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Should You Buy Refurbished Electronics?

Back to Blog  •  Posted on August 30, 2016 by Pacific 54


If you are currently in the market for a new smartphone, laptop, tablet, or other electronic device, you may think you have two options: new or used. While many are drawn by the allure of a brand new laptop or smartphone, this option may be simply over budget for some. Used electronics can be purchased on secondary markets, such as Craigslist and Ebay, for a fraction of the original price. However, these products come with no guarantees of quality or warranty, so you may find that you have thrown away money on a defective product. However, there is a third option that people rarely take advantage of: refurbished electronics.

Refurbished electronics are products that have been returned to the retailer, restored or repaired, and resold for a discounted price. While the price is not as low as used products, discounts can range from 30-50% of the original price. Furthermore, refurbished electronics are fully inspected and repaired by a technician, so they are similar in quality to new products.

Refurbished or Used?

A common misconception is that “refurbished” and “used” are synonymous. However, refurbished and used electronics are actually quite different. Used electronics are products that were bought new, and then sold by the original purchaser after a period of use. Refurbished electronics, on the other hand, were bought new and then returned to the retailer. Once returned, technicians will inspect the product, make any necessary repairs, and repackage it for sale.

People return electronics for a number of reasons. The main stigma associated with refurbished goods is that they were returned because they were defective or broken. However, this feeling is misguided, as only about 5 % of returned electronics are defective. People will often return a product if the packaging is damaged, or if there is a cosmetic issue. Also, if a product is returned due to a defect, it is sent to a technician who performs a full repair and restores the electronic device to its original condition. So, unlike used electronics, refurbished goods are like-new quality, in near perfect condition, and come with warranties from the retailer.

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Refurbished or New?

The primary advantage refurbished electronics have over new ones is price. While being almost identical in quality to new products, refurbished goods always come with a considerable discount. This is due to the negative feelings people attach to purchasing previously owned products. Also, purchasing refurbished goods reduces your carbon footprint. However, there are a few things one should be weary about when choosing refurbished electronics over new. First, sometimes older electronics do not include the most recent software updates or operating systems. Second, if the refurbished product turns out to be defective, some stores may not always allow returns, and credit card companies may exclude refurbished goods from their purchase protection. Ultimately, refurbished goods are a safe bet and a smart buy.

Most experts strongly encourage people to buy refurbished electronics every time. Whether it’s a new laptop, tablet, smartphone, or TV, any consumer electronic can be refurbished and resold. However, there are some products that experts say can never be truly restored to like-new condition. Such products include hard drives, printers, and in some cases, TV’s.

Where to buy refurbished

People looking to buy refurbished electronics should always turn to a trusted and reliable source. Most big-name electronics retailers resell their own refurbished goods, both in store and online. Kika Enterprises is the best place to find new or refurbished mobile broadband hardware. Kika has emerged as an industry leader in mobile broadband, and a reliable source for SB modems, Aircards, Mifi Hotspots, Cellular Routers and more. Contact Kika today to find all the best new and refurbished mobile connection devices available.

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