Millions of Apple products are sold each year, so it only stands to reason that the Apple brand would be included in the wide range of electronics that are sold as refurbished. All types of electronics can now be purchased in refurbished condition. What does this mean exactly? And would it be considered wise to purchase an Apple product that has been refurbished and put back on the market? The answers may surprise you.
The definition of refurbish is as follows, “to make neat, clean, or complete, as by renovating, re-equipping, or restoring”. This is an excellent description of what a refurbished product is. With regards to Apple products, your main concern should be that the task of refurbishment was actually completed by a reliable source who was qualified to do so, and not just some Average Joe who is working out of his parent’s basement. This is not to say that Joe cannot get the job done, but instead that there are no guarantees associated with Joe’s work.
“Apple Certified Refurbished” is what you want to see when purchasing these products. Apple itself does sell these products on their website. Orders can be placed online, or by calling Apple customer service. At this time, products such as the iMac, MacBook, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and more are available. To view the details of each, visit the Apple shop. Prices are also clearly listed, but quantities may be limited. All Apple refurbished products and include a 1-year warranty, a fact which should offer some peace of mind to those who thought that only new products offered this.
One of the main benefits of purchasing Apple Certified Refurbished products is the price. There is plenty of money to be saved by opting to purchase products that are not exactly new, but can be just as good as new. Considering that when these products come from Apple, they include original packaging and a warranty, any savings from the retail price is a good thing. On the site, shoppers can save 20% or more, and when purchased elsewhere online, the savings may be even more substantial.
As great as refurbished products can be, there will always be some who just prefer new. To each his (or her) own, of course, but for all others who appreciate a good discount, certified refurbished products are an excellent option. For Apple products specifically, there will be a warranty, and any problems occurring within the first year will be taken care of at no cost to the purchaser.