I want to know the difference between a refurbished ipod and brand new one

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by longmanzz, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. longmanzz macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2005
    I got a refurbished one from a local ipod reseller, it's a refurbished one. But I see no sign on the package or in the package saying it is a reconditioned model. Can anyone tell me how to distinguish them?
  2. pdpfilms macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    There is no way to distinguish other than your receipt. The only difference is it's probably been in someone's hands for about 30 seconds before they realized there was something wrong and sent it back, where it was repaired and dispatched as a refurb.
  3. russed macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    London, England
    urm, you may not be able to but most reconditioned ones are the ipods that have been bought and then returned as unwanted presents and so basically in perfect condition. i also think they take bits from ones that dont work (the working bits obviously) and then stick them all together as a working one!

    they will all have to be throughly tested etc before being passed off for sale.
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    I'm convinced that at least some "refurbished" products from Apple are actually new overstocks. When they come in plain-wrap packaging, you know they've been through the factory again for some reason -- but when they come in the complete, shrink-wrapped retail packaging, you have to wonder whether they've ever been in a retail customer's hands before.
  5. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    I see no problems with purchasing refurbished... I'm even surprised that nobody posted a smarty pants remark like, "The difference is $xx." :p

    Honestly though, if the product has no problems; great, you've saved yourself some money! If it begins to exhibit problems; no problem, you still have the one year warranty as if it was brand new.

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