What is the difference between refurbished and used electronics?

Published Mar 3, 2023 - It can be easy to get refurbished and used electronics confused. But there’s a big difference — we break it down, below.

Used vs. refurbished

Refurbished. Used. Pre-owned. Secondhand. It can get confusing. Aside from the syllable count, there are a lot of (important) differences between a used device and a refurbished one.

When you’re looking for tech that’s better for your wallet and the planet, you only need to look for one word — refurbished. That’s because a used device is sold to you “as is,” and a refurbished device has been repaired to like new quality.