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 has been sold and used or if the box has been 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.
- Computer or part was defective.
- Computer or part was thought of as defective and was not.
- Computer or part had a blemish or other flaws that were not acceptable to the original owner.
- Computer or part had a missing part, so the unit was sent back.
- The user was unable to afford the computer or part and had to return it.
- 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.
Tip: When buying any refurbished product, make sure it includes a warranty that will cover your purchase for at least 90 days.