New or used? What you need to know about buying a refurbished laptop

If you are working or schooling at home, you might be on the lookout for a refurbished laptop.

After all, the temptation to save a substantial amount of money is very real! We get it. But what do you need to know about buying new vs. used? Is buying a refurbished laptop a good idea?

Like buying a car or a boat, buying a new laptop means you lose a lot of value once you leave the store with your purchase. So, buying one that is a few years old can be a cost savings.

Refurbished laptop vs. used?

But is there a difference between refurbished and used? The answer is yes! Buying used typically means you get it from someone else, like a private owner (on Marketplace, or something like that). But buying a refurbished laptop means a professional has looked at it, working to replace worn out components and making sure it’s in good shape – and it can sometimes even come with an extended warranty.

It is usually safer for the buyer to get a refurbished laptop, and they are generally for sale at reputable sites, businesses and even Apple itself.

Another bonus point to buying refurbished from a reputable dealer is that you can ask questions and learn about the specs and details of the laptop before you buy. And you can make sure it’s “wiped clean” and you can set up a firmware password – which can be important if your laptop ever needs work.

Tek Experts

At Tek Experts, we sell refurbished laptops and we can help you choose the right one for you. Call us at 614-427-3498, or book an appointment here!  We remain open normal hours (right by OSU campus) and rest assured as we are taking extra precautions to protect the safety of both our customers and staff. See you soon!