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Old 06-19-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Pooh, pooh, pooh! My flat panel monitor died on my second computer. I just need a small 15" monitor, but the prices are high, in my opinion, for new ones. Any opinions out there on getting refurbished models? Would a name brand refurbished monitor, like Dell, be a better bet? Or are refurbished monitors a real gamble? I'd like it to last longer than two years.

Many, many thanks!
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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I've never had a problem with my refurbished flat panel. Got it maybe 3 or 4 years ago and works like the day I acquired it.
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:47 AM
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Depends on who's doing the refurbishing. I wouldn't have any qualms about purchasing computer gear that's FACTORY refurbished. It's been quality-checked twice as much as brand new items.

Reseller-refurbished items are bound to be less rigorously screened. The "refurbishing process" at a reseller might consist of little more than wiping off fingerprints and making sure all of the cords and manuals are in the box.
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Depends on who's doing the refurbishing. I wouldn't have any qualms about purchasing computer gear that's FACTORY refurbished. It's been quality-checked twice as much as brand new items.

Reseller-refurbished items are bound to be less rigorously screened. The "refurbishing process" at a reseller might consist of little more than wiping off fingerprints and making sure all of the cords and manuals are in the box.
Thanks, Kuharai!

Bowie: Thanks for the input! How can a person tell if a monitor is FACTORY refurbished as opposed to RESELLER refurbished? If I'm on websites like NewEgg or TigerDirect, is there a way to tell who did the refurbishing? Or, are you saying to go to a Dell or Sony website and get the refurbished monitor there?

Many thanks.
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:18 AM
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Location: Ohio
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Bowie: Thanks for the input! How can a person tell if a monitor is FACTORY refurbished as opposed to RESELLER refurbished? If I'm on websites like NewEgg or TigerDirect, is there a way to tell who did the refurbishing? Or, are you saying to go to a Dell or Sony website and get the refurbished monitor there?
Usually the product description will specify which type of refurbishing has been done. If it doesn't, you will need to ask the reseller before purchasing.

OTOH, purchasing directly from a manufacturer does provide reassurance that the refurbishing has been done at the factory.
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Usually the product description will specify which type of refurbishing has been done. If it doesn't, you will need to ask the reseller before purchasing.

OTOH, purchasing directly from a manufacturer does provide reassurance that the refurbishing has been done at the factory.
Okeedokey! On sites like NewEgg, Staples, TigerDirect, etc., I'll have to read the product descriptions veeeeerrrrry carefully. Many thanks!
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:03 AM
 
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I got a 20" HD LCD/monitor for $180 from a pawn shop. Never had a problem with it. It's my baby.
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