In today’s world, computers have moved from being a luxury item to becoming a necessity, but let’s be honest, every computer is out of date the moment you take it out of the box based on how fast technology is evolving. The latest and greatest today might not be so in a few weeks. This is why buying a refurbished computer is a great way to save some money on your next computer purchase.
I have purchased multiple refurbished computers over the years with no regrets (from Dell). Additionally, I have bought refurbished computers on the cheap and put that savings toward upgrading components such as the hard drive and memory.
Basically, certified refurbished (also known as reconditioned or remanufactured) computers are ones that have been returned to the manufacturer and have been retested, or in some cases rebuilt, to ensure that they meet the original factory specifications and are then repackaged. In many cases, these computers are ones that were from canceled orders or returned to the manufacturer unopened. Legally, these computer cannot be re-sold as new.
Occasionally, you will run across a refurbished computer with some noticeable cosmetic damage such as a scratch but nothing that would affect the performance of the computer. Computers with these conditions are sold as Scratch & Dent. Still a great value even though it might not be shiny and fresh from the factory.
The best place to buy a refurbished computer is straight from the manufacturer. When you purchase a refurbished computer directly from the manufacturer, you generally get the exact same hardware warranty as you would if you bought a brand new computer with the option to purchase additional support if you choose. You also have a return policy if you are not satisfied.
In today’s economy, it’s amazes me that people can easily accept buying a used car but are skeptical about buying a refurbished computer. Buying a refurbished computer is one of those rare bargains you can trust. Why? Because it comes from the manufacturer with a guarantee. So if something goes wrong, you’re covered. No hassles.
The links below will take you to the outlet store of several computer manufacturers that sell refurbished computers: