What happens to the returned scuffed iPhones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Semester, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Semester macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2011
    What does Apple do with all the scuffed iPhones that have been returned?

    I suppose they don't try to resell them in hope that the next person won't notice the scratch or scuff. I figure it can't be very easy to refurbish them since you can't really repair or even replace the aluminium cover easily. Reusing the components is of course an option but most likely a pretty costly one considering the logistics and all.

    Any educated guess on what Apple or companies in general do in these situations?
  2. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    They are refurbished. Depending on the condition, they may replace components. With the iPads, they will change out the battery, and replace the outer shell.

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    Apple Certified Refurbished Products are pre-owned Apple products that undergo Apple's stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. While only some units are returned due to technical issues, all units undergo Apple's stringent quality refurbishment process.

    Each Apple Certified Refurbished Product:
    is fully tested (including full burn-in testing).
    is refurbished with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing.
    is put through a thorough cleaning process and inspection.
    is repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes, etc.).
    includes the operating software originally shipped with the unit and the custom software offered with that system. See each products "Learn More" for more details.
    is given a new refurbished part number and serial number.
    is placed into a Final QA inspection prior to being added to sellable refurbished stock.
    Refurbishment procedures follow the same basic technical guidelines as Apple's Finished Goods testing procedures.

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  3. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    They are used to kill kittens due to all the bad karma.

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