The Ultimate Guide To Buying Refurbished Phones, Laptops, iPads & Wearables
In this guide, we’ll outline everything you need to know about refurbished tech. Whether you’re looking for an iPhone, a laptop, a MacBook or iMac, or even an Apple Watch or a pair of headphones, this guide will cover all the bases…
What Does Refurbished Actually Mean?
Refurbished tech is NOT the same as “used” tech – in fact, it is completely different.
With refurbished tech, say, an iPhone, you’re getting a phone that has been checked and serviced by a professional company. It will look and function as good as new. With used, you DO NOT get this.
Refurbished Macs and iMacs are great. Here’s everything you need to know about buying one
A detailed guide on the INS and OUTS of buying refurbished Samsung phones.
Want to pay less for an Apple Watch? Here’s a quick guide on what to look for when buying a refurbished Apple Watch.
Best Place To Buy Refurbished Phones?
Apple’s iPads are the de facto choice for millions of users. But they’re not exactly cheap, especially its Pro models…
But because iPads are built to last, there really is no harm in buying an older, refurbished model. I have an iPad that is six years old now, and it still works as good as new. If you buy a refurbished iPad Pro model, you’re going to be set for years to come (and save a bunch of money in the process)
Refurbished iMacs & MacBooks
Everybody knows MacBooks and iMacs last FOREVER. But not everybody knows about the benefits of buying them refurbished…
When you’re talking about savings of potentially 40%, the numbers quickly add up. Buying a refurbished MacBook or iMac is a great idea for anyone that wants in on Apple’s ecosystem but cannot afford to drop thousands of dollars on a new machine.
I’ve bought multiple refurbished iMacs and MacBooks over the years and they have all been great. Check out my full guide on how to buy refurbished iMacs and MacBooks for less.
Refurbished Samsung Phones
Like iPhones, Samsung’s flagship phones are expensive. But if you buy slightly older models you could save a packet…
Samsung’s flagship phones are hardware monsters. They pack in tons of innovative tech and specifications – way more than the average user will ever need. If you cannot afford a new Samsung phone, pick up one of its older models – the Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy S10 – instead. You will save a fortune and still get that all-important flagship experience.
I’ve bought multiple refurbished iPhones and Macs over the years – it’s saved me a fortune!
Richard Goodwin, KnowYourMobile Editor/Publisher
Refurbished Tech FAQ
Still got questions about refurbished tech? Here’s the six most commonly asked questions about refurbished tech, complete with detailed answers
Is Refurbished Like New?
It depends. You can buy different grades of quality, so if you pay a little extra you can get a refurbished phone that looks as good as new. If you want to save more, go with a model with a few cosmetic bumps and scuffs
Is Refurbished Better Than Used?
Yes, refurbished is 100% better than used. With refurbished, you’re getting a product that has been tested and, if necessary, fixed before being resold. You also get a warranty and a 30-day returns policy too.
Is Amazon Refurbished Good?
Amazon Renewed, as it is known, is a great place to buy refurbished tech – it does everything from phones to smartwatches and tablets and computers.
Is It OK To Buy Refurbished Tech?
Yes, it is completely fine to buy refurbished tech! As noted above, I have bought multiple refurbished iPhones and Macs over the years. If you pay a little extra, they look and function as good as new. Literally no one will be able to tell the phone (or Mac) is not brand new.
Is Apple Refurbished Good?
Apple’s refurbished program is great but it is fairly limited compared to places like Gazelle.
Is It Best To Buy Refurbished iPhone or Android Phone?
Personally, I always buy refurbished iPhones and the reason is simple: Apple’s support is brilliant – you’ll get iOS updates for seven to eight years. With Android, you’re lucky if you get two major updates