When buying a new device, no matter if it is a TV, smartphone, or home appliance, there are a lot of nuances and ways to save money. You might come across the terms refurbished and renewed in your search for the best price. However, not all users understand what that means.
They are two similar terms that are different. In the first case, it would be a repaired device. The second case is a used device that was “embellished” and added all the broken parts or accessories.
What is a Refurbished device?
A refurbished device, as its name implies, is a device that was broken or had a factory defect and was refurbished. In the case of such a device, you have to pay attention to who is selling it.
If a refurbished device is sold on the site of its manufacturer, then it is the best deal, most likely, it has not passed the final tests, or it was returned under warranty. If the manufacturer does the refurbishment, the device has passed all the tests, and the warranty will cover it. This is an excellent way to save money.
On the other hand, if the refurbished device is sold by a third-party seller or a chain store, you should be on your guard. It would help if you started by asking several mandatory questions. For example, is the device new or has it been used, who refurbished it, and what warranty is it covered by? If there is no warranty on it, I would not advise you to consider such an offer for purchase.
What is a Renewed device?
If you have noticed the inscription renewed near the coveted device at an attractive price on the counter, do not hurry to reach into the wallet and part with your money. First, let’s be clear about what a renewed device is and how it differs from a refurbished one.
A renewed device is a used device that has been repurchased by the seller and “renewed” it. That means it was cleaned of dust and dirt, replaced with non-functioning parts, and packed in the original box or another box if there is no original box. It also usually comes with all the wires and chargers that a new device should have.
However, you should always pay attention to its appearance and internal indicators. Often such devices come with scuffs or incomplete batteries. You should also ask before buying how long it has been used, whether any parts have been replaced, and whether the seller is willing to give this device any warranty.
What you should buy: refurbished or renewed.
If we talk about what device you should buy, then it all depends on your budget and the purpose for which you buy it. If you need a simple smartphone for your kid or for making calls at work, you can save a lot of money and buy a renewed device. They are usually cheaper than refurbished ones, but you must make different compromises.
If you’re willing to shell out a little more money, you’re better off with a refurbished device. Especially if the manufacturer remanufactures it. That way, you can be sure it won’t break again tomorrow, and comes with a warranty covering all contingencies.
I would advise you to always look for remanufactured devices from the manufacturer. It’s the surest way to get an inexpensive device. Otherwise, you get a “Schrodinger’s Cat,” and you don’t know if your device will break tomorrow or not.