Is your phone, tablet or laptop in need of replacement? Then there is a good chance that you will also look at refurbished ones for that replacement. Refurbished electronics are gaining popularity for several reasons.
What do we mean by refurbished?
Although the term ‘refurbished’ is becoming increasingly common, not everyone is familiar with it yet. You can translate this English word into Dutch with ‘revised’. It is sometimes thought that it is a term that can be used for second-hand devices, but this is not always true. Refurbished iPads, telephones and laptops are second-hand, but they have been fully checked before that new round and repaired where necessary. As a result, you get an upgraded product, which in terms of quality and use is often not inferior to brand new ones.
Affordable new equipment
An important reason for the growing popularity of refurbished equipment is cost savings. Usually, the refurbished units are considerably cheaper than new devices with the same specifications and quality. Do you have a limited budget and do you want as much value for your money as possible? Then looking for a revised copy is a good option. Especially with large, well-known brands such as iPhone and Samsung, the latest models are often relatively expensive. It is therefore worthwhile to purchase a refurbished, possibly older model with comparable qualifications but a lower price.
Go for sustainable
Another important reason for the growing popularity of refurbished devices is their environmental friendliness. Do you opt for a refurbished phone or tablet? Then you prevent new devices from having to be produced. As a result, the demand for raw materials for new equipment is also declining. In addition, it saves a lot of energy if fewer new products have to be made. But there is another sustainable aspect to refurbished electronics: by recycling old equipment you have less waste and therefore less environmental pollution.
Have you ever considered buying a second-hand phone, but ended up not doing so because you were afraid the phone wouldn’t be any good? Then you are certainly not alone! And that is understandable, because you often get little or no warranty with second-hand purchases. Fortunately, this is often different with refurbished devices. There are sellers who sometimes give a warranty for a longer period than is the case with new devices. And a big plus is that all refurbished devices are thoroughly inspected and tested before they are sold again. So you can be pretty sure they are in good condition and of good quality.
More and more choice
If you look at the above advantages, you may wonder why refurbished devices were not as popular as new devices. A possible explanation for this is that the range of refurbished equipment used to be more limited. This made it more difficult to find reliable and high-quality refurbished devices. However, this has changed in recent years, partly thanks to the emergence of online platforms and retailers that specialize in this. If you are looking for good offers, you are therefore much more likely to succeed. And as a result, there is a good chance that the popularity of refurbished electronics will continue to increase in the coming years.