Why eBay should be your first stop for your next device purchase

eBay's Certified Refurbished gadgets and appliances look new, work like new, but don't cost like new

eBay refurbished Dell laptop
(Image credit: eBay)

At T3 we're suckers for top quality gadgets and appliances, but kitting your home out with the best tech can be tough on the wallet… and it's not great for the planet either. Rather than opting for a less fully featured alternative from a cheaper brand, another option is to head to eBay. There you'll find a wide range of refurbished devices, including a Certified Refurbished selection that removes all the risk from buying not-quite-new. 

eBay's Certified Refurbished devices look new, work just like new, but cost up to 30% less than the original RRP. The range is particularly impressive on the home gadgets front – whether you need to kit yourself out with white goods like fridges and dishwashers, make household chores simpler by finally investing in a Dyson vacuum cleaner or top-end steam iron, or just treat yourself to a new coffee machine, eBay Certified Refurbished has you well covered. You'll also find handheld devices like smartphones and iPads.

Dyson V15 Detect

(Image credit: Dyson)

A number of things have to happen for a gadget to earn that certified refurbished badge? The refurbishment process is done by either the original manufacturer or an authorised professional. It's thoroughly checked over, cleaned, and if any parts are worn out or heavily used, they're replaced – often with a completely new part. Before it gets to its next owner, eBay guarantees it's completely in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.

For added peace of mind, all Certified Refurbished items are covered by eBay's Money Back Guarantee. On top of that, the additional 12-month seller guarantee insures against a range of defects after purchase – even if the problem occurs after the new owner received the product. Any faulty products can be repaired or exchanged, free of charge. You can [read more about the seller guarantee here.]

You're getting a mint condition product, with a guarantee you can trust, but for significantly less than you'd pay usually. So that means you might just be able to stretch to that top-end computer or extravagant new TV after all. 

You can buy with a clear conscience too – eBay's refurbished devices aren't just good for your bank balance; they're also better for the environment. Refurbished items mean less waste and less strain on our planet's resources. So it's a win-win, really.


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