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Is it safe to buy a refurbished Asus laptop at Best Buy?

by ijespah / March 20, 2010 4:36 AM PDT


Best Buy has an Asus UL50AGRF-RBBBK01 thin and light laptop that I like for $549 refurbished with a 90-day parts and labor warranty. New, it is $729. Do you think it is alright to buy a refurbished laptop with only a 90-day warranty? (Best Buy does not offer an extended warranty on the refurb.) I know that Apple offers the same warranties for refurbished as new, Apple is just a bit too expensive for me now. And, I am skeptical of Best Buy's business practices...but the price is right.

Thank you very much for any advice!


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It's OK, but...
by John.Wilkinson / March 20, 2010 4:41 AM PDT

1.) Beware Best Buy's tactics to get you to purchase accessories, maintenance services, and other things you do not need. (Best Buy has been at the center of many lawsuits over price adjustments and supposedly mandatory purchases.)

2.) Even if a minor problem arises during the first 90 days, return it. After 90 days it's entirely your responsibility, and minor problems in the beginning often foretell later failures.

Good luck.

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Thank you for advice on refurb from Best Buy
by ijespah / March 20, 2010 12:34 PM PDT
In reply to: It's OK, but...

Thank you for the advice on the refurbished computer! I will do as you suggested and give the computer a good workout in the first 90 days. And, I will be cautious about my dealings with Best Buy. Thanks again. I appreciate you taking the time to help me.

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by Jimmy Greystone / March 20, 2010 5:03 AM PDT

Sure. I'm not sure why people are so apprehensive about refurb stuff. It's not like new stuff never fails. How do you think we get refurb stuff? They can't sell it if it doesn't work.

Just do like was suggested. Put the thing through it's paces early and often, and take it back if anything seems amiss. If you push it pretty hard those first two weeks or so, when you're still well within a 30-day return period, you should be able to find out if there's anything wrong with it.

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