Retailers the specialize in refurbished electronics:
BackMarket.com: Back Market carries a minimum 6-month warranty, and has high standards for its refurbished products. They carry phones, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, as well as televisions and audio equipment.
Gazelle.com: Gazelle buys and resells used electronics from users and from mobile carriers, and has a wide selection of phones, tablets and laptops. All devices are inspected, but you are limited to a 30-day return policy.
New Egg: New Egg has a very wide selection of computer products, and also a refurbished marketplace. New Egg often carries a factory warranty, especially for computers, but it varies by product. It also has a holiday return policy for items returned by the end of January.
Direct from the original manufacturer
Original equipment manufacturers are a reliable source of refurbished products, though also the most expensive. Not all manufacturer refurbishment programs are created equal in terms of what they check and how long they warranty the product, so it’s important to look at our tips below.
Some manufacturers actively block other technicians from access to parts and service information required to properly service their products. While that means original manufacturers have the most reliably-repaired versions of their own products, it also means they can charge you whatever they want for any future repairs.
Big retailers with established used electronics programs
Amazon: Amazon allows a variety of suppliers to use their refurbished and certified pre-owned marketplace (except, that is, if those suppliers want to sell repaired Apple products). They come with a minimum 90-day supplier-backed warranty and a 30-day return policy and Amazon has the largest selection.
Best Buy: You can buy a range of used products through the Best Buy Outlet, and they come in different categories—Open-Box, Refurbished and Pre-Owned. Shopping through this tool can be somewhat complicated as the warranties and quality vary, but it has a large selection and carries Best Buy’s return and exchange promise.
Walmart: Walmart has been expanding its Certified Refurbished Electronics and also offers a 90-day minimum warranty. While Walmart has a smaller selection than Amazon and Best Buy, it can have bigger discounts.