Debunking 5 Myths About Refurbished Computers

Whether you’re a student, a professional or a retiree, there is a refurbished computer out there that is budget-friendly and will give you the performance you need. However, there are many myths and misconceptions about refurbished computers. These myths lead to people spending more money than they need to on a computer that exceeds their everyday needs.

In this blog, we share some of the myths and misconceptions about refurbished computers and we explain why they are not true.

1. Refurbished computers are slow

This is a myth.

Before shipping a computer to you, the team at Refurbit refurbishes them to “like new” status. This process involves checking, reconditioning, and cleaning the computer so it runs well.

2. The technology is outdated

Every computer that comes through Refurbit has the latest compatible Microsoft operating system installed. Moreover, many computers that we sell aren’t old. While technology changes and upgrades are frequently available, the vast majority of users will experience no downfalls to purchasing a computer with “outdated” technology.

The Economic Times put it best when they wrote:

“One has to understand the difference between having the latest configuration and utilizing all the features of that configuration. How many people really use a device to its full capabilities? Negligible! A majority of people use laptops and desktops for just checking mail, developing documents in MS Word and Excel, and, of course, web browsing.”

3. They are more likely to break down

A refurbished computer will last just as long as a new computer if it’s taken care of. We ensure everything about the computer's operation is in top form before it gets to you, and if it’s not, we fix it.

Yes, it is possible that some refurbished computers might have minor scratches but that will not affect the longevity of your device.

4. It's better to buy new

We beg to differ:

  1. Refurbished computers save you money
  2. Refurbished computers are better for the environment

You’ll save money with a refurbished computer, and we frequently have sales on our products that can range from 10% off to 40% off. These sales are on top of prices that are already reduced because the models are not brand new!

There are also environmental benefits to refurbished computers; you can prevent new parts from having to be manufactured and you can avoid sending products to landfills. Humans produce 40 million tons of electronic waste every year. Read about the environmental costs of new technology in our blog.

5. They are defective or returned

The majority of computers that we purchase come from schools or are off-lease from corporations. The technology in these machines is typically only one to three years old. In some cases, it’s less than a year old.

If you have any further questions about refurbished computers or the myths we reviewed above, don’t hesitate to reach out to Refurbit for more information.


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