OK, are these refurbs going to be like new or…? I bought one once and it looked like it had just been through 4 years of college or used as a hockey puck. Sent it right back. For a while afterward, Woot did an explainer on these sales explaining what refurb vs. factory reconditioned meant. No longer. Really tempted to pull the trigger, but once bitten…
They do have returns on these so if they don’t look or run like you expect you can return them.
Here you go:
“Refurbished” covers everything from buyers’ remorse returns and products whose defects have been repaired by the pros to damaged packaging and discontinued items. If you can accept their checkered past, refurbs have a lot of love to give.
A “factory reconditioned” item was returned, inspected, and restored to fully working condition by the original manufacturer or a certified partner. And the original manufacturer stands behind it with a warranty. It’s as close to new as you can get without technically being “new”.