In times when the economic crisis rears its ugly head at you (like when you drop by the computer store and you find out that the only thing you can buy is a mouse), you want to make the most out of the money you have available to you.
Some sellers would urge you to buy used computers, and some would suggest that you buy refurbished ones. What is the better decision among the two? Is there a difference?
First, you have to understand the line between a cheap used laptop and a factory refurbished laptop. The differences are significant as well, so here are some tips to help you make your decision between the two.
First, refurbished computers usually still come with a warranty. Used computers sometimes come with a warranty too, though most of them do not. That is because used laptops come straight from users to the reselling depot, while refurbished laptops come from the factory where they are given a warranty all over again. The reason for this is what would be discussed next.
Second, refurbished items look brand new. That is because some components, if not all, have been replaced; the faceplates, the chassis, the buttons on the keyboard, etc. Sometimes, you might even come across a refurbished laptop that had almost everything replaced, technically making it brand new but at a price of a refurbished one.
Used laptops, on the other hand, have not been tampered with. They come in the condition that their previous owner left them in, whether that condition is “almost brand new” or “very used.”
Lastly, refurbished items are recognized by their original manufacturer and would provide support for you if you have such an item. You can phone them for help or avail of any support offers that they could have, because these items came from them.
Used items, on the other hand, are dependent on the previous owner. If he availed of support and it is transferrable, then you can have it. Otherwise, you won’t.
Off the bat, it is obvious to see that refurbished items are generally a better purchase than used ones. This is because used laptop computers generally come in conditions that would keep you guessing. You have no idea what the previous user did with the laptop. You also are not sure if the laptop fits the description that you buy it for.
A factory refurbished laptop, on the other hand, is fit with a description that you’re sure is accurate because it came from the factory.
Refurbished computers give more peace of mind than used laptops. There might be deals that you can see for used laptops that could be considered a steal, but generally, the little bit more that you have to shell out for a refurbished one is very much worth it.
Unless you really need a computer right away and you can only afford a used one, it’s better to wait to save up for a refurbished one, at the very least. Refurbished computers would surely last longer and would give you more value for your money.