If you are a school (or a parent) with a limited technology budget, refurbished tablets may offer a solution. They are cheaper, and usually indistinguishable from brand new models. However, you do need to do your homework beforehand! Here are seven things to look out for before buying a refurbished device.
Refurbished tablets can actually have advantages over new models. They can be more reliable since faulty components have been replaced (even new tablets carry the risk of faulty components). They will also have been thoroughly tested before being resold. You also have the opportunity to buy a tablet you could not normally afford.
When researching refurbished devices, you will obviously look for the usual tablet features that make it appropriate for classroom use. However, there are a few other things to keep in mind.
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Tips on Buying a Refurbished Tablet
Is it Refurbished or Simply Second-hand?
Refurbished is not the same thing as second-hand or used. Refurbished (or reconditioned) tablets have been returned to a retailer or manufacturer because of a flaw. The devices are repaired and tested by the manufacturer (factory certified) or a third party.
With second-hand or used tablets, any defects will not have been fixed.
Find Out How Much New Models Cost
Researching the cost of new models will help you assess whether the asking price of the refurbished device is reasonable.
Research Common Manufacturer Faults
Some tablet faults manifest only after a few months, and may not be present during refurbishment. Read customer and expert reviews for any indications of this. It’s probably a better idea to get a refurbished tablet that comes with good reviews, rather than a new one that has received poor reviews.
Don’t Assume You Will Receive Accessories & Software
Refurbished tablets usually just come with a charger. Don’t expect that you will receive manuals, cases, or other accessories. Luckily, there are numerous sites (such as Manuals Online) that will provide PDF manuals for virtually all tablet models.
Find out Whether it is Manufacturer or Third Party Refurbishment
Some people would prefer to buy devices that have been manufacturer refurbished. However, if you are leaning toward third party reconditioned tablets, research the refurbisher first.
The Battery Is Not Always Replaced During Refurbishment
If the refurbishment did not include battery replacement, you may have to buy one yourself. Check that the battery can hold a charge.
How Much Time is Left on The Warranty?
If the tablet comes with a manufacturer’s warranty, ask if it has been activated. If it has, check how much time is left on it and ask to purchase an extended warranty.
Where to Purchase Refurbished Tablets
Here are just a few places where you can purchase refurbished tablets: