A few fun facts: I have purchased five vacuums (two for our home + three for gifts), a fancy blow dryer, three Frame TVs, two Bose speakers (with perfect sound!), countless kitchen gadgets and other electronics over the years from eBay — all of which were “Certified Refurbished.” To me, it was a no-brainer because the price was significantly cheaper (even less expensive than the normal eBay price I go for!), so I didn’t think anything of it until I was helping my sister search for a deal on a KitchenAid stand mixer like ours.
There were a few listed as Certified Refurbished on KitchenAid’s eBay store, and when I sent her the link (for a whopping $300 cheaper than retail), she said she wasn’t sure she trusted it. That’s when I realized there is probably a lot of uncertainty around what “Manufactured” or “Certified” refurbished means…besides a really good deal. So at the risk of giving away all of my money-saving secrets, it’s time to shed some light on my favorite place to save money on eBay’s site: purchasing something “Certified Refurbished.”
When you see “Certified Refurbished” (CR) or Manufacturer Refurbished that means that there may have been a small issue initially, but the item has been professionally restored, inspected, cleaned, and repaired to working order by the manufacturer to meet manufacturer specifications and is in excellent condition. They are verified to work like-new, but because of that refurbished title, the price gets slashed. eBay even offers a warranty and money-back guarantee on these items to give us, the customers, assurance and protection that these products will work like new.
One thing to note: the products are tested and certified to work the same as a brand new version, but sometimes, the packaging may be different. For example, one of the Dyson Vacuums I ordered came in a plain, brown box instead of a branded box. So keep that in mind if that’s something that is important to you.
My beloved Dyson blowdryer was purchased certified refurbished 3 years ago!
Occasionally you’ll run across a “seller refurbished” product. These don’t fall into the same category and aren’t certified the same way a Manufacturer or Certified refurbished product is that has to go through the manufacturer and verified to work like-new.
(Our speakers in the dining room ceiling are Bose refurbished!)
I think I’ve converted my sister, but I’m curious Would you buy something Certified Refurbished?! (I’m seriously eyeing the Dyson Airwrap that everyone’s been raving about that’s currently listed for $150 less than retail!).
Here are a few other deals I rounded up for you!
1. Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum $199
2. KitchenAid 5-Speed Classic Blender $64
3. Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner $279
4. KitchenAid 6-Qt Pro Stand Mixer in Satin Copper $399
5. KitchenAid 7-Speed Hand Mixer $39
6. KitchenAid 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in Matte Black $179
7. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer $279
8. Apple AirPods Generation 2 $129
9. Dyson Airwrap $399
10. Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker $169
11. Canon EOS 80D $629
12. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II $99