True bargain shoppers know all the tricks; like asking for a discount when the shirt you want has a tiny stain on it, offering $ 100 less for the floor model of a vacuum or bike, and scouring the returned rack. What these bargain shoppers might not know is that the same principles not only apply, but can be quite successful when evaluating used computers for potential purchase as well.
Refurbished or reconditioned computers are those that have been returned to the manufacturer for a wide variety of reasons, including simple canceled orders. Because these used computers can no longer be sold as new, they are becoming the way for consumers to save a lot of money and still get the computer of their dreams. In fact, reports show that consumers can save up to 30 percent, and sometimes more when purchasing used computers instead of brand new ones. Major manufacturers often sell these used computers with warranties and customer support plans that are comparable to those included with new systems.
If you’re in the market for a new desktop or laptop, it’s important that you realize not all used computers being resold by the manufacturer have defects or have been used before being returned. As mentioned previously, some are simply the result of canceled or downsized orders. However, regardless of the reason, the manufacturer is obligated to label these computers as refurbished, and once that label has been applied, they are completed inspected for defects and then liquidated at considerable discounts. This process actually benefits the would-be purchaser of these used computers, because they can rest easy knowing a trained professional has taken a second look at each refurbished machine and made sure it was functioning properly.
Purchasing refurbished or gently used computers from the manufacturer is a great idea, especially for small business owners, the self-employed and non-profits, which have big computing needs, but don’t have the equipment budgets to match. However, it is important to keep in mind that purchasing a used computer that has been refurbished or rebuilt does carry with it some risk, and unlike Dell and Gateway, not all sellers will include a warranty, many will only cover the machine for 90 days after purchase, and some offer even less. Remember, sellers on an online auction site are under no obligation to inform you of hidden problems with a used computer, nor compelled to answers your questions when you can’t get it to work at 3 a.m. That being said, be sure to steer clear of online auction sites when searching for refurbished electronics.
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