questionsrefurbished laptop, is it worth it?

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Depending on what refurbished means. If it was factory refurbished and they offer a warranty on the item, I don't see why not. Two of the three machines I've bought in the last year have been refurbs and they look and function just as well as a "new" item. Not to mention I saved almost $500 on the refurb laptop I bought.

If it's "refurbished" by the merchant, it's probably just slapped back in the box. No thanks.

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@ganzhimself: Thanks, this one is HP refurbished so it seems to be a good deal.

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I think the biggest downside is that generally a refurbished machine will come with a 90 day warranty versus a year on a new machine

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I got my wife an Acer refurb from Woot for Christmas. Other than the markings on the box, you'd never know it was a refurb: Everything boxed nicely, sticky plastic over parts of it (like a new one would have), etc. And definitely not any unusual stuff on the hard drive that would indicate someone had been using it...

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I have purchased a lot of refurb stuff, and always get a Squaretrade Warranty. Gives me peace of mind and normally a 1-2 year warranty.

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I love refurbs. That said, I would be cautious when looking at refurb computers because there are a lot on the market. Shop around if you're looking at something that's a year old or older. It might be an okay deal, or you might be able to buy much better technology for only slightly more money. If you're thinking of buying something that's still sold as new on the market vs. a refurb, I'd have no problem buying the refurb.