When buying refurbished through Apple, you typically can get a “new outer shell, new battery, new box, and you can get Apple Care insurance for it,” she said.
When it comes to buying cell phones, Worley recommends buying them no older than two years to ensure the hardware can handle the newer operating systems.
What about laptops?
Worley found a refurbished Chromebook for $356, 15% off its original price of $429. Despite this, she said there were not ample options for laptops if you are looking for something specific.
“It can be tough to find the exact specification you want because of limited quantities of refurbished [items],” Worley said.
What should you be cautious about when buying refurbished?
Make sure you are purchasing certified refurbished products and not items from resellers. Buyers should also look for a good warranty and return policy.
Worley does not recommend purchasing refurbished TVs due to the high possibility of the item getting damaged during shipping.
“It’s really difficult to protect TVs in packaging during shipping, so if it’s been shipped to the original consumer, shipped back to the vendor on the return, then shipped to the manufacturer for refurbishing and then shipped out to you. That’s four opportunities for the thing to get damaged,” Worley said.
Other items she does not recommend buying refurbished are printers and hard drives.
“People don’t return them for cosmetic defects or worn-out batteries. They were more likely to have a mechanical issue that caused them to be returned. I say buy those new or make sure they have really long warranties,” Worley said.
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