What is the definition of Refurbished ? When you start looking on the Web for the definition you will stumble upon a lot of different meanings, some people call it Re-use, Re-manufacturing, Repaired or recycling.
It would be almost better to describe these items as Re-manufactured as it is sent to a manufacturing plant to be revived to the status of “new” or Grade A quality!
The main difference between “refurbished” and “re-used” products is that refurbished products have been tested and verified to function properly, and are thus free of defects, while “re-used” products may or may not be defective.
We address this to increase product longevity; either by extending a product’s first life or addressing issues of repair, reuse and recycling. Reusing products, and therefore extending the use of that item beyond the point where it is discarded by its first user is preferable to recycling or disposal, as this is the least energy intensive solution, although it is often overlooked. And with this we contribute to the environment !
There are many ways of measuring the positive environmental, economic and social impact data. These include:
# of tons diverted from the landfill
$ avoided disposal costs
$ avoided purchase costs
$ value of materials donated
$ revenues earned
# of jobs created or retained
# of families/individuals/organisations assisted
So why Refurbished products ?
The main reason for buying refurbished items are the cost saving for a company. There are always a constrain for the Capex budgets !
The first place to cut Capex budgets is IS.
This is now becoming a very attractive option !
But be aware you want quality products and everybody tries to sell his/her used items as refurbished products.
So what bring us to the term Grade A.
Lets describe the process of refurbishing ….
Big companies buy bulk Laptops, Servers, Desktops which are business quality products, and will most probable have a 3 years manufacturers warranty on it.
After 3 Years due to the depreciation value of these products refurbishing companies buy these used products.
There will be wear and tear on these products and with evaluation, screens or keyboard maybe replaced or other parts that maybe damaged.
Reputable refurbished companies which are ISO certified will then offer a 1 Year or optional 2 Year warranty. This is not manufacturers warranty.
Reputable companies like Active PC resell these items and give support on these items.
Where can you use these Refurbished items ?
Can even be used for your normal staff.