This statistic will blow your mind: only 5% of factory refurbished items are related to an actual product defect per a 2011 study by Accenture. Some haven’t even been opened from their original packaging! If you’re looking to save A LOT of money without skimping on quality, then opting for factory refurbished is a great way to do that.
Here are some of the key advantages of factory refurbished receivers and other home theater equipment:
1. Deep discount pricing – 50%-80% off!
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: factory refurbished electronics come at deep discounts. Manufacturers don’t like sitting on their refurbished inventory for too long. They want to move them quickly before new models come out. So, they offer deep discounts to special partners like Skadi to move the items fast.
The downside to this is that in-demand models sell out fast, often within a few hours of being restocked. Subscribing to email newsletters at your favourite refurbished resellers is the best way to keep on top of inventory levels.
2. ‘Like New’ Condition
Like we mentioned in the intro, nearly 95% of factory refurbished electronics are not related to any actual defect. This means that you could be receiving an item that is for all intents and purposes, brand new!
No matter the original condition though, factory refurbished items carried by Skadi all go through a strict cosmetic checklist. You will never see a broken or dented item and any scratches must be confined to hidden areas of the unit; never on the front panel.
One of the most common reviews on Skadi.ca is that the items are indistinguishable from a brand new one!
3. Less Out of Box failures
Every single item sold on Skadi.ca goes through a full functional test by the manufacturer or their refurbishment partner. Every single function is tested on every single item.
Compare this to brand new items which are only often tested on a few functions. As well, the manufacturing facilities only test small samples of items. They don’t test every item.
This means the out of box failure rate on a refurbished item is actually LOWER then a new equivalent.
4. Manufacturer’s Warranty
Unless otherwise stated, all factory refurbished electronics sold on Skadi.ca come with a manufacturer’s warranty. When buying refurbished it is crucial to find out WHO is providing the warranty. Often the stores themselves or a third party will be offering the warranty. These warranties are often full of loopholes that allow them to get away with refusing you proper service.
With a manufacturer’s warranty, you can be confident that you will have the full weight of a large established corporation behind your warranty. You will have access to a nationwide service network that can provide you with the same level of service as brand new product.
At the time of this article, 99% of all items sold on Skadi.ca come with a manufacturer’s warranty.
5. Environmentally Friendly
For the environmentally conscious, refurbs are a no brainer. It’s far less wasteful to repackage an existing product than to manufacture a new one.
People in the United States throw away nearly 3 million tons of electronics into landfills ever year. By purchasing a refurb, you are not only saving money but you are helping make the world a cleaner place.
Yes, there is some risk in buying refurbished electronics, but even brand new items can be lemons. If you make sure the item is factory refurbished and comes with a manufacturer’s warranty, then you will always come out ahead when going down the refurbished path.