Why Refurbished Netbooks Are the Best Cheapest Deals Ever

by Jay Bika on November 30, 2008 · 19 comments

in Netbook Buying Guide

For reasons beyond my comprehension very few consumers are not aware of refurbished netbook deals. It’s without a doubt, the best way possible to land a good deal on netbooks without the fear of them being sketchy.

If you already know what refurbished netbooks are and just want to know where to spot the killer and best deals, check out: Top 10 Places to Find Killer Deals on Refurbished Netbooks

I wrote about other ways to buying good and cheap netbooks but you either have to wait or scout the Internet and sometimes you may be getting an item that’s defective but the dishonest retailer won’t mention that!

Refurbished netbooks are what I recommend to most ultra portable mini computer shoppers out there. I recommend such deals not only because they’re cheap but because the netbooks have been thoroughly inspected to make sure that it works fine and dandy.

What is a refurbished netbook?

If you don’t know what a refurbished item is, here’s a quick explaination: sometimes items are returned and the manufacturer or retailer re-inspects them and fixes them if need be. By the time, the item hits the shelves again it’s good as new but for legal reasons cannot be marketed as such hence the refurbished label.

I say better than new because the netbook in our case will have been examined that it’s guaranteed to be in mint conditions. I remember buying a new computer many years ago and the hard drive was defective. I fought with the retailer before he issued me with a new one.

That’s because not all brand new products are checked at the assembly chain as it would be too expensive. Manufacturers do random tests on every thousand netbook or so. If your netbook was the 90th and it’s broken, you’re in trouble if you cannot convincingly prove to the retailer that the mini-laptop was dead on arrival.

At least with refurbished netbooks, you know that they’re working fine and you still get a good guarantee that you won’t get if you buy a used netbook from an individual whose warranty has expired.

Where do you spot deals on refurbished netbooks?

The first place to visit is the manufacturer’s and retailer’s website. If a netbook is refurbished they will say so. The low price will be a giveaway anyway. I would also keep an eye on price comparisons websites and investigate the really cheap netbook prices. Chances are that they may be refurbished mini notebooks.

The best way is probably to hit Google and start your search with brand and model plus refurbished and see what comes up. If you find a good deal, jump on it! They fly out fast. I am always on the look out for deals at the Apple store and I have never been able to score an iPod deal because within seconds, they are over!

Now that you know all about refurbished netbooks, go out there and start the shopping process. Please share your experience in the comments’ section below if you have already bought a refurbished netbook and we’d like to hear your experiences good or bad.

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1 Aric Holland December 23, 2008 at 1:50 am

Jay,

You are awesome! Hopefully consumers this holiday season will shop smart, and buy the refurbished route!

Aric Holland
On Demand Programmers Of America
http://www.odpoa.com

2 Allan July 15, 2009 at 1:43 am

You left out that you get only a marginal warranty with a refurbished netbook. It’s not a full warranty as you would get on a regular one.

3 keith August 7, 2009 at 1:31 am

almost a year ago, I got an iPod Touch 8gb refurb. for only $200

it was great, and just like new since they put a new casing on it, but it did come in a different box.

i got a dead strip on it unfortunately, so i sent it to apple under warranty and they just sent me a new one.

my apple story…

i am very inclined to buy a refurb. netbook though from dell. They have some of the best deals I’ve seen, and dell is my probably my favorite computer company besides apple.

4 keith August 7, 2009 at 1:34 am

oh, great write up too.

i was kinda wondering if refurbished was the route to go, since the low prices made me think there is something wrong, but reading this changes my mind. I will probably soon buy a dell netbook refurbished.

if you look at amazon.com, the refurbished netbooks are cheaper than used ones, and that made it sound too good to be true.. hopefully not.

5 Brian September 6, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I went through a faze when I was buying a lot of refurbs from sites like NewEgg and I would say about 90% of them had unresolved issues that were intermittent.

Since they were refurbs I could not return them either. I still believe you can get a great deal but you need to research before you buy. Make sure you know (atleast) the leading cuase of errors other consumers reported when returning their machines.

