Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

Refurbish is a term used to describe a computer hardware component that is not new. Because a company cannot resell a computer product as new if it was sold, previously used, or if the box was opened, it must be labeled as a refurbished part or computer.

What makes something refurbished?

A refurbished part or computer may have been sold to someone and returned for any of the following reasons.

  1. Computer or part was defective.
  2. Computer or part was thought of as defective and was not.
  3. Computer or part had a blemish or other flaws that were not acceptable to the original owner.
  4. Computer or part had a missing part, so the unit was sent back.
  5. The user was unable to afford the computer or part and had to return it.
  6. Was the wrong part or computer for user and user opened the box.

A refurbished computer or part is labeled in the store as a refab, refurb, refurbish, or refurbished and is sold at a lower cost than the non-refurbished computer or part.


When buying any refurbished product, make sure it includes a warranty that will cover your purchase for at least 90 days.

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