Do you ever buy refurbished electronics?

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#1  Edited By DEVILinIRON
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I accidentally bought a refurbished TV off of Amazon. So I'm pretty nervous. I've seen video clips that turn out to be horror stories when they show the insides of various refurbished consoles.

Do you go refurbished when you buy electronics or do you buy new all the time?

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#2 warmblur
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N64 game one time that I remember but that was it I avoid refurbished at all cost hopefully you have no issues with your tv.

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#3  Edited By PimpHand_Gamer
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Yes and had bad experiences. They work at first but not for long so I only buy brand new. Not that brand new doesn't mean it won't crap out but so far I've never really had any issues with new gear. Perhaps the real issue is who refurbished it and how well it's inspected or what get's replaced. I have heard that Samsung has really good refurbished gear but I think a lot of companies outsource and the worst is the products where you have to pay to have it shipped for return and won't see it again for 6+ weeks.

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#4 Hallenbeck77  Moderator
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I've bought electronics used, but never refurbished before. Not sure if I can ever that that plunge.

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#5 Random_Matt
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Only worth buying Apple refurbished, as new every time. Not sure if other manufacturers do the same thing.

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#6 mrbojangles25
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@hallenbeck77 said:

I've bought electronics used, but never refurbished before. Not sure if I can ever that that plunge.

What is the difference between refurbished and used?

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#7 Chutebox  Online
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All the time and so far I haven't had an issue. All my phones and my X1X are refurbished.

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#8 Hallenbeck77  Moderator
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@mrbojangles25: used is usually a product that is re-sold once opened, usually without a proper warranty. Refurbished is something that is returned to a store or manufacturer for whatever reason, tested to see if it works, (repaired if necessary), then resold, at a discounted price.

It's probably better to buy refurbished because you can get a nice discount if you're strapped for cash, and a lot of places offer a warranty, provided you don't mind the product not looking brand new. I'm just naturally apprehensive. Plus, I don't buy used products that often, anyway.

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Oh yeah.

I'm pretty good with electronics and I like to tinker.

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#10  Edited By mrbojangles25
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@hallenbeck77 said:

@mrbojangles25: used is usually a product that is re-sold once opened, usually without a proper warranty. Refurbished is something that is returned to a store or manufacturer for whatever reason, tested to see if it works, (repaired if necessary), then resold, at a discounted price.

It's probably better to buy refurbished because you can get a nice discount if you're strapped for cash, and a lot of places offer a warranty, provided you don't mind the product not looking brand new. I'm just naturally apprehensive. Plus, I don't buy used products that often, anyway.

ah OK it's like buying a used car from the dealer vs buying a used car from some dude.

Was actually contemplaying this for my next PC build; I've got an old 4th gen Intel CPU and I want to make a micro-ATX build, unfortunately most of the new boards are sold out.

Then I see the refurbished ones and they're like 300 dollars! Guess they are rare mobos now so the price goes up. But damn, 300 dollars for a used mobo? For a 5+ year old CPU?!?

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@mrbojangles25 said:
@hallenbeck77 said:

@mrbojangles25: used is usually a product that is re-sold once opened, usually without a proper warranty. Refurbished is something that is returned to a store or manufacturer for whatever reason, tested to see if it works, (repaired if necessary), then resold, at a discounted price.

It's probably better to buy refurbished because you can get a nice discount if you're strapped for cash, and a lot of places offer a warranty, provided you don't mind the product not looking brand new. I'm just naturally apprehensive. Plus, I don't buy used products that often, anyway.

ah OK it's like buying a used car from the dealer vs buying a used car from some dude.

Was actually contemplaying this for my next PC build; I've got an old 4th gen Intel CPU and I want to make a micro-ATX build, unfortunately most of the new boards are sold out.

Then I see the refurbished ones and they're like 300 dollars! Guess they are rare mobos now so the price goes up. But damn, 300 dollars for a used mobo? For a 5+ year old CPU?!?

Refurbs may also be manufacturer repairs. The benefit of a refurb is you get a warranty, albeit a shorter one typically. Amazon's refurbished products get 90 days, but generally I don't think that's enough for the meager discount they give you typically.

