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A certainty with refurbished is that it is never a perfect brand new product.

They are usually customer returns, repaired merchandise, scratched items, or even damaged boxes. Warranties on refurbished units are usually for a shorter term than a new one.

The extent the sellers go through to refurbish them vary. Some just sell them exactly as they are. Others will take the effort to test every unit and to bring them back to factory specifications.


I once found a nice write up on dyson refurbs from maybe kohl's or ?????? I did post it under woot offering once or twice. It explained exactly what they do --or are suppose to do ;-) to refurb one of their items.
I think if you do a little digging for the specific product, you might find what you are looking for.

Frankly, I was impressed w/ the write up on dyson refurbs. Sometimes I think the refurbs have been gone over well and might be better than a new one. Depends on what it is of course.


I have bought a lot of refurbs. Even the ones that appeared to have nothing done to them seemed to be worth the deep discount. One failure and I got my money back.


I'm a huge fan of refurbs for a long time and I'm laughing all the way to the bank. You wouldn't believe how much I've saved over the years in computers alone vs. full retail. (Shout out to Dell Outlet)

Off the top of my head I think the biggest distinction I make when buying a refurbished item is whether it was refurbished by the manufacturer or by the seller. This isn't always obvious but it is a piece of info you might see on ebay or newegg (I think).

Perhaps I give them too much credit, but I imagine the manufacturer having a decent supply of original parts (new or recovered and I ASSUME tested) to replace whatever might have been faulty plus people trained to properly replace the parts. I picture a "seller" (i.e. just some dude) in a dingy cellar just swapping out parts he found somewheres that will just get that device working long enough to unload it. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't buy a seller refurb...for a nice price, I'll roll the dice.


@justagigilo85: That looks like good info.

They made an excellent point about being wary of "as-is." Also, I think I like that tip about checking for the extended warranty being offered or not is interesting. I'll have to keep that in mind. Thanks.