Four Refurbished Tech Products You Should Never Buy

While Some refurbished deals are outstanding. Others still have to be questioned. So, no matter how good prices are, there are still some products to should never try to buy refurbished. 

I am a big fan of Refurbish, because I like saving money, but not all refurbish products catches my fancy that much, especially the tech items. Despite the fact they are priced well below new ones and in most cased as good as new. 

So why not buy everything refurbished? 

First, let's try understand the term, Refurbish. 

A refurbished product is any product which in anyway no longer qualifies as new. In most cases it's something that was bought and then returned to the store or manufacturer, perhaps because of a defect, though more likely because it didn't meet expectations. 

Either way, the returned item gets inspected and, if needed, repaired and/or reconditioned. But To what extent? That varies depending on the product itself and who's doing the refurbishing 

However, if for instance, you find a refurbished iPhone 7 for a rock-bottom price from a third-party reseller, chances are good it'll have the same battery as when it was manufactured, and only a 90-day warranty 

There are some other concerns as well. So here's Techgetto’s list of tech items you should not buy refurbished, and why.

Hard drives

The argument for buying anything refurbished goes like this: If it was returned because it had a problem, that problem has already been fixed -- meaning you're potentially better off with a refurbished unit than you are with a new one. 

I don't think that applies to hard drives. Whether it was returned owing to a defect or simply because a person didn't like it, the fact is that it's been used. There is no reconditioning process I'm aware of that can restore a hard drive to factory-new condition. And with drive prices so low already, is it really worth gambling your data on a unit that's already seen some action? 

Mobile Phones

I routinely see very compelling deals on refurbished smartphones. At this writing, for example, Amazon has the Apple iPhone 5S 16GB GSM Unlocked, Space Gray (Certified Refurbished) for just $171.37 

That sounds like a great price, but as I mentioned before, you're getting a used battery. How long was it used? That's impossible to say, but a big part of the appeal of buying any new phone is getting a new battery. 

Unfortunately, because all iPhones and many Android phones have fixed, non-removable batteries, it just doesn't make sense to buy refurbished -- not unless you're guaranteed to be getting a new battery. (On the other hand, if you're handy enough to replace the battery yourself or you can find a shop that'll do it on the cheap, the math might still work in your favor.) 

What about tablets? The battery issue is still there, but because tablet batteries are so much larger, a used one might not sour the experience. (If you ever purchased a refurbished tablet, hit the comments and let me know if battery life was an issue.) 

This is more of a guideline than a rule, as a refurbished printer might prove to be a decent deal. 

My main concern is that if ink or toner has already cycled through the printer's innards, then what you're really getting is a used printer, not one that's been restored to factory-new condition. And as we all know, ink and toner have a way of gumming up the works, especially if the printer sits idle for a long period. 

That said, if you can confirm from the seller's description that the printer has indeed been recertified by the manufacturer, and that it comes with brand-new ink/toner, it might be worth buying -- especially if the savings are significant. 


Although buying a refurbished TV can save you a decent chunk of change, sometimes amounting to hundreds of dollars, I won't do it. 

The big reason: the short warranty. A typical refurb is covered for 90 days, and TVs these days are too unreliable for that short a protection plan. You need at least a year of coverage, and ideally double that if your credit card offers extended warranty protection. 

What's more, based on personal experience, refurbished TVs don't seem to get the same careful reconditioning afforded Laptops and Notebooks, tablets and the like. I don't know if it's because they're so large and heavy, or because their packaging is so fragile to begin with. I had one refurb arrive with a busted stand, another that looked like it had been packaged by drunk monkeys. 

The only exception is if you're able to buy (and pick up) locally, so you can inspect the box and its contents to make sure everything looks okay, and you can easily return it if there's a problem.



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Techgetto: Four Refurbished Tech Products You Should Never Buy
Four Refurbished Tech Products You Should Never Buy
The argument for buying anything refurbished goes like this: If it was returned because it had a problem, that problem has already been fixed -- meaning you're potentially better off with a refurbished unit than you are with a new one.
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