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Generally, should refurbished laptops be avoided?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by robawalsh, Nov 22, 2008.

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  1. robawalsh

    robawalsh Thread Starter

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    Are they okay to buy or is it a hit-and-miss? Or is it just a 'No'?
    Also, sites don't say what has been damaged and repaired in them.
    And if it's refurbshed, does that mean it could have been used for a few years, sent back and repaired? Or does refurbished mean reasonably new?
     
  2. Caesis

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    Refurbished means it was used for a very short period of time.
    And it was broken.
    So they fixed it.
    It could mean its a few years old, or be new. It depends on the model of the computer itself.

    The most you'll be able to see is a scratch.

    And they shouldn't be avoided, as long as the brand is known and the seller is good.

    And the shipping is good.
     
  3. 1002richards

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    Hi,
    I bought a refurbished laptop from a guy who makes his living refurbishing ex-corporate laptops. I bought at a real premies having researched Ebay for what I wanted.
    I got more for my money than new (spec, RAM etc). OK a couple of scratches on the case but so what. It worked very well & I got good after sales help when I messed something up.
    So. yes I'd do my research & would be happy to do it again.

    Richard.
     
  4. Triple6

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    We sell refurbished computers and laptops all the the time. Not all refurbished computers even had a fault; they may have come off leases or returned/exchanged for another model or may have been a user problem rather then the hardware.

    Most places that sell refurbished systems offer warranty, sometimes its a full factory warranty identical to a brand new unit.
     
  5. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Hi Triple6,
    You don't happen to have an outlet in the UK do you?

    Richard
     
  6. Triple6

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    Nope.
     
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