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:

  • Unused Customer returns that are essentially "new" items.
  • Damaged or defective products that were returned under warranty – usually returned because of cosmetic flaws, packaging shipping damage, or a broken/missing part.
  • Demonstration - Products have been used as demos in stores

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;

  • Be sure your product was refurbished and certified by the original manufacturer. Brokers or third-party looking to recoup losses may refurbish a product cheaply by not using genuine components, and resell it without an adequate warranty or return policy.
  • Does your seller guarantee the quality of its refurbished products? Because Products refurbished by the manufacturers are certified and covered by a limited warranty.

And if you are still doubtful, well:

  • Refurbished equipment may offer the best price/performance ratio.
  • A new, popular product that is out of stock may be available in the refurbished pool due to a returned or cancelled order.
  • Besides who says the new one won’t have a defect that’ll make it become refurbished as well.