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by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) April 29, 2011 3:50 PM PDT

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Refurbished or recertified electronics safe to buy?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 4/29/11 3:50 PM

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Refurbished or recertified electronics safe to buy?


I am wondering about refurbished or recertified products that can be found on Web sites like eCost.com and many others. Sometimes they have really great deals on products, but most of the products are noted as refurbished or recertified and do not carry the same manufacturer warranty as new ones.

Does this mean that the products are taken in from the original manufacturer and rebuilt to be like new again, or are they products that have been returned for reasons other than a defect? Are they safe to buy, and safe in the sense that if the company does not want to give them a full warranty, why should we trust the product? If you have bought refurbished or recertified electronics, what has been your experience? Any advice on this is appreciated. Thanks.

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Refurbished or recertified electronics safe to buy? --Submitted by: GrotonDad
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-10157_102-5124555.html

Depends on the product and who did the refurb --Submitted by: Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-10157_102-5124545.html

Refurbished, yes. Recertified, maybe --Submitted by: ben_myers
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-10157_102-5124266.html

Depends on the brand... --Submitted by: darrenforster99 -
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-10157_102-5124492.html

Refurbished Electronics --Submitted by: rcstan98
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-10157_102-5124325.html

Original Equipment Manufacturer's --Submitted by Chaos-Katie
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-10157_102-5125910.html

Certs refurb your mouth --Submitted by IronManCurtis
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-10157_102-5127213.html

Buying refurbished --Submitted by: chaslinux1
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-10157_102-5125014.html

My experience is no. --Submitted by: Zorched
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-10157_102-5124426.html

Thanks to all who contributed!

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