We all love saving money, especially when it comes to buying our tech toys and gadgets. The latest smartphones, tablets and computers don't come cheap and sometimes, it's better to be patient and just wait for good deals to come around before pulling the trigger on a purchase.
If you're a veteran deal hunter, you may have considered buying a refurbished product. We usually hear this term thrown around online shopping sites when hunting for used discounted items. These are used items that have been checked and repaired to meet the manufacturer's specifications.
Most online vendors claim that their "refurbs" are in excellent condition but it's still a hit-or-miss affair since they don't really have strict quality control procedures. That "like new" tag for some of these online items that are being passed as refurbished products are misleading since they may still have cosmetic defects and technical imperfections.
However, if you're in the market for an Apple product, the best source to get a substantial discount on truly refurbished iPads, iPhones, iPods, Macs, etc. is straight through Apple itself.
What are Apple's Certified Refurbished products?
Apple's refurbished products are previously owned items that were returned. These may be due to factory defects, recycling or the items were simply no longer wanted by their original owners.
The items are then repaired with all the defective parts replaced then tested and certified before they are put up for sale on Apple's online refurbished store.