Is It Safe To Buy Refurbished Electronics?

You'r­e a student in need of a new computer. That old desktop you've had for three years is just too slow to keep up with the pace of progress. So, you're looking to buy, but you don’t have enough money to buy new. Then a friend recommends buying a refurbished computer. The obvious question that comes to your mind is: “Are they good?” If you’re looking to save money, refurbished electronics can be a great option, but the trick is making sure the product is genuinely refurbished. Because consumers have no way to determine the quality of replaced parts, it all comes down to finding a reputable company. Companies that sell refurbished goods often offer warranties and money-back guarantees. If neither of those is offered, steer clear. Look for a certified reseller, which are required to demonstrate compliance to industry standards. Certified resellers will replace defective parts with brand-new ones, while non-certified resellers might replace them with used parts. Be sure to look into the seller’s warranty plan. eBay’s Certified Refurbished products are protected for two years, using coverage provided by Allstate. Apple, Bose, Microsoft, and Samsung guarantee the refurbished items they sell for a full year, while Amazon and Best Buy offer warranties that are only good for 90 days. Finally, ask about the return policy. It might take you a little while to notice poor performance and defects in a refurbished product, so it helps to have at least 30 days to decide whether you want to keep it.