With many students gearing up for the big move to university next month, most will be thinking about using some of their student loan or savings to buy a trusty laptop.
But if you can’t afford a brand new one, there are plenty of great refurbished alternatives out there that offer the same high spec for a much cheaper cost.
You can find an abundance of great deals online at every price point ranging from budget brands to coveted Apple Macbooks.
Starting your search is easy, and a number of high street and online outlets, including Amazon, Laptops Direct and eBay.co.uk offer high quality reconditioned models for a fraction of the RRP price
Online marketplace eBay.co.uk has a particularly extensive range of refurbished tech featured in branded eBay outlets and from individual sellers. With more than 4,500 refurbed laptops and phones available on site at any one time.
If you are looking for a refurbished tech item from the auction site here are some expert tips to consider during your search.
- Consider refurbished goods – Focus on searching for brands you are familiar with – and items you’ve seen in real life. Many brands such as Dyson and GoPro are refurbishing their own items and selling them directly on eBay, so always look out for big name brands.
- Do your research – Has there been a new release or is there a cheaper alternative to the item you want? You’re not restricted to buying the latest handsets if you don’t need them, so be sure to look at reviews and compare handsets to find the best model for you.
- Check the warranty and returns policy – One of the most important things to consider when buying refurb is the warranty it comes with, as this provides you protection if it develops a fault. If you shop from eBay’s refurbished hub all items come with a 12-month warranty from the seller, so if anything does go wrong in the 12 months you can guarantee that you will get an exchange or a refund.
- Examine Seller Feedback – Always check seller feedback, making sure they have a good feedback rating. eBay’s top rated sellers constantly receive the highest buyer ratings, dispatch items quickly and have earned a track record of brilliant service.
Make the most of free shipping – Save yourself some money by looking for sellers that offer free shipping with the item. On eBay.co.uk you can filter your search to see only items that offer free shipping, and with many electronic items small enough to be shipped inexpensively, it’s a great way to save a few extra pennies.