I recently moved into a new place in the lovely city of Charlotte, NC. Great place in a nice neighborhood with two of my best buds from high school. Anyway, the house didn’t have internet access so we had to have the local provider come and install a network. Although we requested wireless they hooked us up with a wired package (what is this 1999). I didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle of calling customer service to have them come back out there (we have DirectTV so everytime you call they try to upsell you to their cable package).
So we decided ef it, well just get our own wireless router. I was looking around a bit and the best deal I could find was one for about 50 bucks. My roommate was looking around though and came across a refurbished router for $30 on ebay. I’ve always been a bit skeptical about buying re-packaged
products, especially online, but I must say I couldn’t be more pleased with its performance. It looks brand spankin new, and so far it’s been working great with a strong signal.
Refurbished electronics are a great option, and I’ll never buy a new gadget without browsing around for refurbs first. The standards for selling refurbished products are reliable, and the performance is always going to be good-as-new, as long as you’re buying from a trusted source. The products are usually tested and certified by professionals, re-packaged, then sold at a much lower price; with nothing wrong with them, they were simply returned by the customer because of a change of heart. The only disadvantage you might have to worry about is minor cosmetic damage that doesn’t affect performance at all.
So next time you’re in the market for a new electronic, snoop around for refurbs first. There are a number of trusted online retailers that specialize in selling refurbished products, and retailers such as Best Buy have refurbs as well.