What Does Open-box, Recertified and Refurbished mean?
As a customer, the shopping options available to us today are unlimited. We can buy almost anything, anywhere, at any time. Among those options, we can now also choose between new, open-box, refurbished, and recertified products. But what do these terms mean?
Here is a break-down of the meaning of open-box, refurbished, and recertified:
An open-box item refers to one with an opened box that is often resealed or repackaged by the reseller. It’s worth noting that an open-box product is also just an opened box, meaning the contents inside (the original product) are brand new and unused.
Often times an open-box product is a golden opportunity to the customer. You get a brand new product at a discounted rate, all due to the opening – or even just a tear – of the packaging.
A refurbished item is one that has been reconditioned, and fully restored back to original working condition. These products were previously pre-owned, or used for store demos. Each item is put through a testing process to ensure full functionality, either by the manufacturer or a refurbisher, and is then later sold as refurbished after being cleaned and repackaged.
Typically, a refurbished product is heavily discounted from the original retail price because it will have minor signs of wear. Is it worth it? Depending on your needs, if you’re not fussy with new packaging, and purchasing a display item, you’ll benefit from the additional 20-70% off the original retail price tag.
Believe it or not, the term recertified and refurbished are much the same. Both undergo a process in which they are restored, and inspected and tested by either the manufacturer or refurbisher beforehand.
The key difference between the two is the warranty. Many refurbished products are sold ‘as-is’, meaning you cannot return them. A recertified product, on the other hand, will come with a short-term warranty. This warranty allows the customer to return or exchange the product should there be any functional defects after purchasing the item.
Your best option? Whether it’s titled as a recertified or refurbished item, choose one that includes a warranty with it as it will spare you of the risk.
It’s easy to be swayed by the appearance of new and sealed packaging, however, your best bargain may lie in opting for a repackaged, recertified, or open-box item.
At Big Box Outlet Store, we intend to offer you great deals and treat you fairly. That’s why all of our open-box, recertified/refurbished electronics are priced at up to 70% off the original retail price, and include a 60-day warranty.
For affordable, quality open-box, recertified/refurbished products, browse our new arrivals and view our current flyer.