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How risky is buying commercially available refurbished computers?

How risky is buying commercially available refurbished computers?
Considering buying a refurbished Hewlett Packard Pavilion Slimline computer. Beyond cosmetic considerations, do refurbished computers come with the same waranty as new? Do they appear to have similar lifespans? Are they a good deal or am I begging for trouble?

Answer by Linux OS
They usually come with a 30-day guarantee. You should be fine.


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  1. anonymous x
    January 8, 2011 at 6:06 am

    its not that risky, the warranty depends on the manufacturer
    usually people return computers because of the performance, there is usually nothing wrong, and if there is, the problems fixed or it wouldn’t be sold

  2. pender2112
    January 8, 2011 at 6:49 am

    The standard warranty is usually 90 days instead of one year. You can buy an extended warranty though. The value is generally much better than a new computer.

    Life spans are difficult to compare because it depends on a lot of things. As long as the power supply is good and not damaged, the computer should function normally. A lot of refurbished computers are the ones that fell off the shelf, even though they are packed really well with Styrofoam and are inspected by a manufacturer’s technician afterwards, the components can still be damaged by the shock.

  3. Serenity
    January 8, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Refurbished machines are decent, not a bad option for anyone on a budget or just not wishing to spend the outragious sums the “new” systems command these days. If more folks bought refurbished, new prices would go down.

    Anyway, I buy a lot of refurbished items. Sometimes “refurbished” can mean brand new. If a system is returned, even if it was never removed from the box, it is considered “used” and must be sold as refurbished. I have bought systems which the plastic wrapping and related seals where never broken. One of my best “refurbished” deals was two super Bose entertainment systems. While one had been opened, it was in brand new condition, but the other had never been out of its box. I bought both units for what I would have had to pay for one new unit. These units bring us much joy on a daily basis.

    While it is true the original waranty is less than on a new system, buy the extended warranty. Extended warranties are well worth the money paid for them. I have returned machines well past the original warranty date, on into the extended warranty, and with a bit of fuss have had it exchanged.

    The thing is this: once past the original warranty, the system is not really replacable with the same model. When replacing a system you usually wind up with an upgraded machine. But, you have to do a bit of haggling, and don’t be afraid of doing that because otherwise you would get taken for a ride. Do *not* agree to any “restocking” fees when taking it back to a store you walk into. However, if you buy Online, you may have to pay that fee, and it can be up to 15% of the purchase price, regardless of whether it was opened.

    The bottom line is if you are carefull and choose wisely you can get awsome deals with “refurbished” items. The major items to avoid with refurbish is televisions and other fragile items.

    I simply encourage the purchase of an extended waranty. Good luck and much success with your purchase, please have a nice day.

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