Almost everyone knows that buying refurbished is cheaper than buying a new one. That’s fairly universal knowledge that I don’t think needs much explanation. Older things are almost always cheaper than newer ones, especially when it comes to the world of electronics. But there are a lot of other reasons why your next computer purchase should be refurbished. So in this post, I’ll be outlining my top five reasons why you should buy a refurbished PC that AREN’T just because it’s cheaper.
#5: Keeps Computers out of Landfills
Number five is pretty simple, but it’s important -- buying refurbished keeps machines out of landfills. A lot of machines get used for a few years and then get recycled, or worse, thrown away in the garbage. These machines are perfectly good, and may just need a little TLC. Computers contain harmful chemicals and materials that are really bad for the earth if you just throw them away. It would take thousands of years for a computer to fully break down in a landfill. Large refurbishers like Blair Tech help keep tens of thousands of computers out of landfills every single year, and what adds to the ‘green’ is the greenhouse gasses you’re saving from the atmosphere by buying something that didn’t have to be made brand new.
#4: Just as Long of a Warranty (or Longer!)
The number four reason to buy a refurbished computer is that they can come with just as long of a warranty, and sometimes even longer. Most new computers come standard with a 1-year warranty from the manufacturer. With Blair Tech machines, they come standard with a 90-day warranty, but you can make that 1-year for just $5 more, and every machine can be configured with up to a 5-year warranty, so you can guarantee a headache-free ownership experience for at least 5 years. That’s something you just can’t get with even brand-new computers -- most retailers only offer up to a 3-year extended warranty.
#3: Better Investment than New
The number three reason to buy a refurbished computer is that they’re a better investment than new machines. Electronics are historically one of the worst places to invest your money because they almost never appreciate in value. Once you buy a new computer and open the packaging, it immediately starts dropping in value, not unlike a new car. Over time, it loses more and more of its value until eventually it’s nearly worthless and you recycle it or throw it in the dumpster. With refurbished machines, much of that depreciation process has already occurred. Many machines we sell here at Blair Tech originally cost thousands of dollars when they were brand new, and because of that depreciation, you can now buy one at just a fraction of the cost.
What’s more, is that we have the ability to make them these computers even better and faster than they were from the factory! We can add Solid State Drives, larger hard drives, and more memory to your specifications to make sure that you’re getting the nicest machine possible for as affordable as possible. And unlike that new Mercedes, a Blair Tech computer won’t lose half of its value as soon as you drive it off the lot!
#2: More Performance per Dollar
Performance per dollar is number two on this list, but number one in my heart. The easiest way to look at this is to compare one of our systems to our competitors in a similar price range on the new market and see what they have to offer up in terms of performance. On Blair Tech, we sell an HP ProDesk 600 G1 small form factor desktop, and it’s powered by an Intel Core i7-4770 processor and has 8GB of RAM and a 1TB Hard Drive. With a 1-year warranty, it costs $285.
As for new offerings, I found a PC at Best Buy, it’s model is the Lenovo IdeaCentre 3 07ADA. Its processor is the AMD Athlon 3050U. Fun fact: the Athlon 3050U is actually a laptop processor, so it likely won’t fare too well in this comparison. It has a 1TB hard drive and only 4GB of RAM, and it was the cheapest complete new PC at the time of writing on their website at $349.
Below is a benchmark table comparing the performance of the processors (the ‘brains’) of these two machines to get a real idea of how powerful they both are.
Image taken from cpubenchmark.net
As you can see, the HP 600 G1 from Blair Tech with it’s i7-4770 processor pulls ahead by a mile, scoring 120% higher than the cheapest new option you can go out and buy right now from Best Buy. Keep in mind, our machine also costs $65 less and has double the memory, and the exact same length of warranty.
#1: Cheaper to Repair and Maintain
The top reason to buy a refurbished PC is that they are cheaper to repair and maintain. Typically the older a system gets, the more affordable it’s replacement parts become. On the flip side of that, brand-new machines are often very expensive to fix if something goes wrong outside of warranty due to limited availability of parts or cost-cutting measures like soldering components to the motherboard. Not a lot of people opt for extended warranties on new PC’s because they’re often very expensive.
I’ll continue to use my last example for this. On Best Buy’s website, you can add a 3-year extended warranty onto your Lenovo Ideacentre 3 purchase through Geek Squad for $120. At Blair Tech, a 3-year warranty on that HP ProDesk 600 G1 is just $75, and you can opt for the 5-year warranty for the same price as Best Buy’s 3-year, just $120! That means that for just $400, you can get a powerful and compact desktop that’s GUARANTEED to work or be fixed free of charge for 5 years.
And the good news? Even outside of that
5-year warranty, if anything goes wrong, that 600 G1 will be
affordable to repair because it’s a business grade unit. That means
it’s manufactured to a higher standard and made to be very
repairable in the event something dies or breaks. This isn’t true
for our old friend the Ideacentre from Best Buy, that has what’s
essentially a laptop motherboard inside, which are notoriously less
reliable and more expensive to repair.
So the next time you’re thinking of buying a new home or office PC, save money, save headaches, and save the environment, and get a PC from Blair Tech.