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Old 08-28-06, 12:36 AM
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Refurbished mp3 players??

I've been looking on Ebay for an inexpensive mp3 player, and I keep seeing "refurbished" everywhere. A few questions for anyone in the know:

1) What does "refurbish" mean?
2) Where do they get the players to refurbish?
3) Are these players trustworthy? (the irivers come with a 90-day warranty)

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Old 08-28-06, 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by masetodd
1) What does "refurbish" mean?
2) Where do they get the players to refurbish?
3) Are these players trustworthy? (the irivers come with a 90-day warranty)
Refurbished items are items that have been returned back to the company, repaired, repackaged and then resold, so essentially it's a "used" item. But, it could have been used very briefly (hours) or months before it was sent back.

The company I'd think would get the players either from stores where people have returned a faulty item, or when a person returns the item to the company for a failure. (The person then either gets: their item repaired and sent back, a refurbished item, or a new item)

Are they trustworthy ? I really don't know. It would depend on how well they do repairs and what their testing is like. If player has a poor quality component in it that failed, it could be likely to fail again if they keep using that same component in repairs. Just really depends on what the quality of the components is like.

For iriver players, you can also shop at the iriver store for refurbished players as they resell them in the outlet section. Don't know how that compares to what ebay has them for.
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I've bought a few refurbished items. I think my home theater receiver is refurbished. It works like new, and was much cheaper. Is the lifespan going to be similar to a new one? I don't know, but it was worth it to me to find out.

For mp3 players, I don't imagine it would be any different. They are used, though, so prepare yourself for a possible short lifespan.
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I just bought a refurb Nano from the Apple website, which includes a one year warranty. Ended up being cheaper than a lot of the eBay auctions for the same player, and I feel better about getting it straight from the source.
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Some refurbs are just open returns, some were returns under warranty. For many products, a refurb goes through a more indepth quality check than a new product. If I were to buy refurb, I'd personally feel better buying it directly from the vendor, unless I was saving a lot of money.
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Originally Posted by dtcarson
Some refurbs are just open returns, some were returns under warranty. For many products, a refurb goes through a more indepth quality check than a new product. If I were to buy refurb, I'd personally feel better buying it directly from the vendor, unless I was saving a lot of money.
Creative Labs has its own store for refurbished portable music players on eBay where you can buy "like new" players for pretty reasonable prices. I almost bought the Zen Nano Plus 512 MB from this store until Fry's had a one-day sale where I got the same player for just a few dollars more.
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As to their trustworthyness, I bought a refurbed Dell DJ about 2 years ago and it still works fine. When I got it you couldn't tell it wasn't brand new. But it's a YMMV type deal, especially when dealing with eBay.
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Coming from eBay, I wouldn't put it past sellers to claim "refurb" to make it sound better when it's actually no better than "used".
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Thanks for the input!
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Yeah, I guess when I said ebay, I meant third party seller. i would feel much more comfortable buying certified refurbed from ebay if it was from apple or creative or whoever.
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Originally Posted by Chew
Coming from eBay, I wouldn't put it past sellers to claim "refurb" to make it sound better when it's actually no better than "used".
I would agree with you except eBay also hosts real retail outlets such as the Creative Labs retail store. I've actually checked with Creative Labs over this and they say the refurbished players must be in very good physical condition so it can have essentially a new unit warranty.

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