So, to clarify “open box” in this context, does this mean it is NOT “refurbished,” as in when the 3rd-party people put sticky plastic covers on the top and keyboard frame, and even the touchpad. This being a particular sore topic I’ve discussed with Woot CS before (who have been very friendly and co-operative, but did inform me that often that is what “refurbished” means, whereas I assumed it meant “restored to near-new condition by cleaning or replacing as needed.” I did not assume it to mean putting sticky plastic sheets on all surfaces of a used laptop. So anyway hoping this ISN’T the case here because I might order one!
This one is a 3rd party refurbished computer. Each company refurbishes in a different manner and each laptop is a unique case as to how it will be refurbished.
OK Thanks for quick reply. I was hoping “open box” was different and I would be lucky and get a “box had the tape cut on it once but everything is like-new” (though I did not expect that to be likely…)
To me, the sticky-tape “refurbishment” just makes it a 3rd-rate, not just 3rd-party, product. If there’s anything you can do please tell them to “STOP THAT!” Both Dell Latitudes I bought had that miserable abuse perpetrated on them. I decided to keep them both and peel of the kitchen-contact-paper crap (you know landlords used to say “don’t put sticky paper on the shelves or you will lose your deposit!”). And now it happens with $1K Dell laptops (admittedly sold at half-original-price). laptops are fine and don’t even look scratched or dirty very much, except for some residual stickiness that still remains that I haven’t figured out how to clean yet.
I’ll pass on the feedback. It’s a fairly common practice though on refurbished computers.
Have you tried Goo Gone?