like taking what was used and then placing some different parts into that product to make it new again.

The bad side of refurbished products

This may seem harmless and even helpful for consumers trying to purchase products according to their budget but there are some resellers that are not so trustworthy when it comes to reviving an old dusty computer or smartphones. On numerous occasions, resellers use cheap parts to make the electronic product functional which means that the longevity of the product is highly questionable.

Another bad deal about refurbished products is that you can not return them to most stores once purchased. In addition, warranties on these refurbished products are not good either as according to consumer reports, companies either provide a one-year warranty or a 90-day warranty depending upon what product from which company you bought.

Should you buy a refurbished electronic product?

This entirely depends upon you and the reliability and trust within the store you purchase a product from. However, if you are not a tech-savvy person who can tell the minor glitches or even the most common of changes in your system then it is highly advised to get a pin-packed/brand new electronic product.

Written by Usman Aslam
A tech enthusiast, writer, researcher and strategist working on the latest technologies and making an impact. Usman has been heavily focused on building communities, empowering people through technological trends and advancements for over 3+ years including many notable names such as IEEE Region 10, TEDx, Google Developers, United Nations Programmes, Microsoft Partner Program and much more. Reach out: Profile