Add Buying Refurbished Electronics to Your 2022 Sustainable Goals List

Add Buying Refurbished Electronics to Your 2022 Sustainable Goals List

If you’re in the market for a computer, phone, or other electronic device, your first thought might not be to buy refurbished…but it should be. Refurbished electronics are eco-friendly and cost less than new equipment, but are just as reliable as new versions (if not moreso).

In fact, there are more benefits to buying refurbished electronics than you might realize. Here are just a few of the benefits of buying refurbished.

Cost Effective

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Cost is certainly the biggest advantage of refurbished equipment.

Refurbished electronics are much less expensive than new ones. In fact, depending on what you’re in the market for, you’ll enjoy discounts of anywhere from 30-70% off of retail prices! It’s hard to beat those dramatic savings, especially when refurbished equipment is just as reliable as new.

Reliable and Certified

If you’ve been hesitant to buy refurbished electronics because of reliability concerns, you might be surprised to learn that refurbished products are often more dependable than new ones. It’s true — refurbished items often experience more rigorous testing and retesting procedures than a new product.

At Tech Discounts, all of the refurbished items we sell are thoroughly tested by our technicians to ensure they are ready for purchase. (The only exception to this is if an item comes to us brand new in its original sealed box.)

In addition, all data-bearing devices go through a rigorous wiping process that meets the NIST Standard 800-88 for data wiping, so there is no need to worry about your device containing prior user data. And you don’t have to take our word for it — we have been third-party certified to verify our process.

Backed By Warranty

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Contrary to what you might think, when you buy refurbished, you don’t have to give up the protection of a warranty.

We stand behind the reliability of our products. We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all purchases. All computers also come with a free 1-year fix-it or replace-it warranty, which can be extended to 2 years for $39.99. All other products come with a 90-day store credit warranty.

For more information on Tech Discounts warranties, view our complete warranty policy here.

Environmentally Friendly

Buying refurbished electronics takes those devices out of the global e-waste stream and gives them a second life. 

While properly recycling electronics is certainly better for the environment than those products sitting in a landfill, refurbishing and reusing products is even more environmentally sound because it reduces waste. For instance, the carbon footprint of a refurbished iPhone is nearly 80% less than that of a new one!

Choosing refurbished over brand new electronics also helps:

  • Reduce mining of valuable natural resources used to build electronic devices, such as copper, silver, gold, and nickel
  • Reduce air pollution created by manufacturing
  • Reduce carbon emissions created by transporting products

Buying refurbished equipment is the way to go when it comes to caring for the environment.

Access to Older Models

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When you are in the market for a new device, you may not think of buying an older model as a positive thing. But for many, it is.

One benefit of buying refurbished is having access to older models that may be otherwise difficult to find. After a while, manufacturers will discontinue or limit the supply of older models in preparation for the release of the newest version. If the device model you prefer has been discontinued, you may be able to find a refurbished one.

In addition, older models have been extensively reviewed online, so you can get a more thorough understanding of the pros and cons other users have experienced with that item before you buy.

Avoid Supply Chain Issues and Get Your Items Faster

Another big benefit to buying refurbished? No long waits for shipping. 

With the extensive supply chain issues we are experiencing worldwide right now, buying a brand new device can mean placing a special order and experiencing long wait times. When you buy refurbished, you choose from in-stock items — no long waits for overseas shipping.

Plus, when you shop our online store, you’ll enjoy free shipping on all orders over $99!

Trust Tech Discounts When Buying Refurbished Electronics

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At Tech Discounts, we partner with Tech Dump to take ready-to-recycle devices that still have a lot of life left in them and refurbish them for resale. We offer a wide range of electronics, from laptops and desktops to tablets, cell phones, gaming consoles, and more. No matter what you’re looking for, we offer technology for every need.

Ready to shop? Browse our online store or step into one of our retail locations in Golden Valley or St. Paul. We look forward to helping you!

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