Buying refurbish is a great way to save money, especially if the item is a second television, computer or another electronic item that you do not absolutely need. I buy many of my primary electronic items refurbished and have never had a problem. The savings from buying refurbished can be anywhere from 20-50%, which is a very significant savings. There can be many reasons that items are returned, and many of them do not have to do with the functioning of the actual product. For example, the item could be returned or the packaging could be damaged in transit. In other cases, there could be a minor cosmetic blemish. This is almost always noted in the advertisement. Furthermore, many of the items are covered by manufacturer or distributor’s warranty, often both, with the manufacturer warranty sometimes extending one year or more. Even if it is 90 days, this should be more than enough time for you to determine if the product is reliable.
If you items from a reputable store you should have not have a problem at all. I have bought many Blackberry phones from AT&T without much problem. I have also bought many computers and components from TigerDirect without any problem. Phone companies are especially good deals because many people return the phones because of buyer’s remorse, and many states mandate that customers be given a 30 day grace period. Also, phone companies have a financial interest in your phone remaining functioning. Buying from refurbished computers from a manufacturer is another great opportunity because they have to stand by their products. I have never had any problems, but I have heard that many times, the manufacturers will just send a new computer or part if the refurbished one is returned. Also, there are many computer distributors, such as TigerDirect, do a great job on refurbished products.
The savings on a phone at AT&T could be huge. A new Blackberry can cost $199 and up even with a two year contract. If you give it some time, you can often find a refurbished Blackberry 9700 at AT&T for free or $50 or less. The item will be shipped to you by second day air and be guaranteed by AT&T just like the new product. Similarly, if you buy from a reputable dealer like TigerDirect, you should not have a problem. I would avoid many of the places that charge restocking fees that can be as much as 15%, but there should be no reason why you would not have confidence in Dell Outlet. Buying an electronic item refurbished is a great way to save money.
The one drawback is that many of the latest computers tend not to be available refurbished. However, with the latest craze in netbooks and other stripdown computers, this should no longer a significant problem.
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