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What Does “Refurbished” Device Really Mean?

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Don’t you feel something amiss if you haven’t looked at your mobile phone in a while? FOMO or not, the fact remains that phones are probably the closest friend you have. In terms of physical proximity, of course! From a makeshift mirror to portable location finder, the ubiquitous smart phone is as versatile as a Swiss Army Knife. It has taken the awkwardness out of starting a conversation with a stranger (hooray for text messaging!) and made window shopping possible without the need for being anywhere near one!

That said, the latest smartphones don’t exactly come cheap. If you’re not as blessed with financial abundance as you’d like to be and yet have an insatiable appetite for the latest smartphone, refurbished or used ones fit the bill perfectly. You might even save enough for a quiet dinner for two!

Not just smartphones, a whole galaxy of devices- tablets, computers, laptops, cameras, and TVs- are available at steep discounts with authorized resellers and brand outlets. If there was ever a superhero who saved refurbished devices and found them new homes, this is it! Technical faults apart, digital devices returned by customers as part of a buy-back program run by the manufacturer are also considered refurbished.  Exchange offers that swap older devices for new ones are an example of buy-back program.

Why are refurbished devices worth your money?   

Unlike used devices brought from third party retailers, refurbished ones are checked by the manufacturer and restored to full working capacity. They are also covered under manufacturer’s warranty which makes them a safe buy. In terms of durability and quality support, a refurbished device is much better value for money than others.

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In terms of performance, refurbished devices, phones for example, can handily compete with their store- brought cousins. This is because manufacturers test and certify them for screen responsiveness, battery performance, audio quality, Wi-Fi connectivity and other parameters.

What’s the catch?

Good question. If you’re revving up your engines to buy a refurbished device, there’s one little thing to keep in mind: the source. Buy only from brand outlets or authorized resellers. If you buy refurbished devices with dubious antecedents, you may be putting yourself at risk.

What do I need to know before buying refurbished devices?

To get the best bargain and identify pitfalls, read reviews from other buyers regarding quality issues. One of the biggest sticking points with refurbished devices can be a limited warranty or returns policy. Put your phone through a thorough stress test to make sure that you can identify any performance issues as early as possible.

What next?

If you’re taste in gadgets is fickle, buying a refurbished phone makes better sense. From the cost and performance perspective, refurbished phones are user friendly. If a new device with better specifications comes along, you may be able to justify another impulse buy to your significant other. If not, you would still be considered technologically up to date. That your device is, in fact a refurbished device, can be your very own secret!

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