There’s no denying that buying new technology can be expensive. However, getting your hands on high quality products doesn’t always have to break the bank.
If you’re looking for value for money, one of the best solutions is to buy refurbished items. While many may turn their nose up at buying second-hand items, the majority of the time, there is virtually no difference between a brand new product and its refurbished counterpart.
Luckily, there are now plenty of companies that offer affordable, refurbished versions of their new products. Technology specialists such as Symec for example, offer a variety of quality products that have been expertly refurbished to the highest standard. When buying second hand, make sure to always choose a reputable company as otherwise you could run into problems in the future should there be something wrong with the product.
If you are thinking about buying a refurbished piece of technology, there are a few things you will need to consider beforehand to ensure you are getting a good deal. Here’s what you need to know:
Check the new product first
Rather than diving right in and buying a refurbished product, it is always worth taking a look at the new version first. Do your research and check to see whether the refurbished item has all the same design features as the new product to ensure you know what you are getting. Occasionally, refurbished products will include different, sometimes more advanced, parts than the original model, so it’s always worth making the comparison. It’s a good idea to shop around to see what different versions are available.
For peace of mind, it is also worth checking whether the refurbished product comes with a guarantee or warranty. Should anything go wrong after you have purchased it, having full cover will ensure that you don’t lose out on any money. Most retailers will have a range of different guarantees and warranties which can be chosen according to the specific product.
Check what`s included in the price
Check what additional services are included in the price of your piece of technology. Will it need to be configured or set up in any way? Will the company do this for you and is it included in the price, or at an extra cost?
If you buy from a reliable source, most renovated items are just as efficient and reliable as a new model. Choosing refurbished technology is a great way to get your hands on new technology without the jaw-dropping price tag.
Main image adapted from a picture by Yoshinori Koseki @Flickr.