iPod touch Refurbished vs New iPod touch

.Asa

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I'm probably going to buy an iPod touch 5g soon, and I'm wondering about saving $50 on a refurbished one. My questions are:

- When they say it has a new outer shell, does that mean the back casing, front glass, or both?

- Do refurbished ones ever have any scratches or anything?

- Is there any reason to not buy refurbished?

Thanks.
 

cnev3

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If youre open to buying used I would get a used one off of ebay or craigslist (assuming you know how to pick a good seller and avoid ripoffs)

Apple refurbs are almost as good as new, but the savings is too dinky.

The new shell is the whole outer piece including the back. So no scratches.
 

Bear

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I'm probably going to buy an iPod touch 5g soon, and I'm wondering about saving $50 on a refurbished one. My questions are:

- When they say it has a new outer shell, does that mean the back casing, front glass, or both?

- Do refurbished ones ever have any scratches or anything?

- Is there any reason to not buy refurbished?

Thanks.
If your credit card has extendend warranty for purchases, they generally do not covered refurbished items. However, if you're planning on buying AppleCare+ which includes accidental damage protection, a refurbished unit will be fine.

There is no reason to not go with an Apple refurbished unit.

If youre open to buying used I would get a used one off of ebay or craigslist (assuming you know how to pick a good seller and avoid ripoffs)

Apple refurbs are almost as good as new, but the savings is too dinky.

The new shell is the whole outer piece including the back. So no scratches.
Apple refurbished units are as good as new, the only difference is the box and not everyone cares about the box.

And the downside to buying used (presuming you picked a good seller to buy from) is that you only have a partial warranty and you can't add AppleCare+ to it.

$50 savings is not dinky with everything else taken under consideration.
 

Count Blah

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I've never had any issue with any refurb product. That includes original iPods, iPod Touch, and MBPs.

New case, no scratches. I don't know about the screens, but if there is a scratch in the returned product, that would get replaced.
 

Mr Kram

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Unless I get a screaming deal on a new item, I usually buy refurb. Cost savings + warranty = win.