iPod touch Pros and Cons of Refurbished iPod Touch

ttennebk

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What would be a pro and con of buying a refurbished iPod Touch? Would it not work as well?
 

Chi-mex

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The thing with refurbished itouches is that you never really know how bad it was before they refurbished it. If i was to guess, i would say that it might already be a few months to a year old, so you probably will get some of the problems that come with an itouch over time. You will have teh general wear and tear. i heard that if you buy refurbished from apple you get a 4 year warranty.
If it was me, i would just buy a new one. That way you get to at least get teh feel of, "YES! a brand new itouch that is shiny and and scratchless and i am teh first person to ever touch it!" and all that stuff.
If you are going to buy a refurbed one, then make sure you get to push all teh buttons on it and give is a little test run, just to make sure nothing bad is going to happen
 

poloponies

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The thing with refurbished itouches is that you never really know how bad it was before they refurbished it. If i was to guess, i would say that it might already be a few months to a year old, so you probably will get some of the problems that come with an itouch over time. You will have teh general wear and tear. i heard that if you buy refurbished from apple you get a 4 year warranty.
If it was me, i would just buy a new one. That way you get to at least get teh feel of, "YES! a brand new itouch that is shiny and and scratchless and i am teh first person to ever touch it!" and all that stuff.
If you are going to buy a refurbed one, then make sure you get to push all teh buttons on it and give is a little test run, just to make sure nothing bad is going to happen
What the??? This is nonsensical. Apple refurbs are indistinguishable from "new" and they have an identical warranty to new products. I have purchased refurb computers (including Macbooks) from Apple for many year as well as iPods.

The likelihood of any problems developing with a refurb is probably less than with a "new" iPod.
 

miss.manson

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IMHO, you don't really know what you're getting...I haven't had much luck with refurbished iphones, so I'm not sure about ipods..
 

poloponies

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They always failed on me after about a month or so. And no it wasn't...OP didn't specify if he was getting a refurbished one from Apple or not.
The other advice given here has related to Apple refurbs, so it's not especially helpful if you don't point out that your experience is with non-Apple refurbs.
 

miss.manson

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The other advice given here has related to Apple refurbs, so it's not especially helpful if you don't point out that your experience is with non-Apple refurbs.
I only had one Apple refurb and the only thing that happened to mine was the battery failed 6 months later. Apple then gave me another one, it too had the same problem. :(

Two refurbs* not one
 
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GeniusJon

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In all honesty, a "brand new" iPod touch straight from manufacturing is likely to have more problems than a Apple refurbished one. The refurbs are checked much more than new ones.

That said, you probably won't be able to tell what is a refurb and what isn't because they always replace the screen and back.
 

BlizzardBolt

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The thing with refurbished itouches is that you never really know how bad it was before they refurbished it. If i was to guess, i would say that it might already be a few months to a year old, so you probably will get some of the problems that come with an itouch over time. You will have teh general wear and tear. i heard that if you buy refurbished from apple you get a 4 year warranty.
If it was me, i would just buy a new one. That way you get to at least get teh feel of, "YES! a brand new itouch that is shiny and and scratchless and i am teh first person to ever touch it!" and all that stuff.
If you are going to buy a refurbed one, then make sure you get to push all teh buttons on it and give is a little test run, just to make sure nothing bad is going to happen
What's with the all the "teh"

I don't trust refurbished products, its just me, if I can get something new, I would get it brand new.
 

fs454

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Apple refurbs are fine. The entire external shell is new including the screen. The only thing they reuse is the logic board.

You'd be hard pressed to even tell the difference.
 

Liquinn

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In all honesty, a "brand new" iPod touch straight from manufacturing is likely to have more problems than a Apple refurbished one. The refurbs are checked much more than new ones.

That said, you probably won't be able to tell what is a refurb and what isn't because they always replace the screen and back.
I've had no problems with mine.
 

WLS

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I've had no problems with mine. For less money I was able to get a 64GB Gen 3 over a new 32GB Gen 4. They both run IOS 5 just fine. If you want to use it as a web browser then you might want the better screen of a Gen 4 but if you want to use it as an iPod then the gen 3 is the better deal.
 

Menel

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What would be a pro and con of buying a refurbished iPod Touch? Would it not work as well?
Apple uses a new outer shell, and new battery.

I don't hesitate with Apple refurbished products.
 

Paratel

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I have bought several refurbished apple products. luckily for me I have never had any issues with them. I alway get applecare to minimize the risk. Heck I think there is just as equal risk on getting something new. I feel that refurbished items are sometimes better then new IMO.
 

MattA

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My 1st generation iPod Touch is a refurb. It's a 32GB that's still going strong. It even still looks new. purchasing refurbs from Apple is not a problem at all.
 

batting1000

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Pros: You get a good feeling inside because you know that *your* refurbished iPod touch was inspected by Apple not once, but twice.

Cons: None.