Thursday, June 26, 2008

Save big bucks on refurbs & returns

If you're shopping for a PC, or TV or receiver, or power tool or wristwatch or almost anything that uses electrons, you can save 30% or more by getting a "refurbished" or "reconditioned" unit.

In many cases, they are current models, or just one season older than the latest model, but may be perfectly adequate for you.

In some cases, you can find a good deal on products that were simply used for a few days and returned by another customer but can't be sold as "new."

There are also money saving opportunities on "open box" specials, display models, or products with missing manuals, cables or remote controls that you can easily replace for a few bucks.

Many stores run "scratch and dent" sales a few times a year. Sometimes they deliberately put scratches on the backs of products that manufacturers don't want them to sell off-price.

You'll find the deals in outlet malls, on manufacturers' websites, at "big box" stores and at independent dealers' stores and websites. They've generally been checked out very carefully, and have good guarantees -- but do your homework before you buy. Read the product reviews. It's no good to save 50% on a lemon.

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