Whether I buy refurb or even used depends on what it is. Monitors I probably wouldn't because there are so many little things that can be wrong with monitors that wouldn't be covered under warranty like blacklight bleed, individual dead pixels, etc.

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#12 Archangel3371
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I prefer to buy new myself. I’ve never had any bad experiences that make buy new, it’s just a personal preference for me.

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#13 Magnum3000
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Try not to

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#14 Atomic1977
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I’ve gotten pre owned games before but I never go for refurbished when it comes to anything big.

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50/50.

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@hallenbeck77 said:

I've bought electronics used, but never refurbished before. Not sure if I can ever that that plunge.

Same here. Buying used electronics such as gaming consoles and stuff like that I have better experience but not for refurbished items.

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#17 claymoreman23
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refurbished especially consoles.

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#18 Hallenbeck77  Moderator
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@davillain- said:
@hallenbeck77 said:

I've bought electronics used, but never refurbished before. Not sure if I can ever that that plunge.

Same here. Buying used electronics such as gaming consoles and stuff like that I have better experience but not for refurbished items.

Not too long ago I almost bought Sony's high-end noise canceling headphones for around $250--normal price was a hundred buck more, until I saw they were refurbished. I probably would have been ok if I had bought it, but $250 is still a lot of money, never mind the full amount. I just saved up and bought new--just needed that piece of mind.

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#19 Speeny
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Not that this first story is necessarily about refurbishing, but my grandmother purchased a phone for me just last year actually for fairly cheap. An LG G6.

The business that we bought it from turned around and said that the only model they had left in stock was the display model. Because of this, I was kind of expecting that'd take some money off of the initial price we had paid and give us some kind of a small refund. But I don't think they did.

Anyway, we received it in the mail after some time and the charger as well as the phone smelt like it had been wiped down with alcohol wipes. (I understand that they probably had to do that but personally, it was gross. I could have just done that myself if need be.)

Another time might have been a Dell laptop that my parents bought refurbished for me years ago. In saying all of this though, I've never personally bought any electronics refurbished. Just used. If I need to get inside the system, blow the dust out and give it a wipe down, I'll do that myself.

Not so much for consoles, but on the other hand I do buy used games when they're harder to come by and cheap enough. Mainly through Ebay but have had some really good experiences using CeX as well so far.

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#20 DEVILinIRON
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Well I've assembled and plugged in all the plugs for consoles and whatnot. TV seems to work fine. *Crosses fingers*

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#21 YearoftheSnake5
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The last time I bought something refurbished was a Wii U for my father in law. That was back in 2014 or 2015. I bought it from Nintendo's web site. It was DOA. Cleaned, tested and inspected - yeah right. I haven't bothered since.

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#22  Edited By narlymech  Online
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I bought a refurbished windows 10 computer off ebay/newegg for 100. It's lasted a good long time so I'm happy with it.

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#23 Serraph105
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I've bought both refurb and used computers in the past. My current laptop is a pre-owned Sony Vaio that I bought in 2014(ish). Now I got that from a trusted friend for a fairly inexpensive price point so take that into account, but it's still going strong, and I use it for school work, surfing the web (usually when I'm supposed to be doing school work), and running plex off of it.

My wife bought a refurb laptop from Staples, a hp spectre x360 (15 inch) last year and I think it was around $900 something dollars and it's a great laptop. I don't think I've had a bad experience with refurbished products and consider it a great way to save some money.

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#24 Poarstman
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Almost all the time

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#25 kriggy
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Got a refurbished PS3 because it was impossible to get a brand new one of the same model. Runs exemplary smooth and never sounds like a jet-engine like the one I had before!

However I once bought a GBA SP refurbished and it was a nightmare, at the site there was all talk about that the guy took soo much pride in his work and that he always does his best. However, the battery in the GBA SP was dead, the charger was also broken so I had to buy a new one of those. But even though I have changed those things it still short-circuits every 20 minutes... A real piece of junk 😔

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#26 louisekimzey
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Yes. but that is not good I have bought refurbished laptop and 2nd days that fan going off and i had facing big lose. then I had sell them and bought new laptop from https://www.seebiz.com/