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Would you buy a refurb?

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
I've always been sceptical in the past over refurb items as the ones sold in shops like comet, currys etc always seem to be damaged or bits missing.
Due to lack of funds when I was after a Netbook (covered the cost in the end selling some broken stuff on ebay and one months Quidco) I went for a Zoostorm Netbook sold on ebay via the Argos-clearance store for £139 delivered (now dropped to £124 delivered). The box was a bit rough but all the items inside seemed unused and still had the plastic sticky sheets covering everthing, been using it now for over 3 weeks with no problems.
My Mom decided it was time she had a go at this internet thingy herself and liked the Netbook I had. Shopped around and got her the same Netbook refurb but from Halfcost for £116 delivered, again the box was a bit untidy but everthing inside looked unused and works a treat.
Next came 2 laptops, one for a friend and the other for an Uncle, this time from the Bargain Crazy refurb selection, cost £224 & £204 delivered. Again the boxes were a bit rough but everthing inside was new and unused.
All items came with 12 months warranty.
The reason I'm posting is just to say that at least from the above mentioned sites the word refurb seems to mean "damaged box". Maybe I was lucky but to order from 3 different sites and to get the same quality goods does not strike me as lucky.
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Apple Refurb and Fuji Refurb are the only 2 I have ever bought (Have had a few from both) both have been A1 condition with excellent warranty.

I would have thought Argos would be OK as their warranty policies are good anyway.

However Currys, Comet etc. their warranties on New Product are bad enough to get a result from.
banned#2
Bought a dell netbook refurb from dell outlet, was perfect, including box, i swear no-one had ever touched it
all items complete

bought a microsoft webcam refurb from some ebay seller, it was again perfect, not messed with, but no box or discs (easy online download for software)
#3
i (unknowingly - note to self, read terms and conditions!!) bought a refurb tv from halfcost, was in a battered box, and the product was a pile of rubbish, didn't work at all. Bought one from M&S instead. Maybe just a bad exp for me but wouldn't do it again from a company like that.
#4
I got a refurb TV from Halfcost it was unused still had the cellofane around the TV, ive also bought from Dell and many other places never had a problem so far
#5
I bought a top of the range refurb Tom Tom from an offer advertised on here, it is immaculate, saving around £150. First time I bought refurb, but would recommend Tom Tom
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RufusRabbit
I bought a top of the range refurb Tom Tom from an offer advertised on here, it is immaculate, saving around £150. First time I bought refurb, but would recommend Tom Tom


I have also heard the tomtom refurbs are good, possibly because they are direct from tomtom, will have to keep my eye out next time :thumbsup:
#7
I bought a refurb laptop for my daughter from Dixons, and two years later it is still working fine (touch wood).

I bought myself a brand new Dell laptop and after six months the battery had given up and it was running so slowly I wanted to throw it across the room.

I think you can get good and bad refurbs, the same way you get good and bad new stuff.

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