We’re generally wary of buying complex electronic equipment used – buy an iPhone on Craigslist and you won’t have any kind of warranty protection
save what you can buy from a third party. But there’s one big exception: a subset of used merchandise known as refurbished, which refers to devices that have been returned to the company, repaired and repackaged. Because it has been repaired by the company you can generally be assured it’s as good as new, and is almost always covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
We recommended buying refurbished smartphones earlier this month in our Get It for Less feature on phones
, noting that you can get the new iPhone 4S at a $50 discount by buying a refurbished model through the AT&T Web site. And Wilson also points to the refurbished store on the Apple site
. While it doesn’t sell refurbished iPhones on there, it does sell virtually every other device at a discount; for instance, right now it offers the baseline iPad 2 for $419, an $80 discount. (Though with the iPad 3 supposedly coming out next month and the iPad 2 headed for a subsequent decline in value
, you may want to hold off on that particular deal.)
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