If you are in the market for some new computers or devices for your business, you may be considering buying refurbished or off-lease models. These can be tempting options, as they offer significant savings over buying brand new models. However, there are a few things to consider before making your purchase. In this blog post, we will discuss the pros and cons of refurbished devices for businesses.
First, let’s define “refurbished.” Refurbished means that the device has been used before and then restored to working order. This can be done by the manufacturer, an authorized repair center, or even the previous owner.
Why buy refurbished?
One of the biggest advantages of refurbished devices is that they are significantly cheaper than buying new. This can be a great option for businesses on a tight budget. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when considering this option.
First, refurbished devices may not come with a warranty, so if something goes wrong, you will be responsible for the repair costs. If they do come with a warranty, it’s typically shorter than a warranty for a new device.
Second, refurbished devices may not have the same features or performance as a new model. Sometimes, hardware is changed or adjusted, reducing the refurbished device’s overall capabilities.
Finally, refurbished devices may not be compatible with your current software or hardware. Be sure to thoroughly vet your potential purchases’ system specs against your software or hardware’s system requirements.
Does refurbished just mean used?
No, not quite. “Used” and “refurbished” are not interchangeable terms. Used means that the device was owned by someone else and then resold. Refurbished means that the device was used before, but it has been restored to working order – sometimes by the manufacturer.
Overall, buying refurbished devices can be a great way to save money on your business expenses. However, it is important to do your research and make sure that you are getting a quality product.
Refurbished devices don’t always have a place in your computer fleet and we certainly wouldn’t recommend refurbished devices for mission-critical roles. But, they can help fill a need when it comes to saving money on your business expenses.
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