Refurbished Apple products

Should you trust refurbished Apple products?

There are some clear reasons why Apple products have such a devoted group of fans that follow them in every new release. Apple products are secure, stylish, user-friendly, and also, they offer features, and a support system that no one can beat.

Apple has been on the top of the American Consumer Satisfaction Index’s annual consumer satisfaction survey for more than 12 years and it is expected to continue being the leader for years to come.

Then, how come, even though its reputation is only reflecting its hard work and dedication to its customers, it seems it is not enough reason to make everyone purchase an Apple product?  The only thing to blame is definitely the price tag. Paying for quality comes with a big pocket that most people don’t have…

Just because you cannot afford buying new Apple products doesn’t mean you cannot own one. Did you know you can find great deals straight from Apple? Yes!  These deals’ name is: ‘Refurbished’.

Why choose refurbished Apple products?

You may have heard about the term Refurbished Electronics and we assume your opinion on them is not quite positive. Well, we believe you’re about to change the way you see refurnished devices after getting to know some great deals Apple offers to its customers.

Since buying new Apple products may result in emptying your pockets, considering purchasing refurbished products is a smart thing to do. But, if you don’t want to end up purchasing buggy and broken devices without any warranty, you can only do one thing: Buy them directly from Apple.

Purchasing refurbished Apple products directly from the Apple Certified refurbish category on their website, is pretty much guaranteed you’ll end up getting a product that is as qualitative as buying the brand new one. As long as you decide to purchase refurbished products directly from the Apple’s site, the quality of that product is something not to be doubted. But, don’t expect to pay drastically less money than the new product. The price difference between the new and the refurbished product stands at around 20 percent.

The best part, when buying a refurbished Apple product, you get a one-year warranty. The same as the warranty you get when buying regular Apple products. You can also get the AppleCare service if you want without any additional condition.

Refurbished vs “open-box”

The term Refurbished indicates an item that was returned to the original retailer due to several reasons. The most common one: There is something wrong with those devices. After this, the original retailer or another third party takes these products.

After taking them, the retailer fixes the issue and then, resells them under the Refurnished status. Apple testes these products in a precise and advanced way before becoming available for sell again. Keep in mind that when deciding to buy a refurbished Apple device, if you’re really searching for quality, purchasing from the original retailer (Apple) is the best thing to do.

On the other hand, an open-box item is a device that the buyer has returned to the seller.  Usually because he/she changes his/her mind and doesn’t want it anymore. These items are usually under the open-box category. But, when trying to buy an Apple product, you’ll find them under the Refurbished category.

Usually, no one tests the open-box item since no one has used it.  This makes people believe their quality is not very guaranteed compared to the refurbished ones…

Final tip: Buying refurbished Apple devices might sound as a great deal, and it is…. But, before purchasing an item, make sure to first check the price against the new model of that device. Sometimes, the difference between them is significantly small and you may eventually end up purchasing the new version of it.

Straight from Apple’s GSX Database:

The following information are available to our customers by ordering a Full IMEI Check Report:

IMEI iPhone Check

General Information:

IMEI Number: 013428009xxxxx8
Serial Number: C38KXXXXXX19
iPhone: iPhone 5 16GB Black
Phone Age: 2 Years, 1 Month, 26 Days
Model Number: A1428
Production Week: 17
Factory: C3/CHINA (Possible Refurnished)

Network Check:

Lock Carrier: T-Mobile US
Activation Policy: US T-Mobile Locked Activation Policy
Network: GSM
Activation Status: Yes – Activated

Blacklist Check:

Blacklist Status: BLACKLISTED
Blacklist Reason: Reported LOST/STOLEN
Blacklisted By: T-Mobile US
Blacklist Country: UNITED STATES, CANADA
“Find My iPhone” Status: OFF
The Blacklist Status of that iPhone can be by-pass with the WorldWide iPhone Unlocking Method. It supports all iPhone models, all Mobile Networks and both CLEAN/Blacklisted IMEI Numbers.

Warranty Check:

Warranty Status: Expired
Phone Support: Expired
AppleCare Protection: No
Service Coverage: Expired
Purchase Date: 06/21/2013
Purchased Country: UNITED STATES
Replacement Check: No Replacements
Active IMEI/Serial: 013428009xxxxx8 – C38KXXXXXX19