What You Need to Know Before Purchasing a Refurbished Computer

What You Need to Know Before Purchasing a Refurbished Computer

August 1, 2018

Buying refurbished can be a great way to save money. You may have heard some negative things about refurbished items, including refurbished computers, but those are usually over-exaggerations. Refurbished computers are systems that may have been returned for any number of reasons and can’t be sold as new, so they’re offered at discounted prices. One of the best ways to make sure everything is fine with your refurbished computer is to buy it from a respectable computer store in St. Charles County, MO like Computer Paramedic. Here are some of the things you should know before buying refurbished:

  • Compare prices: Buying refurbished is just like buying new. Don’t just buy—do some research. Make sure to compare specifications with brand new computers and see how the prices match up. This way you’ll be able to tell if you’re getting a steal or are just buying a refurbished machine at the new price. One rule of thumb is to set a price reduction target for refurbished machines. For example, a refurbished machine with similar specs should be about 20 percent less than the brand new one to make up for the extra potential risk of buying refurbished.
  • Check the testing: Sometimes refurbished machines will go through more testing than brand new machines. Ask about what the seller did to test the machine, whether there were any problems or issues and whether they were addressed. A respected computer store in St. Charles County, MO will happily tell you all about the work they did on the refurbished machine.
  • Read the fine print: Along with asking about testing, you’ll want to know about the seller’s warranty period. It should be as good as that of a new machine. You’ll want to make sure there are no clauses that would exclude a return. Make sure to know the seller’s return policy as well. If something goes wrong with the refurbished machine, you don’t want to be left out in the cold just because you didn’t double-check the fine print.
  • Know what you want: Think about what you’ll be using your computer for. If you’re not doing anything too intense, a refurbished machine may be perfect for you. It will save you money, and the chances you’ll run into any issues are lower. The more heavy-duty CPU usage you need, the more research you’ll want to do on the refurbished machines. You want to make sure that buying refurbished is a money-saver compared to buying new. That means doing a lot more comparing of specifications and prices before making a purchase.

Computer Paramedic started in our owner’s truck with one customer more than 20 years ago. Today, we’re a well-respected and locally owned computer store in St. Charles County, MO. We can help with any questions you may have when it comes to refurbished machines. Give us a call and our professional technicians can answer any questions you may have and possibly set you up with just the computer system you’re looking for.

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