Definitely DO NOT buy noise canceling head phones or similar technology that is relatively new (the generic circuitry is anyway) or if the products are being returned for unknown / intermittent issues. If a tech gets their hands on a machine that seems to work do you think they will spend all day to track down a faulty diode that occasionally kills the internal memory and causes the machine to crash. Not when he has to fix 60 machines a day or be fired.

I just want to say refurb machines are not the answer to all your dreams. DO NOT buy it for a mission critical use or if you are about to go on a trip through Europe and need something to write your blog on the road because if you do have an unfixed error you will be lugging around a small sleek plastic brick until you get home and are able to return it. In the hopes that the next refurb is really fixed - and yes I have returned a refurb lemon to recieve a refurb lemon.

It was the last straw for me. I buy only new now and if it is something I think I NEED (like my mp3 player when I am on a trip) I get a warranty and might even try to pick it up at a nation wide store that will exchange it - in what ever city I happen to break down in.

6 Ed September 6, 2009 at 8:55 pm

All you really need to do is make sure you research before you buy. Find a good product (which this one obviously is) and a good vendor with good return policies.

Thanks for the idea. I have been wanting to buy my wife one but could not justify a new one if she does not use it. This is the perfect middle ground.

7 Netbook Pro September 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

@Brian

I think your problem is with Newegg.com not with refurbished items. If you had researched refurbished laptops properly, you would have found out that there are stores that offer the full manufacturers warranty (contrary to what Allan mentioned). On top of that, it pays to go with a trusted brand like Toshiba or Asus. If you went out and bought a refurbished Acer on the other hand then i can imagine why you’ve become a disgruntled customer.

8 Smidgen PC October 7, 2009 at 12:49 am

Refurbished netbooks aren’t always roses and sunshine. In particular I’d be wary of general dents and scratches, dead pixels, and the like. Really the refurb is only as good as the source. Some places back up their refurbs - some don’t.

9 Alex November 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I’ve baught refurbished stuff before, like a 1TB hard drive from Wester Digital… Actually two of them in that particular case, both worked fine and I still own them and they’re still kicking. Like others have stated, consider the source. Refurbs are not bad and you just need to do your homework before you jump the gun. Happy booking!

10 Steve December 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Refurbished is always and unknown. The warranty is usually short. The issue that cause the previous return on the device you are purchasing is unknown to you, it could have been a simple fix or an intermittened problem that didn’t reoccur for the technician inspecting the device. There is a reason that these devices are lower cost than an original. As stated in the comments above make sure the savings justifies the risk….

11 BigBoy March 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

I agree that refurbished are good buys, if and only if, they are re-manufactured by the original manufacturer.

I’ve bought playstation system from Gamestop (EB games). They re-manufactured Sony Playstation, by having some tech fix them. The system last longer than 90 days, but after that it craped out. I can’t even sell it back as a used system to them because they said the seal is broken. They were the one that broke the seal and they won’t honor what they do.

12 Huey Kehl June 16, 2010 at 4:30 am

I agree. Refurbished are good buys because most of them are as good as new.

13 Suki July 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

Bought a refurbished netbook from LAPTOPSDIRECT.com and the hard drive was broken. Apparently they sell lots of refurbs but a little reaesrch will show you the complaints from customers. I would disagree with this article and advice you steer clear of them.

14 Leroy Lee July 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

I too bought from laptopsdirect and the hard drive was broken. Been a nightmare getting refund too. Still waiting. I agree you should buy new, peace of mind and warranty with a reputable company.

15 Jay Bika July 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

@Suki and @Leroy: The problem in your case was not the purchase of a refurbished netbook but the purchase of an item from a seemingly questionable company (I don’t now LaptopsDirect.com and will not comment on their business).

Even if you had to purchase a spanking brand new computer from a company that seems untrustworthy your unfortunate predicament would be the same unfrotunately.

How about trying to buy refurbs from solid retailers?

16 rj November 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Your first line makes little sense.

“For reasons beyond my comprehension very few consumers are not aware of refurbished netbook deals.”

It that were the case, why develop a blog lauding the benefits of refurbs?

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