Many of us tend to buy brand new products. But, is that even necessary? We are offering refurbished electronics that are often the same (or a bit lower quality) as the brand new one. However, refurbished products are often much cheaper. A refurbished device is a product that was either pre-owned or used as a display model. Refurbished products are returned to working condition and sold for a reduced price. Sometimes they are called refurbed, reconditioned, or remanufactured. Refurbished products are different from used products because they are sold by professional refurbishers from whom you can expect top-notch quality. On this “Scale of happiness,” you can see that refurbished products are close to the experience of buying new. Every refurbished product comes with a warranty and a reduced price. More importantly, buying refurbished is a responsible way to consume electronic goods. Repurposing pre-owned devices means that no more electronic waste is created on your behalf.
There are two main differences between a new device and a refurbished product: price and cosmetic condition.
Price difference between new and refurbished devices
The main difference between a new and a refurbished product is its price (up to 90% cheaper). Refurbished Apple products are 100% functional, and all components work like new. A refurbished device was either pre-owned or used as a display item. However, refurbished products go through the same testing process as new devices do, so any defect is found and repaired, and any faulty part is replaced. They work as well as new products but have a discounted price because of their refurb tag. Cosmetic condition difference between new and refurbished devices
Aside from price, a possible difference between new and refurbished products is their cosmetic condition. Note that this solely concerns the cosmetic appearance of the device since a refurb is thoroughly cleaned. There are 3 levels of refurbished cosmetic condition you can choose from: Grade A (Excellent), Grade B (Good), and Grade C (Fair). Depending on your choice, you will get a more or less perfect-looking device.
Did you know?
If your new Apple device breaks and Apple gives you a replacement, you’re getting a refurbished device. That’s right; you literally can’t tell the difference between new and refurb in this case. Apple refurbishes its own products and classes them as excellent (Grade A).