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How Does Refurbished Compare To New & Used?
Refurbished vs. New
New devices usually come directly from a factory’s production line to the store, and then to consumers. Many new devices often come with exclusive accessories and have a manufacturer’s warranty. In comparison, refurbished devices are not exactly new but may have new components due to a repair. Refurbished devices typically are inspected by professional technicians who work for a certified refurbished retailer. These technicians ensure that these refurbished devices are within a reasonable life-span in order to be repaired and recirculated into society. If the device checks out, then the technicians usually repair the damaged area of the device ensuring it works properly and then resales the device to consumers. Oh, did we fail to mention that refurbished devices come with warranties as well!
Refurbished vs. Used
Used devices are typically sourced directly from a customer and very seldom do they ever come from a certified retailer who can be trusted despite being sold on trusted platforms. Used devices tend to always come with wear and tear whether it may be cosmetic issues or default issues with the device’s batteries. Although used is typically cheaper, used is can come with undocumented issues and is in most cases are never backed with a warranty in case the device is defective. In comparison, refurbished devices tend to be a bit more expensive but consumers can always typically expect to receive some sort of warranty when buying refurbished. Customers tend to buy refurbished over used solely due to the fact that refurbished devices can be purchased from certified vendors who can reassure the customer that the device has been repaired. Even in cases that used devices have been repaired, the repairmen who perform the job aren't certified nor licensed to do so, hence lacking warranty.