Refurbishment (electronics)

Refurbishment (electronics)

Refurbishment is the process of maintenance or minor repair of an item, either aesthetically or mechanically.

Computers and laptops that are refurbished usually means that it did not initially pass quality standards of the manufacturer. They then fix or recertify the unit and sell it at a discount price (Up to 30% off). In the US most carry a 30 day store warranty and 90 days with manufacturer.Fact|date=March 2008

Refurbished products cannot be sold as new products in the US, which is why they are relabeled as refurbished units. Even if the item looks new or is resealed by the factory, it still classifies as a refurbished product. Refurbished items may have scratches, dents or other forms of cosmetic damage which do not affect the performance of the unit. []

Open-box, returned and/or repaired electronics of all kinds are frequently sold as refurbished, almost always with a guarantee of functionality and at a small discount. Refurbishment is especially common with more expensive types of electronics such as video game consoles and computer monitors, likely because these items have relatively high return rates (attributed to a combination of buyer's remorse and the fact that categories of electronics have a direct cost-to-complexity relationship; complex gadgets are more likely than simpler ones to have one or two defective components) and benefit more, sales-wise, from price-proportional discounts than cheaper items.

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