Buying Used Electronics: Good or Bad Idea? December 8, 2008Posted by Tom in Technology, Uncategorized.
Tags: Technology, used electronics
I’ve been seeing/hearing a lot of discussions about e-waste, and buying used electronics. Many companies sell used and refurbished products at a discounted rate, and there is a misconception that consumers have that they are buying other people’s junk, or that the product is not as good or unreliable. Although I agree that in some cases this may be true, there are plenty of great used electronics for sale, if you know where to look and the right questions to ask.
A lot of my friends feel that it’s worth it to pay that extra money in order to have something brand new, but we often glance over the fact that we throw out millions of tons of cell phones, computers and you-name-its every year. And where do they all end up? Check out this great blog post on the GRC Wireless Recycling blog to find out.
I think buying used electronics, when you have the option, is generally a good idea, as long as you do a little research and ask the right questions. There is a great article on Discovery’s Planet Green about how to buy used electronics and what to ask before purchasing. One more tip I’d like to add is, since you may be buying an older version of the product, to make sure that the version you are buying is energy efficient. Updated electronics are sometimes more energy efficient and you should definitely take that into consideration.