When you hear a product has been refurbished, it simply means the product has been previously returned to the manufacturer or vendor for various reasons. Refurbished products are normally tested for functionality and defects before they are sold.
Now don’t mistake used products for refurbished, they are two different things;
The main difference between "refurbished" and "used" products is that refurbished products have been tested and verified to function properly, and are thus free of defects, while "used" products may or may not be defective.
There’s no agreed-upon definition for refurbished, remanufactured, reconditioned, pre-owned, or even used when it comes to computer equipment. Refurbished products are more often than not:
So you see, it doesn’t necessarily mean a “hand-me-down”
Most manufacturers go out of their way to make sure these products work like new, they will be put through tests to make sure that whatever the returnee didn't like is the only problem, and then they'll do what they must to fix the problem. For systems, hard drives are wiped clean and the operating system is freshly installed.
So with common-sense shopping, you can probably find a powerful system in "refurbished" condition that will save you a large sum of money without waiting for a sale.
Generally, this is a bargain you can trust.
Before you get your refurbished item;
And if you are still doubtful, well: