"Refurbished" covers a wide range of sins but the vast majority of 'refurbished' items like this come from 'buyers remorse' returns to online retailers (DSR/CSR stuff) or retail/catalogue overstock (aka TK Maxx's entire inventory :) ) No manufacturer actually refurbishes anything - they simply check all the bits are there, quickly test that they work and repack em (often in a plain box as in this case - which deters bulk resale by making their non-brand-new status more obvious) Ear Wax - possibly but I guarantee you've had "new" items from online retailers and stores which have previously been 'used' - a LOT of DSR/CSR returns are resold as 'new' - clothing in stores has been tried-on before - headphones have been demoed and so on End of the day - if the warranty is good and you feel the seller will honor it - why not?
People who buy these report getting brand new units.
These are great - I have a pair which I got for £60, so this is a decent price if you dont mind the dried sweat/ear wax etc.
Refurb as new? Does that mean all ear wax has been guaranteed to be scraped off it before reselling?