Refurbished goods may be unwanted consumer returns that are effectively “new” items, or faulty products that were returned under warranty and resold by the retailer after the defects were repaired and proper operation was ensured.
Everyone loves to save money, which is one of the main reasons we spend so much time here at Reviewed researching the best deals. However, sometimes the incredible product you’ve been eyeing—like a new Macbook or a giant flat-screen television—just doesn’t go on sale. Worse, even if it does, the savings are so insignificant that your dream computer remains entirely out of reach. So, what’s next?
For many shoppers, purchasing refurbished pieces seems to be the ideal option. Refurbished products are completely usable, but they can no longer be marketed as “new” for a variety of reasons that differ by manufacturer. As a result, they’re usually less expensive, and depending on your order, you might save hundreds of dollars.
Purchasing refurbished items seems to be the best choice for many shoppers. While refurbished goods are fully functional, they cannot be sold as “new” for a variety of reasons that vary by manufacturer. As a result, they’re normally less costly, and you could save hundreds of dollars depending on your order.
Concerned that refurbished pieces seem to be too good to be true? Here’s everything you need to know about refurbished pieces before you start searching for them, including what the word means and which goods are worth taking a chance on—and which items to avoid.
Refurbished can mean different things depending on the seller, but it generally means that the consumer bought the product and then returned it while it was still under warranty because of a problem.
A product may end up labelled as “refurbished” for other reasons, such as:
Shipping and/or external damage: If a shipment arrives with dents, scratches or other surface damage, the customer may return it and, in turn, the retailer may return it to the manufacturer where it ends up in the refurbishment pool.
Open box: These are items that were bought, used, and then returned by a customer. They may display minor signs of wear and cosmetic damage, but they may be deemed “refurbished” because they were inspected and determined to be in resale condition.
Unopened/returned: Sometimes a customer might return something they never even opened, but it could still end up being categorised as a “refurbished” item, even though there is technically nothing wrong with it.
Products that have been used in supermarkets, shown at trade shows, or loaned to reviewers can be repackaged and sold as refurbished pieces.
Is it good to buy refurbished?
We’ve previously discussed Vitamix blenders, camera lenses (especially from Canon), and game consoles as examples of items that are generally acceptable to buy refurbished. Although you should always double-check the return policies and warranties before purchasing something, particularly refurbished pieces, these items are still fine to shop for if you’re looking to save money.
However, we believe it is safe to add a few more refurbished pieces to that list, including:
Laptops and tablets: When it comes to refurbished products, Apple is the gold standard, and depending on what you’re looking for, you can save hundreds of dollars. For example, this 2017 MacBook Pro (Save $200) and this iPad Pro (Save $130) are both fantastic offers. However, Apple isn’t the only company that sells high-quality refurbished laptops and tablets. HP and Dell refurbished pieces will save you up to 40%, which is perfect if you prefer PCs to Macs.
Headphones: I lose headphones on a regular basis, as if it were a habit. However, I do care about getting a new pair, and if you lose headphones often but are worried about the quality of each pair, refurbished headphones might be the way to go, particularly because two of the most famous places to buy them—Amazon and Best Buy—both have a wide range of high-quality refurbished headphones to choose from. Best Buy’s options are normally more expensive, such as this pair of Beats by Dre Powerbeats3 for just under 1500 refurb (you can get the same package refurbished on Amazon for $69.99).
Household appliances: Do you need a new washer and dryer, or maybe just a new microwave or another small appliance? If you shop at Best Buy, you should be covered because the store has a large selection of refurbished appliances.