questionswhat types of electronics would you/wouldn't you…

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It would probably depend on the warranty. If none, then it would just depend on cost. If there is a decent warranty with it (like a "certified" used electronic) then I don't know if there isn't any I wouldn't buy.

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I've bought all kinds of electronics stuff refurbished and will likely continue to do so. I think refurbished tends to get a bad rap because folks tend to figure it was "broken" to begin with. Sometimes that's true. I find it's safer for my brainspan not to ask too many questions and get a good warranty regardless.

But yeah, all about the warranty.

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Depends on the item and the refurbishing. Sometimes refurbished can mean that it's basically new, but with some original components. Other times, refurbished can mean they cleaned someone's sticky fingerprints off of it and made sure it still works, but it's really a used item. Especially with portable electronics, I generally make sure that the refurbishing process includes a new battery, since they tend to lose capacity over time.

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I'd say it depends on the warranty as well. Also who refurbished it; if it's factory recertified or was refurbished by a large well-known company, I'm more likely to trust it. TVs and laptops I'd be more likely to trust, but hard drives, probably not so much.

I guess it also depends on the particular product itself. If it was a model/ item that was prone to failure, I'd rather just get a new model. A PS3 for example, I'd rather get a new one and just deal with losing my PS2 backwards compatibility because I know that those older models are more prone to the YLOD. But if I see a refurb TV online and I can't find anything wrong with said model, then chances are a refurb is a good buy.

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Both of my TV's 47" and 32" are Woot refurbs, no dead pixels or any issues.
So I would definitely consider buying TV's refurbed.

Electronic devices I would not want refurbished would probably include a Hitachi Magic Wand or Digital Camera because the shutters on those things are extremely delicate and you don't know where they've been or what has been in them. .

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Factory refurb with a good warranty - no qualms.
Third party refurb with a good warranty - I'll think it over.
Factory refurb with a short warranty - questionable.
Third party refurb with a short warranty - not likely.
Any refurb with a 30-day or less warranty - RUN AWAY!

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I was told that refurbished equipment gets more quality control checks than a new item coming off the line. I'm not sure if that's true or not......

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Three words..

Refurbished electric toothbrush...

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Darn it someone already said about the wand :(

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@darkinc: LOL. And that's something to never buy refurbished! Just pick one up at a garagesale, Much cheaper :-)

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@ryanwb: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Manufacturer refurbed tend to have better QC; in some cases, they've proven to be more reliable.

My experience with third party, not so much. Does it turn on? - OK, it passes.

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As long as the warranty is decent, I'll buy almost any electronic device refurbished.

My Blu-Ray player was refurbished, my Dell laptop was refurbished, I have two 1TB hard drives that are refurbished, 320GB hard drive that is refurbished (I am actually the third owner, it is about 7 years old), and a bunch of other stuff.

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Refurbished products are the same as new products. After years of buying crap I've found that a brand new product is more likely to have problems than a refurb. Think about it, it went back to the factory and was thoroughly looked over, you can't say that about a new product.

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Hard drives.
Drops mic, walks off stage and waits for people to agree.

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I am cautious about things that tend to have a limiting factor on their shelf life, such as:

Things with non-replaceable batteries
Hard drives (either sensitive to shocks and you don't know if it's had any on the spinny ones, and limited number of rewrites on SSDs) - this I would never do since my data is important to me!
TVs

But if the price is right, why not? I have a refurb Sansa MP3 player and a refurb steam mop that work great at half the price.

Also, proceed with caution if it's a gift - I don't like to give "used" (and possibly scratched) gifts, but may not have a problem with something refurb for myself.

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I've had nothing but good luck with my refurbs, that being said after seeing the circus they're making my friend go through to get his refurbished TV going again, i would advise against refurbished big screens. If the price is right just remember its ludicrously expensive to send em in for fixing, or you can go the cheap route and wait for a certified tech in the area to take on your case. (which to date still hasn't fixed the TV and its nearing the 4 month mark...)

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The eTime Home Endoscope

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@caffeine_dude: I have 8 refurb hard drives that have been running in a home server for about 7 years. That's in addition to a bunch of other refurbs I have in various devices that all work great.

Every hard drive failure I've had has been a drive I bought new.

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@j5: I'm a little miffed that I didn't know about it till now. I love that it's USB. Maybe it can be modified to be "launched" with a Dream Cheeky Circus Cannon?

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@j5: Refurbed suggests possibly Used and how do you know where a Used Endoscope has been....

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I'd have a problem purchasing refurbished earbuds, and maybe a rotary nose hair trimmer.

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@hobbitss: I got that part, what I wanted to know is why @dmaz is looking for a home endoscope.

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2 things I won't buy refurbished are an electric toothbrush and earbuds. Both are just...eww!!!

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I would not buy a refurbed ummmmm....how do I put this.... "personal massager".