1) True refurbed items are rebuild back to factory specs as if new. In many cases now, inspected returned devices that didn't meet customers needs and returned due to wrong item, broke during S/H, off lease and unwanted. Thus, they didn't get used much, anyways.
2) A discontinued item is just that, no longer made. However, in most cases you still find after use items, like ink, batteries, the gambit of whatever needed to support avialble. The only caveat is if the item is unique or unusual, so take that into consideration. You're on you're own after the purchase, so you may want to consider some warranty extention if offered, in this case its worth it if doubtful of latter support.
good luck -----Willy
hi, i have a lot of questions - thanks for helping me. as i further researched on cnet about acer laptop, the wonderous aspire 2012 that i had my eyes on turned out to be a discontinued item. however, i found at one on line seller that they sell it a refurbished version of it for a very nice price.
my question is :
1. what is the pros and cons of refurbished products? would you buy a refurbished laptop? does anyone have experience using a refurbished products? what are the things that i should keep in mind?
2. would you recommend buying a discontinued product? it's such a high powered item a great value - such being the case would you still buy it? or would there be a problem in the future if anything happens to the laptop - missing parts, etc. what would you do?