Should You Buy Refurbished Laptops?Dee
Refurbished laptops, are they the diamonds in the rough or the gift that keeps on taking? I was not a believer of refurbished laptops. As a matter of fact, I used to avoid them at all cost. I used to believe that new laptops are better, you know a safer bet…until I saw one of my friends struggling with her new laptop.
I have two friends who bought laptops at roughly the same time. One bought a refurbished, the other bought a new laptop of the same brand. The one who bought a refurbished laptop has been using their laptop seamlessly with no trouble but the one who bought a new laptop, their stories could never end. They have had to repair and replace parts of their laptop over and over again.
See, I share some of your fears when it comes to buying refurbished but I am slowly being converted to a believer. Refurbished laptops are good especially if you are looking for higher power at a cheaper cost. Buying a new laptop is pricey especially if you opt for the latest laptop upgrade. Consider the age of your laptop, if it’s a few years old, last year’s refurbished model will be a huge upgrade from what you have at a fraction of the price.
Buying refurbished is also better for the environment. We are all going green and buying refurbished is a step towards that. If you buy refurbished, it means that you are reusing old technology. Tons of e-waste (laptops, phones, tablets, electronic toys and other electronic devices) are disposed every year to support the need for the latest and greatest device update. Most of these devices are in good condition and when disposed, they may release toxins into the soil. Buying refurbished is a good way to prevent this and to keep our earth thriving.
Another pro is by the time you get to buying refurbished, there are tons of reviews online to help you make your mind. Additionally there is little to no possibility of being disappointed by the model as there will be a lot of ‘buzz’ around it. Making it easier to make an informed decision.
Just as with everything else, everything has two sides, the good and bad. On the flip side, refurbished laptops may not be consistent. Refurbishing computers is an art in itself not every seller has mastered the art. It is important to do your research. Talk to people, ask them about various refurbished laptops sellers. We at Hamjambo however, pride ourselves in providing the best quality laptops as efficiently as possible.
Another con is refurbished laptops have a shorter life span. This is however no big deal as we are always constantly upgrading our devices within the span of a year or two. For some users however, this is all it takes to convince them to buy new. It’s important to remember that portable devices may have been dropped or misused before being refurbished. It’s due to this, we can’t expect a refurb to last as long as a new one. Pay attention to the battery life, the battery may need to be replaced sooner on a used device.
Buying refurbished is always risky but in my opinion so is buying new. A refurb may end up working as good as a new laptop and a new laptop could end up being very disappointing. To buy new may seem safe but sometimes it’s not. If you are still not sure ask yourself these questions;
- Am I okay with replacing it sooner?
- If I buy a refurb, will I end up saving money in the long run?
- How important is getting the latest technology to me or my business?
- Do I mind a few imperfections?
- Is this a risk I’m willing to take?
Both options are a coin toss. Could be good or bad. Just do your research and trust your gut in the long run.