Are refurbished products reliable?

I’ve been hesitating for a whole day yesterday on that “Woot®  One Day, One Deal™” thing.

Here’s the product information:

HP Pavilion 17.3” Entertainment Laptop with Blu-ray

$599.99

+ $5 shipping

Condition: Refurbished

Product: 1 HP DV7-4165DX Laptop 17.3” HD LED, AMD Triple Core, 4GB, 640GB, Blu-Ray, 802.11n, Beats Audio, W7HP

Looks like a very good deal. Well almost… The problem is that I’m not so sure about this “refurbished” feature. I’ve never tried any refurbished stuff before. Are they really reliable? It really depends on luck, doesn’t it? To me, the word “refurbished” is kind of vague: is it used; returned; or broken, “fixed”, then resold stuff? Always feeling a bit paranoid when it comes to the idea of purchasing something “refurbished”…

So… Did a lot debating till nearly the end of the day, and finally gave up the idea after consulting some friends.

I’ll keep looking for a good one!! 😀

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2 thoughts on “Are refurbished products reliable?

  1. In my experience, it depends on several factors: 1) the company selling the item, 2) what kind of warranty comes with it 3) what kind of product it is and what’s the difference between a new one.

    I’ve seen a lot of companies that repackage returned and broken devices that never get sent back to the original manufacturer. I know some companies will sell refurbished items with the same warranty that a new one comes with, and that usually puts me a little more at ease. But if there is a large price difference, that always gives me an uneasy feeling.

    I think you may have just saved yourself some frustration down the road by not getting it. 🙂

  2. Hey Joe, thanks for your reply. 😀 Very comforting…
    And also, good to learn about these helpful factors from you. Cheers!

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